Customer Service Reps

A Balancing Act: Why Technology Isn’t the Only Key to Retail Success
August 3, 2018 at 9:17 am

We’re all guilty of yelling at Alexa or Siri. From sharp commands to making our virtual assistant the brunt of our jokes, niceties fall by the wayside when we interact with technology. Why? Because giving technology a human name doesn’t make it human. It still lacks the ability to feel the sting of our annoyance…

4 Steps to Successful Automated Customer Service
June 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

At a time when it’s routine for millions of consumers to ask digital assistants (e.g., Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri) to tell them a good joke or ask if they need an umbrella, it’s surprising most businesses are still in the early stages of implementing intelligent automation technologies for customer communication. Even fewer have made…

Why Customer Obsession is the Key to Building a Successful Retail Brand
April 9, 2018 at 10:55 am

Brands that understand their customers and strive to continuously improve customer service will be successful. Why? Because these companies understand, care about and are obsessed with their customers. We live in a time where consumers can have anything they want at their fingertips, but it’s up to the retailer to deliver. You never know how…

Why Retailers Need an Omnichannel Support Strategy Next Holiday Season
March 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

With the busiest retail season of the year behind us, it’s the perfect time to assess performance and reflect on opportunities to improve and ensure an even more successful holiday season in 2018. The holidays always bring with them the highest ticket volume, as customers reach out to businesses with a flurry of questions around returns, password…

3 Customer Service Actions to Improve Brand Perception
January 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

Not long ago, customers wanting to make a purchase had two choices: physically walk into a retail store or call a 1-800 number to place an order. While these seem limited in today’s world of omnichannel commerce, there were benefits. Most importantly, it supported the ability to create and maintain a strong brand. After all,…

AI’s Impact on the Customer Experience and What it Means for Retail
January 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

As we begin 2018, it’s safe to say that artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to infiltrate our everyday lives and challenge business processes to become more intelligent and proactive. In fact, according to Forrester, 38 percent of enterprises are already using artificial intelligence, growing to 62 percent by 2018. Additionally, IDC believes AI will be a $47 billion…

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Customer Service
December 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm

For consumers, the most wonderful time of the year is here. For retailers, it’s the busiest time — and customer service plays a vital role in the sales process. Contact centers are the backbone of any customer service strategy, and this is never more important than during the holiday season. Having an effective contact center…

Get in Sync With Customers to Capture Holiday Sales
December 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

The holiday selling season is shaping up to be all about convenience and control for consumers. Successful retailers will deliver on this wish list by using the right strategies to capture holiday sales and win over consumers. Based on our work with many of the world’s most recognized brands, Alliance Data recently looked at how…

How Technology is Evolving Call-Center Agents’ Jobs
December 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and its year-over-year transformation cannot be overstated. Twenty years ago, the ramp up to Black Friday looked vastly different than it does today — Cyber Monday didn’t even exist! — and that's entirely due to the ever-evolving technologies that are shaping our digital landscape and market demands. For…

How Tech Startup Enjoy is Winning With Customer Service
August 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

In episode 106 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in New York City, Neda Navab, head of customer experience and innovation for Enjoy, an online technology shopping service that offers free home delivery and expert setup, talks about using customer service to enhance physical retail locations.