Cell Phone Inventor Predicts the Next Big Thing

According to Marty Cooper, 87 years old and a pioneerin wireless communication, cell phones have a big flaw: you constantly have to charge them. And that’s true for all connected wearables (e.g., watches, glasses, health devices). The next big thing, says Cooper, is technology that keeps devices charged without our involvement. One idea is to charge phones using radio frequencies, …

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Are Your Mobile Apps Ready for Prime Time?

Get your apps in good shape and, by all means, don’t dither—get them out there. But you’ve got to ensure they are ready for prime time. In results that were probably no surprise, a Compuware study found that customers have little tolerance for glitchy or unstable mobile apps. Specifically, 71% of users have a low tolerance for unstable apps and …

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Smartphone Statistics

Retailers reported that sales via smartphones grew an average of 87% in 2014. (Source: Forrester, 2015 report) 71% of in–store shoppers who use smartphones for research say their device has become more important to their in-store experience. (Source: Google) 59% of consumers have received an advertising message on their smartphone from a brand or retailer related to their current location. …

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The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 15: Getting Mobile Customer Service Right

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 15: Getting Mobile Customer Service Right There are an estimated 7 billion active mobile phone subscriptions today—one for every living person on the planet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Of course, the number can be misleading, given that many people in developed regions have multiple devices, while others still do not have …

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Smartphone Growth

As of December 2014, nearly 75% of all U.S. mobile subscribers aged 13 and older owned a smartphone. The highest adoption rates belong to mobile subscribers aged 25-34 (88.9%), and 18-24 (88.6%). In January 2013, the smartphone adoption rates for these groups were 73.5% and 72.2%, respectively. Interestingly, the two age groups driving much of the growth in smartphone penetration …

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Multichannel Contact Centers, by the Numbers

How many organizations are using various contact channels? Recent research (Understanding the Customer Journey, a study conducted by ICMI and LiveOps, 2015) explored channel usage in service settings. The questions included both channels supported and the percentage of total contact volume. Here’s a summary of the findings:

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Get It Right with Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are an important part of the emerging customer service landscape. Don’t dither getting there. But by all means, ensure they are ready for prime time. In results that are probably no surprise, a recent Compuware study found that customers have little tolerance for glitchy or unstable mobile apps. Specifically, 71% of users have a low tolerance for unstable …

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