Three Major Customer Service Trends

We are well into 2017. How’s it going? Take a minute to reflect on how customer service continues to evolve at your organization. If you missed the December issue of my Edge of Service™ Newsletter, you might enjoy reading about three predictions that I have for 2017. The Edge of Service™ Newsletter Issue 19: Three Predictions for 2017 By any …

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The Magnitude of Mobile

Need a reason to refine your mobile strategy? Here are some statistics that remind us of how ubiquitous mobile devices have become. There are now 8 billion active mobile subscriptions – more than the population of the planet. (Cisco) Mobile data traffic has grown 4,000 fold in the past ten years. (Cisco) There will be 200 billion connected smart devices …

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The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 20: TEDx: Thriving in an Always-On World

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 20: TEDx: Thriving in an Always-On World Being always connected…is it a blessing or a curse? Are we in charge, or are we slaves to our smartphones? For the past three decades, I’ve been privileged to work with a diverse range of organizations—from small startups to national governments and multinational corporations—in shaping their customer …

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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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