Time-Tested Tips for Handling Tough Contacts

How equipped are your agents for those situations when something is going wrong? When customers are clearly upset? Here are some time-tested tips: If your organization messed up, acknowledge it in a sincere way—and in plain language. (How often as a customer do you see or hear the scripted words, “We regret any inconvenience this may have caused”?) As writing …

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GM Leverages AI in Social Customer Care

GM, America’s largest automobile manufacturer, has more than 17 million social brand mentions and engages in more than 400,000 customer care conversations each year. GM set (and met) two aggressive goals to support their customer-centric vision. Goal 1: Deliver on today’s customer expectations. GM recognized that customers are increasingly turning to social channels for customer service, and established a response …

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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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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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