A survey of almost 3000 consumers across three generations in nine countries, including Australia, has provided some valuable insights into what consumers regard as a really bad customer experience failure, what they do about it and what customer service providers need to do about it.
If companies set great score by what people say on social media they would probably abandon loyalty programmes altogether. According to a survey undertaken by global consulting firm Capgemini in December 2014, the percentage of customer sentiment about loyalty programs that is negative, as expressed on social media, is north of 90 percent for most industries. Telecoms fared worst with 96 percent of commentary being unfavourable. Hotel chains came out best, but the result was not great: 72 percent disapproval.
It's hard enough delivering a great customer experience, but what makes it much more difficult are the differing expectations of different generations: how they like to interact with companies and how they want to be served.
Creating a cohesive customer journey has emerged as the top priority for marketeers in 2015, in a survey of 5000 marketers across a dozen countries, undertaken by Salesforce.
Callcenteriq.com, which bills itself as "the most significant community, resource hub and advisory for call centre and customer experience professionals," has published a list of its most read articles of 2014. Second from the top came from Downunder. Here's what it was about, along with the others that got readers excited.
Microsoft's Australian partner, Generation-e, is hosting a freeone day conference to mark the launch of Skype for Business (the successor to Microsoft Lync Server) in Sydney on 4 June and Premier Technologies will be there as a silver sponsor.
A worldwide survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit of almost 500 CMOs and senior marketing executives worldwide, 'The rise of the marketer, Driving engagement, experience and revenue', has unveiled expectations of rapid and major upheaval in marketing in the next five years.
According to research firm Gartner, overly centralised business intelligence (BI) and analytics teams cannot deliver the domain expertise and responsiveness most organisations require. It says organisations should create a two-tier model under which a central team works collaboratively with other teams distributed throughout the enterprise.
A recent article on the Smart Company web site described Peter Langham, CEO of Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance, which services the SME sector, as champion of customer service excellence and of the net promoter score as a means of measuring it. But does NPS deserve such reliance being placed on it?
"How dirty is your data" asks Forrester in a white paper with that title. It argues that the practice of gathering customer data and then using it for sales and marketing purposes has evolved over many years in the absence of rigorous controls and usage policies, that this has precipitated a backlash from regulators, which has resulted in what today are well-publicised, and onerous, policies on personal information and privacy.
- The customer experience disconnect dilemma
- CMOs and CIOs told to sing from the same song sheet
- How to harness the power of data
- Another challenge for customer experience management
- What will CRM look like in 2015?
- Customer service: it's all about customer autonomy
- Net promoter score: what's it worth
- Welcome to the customer experience arms race
- Users demanding more from lead management
- The future of customer experience is here. Don't miss out!
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