Poor customer support costs businesses $1.6 trillion in lost opportunities, according to an Accenture estimate. While most articles on customer support focus on companies that serve consumers directly, customer churn affects companies that serve other businesses too. Business people are also consumers. They develop expectations about customer service based on their experience as consumers, and …

You only need to rewind about 15 years or so to remember a time when marketers were limited to communicating with their audiences across just three channels: Television, newspapers, and mail. This meant that marketers could communicate the same message across all three platforms with minimal detrimental impact, but the explosion of new channels and …

Imagine that you’ve just opened a regular newsletter from one of your favourite brands, and the first thing you see is a large banner with the company’s logo front and centre. Having read the email and scrolled to the bottom, you click through to that brand’s Twitter account only to notice that the avatar features …

Shopping – many of us might not like to do it, but we all have to do it. It’s inevitable. Whether you’re looking for clothes, food, sporting goods, holidays abroad or even a new home, buying and selling are as natural as breathing air. What’s more, the Internet has opened up a new way of …

There are many innovations that are rapidly changing the landscape of the contact center. From being able to offer an omnichannel customer experience across multiple channels to internet-enabled devices connecting directly to contact centers to provide proactive service, One of the most interesting innovations that is being increasingly discussed by visionaries and industry experts is …

Say hello to the ‘want it now’ generation – consumers with an insatiable appetite for instant retail gratification. These consumers are easily identified – flitting from device to device, browsing their favourite brands on their mobile devices or desktops, complaining about customer service on social media and running to the closest physical store to collect …

Point-of-sale marketing tactics have historically been limited to basic placards displaying outdated graphics along with some small print pushing today’s hot items. Some marketers take it one step further and recommend pyramids of precipitously stacked products, which a child on a sugar rush inevitably topples. Suffice it to say that for brand marketers, in-store advertising …

Data released in January by GlobalWebIndex showed that 34% of Facebook’s 1.8 billion users had visited a brand’s Facebook page in the previous month and 24% of users had shared some brand content with their friends. These statistics prove that anyone doubting the importance of social media marketing for brands is wrong. The sheer numbers …

With almost a decade of social media presence, and brands talking to their consumers through other than the traditional mediums on digital platforms, even now, a lot of brands are still in denial and consider conventional mediums of advertising as the main platform of communication. One of the reason’s that I can imagine is that …

At first glance, many classic bricks and mortar retailers do not look likely candidates for digital transformation. Let’s look at the rather extreme example of fuel retailers here: they sell a very physical product requiring a physical distribution structure. Consumer choice is often driven by convenience (location) and price, so it is hard to naturally …