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Author: Tanja Lohrmann

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A cross-country coaching project raises the level of customer satisfaction reported in multilingual contact centers

Transcom is a multinational company with a major global presence and offices in 21 countries on five continents. We offer customer care, sales and technical assistance services in 33 languages.  In Europe, we have several specialist multilingual hubs, including in Budapest, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Belgrade and Riga. Each and every day, our highly qualified customer experience professionals make every effort to create the best possible contact experience for users of every nationality. But to put customers at ease and make them feel that they are fully understood, language fluency is not enough on its own.

It is equally essential to be empathetic and able to interact using the most appropriate idioms and the most effective interpersonal approach, which depends exclusively on the cultural background in each individual country. To develop this knowledge and these skills, we can draw on Transcom’s extensive global presence. We have therefore organized cross-country coaching sessions, inviting expert native speakers to teach multilingual hub teams about the cultural peculiarities of the countries in which users live, in such a way that their contact experience is an even more enjoyable one.

Last summer, for example, we organized a collaboration project between the Rostock (Germany) and Riga (Latvia) sites to help the Riga team improve the level of customer satisfaction. The contact center in Riga provides customer care services in many languages, including German, for an important European bank. The German team in Riga has excellent language skills, but despite this, the customer satisfaction levels measured did not fully meet the standards set by the client. Transcom implemented a fast and effective solution: it was decided to send an expert team leader who is a native German speaker from Rostock to Riga to work alongside the German language team.

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Sascha is the German team leader who flew to Riga to coach the Latvian team

An in-depth quality analysis was performed by listening to calls, revealing some areas for improvement in terms of the language conventions used by various operators during conversations with German customers.

The German team leader worked in close contact with his Latvian colleagues to fill these gaps. He trained the agents involved during special classroom workshops and worked alongside them one by one during calls. At the end of the coaching sessions, a list of “dos and don’ts” when dealing with German customers was prepared and shared with the entire team. As a result of the coaching activities, the Latvian team gained greater sensitivity and awareness about certain cultural peculiarities typical of customers with a German background, e.g. finding the right balance between expressions of courtesy and active listening signals. The reasons for the call are now clearly summarized at the outset to avoid misunderstandings. In addition, effective phrases and formulations have been developed to manage more complex interactions that might evolve into an escalation.

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The team leaders (on the left) and some of the operators who took part in the Riga coaching project

The collaboration between the Rostock and Riga sites will continue in the future. This brief cross-country coaching project has already brought huge benefits to all the subjects involved, and first and foremost to our customers. We work incessantly to improve our services and the customer experience we offer. Our huge global network of contact centers allows us to share knowledge and experiences that help our clients improve their business results.

Author: Philip Sköld

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Innovation in all channels

The rapid digital transformation affects all industries. With more products and more complex services, the demands are increasing for a flexible customer service that can serve all channels on the customer’s terms. At the same time, the customer experience itself has become an increasingly important way for companies to differentiate from the competition.

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More and more customer interactions take place in digital channels. Digitalization is leading us into a new phase where customer service and the customer experience become even more important. This shift is happening quickly. One fourth of Transcom’s turnover is related to non-voice activities, and that number will only increase. We serve customers regardless of channel. And the customer has to have the same great experience, irrespective of whether it is over the phone, chat, email or some other channel.

Transcom is working actively toghether with our clients to come up with new innovations, like implementing smarter technical solutions or simplifying and speeding up processes while also educating and developing our staff. I invite you to read more about the solutions we are developing with our clients in the Hello Transcom magazine.

Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016

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The most colorful event just made it to Transcom Philippines – Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016. A three-part race that happened last May started in Bacolod on May 14, followed by Iloilo the next weekend – May 24; finally getting to Metro Manila last May 29. More than 4,000 employees of Transcom coming from its 5 sites (Bacolod, Iloilo, Mandaluyong (EDSA), Pasig and ROHQ) participated in this grand event.

In initiating this run, Transcom aimed to engage employees and unite them in pursuit of a singular goal– in this case, being healthy. Transcom promotes healthy living and wellness among its employees, and this run was a great start for this campaign. Since Transcom puts much value in family, friends and family members of employees were welcomed to the event

Each participant was given a kit which included a race shirt, a race bib, sunshades, a sweat band, a string bag, a water jug, temporary tattoos, and of course the colored powders!

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Before the gun start, our dear sponsors and partners prepared tons of freebies as giveaways for the participants. Security Bank gave away free ice cream in scoops, an energy drink company gave-away free samples to help the runners stay refreshed. There were lots of biscuits, sweets and even some lozenges. Right before the run, Zumba sessions helped the participants warm up and stretch.

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Splashes of colors were everywhere – on the streets and on the runners. Getting all colored too were the members of the Philippine Volcanoes who joined the Manila Leg. Happy, sweaty and colored runners came back in less than an hour and enjoyed food and refreshments plus music from the invited DJ’s.

The race was categorized into a 3K and a 5K run. Winners of each leg received cash prizes worth:

  • 3K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 5,000H

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 2,500

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 1,500

  • 5K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 10,000

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 7,000

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 5,000

The prizes were not limited to the race winners. Transcom also hosted raffle draws wherein all participants had a chance to win gift certificates, hotel accommodations and gadgets!

Employees really enjoyed the run and had so much fun.  Happy smiles filled the venue and posts they uploaded on Social Media showed their unique perspective on the event.

(edited by: Ginnie Faustino-Galgana)

How personalized services can improve the customer experience in a new Smart Digital Ecosystem

Customer Experience is a pervasive question that extends into the world of Contact Centers. Today it is vital for services offered to satisfy the needs of increasingly attentive, demanding and ‘social’ users.

Contact Centers must therefore be seen in a broader perspective than the one used in traditional approaches. This requires companies to make an organizational effort to deepen the partnership between Client and Contact Center, as they both are dependent on technology in order to implement their shared strategy.

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A Contact Center is not just a verbal communication window between companies and their customers. Today contact centers use a collaborative approach and represent new horizons of communication as cloud technology and integration of new smart components to support digital communication.

The digital innovation offered by Transcom’s Leonardo 2.0.14 project makes it possible to diversify and personalize the services provided to customers, as well as to support back-end and front office functions to deliver the best possible Customer Experience.

The challenges tackled by the project are:

  • How to improve the User Experience through better use of Customer profiles and associated information?
  • When to turn to customised systems and build truly tailor-made solutions around profiled customers?

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These questions reveal how an in-depth knowledge of customers, based on profiling, is a basic requirement for offering personalised services to improve the customer experience in a new Smart Digital Ecosystem context.

Author: Daniel Illmann

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How video tutorials improve customer experience and cut costs

For the last five years, Transcom Germany has been working with a leading satellite navigation brand, offering first and second level technical assistance to drivers who buy a GPS unit. When they have trouble updating the software or other installation or usage issues, users contact our team of technical specialists at the Transcom site in Halle, Germany.

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One of the most highly appreciated features of the service is assistance offered through social media, as well as the adoption of dedicated self-service solutions. The most important example of this is the production of video tutorials, or short teaching films that guide users through all stages of using the software and hardware, from the simplest procedures to the most complex operations. The operator sends the user an email with a link to the video and provides assistance while the video tutorial on the problem in question is playing. During the contact session, the operator draws attention to the most important sections and answers any questions and doubts the customer may have. The videos can be viewed as many times as desired, from any mobile device or PC, without needing to re-contact customer service.

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Transcom made the first video tutorial for this project in 2011 (view it here) and our client company has posted it on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 60,000 times. So far thirty or so video tutorials have been made, some exclusively for assistance staff training purposes.

We asked Transcom Halle Call Center Manager Hans-Rainer Michels to explain how this initiative came into being:

“A few months after the project launch, our client said that they needed to identify operating methods and tools to cut customer contact costs. Transcom proposed making simple, clear video guides, which can easily be viewed by users on their own. Our client liked the idea and particularly the spirit of collaboration and value creation that characterises the partnership with Transcom. The production of this tutorial has reduced the number of calls to the call center (and therefore cut costs), at the same time as improving users’ customer experience.“

How exactly does it work? How does a video tutorial start life?

Michels continues:

“The team dedicated to the project analyses the questions most frequently asked by drivers and the issues they raise and agrees with the client which subjects to produce teaching videos on. All the tutorials are produced at our Halle site using suitable software and then submitted to the client, who provides feedback in the form of additions or changes, before it is posted online”.

The Chat Experience that affects both business results and customer service

In an ever more competitive market, adopting advanced relationship strategies with customers represents a differentiating factor and an effective way to create a sustainable, long-term competitive edge.

In this scenario, retaining customers is increasingly difficult because they are bombarded daily by often very effective marketing communications. That is why we need to turn to the latest new business models, which are increasingly directed at enhancing the customer experience. These models involve comprehensive, ongoing support for customers using a “live” User Centered Business Model.

This is the reason why live chat functions are very popular by both corporate and e-commerce websites. They make it possible to walk customers and prospects through the purchase process, as well as representing an excellent tool to increase the conversion rate (the percentage of visits that are converted into sales). A live chat solution, in fact, represents the ideal response to the expectations of consumers who, in the first instance, want to receive an immediate answer.

In the framework of the LeonarDo 2.0.14 project, Transcom is developing chat and collaboration tools to provide our clients with the best omni-channel customer engagement solutions.

In March 2015, our research team entered the prototype phase of an innovative customer care solution and  now this project has reach an advanced level.

One of the main tools developed is a live chat function, because it represents the ideal technical solution to deliver multiple results. What are they?

Increasing the level of customer satisfaction, retention and loyalty. A live chat solution is not only the most effective way to receive online support, but also one of the best channels for instant interaction with the company.
Increasing sales.   Walking customers through the purchase process and providing a rapid response  to reduce the loss rate of “undecided” users establishes a personal relationship between seller and purchaser, as well as offering the  possibility of using the “right” agent to engage the “right” visitor.
Responding to customer management issues (shipment, after-sales service) and developing the relationship with the purchaser to guarantee a pleasant and personalized experience, even after purchases have been closed, using a CRM system.
Reducing service costs.   Interaction by live chat costs less than other channels (telephone and email). The agent spend less time on each individual user interaction and can also manage multiple customers simultaneously (generally 4-5).

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Generally speaking, the implementation of a live chat solution simplifies the relationship with customers or prospects, providing personalized, targeted support for a company’s services or products, without requiring customers to leave the web platform. This encourages positive purchase decisions and develops the relationship that the customer/prospect has entered into with the company.

Live chat solutions available on the market provide a multichannel online platform that offers real time web interaction between customers and contact center operators without any special configuration or installation requirements (it is a cloud-based service), as well as the possibility of using a combination of various tools: chat, real-time collaboration including co-browsing and document sharing, VoIP (audio and video), callback and so on.

In the test phase, the assistance tools developed by the LeonarDo laboratory are delivering excellent results. Monitoring the services offered to our clients has revealed that the solution significantly improves the customer experience of users who are walked through the entire navigation process.