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Author: Philip Sköld

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Customer care in a digitalized world

“Customer experience has never been hotter”. These were the words written in a trend analysis published at the end of 2016 by Forbes Magazine.

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They are not exactly alone in highlighting the significance and value of customer experience: if you do a quick Google search, you get more than 34 million widely varying hits for the term. There are many companies and organizations that have realized that digitalization has a fundamental impact on customer relationships. It is of course all about the way customers experience the services and products themselves, but also about the way the company behind these services treats its customers – that is, the actual customer service offered.

Meanwhile, driven by the younger generation, today’s customers have much higher expectations of their suppliers than say 10 years ago because of the novel fast mobile services now on offer. One bad experience is enough for a customer to switch service providers with a couple of clicks. And there is also the risk of the customer then communicating on social media, which doesn’t tend to do much to strengthen a brand.

Customer experience is increasingly crucial to all companies today. It’s an important source of differentiation. At the same time, digitalization is gradually changing the playing field in terms of companies’ interaction with their customers. The technical tools now available are creating new opportunities to meet customers’ expectations. But the challenge is to strike the right balance between human interaction and automated services.

In the article “Customer care in a digitalized world” by Johan Wickström, published in our Hello Transcom magazine, you can read more about the latest trends and how Transcom is continuously innovating to address the changes in our industry.

Transcom improves travel and leisure experience for a leading operator’s customers

In May 2015, one of the world’s largest travel operators became our client. The company, which operates exclusively online, offering leisure solutions and ideas to millions of users worldwide, has a significant presence today in Europe and particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and France. In this framework, Transcom acts as a strategic partner, providing efficient multilingual, multichannel assistance services and managing customer service activities on the European market.

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Our client offers a huge range of travel services on its website (hotels, flights, holidays, car hire, cruises), with an entire section devoted to the leisure offering, featuring special theme packages in the areas of sport and adventure, events, concerts, wellness packages, original gift ideas, tickets for football matches and much more.

The customer service activities entrusted to Transcom’s multilingual team cover the entire range of services and aim to ensure that users receive the best possible travel and leisure experience.

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The most important requirement expressed by the client was to combine high quality multilingual services with a competitive price model. The solution proposed by Transcom fully satisfies this expectation and today provides quality at the highest level and the best possible customer experience in various languages out of two different operating centers: Budapest and Tunisia.

Transcom’s presence in so many different areas of the world and the consolidated experience it has accumulated in the travel sector underpin the success of the partnership and open up possibilities for further collaboration outside Europe.

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.

Transcom finalizes multi-lingual customer service transition for an innovative e-commerce provider

Our client, a lifestyle fashion company that offers an engaging and personalized shopping experience to over 35 million members worldwide through its portfolio of brands, was looking for a new partnership for enabling a multi-lingual customer service in a fast growing environment. In 2014, Transcom was selected as the new strategic partner to support the client’s European multi-channel and multi-lingual inbound customer service operations.

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All our client’s customers become part of a membership program and member service is setup as an integral and essential part of their business strategy to provide a seamless member experience, which ultimately leads to business growth. Professional management of order inquiries, returns & exchanges, billing inquiries and retention activities are the key objectives in this strategic partnership. After an initial 6-months pilot phase, we have now agreed and signed a two year contract.
Transcom operates worldwide through 54 contact center across 23 countries, delivering services in 33 languages to over 400 international brands in various industry verticals.

A stable customer satisfaction level in the transition phase and clear improvements of customer experience (proven by KPI development) after full transition have shown that Transcom’s proposed solution meets exactly the clients requirements. Now the customer service organization is perfectly prepared for further growth scenarios for different languages and European markets.

Author: Annica Strahner

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Leading the way in Customer Experience

This year Transcom celebrates 20 years in business. Since we opened our first site in Karlskoga, Sweden in 1995, the company has grown from a single-country, single client operation into a global customer care specialist with operations in 23 countries, employing 30 000 people, serving more than 400 clients. But during these years the global customer care industry has undergone tremendous changes as well, driven by new technology and shifting consumer behavior.

To meet the these challenges, we rely on our people who patiently listen and share their knowledge to our client’s customers day after day, via traditional voice and multichannel solutions.

In our new corporate video, these special people are the core that makes it possible for Transcom to lead the way in customer experience.

 

Author: Monica Llagostera

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Trends and expectations in customer care in 2015

While change and evolution are part of our DNA as a species, there is no doubt that in recent years we have witnessed a rapid acceleration of the pace at which these changes are happening.

Access to technology and to knowledge is spreading so rapidly that users are now more interconnected and are taking better decisions based on the available information. Therefore  customers have more impact on the success of any product or company.

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Furthermore, they are aware of this new equilibrium in which they play a leading role and this “consciousness” makes our public increasingly demanding and their expectations, higher:

Attention and response times: Once the user is connected all the time (via smartphone, tablet, etc), his or her concept of ”reasonable waiting time” has changed and shortened. Users understand that companies must adapt to them and not vice versa. The customer expects extended care times to be available 24/7 and, at the same time, shorter response times consistent with the effort he is willing to make to solve queries about a product or service.

Accuracy of the service: The customer is willing to share a lot of information with companies as long as the use of it means more customized offers and services, otherwise he will not waste his time.

Consistency and omnichannel: If a company offers its users a wide range of contact channels, the customer will feel free to choose the one that best suits his purpose, but will hardly accept that the company does not have the ability to know about all his  interactions and act accordingly, and he will wait for the same answer regardless of the access channel.

Proactive knowledge: Customers are assuming that companies are investing in order to know their needs and preferences. Thus, they will assume that any of the suppliers will monitor what is said of their company and its services with the intention of improving and, if necessary, the company will proactively respond even when a corporate channel has not been specifically used

To live up to these high expectations, companies must pay attention to consumer trends, anticipate them, and be able to adapt.

Some of the trends we have been watching during 2014 and that we expect to be even stronger in 2015 are the following.

- Mobile Connectivity: Internet access through mobile devices has already exceeded access from computers. Furthermore, the use of mobile applications has increased by 74% during 2014, the “Life-style and Shopping category” being the fastest-growing one, with 174%. This means that we must focus especially on improving the experience of the mobile customer.
But the impact of mobile technology goes far beyond. From the weareables, to mobile payments, the increase of installed sensors in homes and in shops, and the data analysis that they all will generate, represent a unique opportunity to deepen our knowledge of users, trends, and to get “insights” that will allow us to improve our offer by adapting it to the real demand.

- Real-time analysis: Never before have companies  been able to collect so much information. However, the raw data are not enough. Correct analysis of data and the right speed in processing them are essential to better understand consumer trends and  therefore being able  to improve the customer experience and consequently, increase sales and gain a competitive advantage.

Content Production and customer self-service: All this knowledge that companies have nowadays, can, and should, revert directly to a better customer service. It becomes imperative to know your customer’s needs and doubts and anticipate them, creating content that can be easily accessed by users, which will give them greater autonomy, while improving the customer experience and helping reduce the cost of calls or contacts through other channels.

It would be a terrible mistake to ignore this reality in which we are moving and that directly shows us the right path. That is why Transcom is working closely with our clients to help them develop strategies and processes together that help them to get the most of the information we obtain through improving the experience we deliver in each of our services.