The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be a challenging time for businesses. For retail businesses, apart from increased sales in-store and online, customers are also more likely to contact customer service over queries such as delivery or collection of orders, product availability, and making returns or exchanges. For Technical Support teams, however, it may actually mean a drop in the number of inbound calls but they also have to manage staff taking holiday and working on a reduced schedule. Sustaining high levels of customer service during this time can actually give businesses the chance to shine and build up customer loyalty that will last them throughout the coming year.
At one point in time, the humble telephone was used by businesses simply to make calls – pick up the phone, dial a number and speak to the customer. But with advances in technology, they can now do so much more. Modern telephony helps to combine the best of both the worlds – the humble telephone meets technology. Computer-telephony integrations bridge the gap between your telephone system and your data helping businesses handle calls better, drive productivity and improve customer satisfaction.
Technology has heavily influenced sales and marketing strategy. We have come a long way from the days of using spreadsheets, Filofax and fax machines, and even phones, as part of the sales process. These days, it’s all about using one, single technology solution that covers all key business activities. There are a number of software tools or platforms available for boosting a business’s productivity.
The support function is an important aspect of any business. They are responsible for the customer’s experience, post-sale. They are here to help resolve issues and answer queries, to provide a high quality of service which ensures that their customers’ opinions of the products or services that they purchased and their opinions about the company itself, do not change in the long term.
CRM systems have taken a significant role in all companies – from start-ups to big corporations. Sales teams use it to manage their pipelines. Sourcing teams use it to manage their suppliers. Support teams use it as their knowledge base. Some companies even choose to integrate their accounting system into their CRM, in order to have a 360˚ view of their customer profiles. Here, we will break down five ways to improve CRM system efficiency.
There has always been a belief that if you work better, you’ll get more time and have a more productive day. In fact, there are a lot of tips and tricks offered by many sites, experts and businesses that can help you get the most out of your day. But what if it’s not about the things that you do, but the tools that you use that can help?
Humans – a show on Channel 4 (UK) that was aired a few months ago and was based on Swedish science-fiction drama, Äkta Människor. Set in the near-future, the show focuses on ‘Synths’ – highly advanced robots that have been developed by ‘Persona Synthetics’, whose tagline is ‘Closer to Humans than Ever Before’. These ‘Synths’ have become commonplace, with the show examining their impact on society and, of course, on humans.