Customer Service

Will Millennial Customers Demand A Better Experience?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Alistair Niederer

One of the key drivers of change in the way that customers expect service is that the millennial generation is becoming so dominant in society. These are the people born from 1980 up to the millennium who are now university age up to their mid-thirties.

Will Sainsbury's or Amazon Win The Battle For UK Groceries?

Mark Hillary | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

I was surprised to see that the Wall Street Journal reported negatively on the takeover of Home Retail Group (including Argos) by the supermarket gian...

Customer Service and What It Is Important to Leave Your Desk!

Lauren Riley | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Lauren Riley

If any of you are following me on social media, you will have no doubt seen that I have been doing a LOT of traveling with my business recently. I tho...

Customers Still Unimpressed by the Cold Shoulder From the 'Big Six' Energy Suppliers

Henning Ogberg | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Henning Ogberg

It seems that the unseasonably mild temperatures that dominated December, with their associated sights of unsettling oddness such as daffodils blossom...

The Invaluable Art of Hospitality

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

I cried a little when we left our tropical vacation. As the seaplane ascended into the cloudless blue sky leaving the sparkling waters below, a tear formed. Normally embarrassment would keep me from admitting this.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Regretful Tuesday' Following a Weekend of Frenzied Sales

Henning Ogberg | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Tech
Henning Ogberg

Joining the likes of Barbie and Beyoncé, the hamburger and powered flight, it seems that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two more American imports that have taken up a permanent berth in the British consciousness.

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

We Should Never Stop Complaining!

Edward Adoo | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Edward Adoo

It's the expectation for everything to be done in the right way. Yes things do go wrong, that cannot be helped. We are human and things are bound to g...

Here's Why Tesco 'The Brand' Could Use A Little Help

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Suzanne Hoare

My sister just got back from Tesco. "Something weird just happened," she said. Little did I know 'something weird' would involve a red pepper. "I ...

Wearables Are Here to Stay and They're Changing Our Relationship With Brands

Garry Veale | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

They're finally in store and on people's arms. Proud owners seem to gather a crowd of admirers, hanging off their wrists wherever they go, and gossip blogs are wondering which celebs have one. I'm talking about the Apple Watch, of course...

In The Era Of The Democratised Customer, What Kind Of Customer Service Do You Prefer?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Alistair Niederer

For the past few years I have been blogging about how far and how fast customer service has changed. A decade ago companies would give you a phone num...

Are You Being Served? Supermarket Customer Service Reviewed By... You

Ben Stockman | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Ben Stockman

Unlike many consumer reports which tend to focus on price and other elements, a new report written by customers, for customers has named Morrisons top supermarket for customer service...

What's Going to Make Quad Play Pay-off for Telecoms Companies?

Robert Williams | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Robert Williams

Whether it's discussing a service over the phone or an engineer installing a solution at a customer's house, everyone working for the company is a brand ambassador and the end user shouldn't be able to notice a difference in the levels of service.

Restaurant Responds To Hen Night's Complaints In VERY Unflattering Way

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A Manchester restaurant appears to have deleted its social media accounts after they launched a vicious tirade in response to a scathing one-star revi...

When Was The Last Time You Actually Enjoyed Calling A Contact Centre?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Alistair Niederer

This move to customers using multiple channels at all times has been supported further by the prevalence of smart phones. Internet access from almost anywhere is easy today and the culture of engagement has been accelerated because of this.

TV Company Has Customer Service Nightmare After Calling Woman A 'C***'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK

A woman has been left seething after receiving a letter from her cable television provider dubbing her a very nasty word. Esperanza Martinez, of Or...

Start-ups Will Bring Consumers Higher Levels of Service This Year - Benefiting All of Britain

Chris Ciauri | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

Word-of-mouth is still the best way to grow a business, and with social media, there's never been a better time to encourage people to share their strongly positive experiences widely. Each customer can influence tens, even hundreds of people nearly effortlessly.

Where NOT to Buy your Turkey at Christmas!

Jenny Florence | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

A few days before Christmas I bought a free range turkey at Lidl's, use by date 26th, drove home and put it into the fridge, still in its carrier bag. On Christmas morning I opened the bag to discover a somewhat unpleasant smell. The turkey was just on the turn.

2015: Power to the Consumer

Garry Veale | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

2014 has been the first full year of my current job. It's been a time of rapid change, not just for me, but for the tech industry as a whole...

The Importance of Customer Service

Hugh Salmon | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

The cleaning ladies were seated at a table in the restaurant by the pool. Presumably, their morning break. They smoked roll-up cigarettes and spoke loudly. Very loudly. Not Greek, but an unknown Eastern European language. They were not smiling. They were arguing. Loudly.

How Brands Are Making Social Media a Meaningless Buzzword

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

Social media is increasingly becoming meaningless as a buzzword used by many business and organisations. Social media cannot do magic for businesses if they fail to fulfil their customers' expectations in a timely manner.

Mobility: Making Customers Your First Priority

Miguel Milano | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

Businesses simply can't afford to wait to respond to customer queries anymore. Anytime, anywhere, instant access and richer interactions with some brands have also fostered impatience across the board, as witnessed by the customer care streams on Twitter, jammed with customers thrilled by lightning-speed responses or appalled by slow ones.

Why I Am Giving Up Tipping, Part II

Jeff Salmon | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jeff Salmon

In countries where tipping is not the norm, the general understanding is that tipping is a reward for those who go above-and-beyond to offer a top-quality service. However, the Japanese, for example, suggest that the employer is paying good money for their staff to do precisely that - and surely that work ethic cannot be faulted.

Why I Am Giving Up Tipping - And You Should Too

Jeff Salmon | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jeff Salmon

It has taken me 61 years to realise: I'm an idiot. Up to now, I've always been a generous tipper... But I've finally come to my senses and now find the habit dated and downright embarrassing for both tipper and tippee.

Up the Amazon Without a Paddle - A Bad Reviewers Review

Andrew Telling | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Telling

Companies placing responsibility in the hands of the public is both bold and precarious. Nowhere is this more evident than in the review sections that gild the product pages of Amazon. Of course, the majority serve as a valuable steer for would-be customers. Many, however, fail to reach even the most basic criteria required.