Mobile Customer Service Trends

There is one word that captivates the agenda of today’s customer service, marketing and IT executives alike: MOBILE.  Mobile devices are outstripping PCs (in Australia, for example, more than two thirds of people own a smartphone), and in many markets, more customers interact with contact centres from a mobile phone than a landline.  Perhaps surprisingly….

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Office Ergonomics: top 10 tips

One of the biggest productivity killers, whether in an office or call centre environment, is poor ergonomics. The good news is that this driver of absenteeism and cost is largely preventable. Here are 10 prevention tips, provided by Matchboard’s O.T. consultant: Chair height adjusted so the elbows are slightly higher than the desk Backrest of….

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Call Centre Audio Map

Matchboard’s Call Centre Audio Map allows you to click on a country and hear a call sample, illustrating a “typical” accent for English-language calls in that country.  The Map is a world-first initiative, designed to help companies draw informed conclusions about accents when considering location options for their call centre. Our call samples are used….

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Born to Chat

9 in 10 consumers want support while online and web chat is ranked by customers as the “easiest” channel through which to communicate – just beating social media, but outstripping email, phone and online self-service by far.*   So why do so few high-traffic websites offer web chat?  The answer is not as clear as the….

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Are you KPIing your Relationship Manager?

If you are outsourcing a contact centre, back office or IT function, you probably have a Relationship Manager and a framework under which your account is managed.   Effective relationship management is one of the most important ingredients of a successful outsourcing program, yet how many organisations are KPI-ing it?  In the new world of partnering….

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Regional Australia – the Pros and Cons

There is much talk about near-shoring and offshoring, but for some organisations, Australia is home.  Matchboard recently interviewed a variety of organisations operating a contact centre in regional Australia to learn about the pros and cons of a regional versus capital city location strategy.  The Pros The most widely cited benefit of a regional contact centre is single….

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The benefits of Social Media you should never forget

Social Media is usually the coveted domain of marketing departments, yet the benefits of social media stretch way beyond marketing.  A good starting point is to consider not what it allows companies to do, but what it allows their customers to do. Most companies try to measure Social Media Marketing in terms of revenue, sales,….

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10 Best Practices for Contact Centres

What are the top 10 best practices in customer service and contact centre operations in Australia?  This was the question a client recently challenged Matchboard to answer. The number of white papers, ebooks and market research reports on this topic is, frankly, overwhelming, so we’ve distilled our top 10 best practices for customer operations below. ….

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Contact Centres in Australia

There are thousands of contact centres in Australia, but if you are outsourcing, finding the right one to meet your needs is not as difficult as you may think, thanks to new matching technology which queries your needs against a database of contact centres serving the Australian market. Matchboard has collated information about each supplier….

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Contact Centre Forecast: mostly cloudy, with rays of sunshine

Despite automation speeding through our every-day lives like a bullet train, human contact centres continue to play a fundamental role in customer service. And cloud is integral to maintaining and delivering the service effectively and efficiently. Here are eight reasons we’re optimistic about cloud contact centres:   1.    Internet of Things Use of cloud technology to….

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Lessons in BPO Procurement from Origin Energy

Leading the Retail Procurement team at Australia’s largest energy retailer, Origin Energy, is Glenn Watkins. In this exclusive Matchboard interview, Glenn reveals lessons learnt in procuring business process outsourcing (BPO) services, and offers some valuable tips to potential partners. The energy sector relies heavily on outsourcing for customer management functions. What are the most critical….

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