Online, Mobile & IT

  • Unsubscribe Me!

    How Easily Do You Let Customers Go, and How Well Do You Entice Them to Come Back?

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    Suffering from email overload? Start using those unsubscribe links on most email communications. But you will find that it is easier to get off some companies’ lists than others.
    Apr. 2, 2015
    Strategies
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  • Zopa: Peer-to-Peer Lender Celebrates 10 Years

    Spawned a Global Multibillion Industry; Still Going Strong

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    Over 50,000 British consumers have invested in providing loans to over 100,000 British consumers and small business owners via Zopa since 2005. Lenders have provided £770,000 of their money to their peers, in exchange for an average return of 5 percent.
    Mar. 20, 2015
    Strategies
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  • Creating Customer-Centric Websites

    Ensure that Your Customers Can Easily Accomplish What They Came to Do

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    Your web site should clearly demonstrate that you understand what it is that your customers are trying to do—their key scenarios—as they relate to your products and services. Are you putting your customers’ scenarios front and center? And are you allowing them to progress through their scenarios without any detours or obstacles?
    Mar. 5, 2015
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  • Salesforce Service Cloud

    Capabilities for Self-Service, Assisted-Service, and Social Customer Service

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    Salesforce Service Cloud provides a broad and deep collection of customer service capabilities across self-service, assisted-service, and social customer service channels, earning an excellent evaluation. Read the specifics in our 50-page evaluation.
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Technologies
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  • How Good Is Apple Pay’s Ecosystem?

    How Well Does Apple Pay’s Ecosystem Meet Consumers’ and Partners’ Critical Needs?

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    How viable is the Apple Pay ecosystem? Will all 15 categories of players required to support mobile payments play together nicely? Will all of these partners align to support consumers’ four critical moments of truth for mobile payments?
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Strategies
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  • Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software

    Delivering Answers and Solutions; Creating and Resolving Cases

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    Use this new version of our Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software Products to produce actionable evaluations, comparisons, and selection. It’s adaptable to every type of customer service application.
    Oct. 15, 2014
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  • How Apple Pay Stacks Up

    How Well Does Apple Pay Meet Consumers’ Critical Needs?

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    Our preliminary Customers.com report card on the Apple Pay customer experience focuses on consumers’ four customer-critical moments of truth. Apple Pay Mobile E-Wallet earns grades from B+ in security to D in where you can use it.
    Oct. 11, 2014
    Strategies
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  • Secure for “Your Own Good!”

    Cumbersome Security Measures Create Difficult Customer Experiences

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    Bank of America doesn’t streamline customers’ address changes across BoA product lines. Comcast sets long, arbitrary router passwords and discourages customers from changing them—using “security” as a flimsy excuse.
    Oct. 1, 2014
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  • 10 Requirements for Personal Information in Health & Fitness Apps and Patient Portals

    Personal Health Records Will Flip Control in the Healthcare Industry from Payers to Patients

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    Customers want control over their health and medical information. What’s needed for a new wave of health & fitness apps? 
    Sep. 11, 2014
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  • Desk.com from Salesforce.com

    Customer Service for Small and Growing Businesses

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    Desk.com, from Salesforce.com, provides case, account, and knowledge management capabilities across assisted-service, self-service, and social customer service channels for very-small, small, and mid-sized businesses. Read our evaluation in this report.
    Aug. 22, 2014
    Technologies
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  • The CaringBridge Customer Ecosystem

    Millions of People and Hundreds of Companies Align around Patients’ Health Journeys

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    CaringBridge.org’s apps and tools help to provide emotional support during a health crisis. Using an online journal and guest book, each patient can provide updates for friends and family to track.
    Aug. 8, 2014
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  • Apple/IBM Enterprise MobileFirst Partnership

    Will Enterprise IT Execs & Mobile App Developers Embrace IBM’s MobileFirst iOS Offerings?

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    This partnership to support mobile devices and apps in the enterprise is significant.  IBM will sell, support, and manage iDevices and apps that can integrate into back-end systems.
    Jul. 24, 2014
    Strategies
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  • IBM Watson Engagement Advisor

    Addressing Customer Support Using Cognitive Technology

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    Through its use of cognitive technology, IBM Watson Engagement Advisor is an innovative and visionary virtual assisted-service offering, an offering that can (almost) think and learn.
    Jul. 10, 2014
    Technologies
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  • How Amazon’s Fire Phone Enhances Its Customer Ecosystem

    Firefly Lets You Manage the “Internet of Things”

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    Amazon’s Fire Phone is a significant boost to Amazon’s customer ecosystem. Mayday—24x7 customer service on your phone—sets a new bar. Firefly—identify an object and take actions—puts control of the “Internet of Things” in Fire users’ hands.
    Jun. 27, 2014
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  • Do You See What I See?

    Why Customer Service Reps Need to Be Able to Access What Customers Actually Saw

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    When customers can see information within their account pages on your website that your support agents can’t see, how can they trust your CSRs to really help when there are problems?
    Jun. 19, 2014
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  • The Customer Revolution Is Coming Back!

    Customers Are on the Cusp of Retaking Control Over the Big Things that Impact Their Lives

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    The next customer revolution is upon us. We will regain control of things that matter most in our lives: our government, our financial well-being, our health, our jobs, our privacy, and our access to the Internet.
    Jun. 12, 2014
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  • Personalized Answers to Customers’ Questions

    Creative Virtual V-Person Is the First Virtual Agent to Provide Personalization

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    V-Person is Creative Virtual’s virtual agent offering. It can deliver personalized answers to customers’ questions on web, mobile (text and voice), social, and IVR channels.
    Apr. 24, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Inconsistent Customer Service Information from Bank of America

    Four Different CSRs; Four Different Responses

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    Trying to sign up to automatically pay my new Bank of America credit card balance each month turned into a long, frustrating mess because of inconsistent processes and the fact that not all CSRs knew what could be done!
    Apr. 17, 2014
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  • IBM’s MobileFirst “Customer Cloud” Strategy

    Will Enterprise IT Execs Entrust Their Customer Data to IBM’s Cloud & Mobile Tools?

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    How do IBM’s MobileFirst and CodeName: BlueMix PaaS initiatives help corporate information technology executives and developers? Consider using these services to develop your company’s “Customer Cloud.”
    Mar. 28, 2014
    Strategies
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  • Where Are Your Clouds? Location Matters!

    Why Your Customer Data Belongs in the Cloud and Why You Need to Control Jurisdiction

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    Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of cloud computing. A lot of customer information is hosted in clouds. But personally identifiable information needs to be housed in the customer’s home country. Customer clouds should be country-specific.
    Mar. 7, 2014
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