Forrester's Best Practices Framework for Customer Service

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  • Be aware that there is a real quantifiable cost in providing a poor experience – This can me measured by looking at revenues between the best and worst performers measured across 3 dimensions – additional purchases, churn reduction and recommendations.
  • You all know that we live in an increasingly complex world. The volume of data and information is exploding. Data doubles every 18 months; unstructured information multiplies 6x faster. This data is located everywhere in a company, and is not available to decision makers and company employees in formats that they can act on it.
  • Companies have to support customers on an increasing number of touchpoints – web, mobile, downloadable mobile apps, voice, elect channels, social touchpoints – all which have to be aligned to brand.Customers are using these channels to search, research, compare….
  • First, get the foundations of your knowledge strategy right. You should be delivering the same basic knowledge to customers across all the channels that you support – If you email your customer service agent, or call them, or chat with them, or look for the answer via a web self service portal, you should get the same answer to your question. This involves deciding what sources of knowledge to draw from as well as setting up a program in place with the right biz proceses and org structure to support the ongoing creation and maintenance of content.
  • Forrester's Best Practices Framework for Customer Service

    1. 1. Forresters Best Practice Framework forCustomer ServiceKate Leggett, Senior AnalystOctober, 20111 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    2. 2. Ninety percent of customer service decision-makers tell Forrester that a good service experience is critical to their company’s success. Sixty-three percent think the importance of the customer service experience has risen.2 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    3. 3. Three questions comprise Forrester’s Customer Experience Index Source: January 11, 2011, “The Customer Experience Index, 2011” Forrester report3 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    4. 4. Few companies deliver an outstanding customer experience4 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    5. 5. There is a wide variability between high and lowperformers5 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    6. 6. The difference between high and low performancecan be worth billions of dollars Source: November 19, 2010, “The Business Impact Of Customer Experience, 2010” Forrester report6 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    7. 7. The customer service leader must balance the needs of his customers with the needs of his business Cost Cost Revenue Customer Compliance Regulatory satisfaction compliance Customer Business7 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    8. 8. Negative opinions can spread rapidly through social media8 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    9. 9. The customer service leader must balance the needs of his customers with the needs of his business Cost Cost Revenue Customer Compliance Compliance satisfaction Customer Business9 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    10. 10. But what is it that customers want? Source: August 2, 2011, “Turbocharge Customer Service Processes With Social Technologies” Forrester report10 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    11. 11. What are companies doing to deliver better service?11 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    12. 12. One solution is to move customer service to less expensive communication channels Source: December 18, 2009, “It’s Time To Give Virtual Agents Another Look” Forrester report12 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited 2009
    13. 13. Another solution is to focus on communication channels that customers want to use Source: May 10, 2010, “How To Create A Social Customer Service Strategy” Forrester report13 © 2010 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    14. 14. Issue 1: Knowledge is everywhere Email14 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    15. 15. Issue 2: Companies are offering more customer touchpoints than ever before15 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    16. 16. Issue 3: Multichannel integration remains low on the priority list for most companies Source: May 14, 2010, “Contact Center Purchase Plans 2010” Forrester report16 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    17. 17. Issue 4: The volume of social inquiries and comments is overwhelming17 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    18. 18. What is the No. 1 pitfall that you have experienced while customer service? Lack of executive sponsorship Functionality gaps in the customer service solution Lack of technical knowledge about the solution Poor governance and project management capabilities Poorly defined business processes Inability to integrate smoothly with other solutions Lack of metrics Difficulty in achieving necessary changes in organizational culture 18 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    19. 19. Start with your strategy Ask yourself: “What is your strategy to deliver consistent customer service across all the communication channels you use to interact with your customers? How does your strategy incorporate the voice of the customer?”19 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    20. 20. How mature are your business processes? Customer service business process management focuses on agent and customer functions, including case management, multichannel communications, and field service. How well do you do in supporting the right business processes to keep your customer service customer- centric?20 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    21. 21. Ask yourself the following questions  What is your channel strategy?  Do you deliver a consistent experience across the different communication channels that you support  How well do you process cases?21 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    22. 22. Do you have a consistent knowledge strategy across all touchpoints?22 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    23. 23. How mature are your phone, chat, email, and social channels?23 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    24. 24. Leverage technology wisely Source: May 26, 2011, “Forrester’s Best Practices Framework For Customer Service” Forrester report24 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    25. 25. How well do you manage your people?The most overlooked category of business ismanaging your people.Are you paying attention to . . . Your culture? Your leadership practices? Your collaboration methods? Your training programs? Your performance measures and approaches?25 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    26. 26. Offering excellent customer service is good for business26 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    27. 27. Case Study27 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    28. 28. Thank you Kate Leggett +1 650.269.8658 kleggett@forrester.com Twitter: @kateleggett www.forrester.com © 2009 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited
    29. 29. Self-Assessment  Take the online assessment to see how your organization compares against Forrester’s best practices: www.moxiesoft.com/assessment  Contact Moxie: – info@moxiesoft.com – North America: 1.800.474.1149 – Europe: +44 (0)870 904 112229 © 2011 Forrester Research, Inc. Reproduction Prohibited

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