Over 70% of UK organisations which offer contact centre services are failing to implement new ways of communicating with their customers, a new survey shows.
Despite a rise in the use of digital technology, the study showed that seven out of ten UK firms don’t look for alternative ways to communicate with their customers if they fail to hear back from them.
The figure comes from research undertaken by business process outsourcing firm Sigma Connected, and digital collections and recoveries experts Arum, with the partnership surveying 50 UK companies about their use of human interaction and digital channels when engaging with customers.
The study also reveals that only one third tailor their communications following customer feedback, with 28% also failing to offer any option for a customer to have a human conversation to solve issues such as billing or service problems.
Colin McMahon, Director of Financial Services at Sigma Connected said: “What our research has shown is that many organisations are often too set in their ways when it comes to customer contact and must be more responsive to their needs.
“We now live in a world where consumers want brands to give them a personalised service. That needs a blend of human-to-human and technology-led options. Some people prefer using online chat functions to solve their billing or payment plan issues, but others who are perhaps vulnerable and need specialist support, require one-to-one discussions. Organisations must find that balance if they want to retain customers and service them responsibly.
“The report highlights a rise in the use of digital channels which is expected, but especially in today’s cost of living crisis, people want to discuss their situation with someone who can empathise. It ultimately shows that more organisations should be listening to and acting on customer feedback about how they want to engage.”
Carlos Osorio, managing director of Arum added: “We want to understand more about how organisations are making use of digital and voice channels to best help their customers and this latest research tells us so much.
“On one hand, digital channels are on the rise, but there is evidence of companies not tailoring communications in line with customer preferences.
“We are in an era when it has never been more important to get the balance right between a human conversation, and using tools like live chat, instant messenger and smartphone apps.”
The report also pinpoints payments as the main area companies would look to automate, and the situations where they believe voice analytics are best utilised.
Readers and business outsourcing professionals can view a webinar which covers the results in more detail via the Sigma Connected website. For a further discussion, readers can also contact Colin McMahon at Sigma Connected through email@example.com.
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About Sigma Connected
Sigma Connected is a multi-award-winning Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider that specialises in outsourced (white-label) contact centre services, business process outsourcing, training and consultancy services, collections, complaints handling, customer services and vulnerable customer support services. Founded in 2011, Sigma employs over 4,000 people and is expanding its operations from state-of-the-art contact centres in the UK, Australia and South Africa. Sigma has an ethical approach to treating customers.
Arum is the UK’s leading independent provider of advisory and professional services within collections and revenue across the public and private sectors. With over 24 years’ experience in over 20 countries, organisations choose Arum to prevent and resolve their problem collections and revenue challenges. Their official website is available through www.arum.co.uk.