Customer satisfaction with chatbots: the surprising role of speed

Modern life demands speed, right? We eat, speak and walk faster than we used to. We are disappointed if our favourite online store does not offer next day delivery (even if, pragmatically, we could very well wait). And we want 24/7 customer service so that we can get instant replies to our queries.   However, … Continue reading Customer satisfaction with chatbots: the surprising role of speed

The customer perspective on AI

There is considerable interest regarding the potential of AI for various customer facing tasks – from market prospecting, to sales and after-sales. But what will customers think of these technologies? Will they be happy that their delivery query is being handled by a chatbot, or that their meal is being delivered by a robot? Jochen … Continue reading The customer perspective on AI

The potential of AI for customer facing applications

There is considerable interest regarding the potential of AI for various customer facing tasks, from market prospecting, to sales and after-sales. But there are also considerable technical limitations to keep in mind, when planning the deployment of AI-powered solutions to carry out tasks that have a direct impact on the customer experience. If deployed in … Continue reading The potential of AI for customer facing applications

Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines

Twitter can be a great channel for customer service. As my own research shows, customers see Twitter as a quick way of solving problems, obtaining information, and connecting with (and learning from) other users. Yet, not all firms seem to be embracing it. Research by Priyanga Gunarathne, Huaxia Rui and Abraham Seidmann, looking at how … Continue reading Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines

When the firm’s customer is the public’s enemy

Sometimes, good customers do bad things. I mean, they do things that are good for the business, but which may have negative consequences for the wider public. In those cases, the government may intervene and demand that the firm acts in a way that meet the government’s goals (regarding the public good) but which runs contrary … Continue reading When the firm’s customer is the public’s enemy

Talk by UK Country Manager for Amazon, Doug Gurr

Amazon is much maligned for the effect it has on small retailers (not just bookstores), how it treats its warehouse workers, tax avoidance and other controversies. But one thing is true: it has amazing customer service.   I have been on the receiving end of great customer service from Amazon on numerous occasions and, again, this … Continue reading Talk by UK Country Manager for Amazon, Doug Gurr

Labels matter for how organisations treat customers

A pudding tastes better when it is described as ‘healthy’ than when it is described as ‘diet’. A business proposal is more credible and persuasive when it is delivered by someone with the title 'director' than when delivered by the same person but using any other title. And students judge online courses more favourably when … Continue reading Labels matter for how organisations treat customers