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Horses for courses?

A flurry of headlines this week underlined the extent to which we are dealing with an increasingly fragmented, and in some ways even polarised, customer base. The Sunday Times Rich List revealed that there are now more than 100 billionaires in the UK...

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Wisdom in the crowd

As we head into Easter holiday weekend, one thing most of us are likely to experience is crowds, whether it is on the motorway, at the airport or the supermarket. The sight of a heaving mass of strangers between you and where you want to get to is...

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Internet of Lost Things

This week marked the 25th anniversary of the internet. We are living in the most ‘connected’ age ever. What could be better? The answer, apparently, is the next evolution of the worldwide web: the ‘Internet of Things’. In e...

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Plastic Fantastic

Browsing the news headlines this week you’d be forgiven for thinking you were caught in a timewarp given the excitement generated by news from two very different organisations involving plastic product innovation. The buzz is more understandab...

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Thanks a bunch

Wouldn’t it be nice to be served by a company that not only fulfills your needs to the letter but does it cheerfully and efficiently, and better yet - actually anticipates what you might need in advance? It happened to me this week and I am ...

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Telephone numbers - hide and seek?

I was drawn to a headline in Wednesday's 'I' newspaper which read: “How to raise GDP? pick up the phone!” The writer makes a cogent plea on behalf of frustrated consumers who are increasingly infuriated by organisations which require them...

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Exciting innovations from CCA Industry Council

This week’s CCA Industry Council focused on the main challenges facing some of our biggest brands in meeting changing consumer demands. An insightful case study was presented by our host, Barclays Wealth, detailing their journey from a c...

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CCA on the road!

It’s been another busy week at CCA with lots of information sharing and thought-leadership discussions both across the country and across the Atlantic! I was delighted to present yesterday at Verint’s Global Sales Kick-Off event in Atlan...

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The Future of Work - A long running paradox

Employment figures announced this week showed that UK unemployment fell in the three months to December, while the number of people in work jumped to a new record. The figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that more than 580,000 mo...

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Get ready for the omni-channel customer revolution

The rise of multi-channel customer contact puts an onus on all of us to identify and deploy the best technologies out there to help us do our jobs better and keep our increasingly demanding customers happy. Sounds simple, doesn’t it ? We all...

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Uncomfortable Truths ...

This week has revealed more high street casualties with HMV and Blockbuster, together with disappointing results from M&S. There has been a deluge of reporting from all sorts of analysts, but one thing is becoming clear - a failure to act on what...

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Best wishes for the festive season

If your office is anything like the CCA office then it will be pandemonium with all the last minute planning before we all take a well deserved break. It has been an amazing year in so many ways but also probably one of the most challenging in mem...

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Rebuilding the brand

Earlier this week some 7m customers were affected by the service outage at O2 and the network issues at RBS Group are still having an impact on some of its customers. It is crucial that today’s businesses have the capability and culture to acc...

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Time for Standards?

My first thought on hearing the unfolding news about the banking LIBOR scandal and other related headlines was how difficult it must be for front-line agents dealing with customers at any of the organisations involved. Equally how difficult it must ...

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CCA on the road

Another jam-packed day of meetings yesterday that began with CCA Supplier Council discussing how suppliers can create better partnerships with inhouse and BPO providers to offer an improved experience for customers. Fascinating input from The Cabine...

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CloudForce 2011

Towards Transparency - A shift in customer communications CCA 2011© I am really excited to be at CloudForce today - what a buzz.. I think my message is about joined up communications rather than battling over silos - easier said than done whe...

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CCA Customer Experience Council Update

Great customer experience session in London in the beautiful Gallup offices, overlooking the Thames. An incredibly busy day with the launch of our bi-annual benchmarking results. The great news is that the average c-sat measure for the group has gone...

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Who's complaining?

Had great meetings this week in London with two of our larger outsourcing members - Careline Services and The Listening Company which were quickly followed by a visit to the Treasury office who are discussing with us their Digital Strategy for delive...

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Overload?

Just reading March Harvard Business review and read this sentence a few times over.. ‘According to one estimate, businesses collected more information in 2010 than in all prior years combined’ (HBR March 2011 p99) If so, what an opport...

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