SANTA CLARA, Calif. – August 24, 2016 – ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW),
the enterprise cloud company, today released the findings of its new
survey that reveals why some companies are much better than others at
providing great customer service, without having to spend more.
In the “Putting
Service First” report, ServiceNow commissioned Intergram
Online Research Services to survey 200 senior managers in customer
service roles at U.S. firms with at least 500 employees to rate their
customer service approaches.
The analysis of the results revealed three characteristics that
separate the companies with the very best customer service:
Better problem‑solvers: 163% more likely to be able to
correctly identify and resolve the root cause of a customer's
Self‑service providers: 36% are more likely to offer
self‑serve for simple requests. This empowers customers to answer
their own questions, and enables customer service agents to focus on
more strategic issues.
More collaborative: 127% more likely to enable their customer
service agents to enlist the help of different parts of the
organization, partners and customers in real‑time.
Great service companies not only had these characteristics, they
also saw a higher impact on revenue (98%) and higher customer loyalty
(95%), while delivering customer service at no extra cost.
“We found that top performing companies proactively resolve the root
cause and offer self‑service,” said Abhijit Mitra, general manager,
Customer Service Management, ServiceNow. “The combination of these two
practices could essentially prevent the very reasons why customers
engage with customer service in the first place. The best customer
service is “No‑Service.”
The survey also discovered the top challenges organizations face in
their customer service programs:
Solving problems (57%): Connecting all service processes to
effectively resolve issues for customers as they go from first
contact to permanent problem resolution.
Breaking down silos (54%): Bridging the gap between customer
service and other departments for collaboration, coordination, and
Being operationally buried (50%): Manual workloads without
automation leave limited time for strategic initiatives.
The survey findings present three key takeaways:
Treat customer service as a “team sport”: Engage everyone to
solve the problem at hand – customers, partners, and employees from
Solve underlying issues that spawn recurring calls: Fix the
root cause in the underlying service or product to prevent repeated
calls about the same issue.
Be proactive: Get real‑time visibility into customer systems
to proactively solve problems before the customer even calls.
“Connecting customer service to the rest of the organization seems
like a natural part of delivering superior customer service, yet a
large percentage of companies are not doing this today,” said Mitra.
“There is an immense opportunity in applying a service management
approach to close that gap between engagement and resolution—and in
effect prevent reoccurring issues.”
About the Research
ServiceNow commissioned Intergram Research Services of Chicago to
run the survey in May 2016. Survey respondents answered seven
questions about their customer service practices. Point values were
assigned to each question based on industry best practices. Adding up
the points gave each respondent a total score. Those whose scores
ranked in the top third were classified as being “top‑tier”
organizations and those in the bottom third were classified as “bottom‑tier.”
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