Excellent ideas coming out at the event - technology innovation and self service ideas amazing! leaders and sales/service presentations brilliant. Shame some delegates only made 1 day - they miss so much!
Publish Date: June 28, 2012 9:39 AM
just come back from one of the greatest events in the contact center industry! sure I am biased but when you hear rave reviews and comments how it was so much better than others I can brag a little :)
Amazing people sharing amazing stories - I learnt so much last week and must thank the best in the Americas for their sharing - read more at
Publish Date: June 26, 2012 10:25 PM
Have to say my experiences with BA been disappointing recently. I went from a Silver to Gold member back on April 8th 2012 and still not received a card despite numerous calls and emails to ask what’s happening. Also service on board planes a little poor - on a flight from Orlando to Gatwick there was an advert on the BA TV for a SIM card which is free in the highlife mag - there was no SIM so asked cabin staff who recommended I write to the company concerned if there was not one on the plane. Also trying to contact exec club whilst in London was told to call North American line - how stupid is that! Tried the web and was told to call local office ie UK not North America!!
Come on BA you are a British Company, I am in the UK at a hotel and now I have to call an international number regarding my account? Service is on a slide with BA - thinking about dumping them - sad because I went to the BA center in Orlando and one of the managers there I respect - but when things take a dive and you get no support what options do you have other than going with a competitor? Poor service sucks and been getting a lot from BA past year - maybe I upset them by complaining last time - who knows?!
Publish Date: June 26, 2012 10:21 PM
This week I experienced problems with service from a variety of suppliers and in many cases the people servicing me lacked common courtesy. I’ll share one example now - more to follow!
I had booked a 6:10am flight from my home town (Thunder Bay) to Toronto Tuesday and got to the airport on time. I went through the security and arrived at the gate 15 minutes before boarding time. I then sat down and waited for a boarding announcement. Then I got a message on my cell phone from Tripit (very useful travel program folks - worth getting!) to say my 6:10am flight had been cancelled and that I was rebooked on the 7:25am flight which was a slower plane so would be almost 1.5 hours behind schedule when I arrived. I looked up at the message board and there was nothing about the cancellation so I went to see the airline agent who, when I asked about the flight being cancelled responded "yes we are just getting to that, would you like me to rebook you on the next one?" 'Yes" I replied and she went down a list of names and put a line through mine. I told her this was going to cause me issues and all she said is "keep your boarding pass and phone the airline if you want"
She did not apologize for any inconvenience. She was not empathetic, just nonchalant about the whole situation. It took another 20 minutes (approx.) before they made an announcement about the flight being cancelled to other passengers.
Yes the cancellation was annoying but so was the lack of common courtesy - what’s up with that? Not even an "I am sorry". You had any experiences you can share? We'd love to hear them!
Publish Date: May 10, 2012 3:59 PM
I just booked a rental car thru a rental company I have a loyalty program with and noticed a link for a $10 rebate so clicked on it only to see a message that I need to call a 1-888 number so I did.
The call was answered within a few secs and the agent told me I would get a rebate. I asked why and he said smartly "because you called the rebate number" he then said "ok so what I will do is start by taking your name". I asked "how long will this take?" and he replied "depends on how many questions you ask"
Now its almost midnight and the call seemed weird. I don't know what this call was supposed to be about - I guess some sales promo - it was not explained and he did not aswer my question so I just hung up.
Not very smart - If I felt if the reason for the questions was clear and he was not such a smart a** I would have continued. Have to say left a bad impression of this whole program and the company I booked my rental through!
Image below shows the post-booking offer. You guys know who you are - makes me rethink my strategy for who I book with in the future!
Publish Date: May 6, 2012 4:56 AM
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Publish Date: May 3, 2012 10:27 PM
Recently my experiences with Canadian Financial Services companies and Banks have been great and I have written about the good work of companies like TD and Amex. However, sadly I write about another one today and its not good this time.
I am a Top Tier Gold member of British Airways Exec Club and like my wife, wanted to apply for a BA Card to earn more points so when I was on the BA website and saw the offer of a card via this bank I applied online. My wife got her card when she applied within days. I didn't, I got a letter saying I did not qualify. Now I earn 50% more than my wife and we share the same mortgage and only a couple of other debts, No credit card debt whatsoever so I wanted to ask why and called the number on the letter I received.
I just got thru to the 5th person at this bank - each time the person I spoke to said I need to be put thru to another dept. - why do they publish a number to call if its wrong? I also want to know why I have been transferred thru to 5 different people and now I am on hold waiting for someone to find out what’s going on. It seems this bank is not that good at service.
Kelly just took my call and has put me on hold whilst she checks some things so, in the meantime here is another story about the same bank. 11 years ago when we first moved to Canada, we were introduced to the bank via our lawyers here in Thunder Bay and set up an account for our personal and business needs. A few weeks later we closed down all UK accounts and came to deposit a bankers draft in our account just before heading to the US for a trade show. The banker who saw us started acted strange with the bankers draft and then started questioning our integrity and that how did he know the draft was legit etc ! It got crazy – he was talking about money laundering etc and it shocked us so much that we cancelled the account and never went with them again.
Kelly just came back so on with the call. She was helpful and suggested I go into the local branch to apply as a branch can do more than they can over the phone or via the internet. I thanked her for her time and helped and told her it’s too much hassle. So, my second experience in 11 years has not been good. Probably won't ever try them again! I'll stick with my other cards and accounts!
Publish Date: April 16, 2012 8:38 PM
Our bank is pretty good with online services for businesses but recently we uncovered some issues that we alerted staff to. We regularly travel and need foreign currency. On the last 2 occasions we ordered online for collection at a branch near to us. My CFO filled in the online forms which included her name, email and phone number and requested we are called once the currency arrived. No call. 3 weeks later she visited the branch and they eventually found the currency but on the system they use there was no reference to who ordered it hence they could not call us! How silly is this? They receive notification, get the money and don't know who its for! So much for self service, next time we will go in person and make sure they order it and know who it’s for!
Publish Date: March 29, 2012
I'd like to know your views - we are looking at a loyalty scheme to reward customers for purchases and also loyalty to our brand. In your opinion, do loyalty schemes in a B2B environment work and if you have any advice for us, message me through the CCW networking center or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appreciate your views and ideas! Thanks
Publish Date: March 27, 2012 12:37 AM
Called Amex, TD and BMO Friday evening to inform them I will be overseas so they can authorise expenses. All were great - Amex and TD on a par, but BMO stood out a little more - very friendly professional. So A+ to BMO and A to Amex and TD. Nice to speak to these folks and always good service.
Publish Date: February 18, 2012 6:29 PM
In past few days had reason to call America Express, Hilton and Egnyte - all customer service calls.
In all cases calls were answered almost immediately, the service professionals were that, 'professional', friendly and clear. All were excellent and made feel feel I was working with a top company. Congrats to you all!
Publish Date: February 16, 2012 11:08 PM
I went shopping at an office supplies store for a new whiteboard for my office last weekend and ended up buying 2.
Put first up and noticed the free marker pen that came with was broken - literally shattered s threw it away. Then went to put second up (pen was good on this one) and noticed the front of the board was coming away - it was like a laminate so took it back.
Saw the manager and explained I’d like a replacement. I then went to get a replacement from the shelf and noticed the pens on all the remaining ones were also shattered - not a big deal as I had enough anyway at the office. When I went to do the exchange, I mentioned to her (the manager) the pens on all their stock were broken - even showed her the one on the replacement board was broken - she just looked at me and said "oh, ok". She could have easily have got a replacement pen and made good but she did not. Now, I wasn’t that bothered but what a great opportunity was missed to deal with a problem and show how great their service is. So, my mark out of 10 for service? 2 - that’s because it was easy to exchange but that was about it!
When you have a comment and you can do something about it, do something! Often it does not take much to fix a problem! It’s basic!
Publish Date: February 10, 2012 5:13 PM
I have stayed at the occassional Premier Inn over the years. Tonight I checked into the Premier Inn on Bath Road Heathrow and what a pleasant place it is - this is the first hotel I have ever stayed at where there are self service check in desks and lots of friendly staff to help. The whole place is very welcoming and the layout makes this a very inviting place. Its packed as well.
I have also had reason to call their contact centre several times in recent weeks and was very impressed.
Lastly, refreshing for a hotel to offer a money back guarantee if you dont have a good nights sleep! Impressed! Well done Premier Inn - I will certainly stay here again when I need a place to stay before flying out from the UK
Publish Date: January 19, 2012 8:26 PM
Just arrived in London, England where I will be for a few days then heading to Vienna for a 4 days then back to UK before heading home to Canada on 20th. Looking forward to finalising plans for our EMEA conference. Will also write about my experiences with BA and their First Class Cabin which I paid extra to try on an upgrade offer! Catch you later.
Publish Date: January 7, 2012 9:04 AM
Wanted to say these guys at egnyte are very good at service - always quick to answer calls and submitted tickets and their staff are friendly and professional. Even on New Years day they were there helping me with some challenges.
Well done guys, you get a ...
Publish Date: January 4, 2012 10:24 PM