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Article : Who Is the Best in Customer Service

With so many companies providing different services, the range in quality customer service must be just as diverse. We wanted to know which industry sectors provided great service and which ones were poor, so we asked industry professionals for their opinions.

- a survey by Joss Jalbert,

Sarah-Jane Heber-Hall
Operations Director
Computertel Ltd.
United Kingdom

"Whilst there will be certain industries that stand out, I think you have ambassadors in every industry sector and others that will fail miserably. The ambassadors however, will all share a common ethos, which will be the desire and passion to deliver exceptional and tailored customer service, which is shared by all within the company. The industry which best realises these objectives, in my opinion, is in the hotel and restaurant industry. The industry that under-delivers, in my opinion, is in the public transport industry."

Dale Smith
Bridge Training and Events
United Kingdom

"In my experience as a customer I do not recall the last time a company gave me a positive memerable service. Wait - I take that back and I will name them as excellent at service delivery Molton Brown."

About Bridge Training and Events

Bridge Training and Events works closely with customer focused companies to transform employees into Living Brand® Champions.
Aminudin Zainodin
Assistant General Manager
Hong Leong Bank

"The Telco I guess. Reason being in Malaysia, people can't simple live without handphones. It has becoming the most important tools in our daily life & we do expect it to work 100% all the time. The telcos has been the 1st to realize the important of customer service & had been actively investing in Customer Service Technologies & people development to keep up with the momentum."

About Hong Leong Bank

Hong Leong Bank is a bank in Malaysia. Hong Leong Bank was founded by Lam Ji Chiew and began its operations in 1905 in Kuching, Sarawak under the name of Kwong Lee Mortgage & Remittance Company.
Silvio Stroescu
Head of National Channels, Analytics and Support

"The banking sector has been heavily scrutinized on a global scale over the last couple of years. Majority of the banks are responding well, some even making their customer service strategy a key value driver for clients. Extended hours of operation and the introduction of new channels of interaction with clients (i.e. online chat) are prime examples of a constantly improving customer experience in the banking sector. On the other hand, government offices seem to lag most industries in terms of customer service. It appears to be more difficult to establish a service oriented culture in these areas."

About Tangerine

Tangerine Bank, operating as Tangerine, is a Canadian direct bank and a subsidiary of Scotiabank. It offers savings accounts, Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA), Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC)... (read more)
Phil Taylor
Chief Member Experience Officer
DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd.

"Telecommunications has been the sector I personally have had the most negative client experiences with in recent times. This is typically in relation to their size and the amount of people you need to speak with to have an issue resolved.

On the opposite side I found that the banking sector has truly come a long way in the past couple of years in improving and focusing on their customer service."

Teck Heng Wang
Industry Watcher
Self employed

"Spas and resorts still are the ones providing great service, this is the customer promise and an experience we pay for. No frills products and convenience shops are still the ones which provide poorer service."

Sarah Bolton
Ernst & Young
United Kingdom

"My personal experience has been very positive in the UK financial service sector. I deal with several different organisation on a daily basis and am always impressed with the pragmatic and efficient way in which my contacts are handled."

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young (or "EY") is one of the largest professional services firms in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) an... (read more)
Rupert Chislett
Queens Square Associates
United Kingdom

"Utilities and banks are usually highly variable. Telecoms companies usually very poor on technical and customer error issues where the chance to destroy brand is very high."

Jonathan Grant
United Kingdom

"I have had some excellent service experiences from the financial sector as it understands the importance of having customer details to hand when it is required. It is essential that when a customer calls the contact centre operative knows what has been discussed in the past and also has the right expertise to deal with any enquiry. As soon as a consumer starts being transferred to different departments and has to provide their details more than once their experience begins to decline.

One of the worst offenders for service is web based businesses. Often these companies will deliberately hide contact details to keep all interaction online and ensure that contact centre communication is kept to a minimum. This can provide bad feeling, especially when a customer needs something resolved straight away."

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a provider of communications services connecting individuals through broadband devices worldwide. Our technology serves approximately 2.4 million subscribers. We provide communica... (read more)
Jackelene Aquino
Country Human Resource Manager
Concentrix Philippines

"The manufacturing industry are now providing great service because they have already identified that they should sub-contract their non-core business to contact centers and concentrate mostly on improving their products."

About Concentrix Philippines

Aditya Birla Minacs is a business solutions company that partners with global corporations in the manufacturing, retail, telecom, technology, media and entertainment, banking, insurance, healthcare an... (read more)
Chrissie Jay
Contact Centre Business Analyst
Nedbank Group Limited
South Africa

"- I think banks provide great service, the challenges they get 100 things right and it takes only one to spoil it. Most customers don't even see what they get right anymore, they just take it for granted. - Smaller one on one companies still provide a great interaction because they have to and its personal"

About Nedbank Group Limited

Nedbank Group Limited (Nedbank Group) is a bank holding company that operates as one of the four largest banking groups in South Africa through its principal banking subsidiaries, Nedbank Limited and... (read more)
Niels Kjellerup
Resource International

"Good to excellent service is provided by companies who understand how service adds value to their business model.
Bad service is provided by companies who have failed to see how service adds value to the companies future growth and profitability.
Worst service is provided by 1) Mobile Phone companies, 2) Credit Card companies, 3) Internetservice Providers and 3) IT Software companies."

Dave Thomson
European Marketing Manager
United Kingdom

"I don't think any industry stands out, but there are organizations that stand out e.g. Amazon for the ease of ordering on their website, the John Lewis Partnership for their helpful staff in store, Nationwide Building Society for their fast and efficient call center."

About Cisco

Cisco provides Unified Customer Contact solutions that extend customer care beyond simple phone transactions and the traditional contact centre to unique content-rich customer centric experiences. The... (read more)

About ContactCenterWorld:
Company LogoContactCenterWorld is The Global Association for Contact Center & Customer Engagement Best Practices. Today we have over 205,000 corporate 'individual' members have joined the association's website ''. We were established in 1999.
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2022 Buyers Guide IVR

Premium Listing
Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.

Computer Data Services, LLC

Get the benefits of an expensive, on-premise telephone system without the high price tag and annoying maintenance.

- Never miss another phone call
- No more busy signals
- Feature rich
- Answer your calls from anywhere

eGain Corporation

eGain SmartIVR
eGain SmartIVR is an over-the-top solution to modernize IVR systems. Businesses can offer smartphone callers an easy choice to resolve queries via digital messaging and intelligent self-service. And they can optimize the IVR experience with end-to-end analytics.


Virtual Switchboard
Megacall provides a fully customised Virtual Switchboard software for all companies (including IVR service). No matter the size of your business, our services adapt to the needs of each client.

Are you looking for a more effective way to communicate with your customers? Discover the advantages of using the IVR and how it can help in your communications.


MightyCall's IVR that will increase your business’s efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a secretary. Your auto-attendant is designed to:
- Greet callers
- Deliver necessary information
- Forward calls to the appropriate extension
- Take human error out of the system

Nuxiba Technologies

Provide your customers with an effortless self-service experience. Easily create menus using predefined or custom prompts and data dips and route customers to live agents when needed.

Enable your customers to make payments and access information 24/7 at their convenience. Request a quote or live demo today.

OpsTel Services

The SPEED solution solves for service level issues while cost optimizing the environment with automation.

Provides an enhanced way to speed up & optimize invoking temporary agent skills configuration changes into the contact center environment.

Speed allows you to schedule both future changes & temporary changes that auto-revert back to the original state when scheduled time expires.

Speed features:

*Automated / Scheduled Temporary Agent Skills Configuration Management
*Immediate Temporary or Reoccurring Schedule Skills Configuration Changes
*Easy to Use/Operations Administration Focused
*Descriptive Monitoring Activity Dashboard
*Detailed “End to End’ Audit Trail and Performance Monitoring

PEC Telecom

Virtual Phone Numbers (DID) and Business VoIP Phone Service
Whether a customer is running a Call Center business, an IVR system to take phone orders or a voice mail service bureau, he still needs inbound lines and access numbers (DIDs). These lines and DIDs give customers the ability to call in and use the service. Traditionally, these lines and DIDs were obtained through the local telephone company (i.e. Verizon, AT&T or Time Warner) and a company could only purchase numbers with area codes in the region the system resided. With VoIP, this has changed.

DID Live is an IP DID service that allows you to accept incoming calls via VoIP as an alternative to standard digital or analog lines. The service provides the same quality of sound you expect from...
(read more)

Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

IVR Edge
IVR Edge is a high performance, robust and scalable ivr system that works on various leading hardware such as Dialogic, Keygoe and Synway etc. It can handle the simplest of simple to the most complex of requirements to when it come to creating an IVR. Integration with any 3rd party database, be it for banking, telecom, insurance, travel, payment gateway etc can be handled with ease. Ideally suited to create Hosted IVR and virtual patching solutions with scalabilities that can range from 4 to 128 E1’s per setup with voice recording and CDR functionality. Integration with leading text to speech (TTS) and speech recognition ASR engines add to the flexibility and functionality.

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