News : Aussie/SA Partnership to Boost Cape Town Revenue
In a move set to bring millions to the shores of Cape Town, Merchants in partnership with iSelect, will be easing the life admin burden of thousands of Australians with the signing of a five-year business deal between the two southern hemisphere companies.
Established in 2000, iSelect started as a health insurance comparison website, but has recently diversified its product offering and is now selling additional services such as car and life insurance, home loans, electricity and broadband.
"For most companies, offshoring a contact centre is about bringing costs down and efficiencies up. However for iSelect, the offshore move was to enable it to effectively grow the business, while still providing top quality service to its already established client base," explains Darren Arnold, Strategy Director at Merchants.
"They needed a skilled and educated sales force that could deliver high quality telephonic sales driven by a desire to always get it right – no matter what ‘it’ may be. The products that iSelect sell are needed, but not items people would spend hours choosing. Their customers want to get what they need as quickly as possible so that they can go on with their daily lives."
With Merchants partnering with iSelect to manage the contact centre in Cape Town, their customers can experience the best in skills and technology to deliver this aspect of life admin correctly and with minimum interruption to their day or night.
"Sales can be a challenging environment, with consultants having to balance positive customer experiences with the need to close the deal," adds Arnold, "to ensure that the iSelect consultants are able to perform at their best, and get it right every time, we provide amenities such as an onsite barista for coffee on tap, a massage facility, door-to-door transport and more.
"With our 35 year history in the contact centre industry, we have come to understand that each little thing that we can do for our employees, translates into our employees being able to provide a more positive experience to the customer," says Arnold.
"Partnering with Merchants has given us the latitude to look at our product offering and to map new paths for our business," says Scott Wilson, the CEO & Managing Director of iSelect.
"During our pilot project with Merchants we found that the company’s culture is a great fit with ours, and that they are as diligent in providing excellent customer service as we are. The Cape Town population has also proven to be advantageous as they have a great work ethic and desire to get the job done right first time."
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About Merchants SA (South Africa):
Merchants, a Dimension Data Group company, is a provider of bespoke outsource contact centre solutions, operating in South Africa and has a 35 year track record of delivering customers contact centre solutions for a variety of blue chip organisations, globally.
About iSelect Pty Ltd:
Founded in 2000 as a private health insurance intermediary, iSelect's has resulted in the addition of life, motor and home loans categories to its growing portfolio.
Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017