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Innovative technology: the Asian markets

By: Annabella Yau, Managing Director, North East Asia, BT Global Services

One of the most exciting parts about my job is experiencing the wealth of different markets across the globe; specifically in China, Hong Kong and Korea. People all over the world are keen to be (and stay) connected, and we’ve all got a multitude of devices and ways to connect — whether that’s at an industry event using our smartphones, or at an airport through the wi-fi, or in the office, using video, audio and IM.

We live in an era where we’re more connected than ever before. With constantly changing technology, making sure we’re effectively and securely connected has become a complicated process. We need to see IT as an art, rather than a science. Keeping up with the global pace means using the technology we already have, innovating where we can, all in an attempt to stay ahead of the curve. [Read more...]

Ruth Holland

Smooth sailing on the sea of social

By Ruth Holland, Marketing: Global Partners

Social media is dynamic and fast-changing, and it has the power to change business as we know it. Every week introduces a new platform, or so it seems, so is it really surprising to hear that, while social media is at the top of the agenda for most organisations, many companies feel less prepared for the data explosion than they did three years ago? The fact is, social media is introducing new ways for businesses to communicate with their customers and their partners, and opening up whole new channels for collaboration, but it’s an intimidating prospect.

The term, social ‘media’ usually makes executives think of informal and unfocused communication, it’s important to remember it’s not about the number of followers or tweets you have; it’s about the quality of every interaction. Moments of serendipity — or ‘knowledge accidents’ — can change the course of a conversation and, from there, a business decision. You never know when social media can introduce you to the right person, or where a tweet might lead you. As we have discussed before, success hinges on collaboration and a key element of a successful partnership is communication.

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Infographic: just a little of that human touch

The average number of avenues we can use to contact our banks, building societies and insurers is a whopping 6.2, including social media, SMS and even video chat. It’s no wonder that it all seems a bit disconnected; research conducted by BT and Avaya revealed that people still crave the simplicity of popping into their local branch for some good old fashioned human interaction. In fact, almost half of people interviewed say that having a named individual to email or phone would help them warm to their financial service providers.

Take a look at our infographic that shows some of the ways that banks, building societies and insurers are giving their communication strategies a human touch: [Read more...]

Mark Jopling

Do banks still need a human touch in the digital age?

By Mark Jopling, vice president retail banking & financial services, BT

With so many things in life today, technology has created an environment where everything is faster and simpler.   While the internet may have started only as a way of sharing information, nowadays there’s not much that can’t be done online. The world of banking, for example, has moved many services online and made them available via mobile apps.   But the question is, when it comes to banking do we really want instant digital service, or is there still a need for the human touch?

Our new study in partnership with Avaya has found that the ways that people are using to connect with their financial service providers has grown by 44 per cent. We conducted a similar study about two years ago, and the results show remarkable levels of growth. Up to 23 per cent of us now connect with our banks using apps, 11 per cent of us use web chats, and for the first time, video calls are being used, with three per cent of people having used it to try and contact with financial services companies in 2014. [Read more...]

cloud contact

Cloud contact has customer service covered

How do you keep the business running smoothly and provide the same levels of service when calls unexpectedly shoot up from 2,000 to 260,000 a day?

Let’s face it, customers rarely phone to congratulate you, so when they call they expect their query or problem to be sorted quickly and efficiently. I’m sure this isn’t a revelation. People have always had high expectations of customer service. But those expectations have skyrocketed in recent years and many businesses are struggling to keep up. [Read more...]