When customers contact your business you must ensure that the highest levels of customer service are maintained at all times. It may seem easier to make a personal connection with your customer during a face to face interaction, but this can and must be done over the phone as well. Here are some tips on how to personalise customer service communication, for happier customers and business success.Read More
Calling a funeral service is not an experience anyone looks forward to - it's a time when emotions are running high and the caller is under significant stress. This means that even minor issues and imperfections, which most people would normally overlook, can cause major problems when someone is calling a funeral service. Thankfully, there are some tried and tested strategies that can help you avoid these hiccups.Read More
Great customer service no longer relies solely on products and purchases. The customer experience is what truly matters and it begins from the very first point of contact. When a customer calls, either for advice, to complain, to offer feedback or to ask a question, it's vital that your call handlers respond efficiently and appropriately.
There are many ways to ensure this is done well, but there are also some experiences that you should avoid giving your customers.Read More
When an angry customer phones your contact centre, there are only two possible outcomes. The customer will either be appeased and calm down, or be frustrated further and potentially drop your business. Angry or upset customers will often shout down the line, bewildering inexperienced customer support staff. By strategically placing your answers and using empathy, you can relax customers and restore their faith in your business.Read More
The value of quality customer service must never be underestimated. As a customer's main point of contact within a company, it's customer service reps who are responsible for building relationships, converting new customers and keeping old ones.
Personalised customer service, which can be loosely defined as treating customers like individuals and not simply as customers, is the best way to provide a high-quality service that customers notice and appreciate.Read More
Customer service is one of the core strategic components of a successful funeral home business, and should not be handled lightly. Community outreach and marketing create a brand reputation that will ultimately encourage families to consider your funeral home when the time comes. Here are the important factors of customer service, and how Frontline can help.Read More
Have you ever noticed that you can hear whether someone's smiling or not when you're talking to them over the phone? Good customer service is about more than just numbers: it's about people. The productivity of call handlers can't be measured simply by how many customer queries have been resolved, but in qualitative terms: how happy were your customers with their service, and how did it leave them feeling about your brand?Read More
During times of grief, people take extra appreciation in being spoken to in a compassionate manner.
When a person has lost a loved one and they set about arranging the funeral, it is a desperately challenging time. Going through the costs associated with a funeral can seem far too trivial when one of the most important people in their life has passed away.Read More
Although your business may operate during standard working hours, customers expect to be able to contact you at any time. With modern communication methods providing multi-channel customer support, it’s important for companies to provide a round-the-clock support service.Read More
You work hard during the year, managing customer calls and expectations 24 hours a day. People call you all the time, and just when you seem to have everything sorted out, you receive another call. Another question. Another request. Another issue...Read More
Once considered a recession-proof sector, funeral businesses are having to use creativity and fast thinking to remain competitive.
Customers who shop around
The British public are now more willing than to shop around - they have greater digital ability to research options and make decisions based on their own comparisons and the reviews and recommendations of other.Read More
Most people feel very awkward when talking to someone who has recently been bereaved. This is a skill that good funeral call handling centre staff members possess and they will happily give you advice if you ask them.
In the meantime, just what do you say to a grieving relative or friend?Read More
Building rapport is the ability to generate a level of trust and understanding between the person representing your business and your customer. When speaking to customers over the phone, it's even more important to ensure you build a strong level of rapport, as you don't have the added benefits of being able to promote yourself visibly. To build rapport, you need to actively listen to your customers, empathise and understand exactly what it is they're asking of you. Once their requests have been clearly communicated, you then need to be able to explain clearly what solutions you can offer so that the customer feels confident their request will be resolved. Below we've listed out our top reasons why building rapport with customers on the phone is so important.Read More
Although the internet has made businesses more accessible than ever, most customers still want to be able to contact companies via the telephone. In addition to this, standard 9-5pm business hours rarely meet customer expectations these days.
With many consumers willing to pay extra for a product or service if they receive exceptional service, companies can meet their customer’s needs and even increase their turnover by providing a 24-hour customer care line.
Ensuring your availability isn’t always easy to do, however, particularly if you rely on existing staff to provide around-the-clock service. Whilst companies could develop an in-house 24-hour customer service team in theory, this can be expensive.Read More
When you outsource your customer service, you want to have peace of mind that the agents speaking to your customers are delivering the highest levels of service possible. At Front Line, we’ve been providing outsourced customer service solutions to a range of businesses for almost 20 years, 365 days of the year 24/7. Below we’ve listed out some of the key ways our staff continually deliver expert service to your loyal customers through our end to end telephone answering service.Read More
There’s no doubt that having their enquiry handled by a ‘real’ person rather than picked up by an answering machine is something that your clients will appreciate. Consider the following points, and ask yourself if your business currently delivers a service that your clients are happy with. If not, you might want to think about hiring a telephone answering serviceRead More
Nobody ever wants to need the services of a funeral service; it's something that we turn to after tragedy has struck and we're at our most vulnerable - which is why it's so important for funeral services to provide great customer care to anyone who has to get in touch.Read More
Running a successful business is all about gaining new sales. This is what builds stronger and larger client bases. However, it's no good achieving great success with your sales force if you are leaking orders because you are losing existing clients. In fact, losing the opportunity for repeat business in this way is one of the cardinal sins that any business can make. This is where deploying a contact centre, using a specialist outsourced customer service facility, can reap dividends.
Nothing annoys buyers more than being ignored or being on the end of poor customer service. Winning new orders is just the beginning of building a successful business. If you don't have a top contact centre offering excellent good customer support for all after sales queries, you are jeopardising that success.Read More
Having compassion is so important when funeral call handling; you want to make the process of arranging a funeral as painless as possible for your customer, and therefore need to show them that you genuinely care about their loss.
Nevertheless, after growing accustomed to dealing with a number of grieving people, it's understandable that being empathetic may not come as easily as it used to. In trying to emotionally detach yourself, you may have forgotten just how much upset, pain and anger your clients might be experiencing. Here's how to show you really do care.Read More
Many businesses are so concerned with promoting their brand and getting customers through the door, that they forget to nurture the relationship with the customer when they bring them onboard. A fundamental and costly mistake for any business. Your customers are what makes or breaks your business, so it is important that you take care of them and provide them with the best possible service. These are some ways you can improve your customer service to help ensure you retain your customers and increase the likelihood of referrals.Read More