Archive for Nov, 2011

Donna Werts

The Store with the Best Customer Service Wins!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

‘Tis the season!!!! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner! How prepared are you?

With all of the sales and promotions that bombard consumers, what sets apart one merchant from another? CUSTOMER SERVICE! Are you prepared because it is here!
The holidays are a stressful time for most. To help capture the hearts of consumers, here are some tips to help you get through while capturing revenue and making the lives of your customers easier:

1. Are you staffed appropriately?
Having enough staff to handle the holiday volume is crucial. The least amount of time a customer spends waiting to be serviced; the less likely they will hang up and call someone else.
2. When was the last time you trained your employees?
Having a refresher training class never hurts. It helps your employees be better prepared for the long days ahead. Your reps and customers will thank you for it.
3. Are your policies up to date?
Review your policies. Are they customer friendly? Or do they restrict a customer from giving you money? When reading them over, ask yourself, would you buy from you?
4. Is your system functioning the way it is suppose to?
Thoroughly go through your system and make sure links work. The last thing you want is for a customer to have to call because the order status link redirects to a blank page or does nothing at all.
5. If you drop ship, are your vendors prepared?
Have you contacted your vendors? Are they ready? This may reduce phone calls if all orders are processed the way you promised.
6. If you warehouse your product, are you aware of how much you have and how much you will need?
Take the time to review your inventory. Stock up where you feel you will need to.
7. Is your site updated?
Make sure you no longer list items you no longer sell or that have maybe gone out of stock. If you expect an item to be available on X date, then list that so the customer is aware.

At Solid Cactus Call Center, we expect heavy call volume. We hire more staff and retrain where needed so our client’s customers are serviced to the best of our ability. We will touch base with our clients to make sure that everything on their end is in order and if there are any changes that need to be made. The happier the customer, the smaller the bill for our clients and the smoother it is for our agents.

If you would like a review of your policies, Give us a call. We would be happy to review them with you.

Donna Werts

Who is answering your “Click to Call”?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

According to KISSmetrics:

  • In August 2011 mobile browsing represented 7.1% of all worldwide browsing activity.
  • 25% (1 in 4) of mobile users expect to access the web from their device at least once a day.
  • For online-only retailers, a mobile site can increase consumer engagement by as much as 85%.
  • Website visitors are 51% more likely to do business with an online retailer if it has a mobile site.
  • In 2010 it was estimated that only 22% of the Alexa top 500 websites have optimized for mobile.

Why am I blogging about this?  Why would someone who works for Solid Cactus Call Center be concerned with those stats?


Think about this stat, “For online-only retailers, a mobile site can increase consumer engagement by as much as 85%.”  Imagine that is your site and you have a click to call button on your mobile site.  Now imagine that the person answering that call is capturing a sale for you.  That is an increase of 85% in sales?  That is possible, if the person answering is asking for the sale!  The customer must be interested in something if they are calling you, right?  You might as well capitalize on it.

So we have determined that having:

a)     A mobile site is very beneficial to you

b)    Someone answering is even better!

c)     Someone who is going to make sure a sale is made is the icing on the cake

So now you have engaged a customer.  You have them on the phone.  They want to place an order.  Is there room for an up sell or cross sell?  Maybe they are calling because they need assistance with an order that was already placed.  Maybe they just have no idea what they need and require some true customer service.  Do you have a system in place to make sure that customer hangs up their smart phone with a satisfied smile?  You want to make sure they bookmark your site right?  Yes you do!

As with any information or story I write about, I say the same thing over and over.  Make sure someone is answering the phone!  I have spent some time now researching the click to call demand and the growing need for mobile websites (including but not limited to Facebook stores) and I have seen some shocking advertisements.  Ads advising ecommerce merchants to use click to call as an email form to capture information to spam people with.  That, I promise you, will not go over well with a potential customer who wants to give you their money.

What is the point of my ramblings?  This… get a mobile site, get click to call, answer the call when the customer calls you (or hire us to do it for you), and then provide that customer with a customer experience that they will remember and tell their friends about.