Hundred years ago, Finland took fate in its own hands and declared independence. Exactly 100 years later to that, they have set an example of an ideal society and in various fields. It is definitely a story of determination, democracy, equality and an astounding national success! We at Codemenders Oy are proud to join the 100 year celebration of the Finnish independence and would like to take this opportunity to wish all Finns and Friends of Finland, a very happy Independence Day! Happy birthday, Finland!
In today’s world, queues are everywhere and so are the huge, serpentine waiting lines with lots and lots of people (customers, some of them new) waiting to be served. For a customer like me, this “forced wait” often comes with many other collaterals like an overdue parking ticket or a desperate wish to use this time forpicking up some groceries, do the dry cleaning or simply grab a cup of coffee instead.
But honestly, who cares? Or, put in another words, do brands really care? They do setup a big waiting lounge, put a split window AC, sometimes even put a couple of PS3 or XBox, have the same (boring) music on their customer service lines and think that their customers are having a good time! What they fail to understand is that “Waiting time is the single most important factor in customer satisfaction”.
It doesn’t take long to create a negative impression. After about five minutes of waiting, a customer’s perceived waiting time is at least twice the actual waiting time. A study conducted a few years ago, suggested that US businesses lose an estimated $83 million in sales annually due to poor customer experiences.
Again, my question is, do brands really care? Because its the customers who control what they perceive and that it does not take long to create a negative impression, often through word-of-mouth; the brands have to care about it. In most of the cases, its the small steps taken by these brands that matter to their customers. While I prepare myself for another post, I recommend you to watch this video about how Qtip.me works and have some food for thought.
Information sources: Harvard Business Review, Why we buy by Paco Underhill, Customer Dissatisfaction Study 2006, Lavi Industries – Customer satisfaction blog
At Codemenders Oy we are all about customer satisfaction, something that is easier said than done. There are so many topics about customer service one could talk about. This is the intro to a series of articles regarding customer service and satisfaction as well as how the focus on better customer service can increase productivity, revenue and of course the amount of customers. These articles are made out of passion for our field. They should stimulate thoughts of customer service managers, personnel and decision makers about how important these topics are, and give them ideas on how applying parts of those to their business model and customer management strategy can bring in positive results.
One of the focus points in this series will be queuing. For several reason: all over the world people queue in banks, hospitals, stores, restaurants, public offices. 60 percent of customer satisfaction comes back to queuing or waiting. It affects everything: from brand perception to sales volumes, social media posts of customers, resource management and what not. Companies in the United States lose an estimated $80 billion in sales annually due to poor customer experiences. It does not take long to create a negative impression, especially when after five minutes of wait, a customer’s perceived wait time is twice the actual time. Most of the customers actually abandon the queue if it is not moving fast enough.
Waiting in line has became a national pass-time in Finland. It is so normal that every business owner and manager thinks that there is nothing that can be changed. With the the last two decades of mobile technology development and the increase of smart phone and devices, companies and offices have the possibility improve the customers experience and get more business intelligence.
So enjoy the upcoming articles that should cover topics such as:
Customer personality and customer focused service
Customer satisfaction metrics
The customers brand reception
Your customer’s feedback
How Queues can actually support your branding
Competitive advantages with better customer service
Using branded apps for partner boosting (sales or campaigns)
Using queuing app for the customer entertainment to keep the customer returning later on
As well as identifying bottle necks and managing resources better
And how customers social media action have an effect on your business
This autumn, we are proud to announce some exciting new features in qtip.me, that are tailored to enhance your interaction with your customers and improve their confidence in your brand and customer service!
We have been listening to our customers and we know that it is critical for every business to know exactly how their customers feel about them. For this purpose, we added a unique feature to customize the feedback from standard 3 stars a small set of questions. Now you business and service points can add to-the-point and service specific questions to know exactly what their customers think about the service they just received.
NFC & QR Code support
Customers like to interact with different digital touch points. Surprise your customers with a hassle free “queuing and feedback” experience by using our brand new NFC & QR code plugins!
Improved support for traditional customers
We upgraded our paper In-office ticket kiosks with the latest hardware and new user-interface to provide a seamless and uniform queuing experience across all our applications. Our new “Announcement” and “Overhead” displays make sure that your customers never miss their turn!
Queuing is not new to mankind and it has evolved from a serpentine queue with people actually standing in line to a mobile based queuing systems like qtip.me. With the advent of smartphones and smart queuing methods, not every one has an equal opportunity as compared to the tech-savvy.
To solve this problem and have everyone an equal access to qtip.me’s resources and information, we are happy to announce the support of “Traditional Paper Tickets” for qtip.me. We call this the “In-Office Ticket Kiosk” which can be used by the end-users to have the same experience as normal paper ticket systems. We have just finished the RnD work related to the “In-Office kiosk” and are now working with our partners to get the first few market evaluation hardware prototypes.
This offering also allows us to provide a complete end-to-end solution for Customer Queuing and hence, enables qtip.me to replace any traditional queuing system with a better and economical cloud based service.