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Omnichannel Customer Engagement (OCE) revolves around the ability to deliver a consistent experience across all of a company’s channels. Whether a customer uses live chat, a call center, or speaks directly with a representative face-to-face, customers expect the quality of the interaction to be seamless regardless of the channel. A company’s strategy for OCE is important. The Aberdeen Group found that companies with the best omnichannel strategies retained 89% of their customers, as opposed to only...

The origin of the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has been credited from Fred R. Barnard in 1927 in the Printers Inc. magazine back to an ancient Chinese proverb. While the birth of the phrase remains in doubt, almost everyone is familiar with the concept. Those in the world of Neuro Linguistic Programming (or NLP), have discovered that most people prefer a primary channel of communication. Some people are auditory, meaning they comprehend and...

The recent shutdown of Facebook’s M, a human-assisted AI chatbot, has caused some people to write-off conversational AI. While it’s true that this was a major story and minor strike against AI, we firmly believe reports of AI’s demise are greatly exaggerated. At SaleMove, we’re still very bullish on AI and its role in facilitating meaningful conversations between companies and customers. However, we still believe that in order for AI to be successful, the focus should be...

The telephone’s place in today’s customer journey Like it or not, the traditional phone call is still the primary method for many customers to engage with companies for support. However, the phone’s place in the customer journey has changed quite a bit. In the past, the origin of a customer phone call was pretty straightforward. Customers would look up a number in the big yellow phone book and dial. With regard to customer-to-company communication, the phone was...

Successful companies understand that the customer experience doesn’t end once the sale is completed. Although not as sexy as marketing and customer service, the customer support center is an important but often overlooked means of improving the customer experience. Companies that offer a multichannel customer support strategy (two or more avenues of contact) are off to a good start. However, an omnichannel approach allows for holistic, smooth contact channel transitions and integrates customer information for an overwhelmingly...

Successful companies understand that the customer experience doesn’t end once the sale is completed. Although not as sexy as marketing and customer service, the customer support center is an important but often overlooked means of improving the customer experience. Companies that offer a multichannel customer support strategy (two or more avenues of contact) are off to a good start. However, an omnichannel approach allows for holistic, smooth contact channel transitions and integrates customer information for an overwhelmingly...

eCommerce is rapidly evolving. With an ecommerce juggernaut like Amazon opening its first brick and mortar store in Seattle last November and Bonobos growing its own in-person presence in Chicago, online retailers appear to be exploring new strategies. According to Statista, ecommerce accounted for $27.62 billion of U.S. retail sales in 2000. By 2014, the figure was $298.6 billion. What are these e-tailers objectives and what does the future of ecommerce look like? To understand these...

As our economy increasingly depends on digital devices, online retailers everywhere are adapting their sales strategies to cater to a new type of client: the omnishopper. The idea of the omnishopper was studied extensively in a recently released Mastercard study. As you will read in this article, it is a study that is supported strongly by real-world examples. Omnishoppers are defined as consumers who use a broad spectrum of technology in order to make their purchasing...

The term "omni-channel" has become very buzzy within the retail world. From automotive sales to luxury retail, executives have omni-channel on their minds. One of my friends recently took a job as a buyer for a major retailer in NY and within her first week she heard the word almost every day. Some companies even have resources dedicated solely to omni-channel strategy. But what does omni-channel really mean? This post shares what we have learned in...