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TalkTalk focuses on improving chat-based customer service

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It’s rarely a pleasure calling customer services for any company – long delays, a poor quality connection, and inevitably not achieving what you were trying to do in the first place.

British MVNO operator TalkTalk seems to have recognised this, having conducted a customer behaviour survey that concluded that subscribers “increasingly prefer to self-serve online”, although there is of course probably an element of cost saving involved.

TalkTalk discovers customers prefer chat support

The solution for the operator is to spend the next 12 months boosting their online chat services, and thus lowering the number of calls to their existing telephone support lines.

Technology provider LivePerson has teamed up with TalkTalk to help the telecoms provider move from a traditional telephone-based customer service to a more advanced online engagement technology. Over the next 12 months, TalkTalk aims to quadruple the number of customer service enquiries it handles via online chat agents.

The move comes about after TalkTalk’s customer behaviour surveys showed their customers increasingly prefer to self-serve online – but also want to make sure help is on hand if they need it.

“Our customers don’t always want to have to pick up the phone or send an email when they need help online,” commented Sholto Mee, Head of Customer Services for TalkTalk. “They want fast help, in real-time, while they are on-site. We believe that digital customer service is the future, and we want our customers to be at the forefront of that revolution.”

Live Chat Keyboard

Working with LivePerson, TalkTalk wants to continue to reduce the number of telephone calls into their contact centre, which has halved over the last three years. Over the same period they’ve also seen customer engagement via their online ‘My Account’ service increase dramatically.

With more and more customers choosing to self-serve online, introducing what TalkTalk describes as ‘the human touch’ to online experiences is key.

“As the traditional ways of interacting with customers, like telephone hotlines, become obsolete, it’s vital that we invest in new technologies like LivePerson’s LiveEngage to maintain high levels of customer service in the brave new digital world”, explained Sholto.

TalkTalk’s investment in digital customer service comes off the back of its best ever results for mobile, TV and fibre sign-ups in the last quarter of 2014, with 50,000 people signing up to TalkTalk Mobile and 115,000 to TalkTalk TV.

A video interview with Sholto Mee, Head of Customer Services for Talk Talk, can be viewed here:

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This “intelligent engagement” is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs.

For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com. To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

By Roland Banks

Roland Banks has been passionate about mobile technology for the past 20 years. He started his career at British Telecom's research division working on collaborative virtual reality environments, before becoming a video streaming specialist at 3 UK where he helped launch some of the world's first mobile video services. More recently he enjoys writing about his obsession, and developing software that helps mobile operators analyse their subscriber data.

Roland has lived in Asia for the past 5 years, and tries to indulge his other passion for riding motorcycles whenever possible.

3 replies on “TalkTalk focuses on improving chat-based customer service”

talktalk is a terrible company: I have been waiting over 2 months for a connection which they say they have made but is not connected. And paid for those months. Only now have they actually connected me after weeks of complaining. A utterly useless service. Swindlers.

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