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Moving the Needle Beyond Black Friday - Six Tips for Seasonal CX
Services, Sales and Seasonal Support Work in Tandem to Win the Retail Wars

DENVER, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC), a leading global provider of customer experience, engagement, growth and trust and safety solutions delivered through its proprietary end-to-end HumanifyTM Customer Engagement as a Service offering is focused on helping brands survive and thrive in their customer experience this holiday season, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday post record sales.

As holiday shoppers flocked to take advantage of Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday specials, retailers worked hard to win over customers online and beyond. The National Retail Federation's (NRF) annual survey found that over 64 million people shopped both online and in stores, 58 million shopped only online, and over 51 million shopped only in stores this holiday weekend. More people may be buying online but the initial purchase is only the beginning of the customer relationship to the brand. Customers expect not only top quality in the products they purchase, but in the associated services that are provided before, during and after the sale as well.   

"The ability to serve each customer in the channels in which they wish to shop while delivering an omnichannel experience throughout the buying cycle are key points of differentiation for leading retailers, marketplaces, and consumer direct companies," said Kyle Priest, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, TeleTech. "Omnichannel buying experiences include pre- and post-sale services, with customers continuing to have high expectations for satisfaction. How companies treat their customers in the last mile of service experience continues to vary widely, yet it is becoming the battle ground where brands will win or lose."

According to NRF, the multichannel shopper spent $82 more on average than the online-only shopper, and $49 more on average than those shoppers who only shopped in stores. TeleTech provided digital customer support bridging experiences across these channels for different retailer types through the holiday weekend, including traditional and online retailers, telecommunications providers, healthcare member services and technology brands.

During the holiday season, TeleTech clients in nearly all industries see a jump in support interactions. And this year, more customers will go digital for customer service help and support.  For each of our retail clients in particular, we will support more than 1 million digital customer interactions between now and January.

Here are six things retailers can do right now to improve experiences for customers and employees:

Customer Tips:

  • Help customers help themselves by providing deadlines, reminders and tips online and in-store
  • Connect the customer experience with buy online/pick up in-store or free next-day delivery offers
  • Make the return process seamless, with digital receipts, merchandise credit and national returns

Employee Tips:

  • Encourage customer-facing associates with a rewarding culture, joyful atmosphere, gamification, and incentives to act in the best interests of the customer
  • Empower associates to be trusted advisors and "converse as a concierge" by providing personalized recommendations to customers to help them make the most of the company's products and services
  • Coach versus teach seasonal associates and share insight with everyone to improve customer interactions

For more information and suggestions on seasonal CX, visit http://www.teletech.com/resources/blog/6-ways-to-power-omnichannel-cx-this-holiday-on-the-heels-of-record-digital-sales.

ABOUT TELETECH
TeleTech (NASDAQ: TTEC) is a leading global provider of customer experience, engagement, growth and trust and safety solutions delivered through its proprietary end-to-end Humanify™ Customer Engagement as a Service offering. Founded in 1982, the Company helps its clients acquire, retain, and grow profitable customer relationships. Using customer-centric strategy, technology, processes and operations, TeleTech partners with business leadership across marketing, sales and customer care to design and deliver a simple, more human customer experience across every interaction channel. TeleTech's 49,500 employees live by a set of customer-focused values that guide relationships with clients, their customers, and each other. To learn more about how TeleTech is bringing humanity to the customer experience, visit TeleTech.com.

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