The Bedrock Principles of Customer Service Philosophy

Ecommerce has been the source of so many shakeups in the retail industry, and customer service is a great example. Years ago, concepts like educating customers about your brand and products and guiding their purchase process without real-time interaction was hard to imagine. Now, there are many online tools and solutions to facilitate ecommerce customer service… but these don’t make those services “better” necessarily. Rather, your company’s vision of customer service and accessibility are critical for lasting success. More...

Maintaining a Positive Image in Ecommerce

In ecommerce, consumers can’t assess the quality of the store, interact with sales personnel, or handle products – like they would in a brick-and-mortar setting. As such, consumers rely heavily on user reviews and overall brand reputation when deciding whether or not to do business with an ecommerce site. To ensure your customers are having satisfactory experiences with your ecommerce site, prioritize the following. More...

Little Things you can do to Retain Customers

In ecommerce, returning customers are your bread and butter. Once the hard work of getting their attention, trust, and first purchase is completed, they tend to buy more (and more often) from you. In fact, returning customers generate about three times more revenue than new customers. Keeping customers engaged and coming back to your site is critical for ecommerce success. Internet marketing efforts like email newsletters and a social media presence are good for accomplishing this, but the other half of customer retention is providing customers with a good experience the first time (and every time) they purchase from you. Below are some small ideas that can go a long way toward leaving a good impression on your customers - encouraging them to shop again. More...

Customer Portals Explained

A customer portal (aka a customer extranet) is a private, secure website that enables businesses to share files and information with customers. Whenever a user looks for answers to their questions from a customer service page, or through a customer service app on their phone they are using a “portal.” More...