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  • Enabling CX Digitalization: A Look at CSS Corp's Yodaa

    Dec 20, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      In this vlog Ivan Kotzev looks at CSS Corp’s digital experience suite Yodaa and how it unifies the company’s analytics, automation, and multichannel tools and models for digitalizing support.[...]

  • Highlights from Alorica’s Analyst Day, November 2018 (vlog)

    Nov 30, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      Ivan Kotzev shares highlights from Alorica's recent analyst day, including current CX initiatives and focus areas, business growth, and investment priorities.[...]

  • The CX Consulting Race: New Players, New Models, and Tech Mahindra’s Example

    Nov 06, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      NelsonHall has recently published a report on Digital Customer Experience Services, and one of the trends explored is the evolving competition in customer experience (CX) consulting. The traditional ecosystem includes distinct players with clear-cut roles: Big five management consulting firms such as Deloitte or PwC, providing strategy-level advisory which covers CX Niche UX [...]

  • Arvato CRM’s JV with Saham Group Consolidates EMEA Position

    Sep 21, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

    Bertelsmann, the parent company of Arvato CRM Solutions, has announced plans to combine Arvato CRM with the CX services business of the Pan-African Saham Group. The joint venture will have 50/50 ownership, with ~ €1.2bn combined annual revenues and ~48k employees in 25 countries. The deal is expected to close in January 2019. Saham Group & partnership history Founded in 1995 in [...]

  • The CX Workforce Challenge & How Vendors Are Responding

    Aug 31, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      In February, industry veteran and CEO of SYKES, Chuck Sykes, commented during the earnings call on CX services market trends: ‘… in the U.S., at least in my time, there is no time in the company's history that I can recall seeing this level of labor challenge. And it actually is something that you're going to see in a lot of developed countries around the world.&[...]

  • Tech Mahindra BPS’ Approach to CX Process Automation

    Jul 23, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      Currently, the level of automation in the front-office is lower than it is for middle and back-office processes, with reasons including the lower cost of handling customer-facing processes, established offshore models for labor arbitrage, and lack of client interest. However, the upside of this relatively slow uptake is that automation can now be applied to multiple areas of CX, incl[...]

  • Concentrix Acquires Convergys, Becomes Second Largest CX BPS Player Globally

    Jun 29, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

    With its Q2 results yesterday, SYNNEX, the parent company of Concentrix, announced its intention to acquire Convergys, the second largest CX services provider and a public company with ~$2.8bn annual revenues. SYNNEX will pay ~ $2.43bn (includes $26.50 per share and repayment of $315m net debt). The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2018. The largest CX Services provider in Nor[...]

  • Teleperformance to Acquire Intelenet, Makes Strategic Bet on India & Analytics

    Jun 15, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      After several months of media speculation, Teleperformance officially announced yesterday an agreement to acquire Intelenet Global Services from the private equity Blackstone for a total consideration of $1bn. Boost for Indian market The deal will expand Teleperformance’s topline growth and have a positive impact of around +10% on the company’s earnings per share in[...]

  • The End of Telecoms Sector Dominance in CX Services?

    May 01, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      For many years, the telecoms sector has been the dominant market for customer experience (CX) services providers. However, over the last few years, consolidation, flat performance, decreasing margins caused by market saturation, new digital models and competitors, and unfavorable regulations (e.g. Eurotariff) have eroded the significance of the telecoms sector for CX services provide[...]

  • Aegis & StarTek Expand Globally with ~$700m Merger

    Mar 20, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      Last week Aegis Global and StarTek announced the creation of a combined company. The merger will see Aegis majority owner PE Capital Square Partners swap shares with the NYSE listed StarTek, to reach a ~55% stake in the merged company. The deal is expected to close by Q3 2018. Here I look at the implications of the merger. Return to the U.S. for Aegis For Aegis, the merger fol[...]

  • Parsing the Customer Journey: How WNS Translates Data to Insights

    Mar 12, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      NelsonHall recently visited WNS’ Analytics CoE in Bangalore. Research & analytics (R&A) services are key activities for WNS, as a first point of entry into new clients, and also as a higher margin activity in existing accounts. Readers of NelsonHall’s Quarterly Updates on WNS will be aware that WNS is looking to increase the level of annuity revenues from analytic[...]

  • How Indian CX Services' Channel Mix Will Change by 2020

    Feb 22, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

    In our latest CX services research in collaboration with NASSCOM, we have mapped how Indian CX services channel mix will change by 2020, as shown in the following infographic.  NelsonHall’s Customer Experience Services program delivers the most comprehensive insight for buyers and providers of CX services. For more information, contact Guy Saunders.[...]

  • Key Mechanisms to Boost Your CX Services Performance

    Feb 20, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

    In our latest CX services research in collaboration with NASSCOM, we identified the top 3 mechanisms for improving key CX metrics: Net Promoter Score, First Call Resolution, Conversion, and Turn-Around Time & Average Handling Time, as shown in the following infographic.  NelsonHall’s Customer Experience Services program delivers the most comprehensive insight f[...]

  • 9 Key Stages of Adoption for Next Generation Customer Service

    Feb 16, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

    In our latest CX services research in collaboration with NASSCOM, we identified the 9 key stages of adoption for next generation customer service, as shown in the following infographic.  Insights into the differences across client industries and the best practices applied by vendors are available in NelsonHall’s Customer Experience Services program. For more information, contact [...]

  • Addressing Political Risks & Regulatory Changes: Priorities for CX Services in 2018

    Jan 17, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      In my predictions for the customer experience services industry a year ago, I noted that political risks will replace security concerns as the biggest external threat to the industry. Looking ahead to 2018, regulatory changes and government policies will have a lasting impact on the selection of delivery locations, country investment plans, and market presence. Here I take a closer l[...]

  • CPG’s Digital CX Future: Notes from HGS Forum

    Dec 13, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      I recently attended HGS’ forum on the trends and challenges in CX for the European Consumer Packaged Goods (FMCG) market. In the company’s West London center, clients and prospects including Colgate, Danone, L’Oréal, Nespresso, Nomad Foods, and Mars discussed the ways customer service can drive ecommerce and augment sales. Digital as a force for disruption[...]

  • Arvato UK&I: Bringing Digital & Automation to CX

    Dec 04, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Recently, I had a chance to visit Arvato’s U.K. and Ireland HQ in Slough, ~20 miles (30km) west of London, to witness its customer experience operations and how the company is applying digital channels and automation. A mix of public and private sector clients Arvato U.K. & Ireland provides customer experience services, finance and accounting (record to report, order [...]

  • Omnichannel, Bots & the Future of CX: Q&A with Head of Prosodie-Capgemini, Erwan Le Duff

    Nov 07, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    This month, Capgemini is launching a new version of its omnichannel cloud platform, Odigo™. I interviewed Erwan Le Duff, Head of Prosodie-Capgemini, about the new platform features, the evolution of self-service, and the future of customer experience. Below is a video of highlights from the interview, followed by a brief introduction to Odigo and a full transcript of the interview.  [...]

  • Transforming a Contact Center to a Profit Center: CSS Corp Client Study

    Oct 30, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Post-sales support functions are typically cost centers: large, labor-intensive operations with significant overheads and no financially attributable benefit to the bottom line. This environment is changing, with  organizations gradually understanding the revenue generation opportunities in support services such as technical support and afterlife maintenance. I recently had a co[...]

  • Omnichannel Entropy from a Customer Experience Perspective: Macy’s Journey

    Oct 18, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    The traditional (and now universally accepted as outdated) model for multi-channel support looked something like this, with differences primarily between the types or number of channels: However, as customers became digital and mobile, the model has shifted to something like this: This model originated with marketers and retailers, where omnichannel means the ability to purchase in t[...]

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