WBR's Laura Anne Danaraj speaks to Margerat Dizon from Globe Telecom about balancing customer demands with efficient operations.
Communication through technology has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Today, we as consumers rely on a combination of mobile phones, broadband, and wireless data to stay connected with people, look up information or for entertainment. Think of a time where you are not using your phone, computer, or dependent upon the internet… Not easy is it?
Exceptional Customer Service
Just like how easy it is to connect online with a press of a button, the telecommunication industry understands there is phenomenal value in using technology to provide exceptional customer service and to transform practices in keeping their customers happy.
I had a casual chat with our Field Service & B2B CX Asia speaker, Margaret Dizon, VP of Customer Field Services, Broadband Business at Globe Telecom, a major telecommunications provider in the Philippines. She shared her experience and knowledge in managing their field service operations.
According to Marge, “Field servicing is not just exclusive to our field service agents. It is also empowering our customers to be part of the field servicing loop all together”.
Hence, Globe Telecom is trying to get the right formula for its balancing act in managing the demands of its customers while making sure operations are efficient.
“We try a personalized approach, making sure that we are physically present vis-à-vis leveraging remote tools, remote management and remote troubleshooting. As we are currently geographically dispersed, we want to ensure we have the right capacity and the right skills set in the field so we can deliver on time and of high quality, with no repetition.”
It seems then that the key to winning customer service drills down to technology and coordination – leaving customers feeling directly catered to while optimizing digital tools. Therefore, building a strategic approach to integrate digital technologies into field service management gives a business really an edge.
With several Telcos in the market for customers to choose from, and companies competing to gain market share, does cost eventually act as a barrier to provide good customer experience?
"Apart from CX, in a digital first world, Telcos need to ensure customers have a good omnichannel experience to survive and thrive..."
“Our cost enhances the type of approach in delivering field service to our customers. So rather than seeing it as a barrier, I take it as a way to identify and deliver the best approach based on the customer persona we are dealing with.”
Given that, some customers might need a specific type or a premium brand to provide them personalized service.
“The fact is if they feel the sincerity from us, they would see the value of the service. It does not matter whether you have the basic or premium subscription with us; we always provide the right outcome. And with that, I would say it’s not really dependent on the cost,” affirmed by Marge.
A study by PwC, titled ‘Experience is Everything: Here’s How To Get It Right stated that 42% of consumers said they would pay more for a friendly, welcoming experience, and 52% would pay more for a speedy and efficient customer experience. Customer experience has become the number one aspect for businesses to focus on, overtaking price and product as the key brand differentiator.
Apart from CX, in a digital first world, Telcos need to ensure customers have a good omnichannel experience to survive and thrive in such a volatile and complex ecosystem. How does Globe Telecom achieve this?
“We plot a map of a customer journey, where all the teams are engaged and all the channels that deliver customer experience are aligned. Once we have that map in place, we make sure we follow the guidelines whether it is the type of words that we use, the timing, the approach, the type of feeling that we evoke and the manner of how we deliver their expected service. We are all aligned to the kind of journey we are supposed to deliver to them (our customers).”
It comes down to the planning and execution as shared by Ms. Dizon. As Telco’s transform from a traditional communication service provider to a digital service provider, they have to develop the ability to orchestrate customer experience that supports them at every touchpoint in order to achieve their desired outcome.
To end our casual chat, Marge shared that attending Field Service Asia gives her the chance to gather together with fellow Field Service leaders to share their experiences, challenges and best practices. Instead of just looking out for information on the internet, she gets to secure real life applicable case studies through this summit.
- Read more about the Field Service and B2B CX Asia event @ https://fieldserviceasia.wbresearch.com
- Read more articles by Laura Anne Danaraj @ https://www.fieldservicenews.com/lAURADANARAJ
- Read the PwC study, Experience is Everything: Here's How to Get it Right @ https://www.pwc.com/us/en/services/consulting/library/consumer-intelligence-series/future-of-customer-experience.html
- Read more about customer experience in service @ https://www.fieldservicenews.com/CUSTOMER+EXPERIENCE
- Read more about Globe Telecom @ https://www.globe.com.ph/