BARE International recently completed a survey that proves face-to-face service is still vital for vehicle or clothing purchases. The surprise results, however, was within the financial sector, which went through a strong digital transformation.
‘Covid-19 has led to an increase in used car sales as people avoid mass transportation and are more sensitive to auto cost in the recession. Consumers can now find greater inventory of used vehicles online, and dealers are accelerating digital efforts too, but it can come at a premium and demand is driving up prices.’ BARE shares an article by Eric Rosenbaum for CNBC on trends in the used car market.
What does getting back to travel feel like? I spent some time with fellow BARE International colleagues and CX experts, Michele Jowdy, Director of Business Development, Melanie Cihak, Director of Client Services, Alicia Myers, VP of Operations to hear their personal impressions of recent travel experiences. Keep reading for key conversation insights with some sage considerations.
Going into the 4th of July weekend and on the heels of another better-than-expected jobs report, consumer sentiment rebounded, despite the sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases.
‘Even in the midst of a global pandemic, there is one thing that’s for sure: people still want to be treated well. This concept is at the core of customer experience—the simple idea of people wanting to feel seen, known, and appreciated by the companies they’re buying from.’ BARE shares an article by Daniel Newman for Forbes on how ‘CX will be the key brand differentiator by the end of 2020 – even more than price or product quality.’
‘Customers who once wandered the aisles of stores now place orders online. Employees keep their distance from customers instead of greeting them personally.’ BARE shares an article by Blake Morgan for Forbes about how retailers are adapting with curbside pickup in order to serve customers and keep their businesses afloat.
‘Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the foodse rvice industry has rapidly refocused its efforts to bolster delivery and pick-up orders. As the customer relationship moves online and at their doorstep, safety measures must be put into place for both delivery teams and consumers.’ BARE shares an article by Christine Schindler for Fast Casual on simple solutions that protect delivery employees and customers.
‘Most managers are struggling to navigate the impact Covid-19 is having on their organizations, but how the pandemic is affecting different parts of the enterprise varies dramatically from one department to the next.‘ BARE shares an article by Matthew Dixon, Ted McKenna, and Gerardo de la O for Harvard Business Review on how to support your customer service team, and subsequently your customers, through the coronavirus crises.
‘Consumer electronics like phones or laptops are now essential medical technology, as doctors visits have transitioned from medical offices to your home. Via, of course, video live-streaming. “Vonage drives virtually all of the major telehealth providers throughout the world,” says CEO Alan Masarek recently on the TechFirst podcast. “And we’ve seen literally in the last month a 2,000% increase in video usage in the telehealth vertical.”’ BARE shares an article by John Koetsier for Forbes Consumer Tech on the unprecedented increase in telehealth and online video usage as industries shift into digital adoption amongst COVID-19.
‘Customer loyalty and optimism is at the top of most companies’ list of things to be concerned about during COVID-19. The way companies react to the current crisis and publicly treat their customers will significantly alter their reputation for years to come.’ BARE shares an article by digital agency Onimod on how to put your customers’ interests first with these simple tips on customer relationship management.