ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog

Our blog, ServiceFirst, features customer service tips, suggestions about how to configure your AnswerFirst account and topics relating to the call center and customer service industries.

Disaster Preparedness & Business Contingency

By |2018-11-26T10:13:30-04:00November 25th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

What would you do if your phone lines, for your business, went down today? What if a natural disaster devastated your area? What if a fire took out your main customer support office? In 2017, the Federal Reserve conducted a survey on how US small businesses handled disasters, and how prepared they were to face [...]

AnswerFirst Named One of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

By |2019-05-16T11:03:29-04:00November 15th, 2018|News, ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored AnswerFirst Communications, Inc. as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Women. The ranking was based on anonymous survey feedback representing more than 4.5 million US employees from Great Place to Work-Certified companies. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, analyzed women and [...]

What Is a Remote Receptionist and How Does It Work?

By |2018-11-26T21:22:43-04:00October 28th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Do you lack the resources, the money, or the space to have a receptionist onsite? This is a common problem facing small and startup companies alike. If you think that you can skip investing in a receptionist for your business, think again. Here's the real skinny on excellent customer service. If you retain just 5 [...]

The Top 7 Customer Service Trends Shaping Business Success in 2018

By |2018-10-17T11:01:08-04:00October 8th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Having a good reputation in business is one of the key drivers of success in today’s digital, interconnected climate. It’s impossible to escape negative reviews or an angry customer with an ax to grind. Angry, confused customers are unavoidable, and in many cases, you can learn from them. But, it’s how you handle the angry [...]

The Importance of Thanking Your Customers: 7 Unique Ways to Show Your Appreciation

By |2019-05-16T11:18:29-04:00September 24th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

The average business will spend five times more when acquiring a new customer as opposed to retaining an old one. It’s true that customer retention is more cost-effective than broadening your reach, and tapping into cold markets. One of the most effective ways to retain customer loyalty is by thanking your customers and letting them [...]

17 Mind-blowing Results From The Latest Customer Service Statistics And Surveys

By |2019-05-16T11:16:46-04:00September 17th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

The marketplace, along with customer attitudes and the way companies respond to them are always shifting and changing. To ensure your success in 2018, you’ll need to keep on top of the latest customer service and support statistics, and survey results. Below, we’ll cover the top 17, mind-blowing results on the most recent customer service [...]

5 Clever Ways to Win the Loyalty of Younger Consumers

By |2018-09-20T20:46:25-04:00September 5th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Who is the largest group of consumers in the United States? It’s not the Baby Boomers anymore. Millennial consumers have now eclipsed their parents as the largest consumer cohort in the country. With over 76 million members, Millennial consumers have serious clout when it comes to influencing consumer expectations and the way businesses respond. Recent [...]

10 Reasons Why Angry Customers Are Good For Business

By |2018-11-26T18:08:42-04:00August 31st, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Nobody likes to deal with angry people, especially when they're your customers. But the thing is ... Angry customers are often a part of doing business. Unfortunately, unhappy customers can also do real damage to your bottom line. Over 60% of consumers will switch brands based on a bad customer service experience. But, did you know that [...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Answering Services

By |2018-08-23T23:09:23-04:00August 23rd, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

When customers or potential customers try to contact your business, your availability really matters to them. If customers are met with a voicemail or placed on hold, it can lead to frustration that ultimately impacts your bottom line. A professional answering service can address these concerns. By outsourcing your calls to an answering service, you [...]

Top Reasons Why Outsourcing Customer Service is a Great Idea

By |2019-05-18T15:27:44-04:00August 17th, 2018|ServiceFirst: Customer Service Blog|

Many businesses hesitate when it comes to outsourcing customer service to a call center.   Outsourcing is only as good as the quality of the call center you use. It’s becoming very common for businesses to explore outsourcing overseas. There are attractive opportunities for saving on equipment and labor costs. You may even reduce your [...]