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Consumers Want Choice of Service Channels: Aspect Research

Customer service isn’t the same thing as customer success.  Customer service vendor Aspect found that use of voice channels has decreased compared with online channels, even though customers prefer voice to everything except in-person interactions. Presumably the reason is that companies are pushing online options. This may be why consumers rated choice of channel as more important than personalized treatments. Aspect smells a business opportunity: 75% of consumers said they’d pay more for exceptional service.

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Relevnt Promotes Local Content Publishing

February 28, 2018

Perhaps more hopeful for local media: start-up Relevnt is expanding its “location-based mobile network”, which lets local publishers and organizations host interest-based communities which are exposed via mobile app to subscribers. Contributors’ content appears within immediately via RSS feeds and contributors earn advertising revenue. Technically, each community is a Web domain owned by the local publisher and the communities are aggregated by the mobile app. So far, the only way to get the app is through the Apple Store so this isn’t entirely free-range content grazing.

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Retail Rocket Raises $24 Million and Buys Sailplay to Enter U.S. Market

July 6, 2022

Netherlands-based retention management platform Retail Rocket just raised a $24 Million Series A, and immediately spent some of it to buy Sailplay, a New York-based marketing automation vendor that will grow its U.S. presence.  Retail Rocket builds unified customer profiles in a module it charmingly calls Data Warehouse, and has other modules for AI-driven personalization, segmentation, and campaign management.  The company has more than 1,000 global clients across Europe and South America.

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