FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – (December 28, 2020) – ResultsCX, a premier customer experience partner to Fortune-100 and 500 companies worldwide, announced today findings from its recent holiday shopping and customer service survey, taking the pulse of organizations and how they’re handling a variety of customer service offerings this holiday season.
The National Retail Federation forecasts 2020 holiday sales to rise between 3.6% and 5.2% year over year, amounting to between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion1. With even more online shopping emphasis this year due to the pandemic, customer service will play a larger role, particularly after the holidays as more people leverage online channels for customer service issues and merchandise returns.
According to the December online survey presented to more than 1,500 organizations and commissioned by ResultsCX, nearly a third of respondents are expecting an increase in customer service demand of between 10% – 15% this year. More than half (54%) are expecting at least a 5% increase over last year.
The majority of respondents currently are offering, or are planning to offer in the near future, live chat functionality (69%), and 58% are offering human-like interactive chatbots capable of providing conversation-centric chat experiences to assist customers.
This is particularly important since 24% say their sales are “significantly” higher for self-service and chat channels than for traditional agent support. However, another 28% say they still don’t offer online customer care (live chat, self-support, or automated response materials), meaning nearly a third of companies polled are missing the chance to substantially elevate sales potential because of better customer care options.
Forty-five percent of companies offer FAQs on their websites, 16% offer technical instructions, and 14% offer instructional guides this year to help customers self-resolve more technically sensitive issues.