NOW TV is a leading UK-based telecommunications player that provides no-contract subscription internet television, broadband internet, and landline telephone services.
Since its launch in 2012, NOW TV has changed the way UK viewers watch the latest movies, TV series and exclusive live sports through pay TV. Today, 4% of UK homes enjoy entertainment on their terms, without a monthly contract, using a NOW TV box.
In 2014, NOW TV partnered with Firstsource to provide customer support using multi-skilled teams in India. Since then, a critical element of the partnership’s success has been online customer support, provided via webchat and web forms.
The award-winning partnership has been recognized at the ‘UK Customer Experience Awards’ over multiple years.
The 2016 launch of NOW TV’s new ‘Combo’ product, the UK’s first ever contract-free TV, broadband and telephone package bundle, meant the start of a new challenge for the partnership in terms of customer demand.
The new product launch created an unpredictable level of demand for customer support to assist in new sign-ups, which had to be handled quickly and efficiently.
NOW TV operates in a challenging market, with competitors rapidly expanding and improving their services. The Combo product offering posed a bigger challenge, especially with so many competing providers. NOW TV’s objectives for success were:
- Ensure a sufficient number of skilled associates were available to manage the progressively increasing demand
- Deliver high NPS scores and sales conversions, against the backdrop of change
- Ensure colleagues were happy, translating to better and more consistent performance and happy customers
Improving customer experience
To improve customer experience for people signing up for Combo offers, NOW TV decided to launch an ambitious ‘Assisted Sales’ project. In essence, this would offer customers a webchat option with a knowledgeable advisor who could answer their questions and make sign-up easier.
The Firstsource solution started with effectively resourcing the new function. Existing India teams had perfected their record service levels on the standard NOW TV offering. The introduction of both the new Combo product and the associated Assisted Sales support meant that additional demand had to be managed.
To effectively address the uptick in demand, Firstsource moved customer demand overflow to two new UK sites – Cardiff and Derry – where teams were multi-skilled across multiple lines of business. This enabled the India team to focus on daily standalone NOW TV customer service while the UK team focused primarily on Combo and Assisted Sales.
Webchat played a vital part in the NOW TV sales process, helping Firstsource deliver outcomes that matter.