Survey Reveals Businesses Need New Performance Metrics to Retain Customers in Current Economic Downturn


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Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, an Alcatel-Lucent company (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), has revealed in a new survey on performance management that businesses need a new set of strategic metrics to retain customers and drive sales. The research shows that while UK firms are more likely to adopt strategic metrics than other regions to better assess customer service delivery and retention – there is still work to be done. Contact centres are largely operational and use traditional metrics, such as call duration or average speed to answer, to assess the customer experience. Only 30 per cent measure revenue per call which would provide more useful customer intelligence.

Almost a third of UK businesses surveyed (31 per cent) are taking actions to address performance management and reporting in the next 18 months and have implemented proactive business management strategies to enhance end-to-end customer interactions. The comprehensive global survey was carried out for Genesys by independent research company, Equation, and polled key employees ranging from CEOs to customer service professionals at 927 companies in 47 countries.

“A downturn can be an opportunity for an organisation to gain a competitive advantage. Some companies will certainly have to close their doors, but those with more focused efficiency strategies, meaningful employee performance measurements and customer-related targets, have the potential to thrive in the current climate,” commented Keith Pearce, Marketing Director, EMEA, at Genesys. “It is crucial to measure in the right space because organisations can follow the direction of their measures – measure transactionally and you add to your costs and often your staff’s stress levels; measure strategically around the benefits you deliver, and things fall into place.”

The research found that a large number of businesses still don’t measure revenue from customer care interactions. Although 77 per cent of UK respondents said that the contact centre plays a role in revenue generation, only 33 per cent of customer service professionals and 28 per cent of C-level executives said their customer service is measured on revenue per call. Organisations need to assess therefore how performance is measured and employees and customers are managed, particularly as customers are being more careful in how they spend their money.

“Now more than ever, businesses should assess how performance is measured and how employees and customers are managed,” continued Keith Pearce. “And our research shows that UK firms are taking the lead here and embracing strategic metrics more readily than their global peers. A much higher proportion of UK businesses (55 per cent) track customer expectations compared to only 48 per cent in other regions, with over 28 per cent of companies in the UK planning to link business drivers with customer behaviours.”

About Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
Genesys, an Alcatel-Lucent company, is the only company that focuses 100 per cent on software to manage customer interactions over the phone, web and in e-mail. The Genesys software suite dynamically connects customers with the right resources – self-service or assisted-service – to fulfil customer requests, optimise customer care goals and efficiently use resources. Genesys software directs more than 100 million customer interactions every day for 4,000 companies and government agencies in 80 countries. These companies and agencies can leverage their entire organisation, from the contact centre to the back office, to improve the overall customer experience. As a result, Genesys helps stop customer frustration, drive efficiency, and accelerate business innovation. For more information, go to or visit the industry blog at

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organisations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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Duncan Burford, UK PR for Genesys, 01780 721 433, [email protected]

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