digital self-service now extra widespread than calling customer support

60% of UK family water and power clients desire to not name customer support if they’ll use on-line instruments to resolve their issues, in keeping with Macro 4 analysis

Crawley, UK, March 22, 2022 – Most shoppers are able to swap customer support requires digital self-service within the wake of their expertise in the course of the pandemic, in keeping with new survey findings launched by Macro 4. The analysis, which examines UK client attitudes to family power and water suppliers, means that 61 per cent of shoppers have turn into extra snug interacting with corporations digitally for the reason that pandemic, on web sites, apps and different on-line channels. And 60 per cent would now desire to not name a stay customer support particular person in any respect if they’ll clear up their points themselves utilizing on-line assets.

Jim Allum, Director, Commercial and Technical at Macro 4 a division of UNICOM® Global

Jim Allum, Director, Business and Technical at Macro 4 a division of UNICOM® World

When requested what facets of service are vital in a family power or water provider, 72 per cent of the 1,000–plus survey respondents mentioned they now need utilities to offer on-line assets that make it simple to resolve their questions themselves moderately than having to make use of the telephone. 93 per cent mentioned it was vital[1] that they’re able to contact their provider in no matter method they like – reminiscent of by telephone, e mail, social media, textual content or messaging apps. And 93 per cent harassed the significance of getting a fast response whether or not they name or make contact digitally.

Macro 4, a division of UNICOM® World that helps enterprises speed up digital transformation, commissioned two separate surveys of over 1,000 family utility invoice payers within the UK. The outcomes are revealed in a report, ‘Giving UK Utility Prospects A Voice’.

Jim Allum, Director, Business and Technical at Macro 4, mentioned: “Throughout COVID-19 restrictions, all of us bought used to doing extra issues digitally. And for many individuals that may have included resorting to on-line self-service since most contact facilities on the time have been experiencing vital delays attributable to hovering name volumes. What’s fascinating is that the behavior has caught. The vast majority of folks are actually completely happy to make use of self-service as an alternative of chatting with a customer support particular person on the telephone – particularly for easy queries. One constructive of serving to clients to do extra for themselves is that it frees up hard-pressed contact middle brokers to deal with extra complicated queries by telephone, chat or e mail, and that is the place corporations can add actual worth. And it must also imply shorter wait occasions for these individuals who do want to talk by telephone.”

Questions associated to payments and prices typically set off calls to the contact middle and this was one of many particular gripes recognized by the analysis. 31 per cent of power clients and 26 per cent of water clients within the survey pattern need their present suppliers’ payments to be simpler to grasp[2]. And 73 per cent frequently examine their power and water payments for errors[3].

Allum mentioned, “Self-service can play an vital position by offering reassurance and readability surrounding payments and the way they’re calculated. For instance, if clients are given self-service entry to detailed historic info, in addition to primary evaluation amenities to check their very own billing and utilization charges over time, they’ll rule out any anomalies for themselves.”

Additional underlining shoppers’ rising choice for digital assets and interplay, practically two thirds of the purchasers questioned within the survey consider it’s extra handy to view all of their family payments on-line moderately than on paper.

Allum added, “Ditching paper altogether is just not but an possibility, nevertheless, since practically a 3rd of the folks we requested nonetheless need paper payments. This analysis highlights the significance of constructing flexibility into your communication methods so as to personalize your service to fulfill the wants of various clients. It’s all about delivering a persistently nice expertise throughout each communication channel.”

Macro 4’s report ‘Giving UK Utility Prospects A Voice’ will be downloaded at

[1] ‘Crucial’ and ‘Considerably vital’ choices mixed[2] Survey of 1,193 utility invoice payers (18+) between 19.01.2022 – 21.01.2022[3] Survey of 1,312 utility invoice payers (18+) between 08.02.2022 – 10.02.2022


In regards to the surveyMacro 4 commissioned two on-line surveys of 1,193 (between 19.01.2022 – 21.01.2022) and 1,312 (between 08.02.2022 – 10.02.2022) utility invoice payers (aged 18+) throughout the UK by way of analysis firm Censuswide. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Analysis Society which is predicated on the ESOMAR ideas.

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