Leading German Telecommunications Operator Realizes Customer Success with Revolutionary Service Resolution Management Solution
MENLO PARK, Calif., December 13, 2004 �-KANA� (NASDAQ: KANA), the leading provider of Service Resolution Management (SRM) solutions, today announces the implementation of KANA Response for The Talkline Group, one of Germany�s leading telecommunications operators. With KANA in place, Talkline is leading the way in telecommunications customer service practices, ensuring that its contact center agents are able to handle customer inquiries quickly and accurately with less training.
Established in 1991, The Talkline Group consists of mobile service provider, Talkline GmbH & Co. KG, and a value added service provider, Talkline ID. Prior to implementing KANA�s SRM solution, The Talkline Group was responding to over 6,000 customer e-mails every month, with this number growing by 25% each month. Finding a better way to provide consistent customer service, while cutting down on the time it took to respond to each inquiry would allow the company to increase the efficiency of its call center agents.
Using KANA Response, Talkline revolutionized its approach to customer service. KANA Response was implemented quickly and ahead of schedule and led to a reduction in the response time needed to resolve customer inquiries by 9 hours. As a result, Talkline can offer faster and more accurate responses to customers and resolve more inquiries through e-mail.
Because KANA Response allows agents to respond faster and with more detailed information, the Talkline Group now responds to all incoming e-mails within a few hours, in under half of the time as before. Additionally, agent productivity has risen by 90% and agent training times have been cut from five days to two. This increased productivity can be attributed to the fact that agents receive prompts regarding the most appropriate responses to send customers which resolves inquiries faster and ultimately decreases call center costs.
�We have to be vigilant – especially when it comes to customer and staff satisfaction. With an increasingly competitive telecommunications market, we had to find a partner with a solution that could improve our system and provide an enhanced level of service customers expect both now and in the future,� said Ove Struck, Spokesman for Talkline Group. �KANA�s Service Resolution Management solution has provided the platform from which we can continually improve the way we respond to our customers – we see it as a strategic must going forward.�
�Talkline Group�s adoption of Service Resolution Management is a great reassurance to its growing customer base. Providing customers with the right answers at the right time and in the right manner is critical to keeping existing customers happy and is a crucial factor in attracting new ones,� said Brian Kelly, executive vice president of products and marketing at KANA. �We are delighted to have helped Talkline Group turn a customer administration challenge into a customer acquisition tool.�
The Talkline Group, Elmshorn, is one of the leading telecommunications providers in Germany, for many years. It consists of the mobile service provider Talkline GmbH & Co. KG and the provider of telephony value-added services Talkline ID GmbH. The Talkline Group – a hundred per cent subsidiary of TDC Mobile International, Copenhagen – employs about 1,000 people and generated revenue of 898 million Euro in 2003. Founded in 1991 as a mobile telephony provider, Talkline GmbH & Co. KG attends 2.5 million mobile subscribers. Talkline ID GmbH is the most successful alternative provider of value-added services and service-hotlines in Germany. In addition, Talkline ID markets the Talkline call-by-call prefixes 01050 and 0190025.
KANA is a leading provider of Service Resolution Management (SRM) solutions that improve customer satisfaction, reduce service costs, and increase revenues. KANA�s award-winning suite of customer service solutions for assisted, self, and proactive service enables companies to resolve customer requests quickly and accurately across multiple channels. Built on the industry�s most advanced web architecture, KANA�s solutions are in use at more than half of the world�s largest 100 companies. For more information visit www.kana.com.