2016 State of Global Service Report

No matter where you are in the world today, one thing is for sure. Expectations for customer service have grown over the past few years: around convenience, speed, agent knowledge and insights, and by far around channel availability and digital transformation.

This year, Microsoft’s customer service preferences and expectations survey polled 5,000 consumers across Brazil, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and
the United States and found some interesting commonalities, as well as distinct differences between locations. As a bonus to our polling, we also found some
fascinating trends related to age groups, and we’re excited to share those with you as part of this year’s State of Global Customer Service Report.

As customer service and the customer experience become key differentiators for brands and organizations across all industries around the world, it has never
been more important to know as much as you can about these expectations, perceptions, preferences and trends so that your organization can not only move
forward, but ahead when it comes to customer service and engagement.

Our 2016 Microsoft State of Global Customer Service Report shows that 61% of consumers now view customer service as “very important” in their choice of
and loyalty to a brand. As a key stakeholder in driving the customer experience, brands can no longer afford to view customer service as a cost center.
Customer service must be viewed as a value and moment of truth center when a brand’s commitment to customer-centricity and the customer experience is
tested every hour of every day.

We hope you’ll find the data and insights delivered in this report beneficial in improving and innovating for today and the future.

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