Telecommunications

Companies providing telecommunications products and services, whether they are wireless, cable, satellite, VOIP or XAS, are in a constant state of flux as they adapt to competition and the need to keep all channels up-to-date on their latest products and services.  This environment requires teams who are agile and able to adopt quickly to new competitive demands but also ones who excel at communicating with strategic partners as well as customers..

The need to test and launch new ideas quickly is an ever-present requirement for leaders, front-line team members, sales personnel and marketing teams who must communicate across a wide array of connected players at the speed of light.  In this world, metrics become increasingly important as they indicate the current state of the channel and the customer experience.  Expedient risk assessment and piloting are crucial tools for teams who need to launch new ideas. Clear and concise communication is required to effectively manage change.  The Kaizen / Continuous Improvement approach when utilized in this industry drives significant competitive advantage to help companies leap-frog ahead of competition. This approach also enables best practice implementation likely required due to M&A activity across the enterprise.

Relevant Offerings

Standardizing Centers of Excellence

Action oriented problem solving with teams: Kaizen

Boosting Customer Loyalty

Restructuring and layout optimization

Lean Six Sigma DMAIC approach

Client Success Stories:

Problem: A national wireless telecomm service provider sought to improve its service provided by its national call center for Business to Business (B2B) customers. They utilized a net promoter score survey to obtain feedback from a large percentage of their B2B customers and used this feedback to drive noticeable improvement.

Beauchamp Consulting
  • One on one follow up conducted with every potential survey respondent to ensure >60% reply rate.
  • Analysis showed consistent themes regarding Pro’s and Con’s of service provided
  • The call center leadership team organized an immediate response targeting each specific customer with a rapid action plan to improve
  • The team applied a lean six sigma approach to reduce the amount of time it took to respond to customer inquiries (cycle time to respond). They piloted and then successfully implemented a new model for routing customer requests and measuring time to respond.

Results
The wireless provider’s customer service center team was able to reduce cycle time from several days on average to several hours, a reduction of 80%, responding to the number one survey concern.

Problem:One of a National Telecomm Service Provider’s top 5 B2B customers was expressing high dissatisfaction with their service. Specifically, there were problems with the implementation of a new pricing contract which had resulted in numerous cases of incorrect prices on services provided. The customer threatened to move the service to a competitor.

Beauchamp Consulting
  • A cross-functional project team was established to include team members responsible for ordering equipment, servicing the account and account relationship management.
  • Team established a scorecard reflecting pricing accuracy and timeliness of response. The scorecard was used monthly with the customer to review results, commit to action and resolve concerns quickly.
  • The project team used process mapping, root cause analysis and process redesign to address issues generating pricing discrepancies.

Results
This team changed the customer’s Net Promoter Score Rating from a 1 (the worst possible score) to a 10 (the best possible score), kept the business and continued to launch new efforts to drive defect reduction. The scorecard was used on a monthly basis to enhance communication between the leadership teams of both the wireless provider and their B2B customer.