live chat launch successfully enhances customer experience

Randstad Southeast Asia rolled out Live Chat at the start of 2017 in a drive to improve candidate and client experience. This tool offers a more personalised and differentiated way to engage with clients and candidates who visit Randstad’s website across Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Supported by a dedicated team of Customer Experience professionals, the Live Chat experience has vastly improved the Randstad online experience for job seekers and clients alike.

The Live Chat is the first of Randstad’s Tech & Touch initiatives in the region. The growing use of technology has an ever greater impact on the way we live and work - raising questions about the future of human interactions. Technological solutions impacting the way we work is a primary focus through the Randstad Innovation Fund, however, it is Randstad’s Tech & Touch vision that merges these technologies with the human touch to delight its customers and allows the brand to stand out from its competitors.

Having Live Chat on the website not only allows us to provide our clients and candidates with immediate access to help, most importantly, it also offers invaluable and first-hand insights into our customers’ pain points through these live conversations and feedback.

This in turn allows us to offer much quicker solutions to any issues, challenges or questions our customers might have - from job requirements, hiring talent, work eligibility through to application processes and career advice. Besides setting our service apart from our competitors in the market, Live Chat also offers other benefits, including improved customer satisfaction, better conversion rates for job applications, better quality of candidate applications, and more clients being registered online. We are to offer immediate assistance and human interaction to any client or candidate who is browsing our web pages - in real time.

The results are already visible. In Singapore, since the launch of Live Chat in January, the conversion rate from visits to applications went up from 21% in December 2016 to 40% in March 2017. The number of direct job applications on our website also rose significantly, by 154% between December 2016 and March 2017.Hong Kong also saw encouraging numbers in the same time period. Conversion ratios went up from 20% in December to 27% in March. Direct job applications numbers increased by 225% in the first quarter.

In Malaysia, the conversion ratio went up slightly from 6% in December 2016 to 8% in March 2017, however, direct job applications increased by a strong 101% in the same time period.

Michael Smith, Managing Director, Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia noted, “In the future, we’ll be able to use this tool to offer even more personalised messages, campaigns or other relevant content to targeted visitors based on their job profiles, geography or even online behaviors. We will know if someone has visited us before, for instance. The possibilities in terms of real-time, more personalised and more responsive services are endless. It’s a perfect way for us to maximise this ‘Tech’ platform to offer more ‘Touch’ to our customers.”

about Randstad

The Randstad Group is a global leader in the HR services industry and specialises in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services. Our services range from regular temporary Staffing and permanent placements to Inhouse Services, Professionals, and HR Solutions (including Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services Programs, and outplacement). By combining our human touch with technology-driven solutions and tools, we aim to offer both clients and candidates the best tools and solutions for increased efficiency and engagement, connecting more people to more jobs. Randstad has top-three positions in Argentina, Belgium and Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States, and major positions in Australia and Japan. At year-end 2016, Randstad had 36,524 corporate employees and 4,752 branches and Inhouse locations in 39 countries around the world. In 2016, Randstad generated revenue of €20.7 billion. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded. For more information, see www.randstad.com.hk.