WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 22 January 2013 — Merrill Edge Advisory and Investment Centers have been recognized for call center operation customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center ProgramSM. The Certified Call Center Program distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by Merrill Edge's service call center operations to provide "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience."
To become certified, the call centers successfully passed a detailed audit of more than 100 practices that encompass their recruiting, training, employee incentives, management roles and responsibilities, and quality assurance capabilities. As part of its evaluation, J.D. Power and Associates conducted a random survey of Merrill Edge customers who recently contacted its call centers in Hopewell, N.J.; Chandler, Ariz., Lincoln, R.I.; and Jacksonville, Fla.
"Merrill Edge has shown a commitment to providing outstanding customer service in both their advisory and investment centers, and are to be congratulated for earning their second consecutive certification," said Mark Miller, Senior Director, J.D. Power and Associates. "Our research indicated that in particular, customers were very pleased with the level of courtesy provided by the Merrill Edge Representatives."
For certification status, a call center must also perform within the top 20 percent of customer service scores, which are based on benchmarks established in J.D. Power and Associates' cross-industry customer satisfaction research. The evaluation criteria include the customer service representative's courtesy, knowledge and concern for the customer; promptness in speaking to a person; and timely resolution of the problem or request. Additionally, the experience with the automated phone system is evaluated based on the clarity of the information provided, the ease of navigating the phone menu prompts and the ease of understanding the phone menu instructions.
"Achieving this designation for the second year in a row acknowledges the strong commitment Merrill Edge has to providing customers with a positive experience that exceeds their expectations," said Alok Prasad, head of Merrill Edge. "We will continue to listen to our customers, enhance their experience and deliver outstanding service to them."
The Call Center Certification Program was launched by J.D. Power and Associates in 2004 to evaluate overall customer satisfaction with call centers and to help call centers in various industries increase their efficiency and effectiveness by establishing and continually updating leading practices for handling service calls.
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