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‘Your call is valued’ is the most annoying thing a customer service line could say

Almost half (47 per cent) of those polled by Which?, the consumer group, said they found the message the most annoying, followed by being told to go to the company’s website (28 per cent) and apologies for all operators being busy (11 per cent).

An engaged tone was judged the most annoying sound, named by 29 per cent of those polled, followed by rock music (22 per cent) and background music with no specific tune (21 per cent).

Waiting on hold is a waste of time, but some organizations make the experience needlessly annoyingRichard Headland, editor of Which?

Around half (48 per cent) said that classical music was their preferred sound while waiting. More positively, one in three said that being told how long they would have to wait was the most useful information while on hold, followed by where they were in the queue (32 per cent) and the offer of being called back if they left a number (30 per cent).

The watchdog also found that the vast majority of people are prepared to wait no longer than five minutes for their call to be answered.

Richard Headland, editor of Which? magazine, said: “Waiting on hold is a waste of time, but some organisations make the experience needlessly annoying through objectionable messages and music.

“If these drive you round the bend, vote with your feet and take your custom elsewhere. The best companies know the value of answering your call quickly.”

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Being put on hold can be made worse by the music Credit: Alamy

Which? surveyed 2,260 members between July 14-29.

Last month The Daily Telegraph revealed customers faced a wait of up to an hour to get through to the taxman.

A report found that on average taxpayers were still waiting for 35 minutes for officials at HMRC to answer the phone.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/14/your-call-is]valued-is-the-most-annoying-thing-a-customer-/


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