Ricarda Archive

What is Crowdshipping?

We do more and more things on the internet every year. Each year it seems like a new process becomes electrified and automated. Email, phone calls, the list goes on. But until we invent teleportation or get really, really good at 3D printing, one thing will remain painfully, agonizingly locked in the material world: shipping. Yes, the reality of the world is that things still …

Introducing the Mila Facebook Bot

Over the past decade, the amount of time people spend on Facebook has skyrocketed—Facebook’s 1.44 billion active users around the globe spend, on average, more than 20 minutes a day on the platform. What does this mean? It means that if you want to reach someone, Facebook is now just as important a tool as a TV commercial. That’s why we at Mila have a …

Why Customer Satisfaction is So Important

We’re all familiar with the old adage, “The customer is always right.” Customers may not always be right, of course, but their satisfaction is always of the greatest importance. In that sense, the adage remains true. In fact, it is possibly more relevant now than ever before, as customers’ tastes and exigencies have expanded along with their range of choices. In today’s extremely fast-paced environment, …

How Crowd Service Helps Companies Cope with Growing Need for Tech Support

Home is where the smart is. For a growing number of people, home is starting to feel even safer with the advancement of smart-home technology. Nearly every part of the house can now be controlled, put on a schedule, and monitored remotely. Cameras, TV’s, heating and air conditioning, locks, entertainment devices, windows, doors, garages, and even lighting can be managed by our fingertips from many, …

The Gap Between Consumption and Service and Why People Will No Longer Tolerate It

Click. Tap. Push. Voila! What you wanted is only minutes away, be it a pizza, an Uber, or to enter your home with the heat already on, lights already glowing, and music already playing. From the way you bought your smart device to the way you buy on your smart device, consumerism is all about the one-click fix. Such instant satisfaction has been handed to …

How to Prevent Fraud in Online Communities

By now, pretty much everyone is comfortable doing business on the internet. We order pizza, buy books and gifts, plan vacations, and book hotels and flights and just about anything you can exchange for money. This is almost always undertaken without a second thought, but it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when buying stuff online seemed like a risky proposition, and young …

7 Must Read Books on Service

Reading something other than a job description or instruction manual might not automatically seem like a good thing to do before you start a service role. But there are actually quite a few books it’d be worth reading before your next service gig. Enhancing the customer experience, building customer loyalty, and creating customer happiness are all subjects that often pop up when talking about service. …

The Best Way to Provide Service to a Difficult Customer

No matter the industry, every business encounters difficult customers. Maybe they are upset because they’ve been let down by product performance, long wait times, or a customer just has a cranky personality in general. Service crowd members and anyone else who provides service should know how to handle this type of customer and still get the job done well. It may not be the easiest …

Why Having a Diverse Service Crowd is Important

It’s no secret that tech can be an overwhelmingly male and homogenous work environment. In a survey done by Forbes of nine top tech companies, minorities made up only a small portion of the employees. And each company’s workforce was made up of less than half of female employees (generally, women were one-third of the tech workforce). Diversity has been a hot topic in many …