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Seven Key Strategic Questions Critical to Improving Your Customer Experience – Bahrain CX Conference

Beyond Philosophy

To improve your customer experience it is vital you address these seven key strategic questions. Colin reveals these questions at a keynote conference speech in Bahrain. Do you know the answers to these questions? Colin also interviews Rami Sweis, CEO of GolfCX on how customer experience is becoming a key area in the Middle East region. Finally, Colin reveals how you can download his ebook ‘Unlocking the Hidden Customer Experience for free!

5 New Thoughts About Work-Life Balance That Will Turn Your World Right Side Up

Myra Golden Media

It’s rare that I don’t write to you about customer service issues. But I want to talk about balance, not just because it’s so important to me, but because I know achieving peace and balance will help you be a better manager, leader, or customer service professional.

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ALERT: Leadership Training for Supervisors Is Being Disrupted

Call Center Coach

Most all contact center executives know they need to respond aggressively to the fact that we are in a state of massive transformation and disruption in the marketplace. The contact center has been targeted as a pivotal organizational component in this age of disruption that we live in.

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3 Keys to a Fantastic Customer Interaction: Swiftness, Friendliness, and Knowledge

Myra Golden Media

I made a support call to a company yesterday because I was stuck in a loop on an application. I’m glad I called because the representative gave me such a great experience that I found myself smiling and thinking, “She’s good. Really good.”

The Essentials to Scaling Your Customer Success Program

Most tech companies start with a barebone customer success ‘program’ that is reactive. As revenue grows and the go-to-market strategy is identified, founders quickly realize they need a proactive program that goes beyond basic customer services. By now the team may have a CRM program to manage customers and a basic set of steps they put the customer through. This simply isn’t enough to grow your customer relationships to their full potential value. You need a customer success program to grow quickly and to serve many through scale. This is where the right people, processes and technology come into play. Join Emilia D’Anzica, a customer success and engagement strategist, as she walks you through customer success essentials to consider as you grow your company and customer success team. During this webinar, you will learn core pillars of customer success by: Putting yourself in your customer’s shoes. Shifting your strategy to a Growth mindset. Building a scalable customer success framework. You'll walk away with actionable steps for you and your team to leverage immediately. When: November 14th at 11AM PT (2PM ET, 7PM GMT)

Call Centers are the Front Line of Customer Service

inContact

Some call centers struggle to have a stellar reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Don’t Ignore the Economics of Your Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Fair warning: Reading this article could be painful for you. Not dentist-root-canal painful, more like exercising-again-after-taking-a-longer-break-than-you-should-have painful.

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The Benefits of Partnering with a Blended Contact Center

ChaseData

When you choose a specialized agency to provide call center services to your organization, you have several choices. Aside from which agency to go with, you often have the options of inbound call services, outbound services, and those that combine each of these into a single facility.

Five Tips to Recharge Your Net Promoter Score Program

Satrix Solutions

Budget season and annual planning is here again. That means you are likely evaluating the progress you’ve made over the past year and whether you’ve realized expected outcomes. Now is also the time when many company leaders assess their Net Promoter Score program.

You Can’t Afford NOT to Pursue Knowledge Management

Contact Center Pipeline

Knowledge Management (KM) may be the single most impactful technology to help centers address key goals: Reduce workload through greater self-service and shorter handle times Improve First-Contact Resolution (FCR) rate, and with it, the customer experience Enable agents to handle increasingly diverse and complex contacts without extensive training and specialization Contact center leadership understands the […].

What To Look For in a Call Center

Ansafone

As more businesses discover the varied benefits of business process outsourcing to strengthen their customer engagement strategies, it is becoming increasingly important to select the right provider to help you become more competitive in the marketplace.

See the PureCloud call center in action

All cloud contact centers are not created equal. Register now for an upcoming live demo covering supervisor, admin, and agent experience in PureCloud!

What is call back software?

VHT

Call back software was invented in the 1990s to “hold callers’ place in line,” giving them the choice of either being called back as soon as a customer service agent is free or scheduling the return call at whatever time is most convenient for the caller.

Amazing Business Radio: Keith Alper

ShepHyken

From Like to Love. Inspiring emotional commitment from employees and customers. Shep Hyken sits down with Keith Alper to talk about his new book, From Like to Love. They discuss how to create a loving employee culture, the five basic needs of employees, and what millennials want in the workplace.

How psychology affects the customer experience of voice support

UJET

When done right, a conversation with the customer over the phone can be helpful, engaging, and even fun. The problem with voice support is that it can also go terribly wrong, and those are the types of interactions that people hear about.

Bridging the Customer Experience Perception Gap

Call Center Weekly

Long lumped in with Customer Service, the entire Customer Experience concept is finally being acknowledged as a weighty differential in the quest to build customer loyalty and increase sales.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

Compare and Contrast: Power Dialers Vs. Predictive Dialers

aircall

Business has changed. Advances in computing technology have made almost everything quantifiable, measurable, and therefore actionable. And traditional communication tools, like the phone, are no exception.

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3 Leadership Buzzwords that Exist for the Best Reasons

360Connext

Thanks to a fun report from CCW , Customer Contact Week, and some clever customer experience pros (and prose – ha ha,) there is a discussion around leadership buzzwords we should have. According to the report, the list of buzzwords is growing. And I agree.

Three Lessons from Apple on How to Amaze Your Customers

ShepHyken

There is a lot we can learn from great companies, big and small. Many books have been written about companies like Disney, Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton and Apple. And, once we learn how they do it, the key is making it work for our companies.

Forbes Names 24-7 Intouch A Top Employer for New Grads

24-7 InTouch

We’ve been listed as one of the top employers for new graduates by Forbes

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How Other People Sell Your Product

Beyond Philosophy

“If all of your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?”. Who hasn’t heard that one before? We all know the evils of peer pressure from our parents, teachers or, in my case, the authorities. But what if I told you peer pressure could be great for your Customer Experience?

Global contractor network enlists Taylor Reach in new telephony acquisition

Taylor Reach Group

Taylor Reach helps global contractor network revitalize telephony for contact centers. A global leader in contract resource management has enlisted the aid of The Taylor Reach Group, Inc. Taylor Reach) in acquiring a new telephony platform for their offices and contact centers around the world.

3 Questions That Get to the Heart of Employee Engagement

Toister Performance Solutions

Advertising disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Nicky placed the couple's drink order in front of them.

Guest Blog: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact CX and Customer Service?

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Lindsay Tjepkema who shares how people are using AI strategies and the impact they are having on the world of CX. – Shep Hyken. Introduction: AI in CX. _.

How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.

Workforce Management: Big Benefits for Small Contact Centers

Monet Software

Where is it written that only contact centers with 100 agents or more can benefit from a workforce management solution? Certainly not here.

Lessons from a Cold Call

Call Center Weekly

Yesterday I received a cold call from a local real estate company. Here's exactly how it went: "Hi, this is Kathryn." This is Dan from XY Real Estate. Are you looking to sell your home?" "No." No." "Are Are you sure?" "Yes." Yes." "Ok, Ok, thank you. Bye."

Inside View: UPMC Health Plan

Contact Center Pipeline

If the UPMC Health Plan contact center has a wall of fame for industry honors and awards, my guess is that it has long since run out of space… or that it is a very big wall. I first spoke with UPMC Health Plan contact center leaders a few years ago after the center had […].

What the Gig Economy Really Is

Aspect

The term “Gig Economy” is used to describe many changing attitudes, standards and preferences in the way people work.

Turning Your Contact Center into a Profit Center by Leveraging Chat

Speaker: Tony Medrano, CEO of RapportBoost.ai

Technology has allowed for more instant communications, creating a new opportunity for businesses to connect with customers. Live chat as a communication channel has significantly grown in recent years as the leading digital contact method, according to J.D Power. Join Tony Medrano, CEO of RapportBoost.ai and Heidi Rote, Director, North America Sales Center of Jenny Craig, as they present real case studies of how live chat drives engagement, order size, conversions, and allows agents to build relationships with customers.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of October 15, 2018

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too. .

Keeping Agents Hungry

Monet Software

After you’ve interviewed, hired and trained a new agent, some contact center managers believe that part of the job is done. These are the same managers that likely struggle with higher attrition rates. They’re not keeping their agents hungry.

How to Make Vision Writing Your Next Team Building Exercise

Toister Performance Solutions

Team building seems to be a hot topic right now. I've heard from quite a few Customer Service Tip of the Week subscribers lately who are trying to create team cohesion and motivate a group of employees. They contact me to ask if I know of any good exercises or resources.

Outsourcing Your Contact Center Services Can Enhance Customer Experience

Ansafone

As businesses look for new ways to drive value and reduce costs, outsourcing contact center services to BPO providers is becoming a key way to gain a competitive advantage.

Moving Customer Service to Customer Experience and How It Benefits Your Business

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Strategist, The Customer Experience Podcast for Business Leaders

This webinar will do a deep dive into the mindset, processes and methods of building a successful Customer Experience. The psychology behind consumer behavior and experiences will be addressed as a foundation leading to the methods to build connection with customers to drive loyalty. The specific actions and strategies crucial to driving a solid CX will be explained in relevant ways to enable attendees to make a difference in their own organizations.