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Being the Bearer of Bad News

ShepHyken

It’s never fun to share bad news with a customer. Many people are scared to be the bearer of bad news. There are plenty of examples of bad news – an order didn’t ship, something was damaged, a deadline is not going to be met, etc.

Creating a Frictionless Experience

Beyond Philosophy

Creating a Frictionless Experience. As a global customer experience consultant for nearly two decades, I have never heard a customer say, “Gee! I wish that buying process was just a little more complicated!” ” Why? All customers want their experiences to be easy.

Three Ways To Fix the Escalation Problem

Myra Golden Media

Escalated calls are frustrating for everybody – the employee who knows she could’ve done the exact same thing the supervisor did, the supervisor whose hair is on fire, and for the customer who has lost time. It’s time to fix the escalation problem.

High Absenteeism? Consider Your Agents’ “Breaking Point”

Contact Center Pipeline

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty frustrated by clients, prospects and some contact center managers who think that the only reason agents are absent from work is because they are lazy.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica whitepaper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Improve AHT: here’s how top contact center decision makers do it

TechSee

Analysis of Average Handling Time is deeply entrenched in the customer service field and almost every contact center manager wants to improve AHT.

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Amazing Business Radio: Jill Nelson

ShepHyken

Being Human in a Technology-Driven World. Why Connections Matter More Than Ever. Shep Hyken interviews Jill Nelson. They discuss her company, Ruby Receptionists , and how to use both technology and humanity to deliver an amazing customer experience.

Speech Analytics in 2019 and Beyond: With Change Comes Opportunity

Contact Center Pipeline

If you’ve been lucky enough to be in the audience when an engaging speaker hits the stage, you know that his or her first words come with authority.

Improve IVR to create a better customer experience

UJET

Interactive voice response ( IVR ) is a phone system that uses the phone keypad or voice recognition to direct customers through a company’s customer support system.

The Most Important Customer Success KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Totango

Customer success initiatives are critical in ensuring your product gives customers the positive outcomes they’re looking for. But how can you tell if your customer success team’s hard work is paying off?

The Changing Role of CX Testing in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Diego Lo Giudice and Chad Hendren

With new competition emerging every day, businesses are transforming themselves, and using software as a means to drive differentiation. Digital transformation has become a key initiative for businesses across the globe, and CX is ground zero. Register now for this webinar and hear from Cyara and their guest speaker, Diego Lo Giudice of Forrester, how testing and QA practices are changing to enable and accelerate digital transformation.

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Getting Angry Customers to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Anger Can’t Be Ignored. We’ve all chosen to not dignify a person’s absurd comment with a response, or perhaps you’ve stepped over a toddler sprawled on the floor in a tantrum, letting them scream.

Guest Blog: Thank Your Customer With Actions Not Words

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Ashwini Dave who writes about how important it is to show your customer’s appreciation in order to retain their loyalty. Organizations are irrelevant without customers. They are the major reason why you are in business.

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Tips and Techniques for Coaching Success

Contact Center Pipeline

Coaching agents is arguably the most critical responsibility for frontline contact center management. Effective coaching is known to foster agent engagement, reinforce and expand critical skillsets, boost productivity and deliver higher performance for the individual, operation and company.

4 Tips for Effectively Communicating Your Survey Data

Satrix Solutions

My wife and I welcomed our firstborn son, Stanley, this past winter. Despite months of research, buying the latest gadgets, and a mountain of unsolicited parental advice, nothing prepared us for the loads of complicated information we would have to retain.

Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

Recap: ICMI 2019 Contact Center Expo in Florida

Unymira

Unymira’s American team was excited to catch up with ICMI attendees again and this year didn’t disappoint! ICMI 2019 in Hollywood, Florida was filled with exciting speakers and some exciting new technologies. Chatbot Customer Service Trade Shows

Episode 51 – CX Expert Annette Franz Shares Her Insights on Journey Mapping and Success with CX

Kristina Evey

Episode 51 Shownotes… On this episode, we are joined by Annette Franz. Annette Franz is the founder and CEO of … Read More Episode 51 – CX Expert Annette Franz Shares Her Insights on Journey Mapping and Success with CX. The post Episode 51 – CX Expert Annette Franz Shares Her Insights on Journey Mapping and Success with CX appeared first on Kristina Evey. Employee Experience Journey Mapping Leadership Podcasting Uncategorized

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of May 13, 2019

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.

Five Elements that Create Service Stress for Customers

Strikedeck

Andy shares what causes stress for the customer, and what you can do to assuage it. Customer Success Customers Onboarding saas value realization

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The Path to Journey Management

Speaker: Kerry Bodine and Lindsay Sykes

The practice of journey mapping has reached fever pitch. But your mapping efforts are only effective if the resulting maps help you drive organization change — and then measure the results of your efforts. Join Intouch Insight and Kerry Bodine, CX expert and co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, as she shares Bodine & Co.’s latest research on this topic.

Is Your Chatbot Conversational? Here are 7 questions you need to ask

Interactions

What does it mean to be conversational? We’ve seen a rise in conversational marketing over the past few years. Conversational marketing is exactly what is sounds like, a marketing style the companies use to engage and interact with their customers in a way that feels natural, casual, and informal.

7 Marketing Tips for Accounting Firms

Abby Connect Virtual Receptionists

When you enrolled in a graduate program in accounting, you probably didn’t imagine you would one day also have to worry about marketing. Accounting courses train their students to become CPAs and run an accounting firm successfully.

Creating Accessible Digital Experiences: Behind the Scenes of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Hero Digital

This post was co-authored by Leah Rosing (Principal, User Research & Insights) and Wally Zielinski (Manager, Front End Engineering).

Video Games versus Customer Service

Taylor Reach Group

by JD Fairweather. There was a time where video games were purchased, played and completed with no reason to interact with their creators. The enjoyment to be had was contained within a small window of experience and replay-ability reserved for the most dedicated of fans.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Survey Emails: How to Grab Your Customer’s Attention

GetFeedback

Survey emails are one of the best ways to get customer information straight from the source. But times are changing, and getting your customer’s attention over email is difficult. 20 years ago, when the world was just discovering the email , there wasn’t a whole lot more to do than simply sending your email. These days, we get bombarded with so many messages it’s hard to keep up with everything or know what’s worth looking at in the first place. Quite simply, your customers are overwhelmed.

Why are Learning Programs for Remote Customer Service Teams So Important

PlayVox

Working remotely offers businesses and employees a number of benefits. First and foremost, let’s talk commuting. Research by the U.S. Census Bureau shows people in full-time roles typically spend more than 200 hours travelling to and from their jobs each year. That can’t sound appealing to anyone.

Q&A: The Case for Billable Customer Success

ChurnZero

The most commonly quoted challenge facing Customer Success leaders worldwide over the past ten years or more has been confusion over the role and definition of Customer Success. The question “ What do Customer Success people do? ”

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You Need These 9.5 Skills to be Friendly Enough for the Customer Service Industry

Steve DiGioia

I watched her smile at everyone who passed her. Her gaze fell naturally on each person and she took the time to acknowledge the children. Waves, “high-fives” and plenty of thank-yous always seem to be around her. No wonder why the customers love her. How does she do it? Good question?

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

What is Call Center Average Wait Time and 3 Ways to Reduce It

Talkdesk

“Your Call Is Important To Us” When your customers hear that, do they really believe it? The longer you make them wait, the less important they feel.

Voice of the Customer (VoC) Feedback: Everything You Need to Know

GetFeedback

The most critical element to improving your company is not having a visionary CEO, leaders who have “been there/done that,” or teams working long hours to deliver the product: it’s actively capitalizing on the voice of the customer feedback. Voice of the customer feedback is any comment or concern given by a customer to your company. 67% of customers are willing to pay more for better customer experience and the best way to improve is to listen to your customers.

Show and Sell: 3 Ways Customer Service can be Used as an Effective Marketing Tool

Fonolo

Customer service is often not seen as the effective marketing tool that it is.