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Top 5 Customer Service & CX Articles for Week of April 22, 2024

ShepHyken

Each week, I read many customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too. 4 Ways to Scale up Convenient CX for Modern Customers by NICE (NICE) The easier things are for your customers, the better they are for your organization.

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How to Craft Compelling Stories to Unlocking True Customer Engagement

Beyond Philosophy

“Did I tell you about the time I …” These seven words are one of many ways we signal one of our favorite things is coming next: a story. We can’t get enough of stories and look for them everywhere, from news to conversations to the commercials we can’t avoid on TV. Stories are an essential part of the human experience. In today’s world, storytelling is crucial in various aspects of business, including marketing.

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Elevating the Ordinary: How Pride Transforms Your Work

ShepHyken

I love seeing amazement in action. I was at the airport last week with a friend who accidentally spilled his soda. Within moments, an airport employee came over with a bucket and mop to clean up the spill. My friend apologized for making a mess, and the woman’s response surprised both of us. She said, “My name is Laura, and it is my pleasure to clean up your spill.

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Bill Quiseng - Untitled Article

Bill Quiseng

QUI QUOTE: Instead of giving incentives to your customers who fill out your surveys, offer rewards and recognition to your people who deliver service so GREAT customers rave about them on your surveys and social media. Customers pay for their experience, not your product or service. And it’s THEIR experience, not yours. Customers seek the best emotional value in their experience.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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Adopting CX Innovation: How to Overcome the Challenge

TechSee

In today’s fast-evolving service landscape, companies are continuously innovating to improve customer experience (CX). However, the true potential of investing in CX innovation often remains untapped due to barriers that hinder adoption. For CX enhancements to truly impact your business, they must be readily adopted by both customers and service agents.

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Privacy in the Age of Personalization: Striking the Right Balance

Beyond Philosophy

Learn more about Colin Shaw : Join over 80,000 people on our LinkedIn Newsletter list or visit our website for more great podcast episodes. Listen to the podcast: Personalization is a key element in doing business today. However, getting too personal can be off-putting in some situations. So, today we are going to look at how you can strike a balance between personalizing your interactions and offerings for customers without freaking them out.

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Find Your Path to Unmatched Security and Unified Experiences

Cisco - Contact Center

Imagine juggling multiple remotes for your entertainment system, each controlling a different device and requiring endless button presses to achieve a simple task.

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IntouchCX Wins Five Gold Awards at the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

24-7 InTouch

Hyderabad, India, April 18, 2024 – IntouchCX, a global leader in customer experience management, digital engagement, and technology solutions, has won nine awards, including five Gold, at the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognize innovation in the workplace in all 29 markets of the Asia-Pacific region. IntouchCX was awarded Gold in: Innovative Achievement in International Expansion Most Innovative Contact Center of the Year Most Innovative Customer Serv

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Introducing automatic training for solutions in Amazon Personalize

AWS Machine Learning

Amazon Personalize is excited to announce automatic training for solutions. Solution training is fundamental to maintain the effectiveness of a model and make sure recommendations align with users’ evolving behaviors and preferences. As data patterns and trends change over time, retraining the solution with the latest relevant data enables the model to learn and adapt, enhancing its predictive accuracy.

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The Verint Experience Index: Retail

Reports of the death of in-store shopping have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s retail survey found that more than 60 percent of consumers start and end their journey by visiting a store. Retail customers value price above everything, but the importance of other factors varies for different brands. In-store shopping is valued highly by grocery and home improvement customers Technology retail customers place less importance on in-store experiences – for them it only ranks sixth Digital exper

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Scaling Your Business with Outsourced Answering Solutions

A Better Answer

Outsourced answering solutions represent a strategic approach for businesses aiming to enhance customer service and manage operational costs effectively. By partnering with an external service provider, companies can efficiently handle high call volumes, guarantee 24/7 customer accessibility worldwide, and streamline communication processes. This method is particularly beneficial for entities ranging from small local businesses to expanding enterprises with a global customer base.

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People, Process & Technology and the Intersection of AI: Part 3

The Northridge Group

In our 3-part series: People, Process, & Technology — and the Intersection of AI, we have asked industry leaders in technology, people and process management to explain what AI is, what it isn’t, and how it can be a benefit (and a curse) in each area. In Part 3 of our series, we hear from Leslie O’Flahaven, professional write, coach, and speaker.

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Customers Praise the Surprising Longevity and Adaptability of Cisco UCS

Cisco - Contact Center

When we introduced our first compute platform in 2009 with Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers , there was a fair amount of snickering from industry watchers and established server vendors.

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Personalization In Sales Leads To Increased Loyalty and Repeat Business

Integrity Solutions

Mastering the human side of selling is key to sales success, but what does phrase that mean exactly? At its essence, humanizing the sales experience is really about personalization. It’s about asking questions from a place of genuine curiosity, listening, fully absorbing what you’re hearing and then being willing and able to pivot in whatever direction the customer’s answers take us.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Slack delivers native and secure generative AI powered by Amazon SageMaker JumpStart

AWS Machine Learning

This post is co-authored by Jackie Rocca, VP of Product, AI at Slack Slack is where work happens. It’s the AI-powered platform for work that connects people, conversations, apps, and systems together in one place. With the newly launched Slack AI —a trusted, native, generative artificial intelligence (AI) experience available directly in Slack—users can surface and prioritize information so they can find their focus and do their most productive work.

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How to Triumph Over Budget Cuts and Prove Your Marketing ROI

C3Centricity

As we all know and, unfortunately, have probably also experienced, every dollar in our marketing expenditure must be justified, and we have to prove our marketing ROI or risk budget cuts! Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) face the dual challenges of managing budget constraints while also demonstrating the return on investment (ROI) of their marketing initiatives.

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Improving Customer Satisfaction with Professional Call Handling

A Better Answer

Professional call handling is a nuanced strategy that transforms every customer interaction into an opportunity to strengthen brand loyalty and enhance satisfaction. It operates on the premise that each call is not just a query or concern but a pivotal touchpoint with your brand. By prioritizing elements like empathetic communication, prompt issue resolution, and personalized service, businesses can significantly elevate the quality of their customer interactions.

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Introducing the 7th Annual Partner Innovation Challenge: Featuring an Exciting New Prize Category

Cisco - Contact Center

Cisco’s 7th annual Partner Innovation Challenge has ascended to global prominence, captivating partners from an astounding 96 countries and distributing over $3.3 million USD in collective rewards.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Top 50 Customer Service Leaders 2024 | AmplifAI

Amplifai Coaching Category

Discover the Top Customer Service Leaders of 2024 and learn how they amplify CX for exceptional results.

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Live Meeting Assistant with Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Bedrock, and Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock

AWS Machine Learning

See CHANGELOG for latest features and fixes. You’ve likely experienced the challenge of taking notes during a meeting while trying to pay attention to the conversation. You’ve probably also experienced the need to quickly fact-check something that’s been said, or look up information to answer a question that’s just been asked in the call. Or maybe you have a team member that always joins meetings late, and expects you to send them a quick summary over chat to catch them up.

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How to Enhance CX Metrics Strategically

Outsource Consultants

In a recent article for CXM Today, we gave our complete guide to call center tools and metrics to drive CX growth. We encourage you to check it out. But, for those ready to dive in now, we draw similar conclusions in our advice for how using CX metrics more strategically can best guide your labor and technology choices. The issue? KPI tunnel vision is holding your CX initiatives back.

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Top 10 Strategies to Build Effective Client Relationship Management

Helpware

Client relationship management (CRM) revolves around cultivating robust, enduring connections between clients and providers. Although small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often prioritize acquiring new leads, nurturing meaningful partnerships with well-suited clients can prove to be a transformative element in their success journey.

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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Earth Day: How we’re helping our social and environmental systems heal and thrive

Cisco - Contact Center

Earth Day was founded in the United States on April 22, 1970, to mark the emergence of the modern environmental movement, and it inspired more than 20 million Americans to take action.

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Will My Business Need An After Hours Answering Service?

Ambs Call Center

If you’ve found having to stay up late to answer work calls tiring, you're not alone. You've also likely heard of the solution: an after hours answering service.

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Manage your Amazon Lex bot via AWS CloudFormation templates

AWS Machine Learning

Amazon Lex is a fully managed artificial intelligence (AI) service with advanced natural language models to design, build, test, and deploy conversational interfaces in applications. It employs advanced deep learning technologies to understand user input, enabling developers to create chatbots, virtual assistants, and other applications that can interact with users in natural language.

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Blue Ocean Wins 2024 Silver Stevie® Award for Contact Center Provider of the Year

BlueOcean

Blue Ocean, a world-leader in customer care solutions, was awarded a Silver Stevie® Award in the “Contact Center Outsourcing Provider of the Year” category at the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is Blue Ocean’s fourth Stevie Award. The company received a Bronze Stevie in 2017, a Silver Stevie in 2019, and another Silver Stevie in 2020.

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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Don’t jump the Gen AI gun to realise returns on AI investments

Connect

By Martin Cross, CTO at Connect. Applying artificial intelligence (AI) in the contact centre has emerged as a prolific trend as the hype around Generative or Gen AI – the next iterative advancement in the technology – gathers pace. Gen AI is a trending topic because businesses and consumers are captivated by the potential applications the technology holds in how the world works and engages, with the AI arms race between OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, and Meta escalating with the public release of pl

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It’s Earth Day! Let’s talk Circularity, Growth and Profitability!

Cisco - Contact Center

As one of the largest technology companies in the world, it is critical for Cisco to operate in a way that helps to protect our planet.

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Insights from Frost & Sullivan: Optimizing Customer Experiences with Generative AI and Humans

Interactions

At the heart of every customer-centric business lies the quintessential question: “How can we improve and optimize the customer experience?” Recently, we hosted a workshop at Frost & Sullivan for the best and brightest in the CX industry. We asked the participants to work through the development of a transformation strategy , and identify the priorities, challenges, and use cases for leveraging Generative AI (GenAI) in contact center transformation.