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5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of August 19, 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. Which is Your CX Priority: Satisfied Customers or Profit?

Do You Use the Right Measures for Your CX?

Beyond Philosophy

What gets measured gets managed. This oft-quoted line from Peter Drucker is more pertinent today than ever concerning Customer Experience strategy. Every marketer should measure their performance in Customer Experience to understand what drives value for customers. .

Winning Decisions Are Sometimes Tough Decisions

ShepHyken

I enjoy going to a baseball game. I live in St. Louis, and the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are known throughout the sports world as being some of the best fans in all of baseball. Many fans remember Albert Pujols as one of the most skilled—not to mention beloved—members of the St.

Answering the Personnel Call: Four Ways Contact Centers Can Enhance Agent Recruitment and Retention

Contact Center Pipeline

While the competition for top talent intensifies across the business landscape, contact centers often feel the impact more than most. Top-performing contact centers require exceptional agents to lead a memorable and impactful customer experience while upholding their company’s brand and values.

Redefining Customer Experience Metrics for Better Performance

Speaker: Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction Continuum

Join us for this insightful webinar with Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction, who will show you how to zero-in on true leading indicators and describe how to connect business results metrics with employees’ workflow metrics.

Outsource Consultants Makes 2019 Inc. 5000 List

Outsource Consultants

PLYMOUTH, MN, August 16, 2019 – This week, Inc. Magazine published its annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.

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Discover Your Relationship Types and How to Use Them

Beyond Philosophy

Relationship Types and How to Use Them. We act differently in our various relationships. We have a way we operate at work or school; we act a certain way in public and another way with our friends and family. The difference is the type of relationship we have with the other people involved.

Inside View: Fannie Mae

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact centers may offer a wealth of data, yet the most meaningful customer insights often lie buried within stored conversations, transaction histories and survey feedback.

The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

Lumoa

The importance of customer satisfaction is generally taken for granted. If you don’t have a solid understanding of why customer satisfaction is important, you risk undervaluing it. Here are five reasons why customer satisfaction is important. Feed generated with FetchRSS

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5 Ways to Transform Contact Center Customer Experience

Transparent BPO

Customer satisfaction with contact centers is down, according to the Contact Center Satisfaction Index 2019 from CFI Group, a market research firm.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of August 12, 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. Everyone Hates Customer Service. This Is Why. by Sharon Terlep.

How Friction Can Be Good For Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

I might have misled you in recent weeks. I have been talking about frictionless experiences and how vital it is to have a smooth Customer Experience. However, some of my reading lately has exposed some nuances about the friction in an experience that we haven’t addressed.

Robocalls? Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Harmonica Player

Contact Center Pipeline

In January 1973, Elton John released his sixth studio album. Entitled, “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player,” the album was Elton’s second straight No. 1 album in the U.S.

When Stress Gets You Down, Get a Rudy

Certified Languages International

Rudy enjoys Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day with friends both new and old.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

Making the Most of Your Data with Customer Journey Analytics

Upstream Works

What is Customer Journey Analytics? It’s tricky to find a definition of Customer Journey Analytics that isn’t penned by a solutions provider hankering to sell you their reporting platform.

Guest Blog: 7 Games to Train Your Team’s Communication Skills

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Michelle Jarsen who shares seven ways your support team can learn and practice essential communication skills. Any job that involves interacting with people requires clear communication.

Counter-Intuitive Leadership Tips

Andrew Mcfarland

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how leaders act when faced with stressful situations. The natural reaction of a strong leader is to take charge, bounding from problem to problem offering expertise, opinions, and action items. Counter-intuitively, the exact opposite is.

I’m Sorry, We’re a Little Short-Handed Today

Steve DiGioia

never ever say that to a customer I went to my local Petco store last week to buy a few more guppies for my fish tank. I got this tank for my kids a few years ago but they never bothered to look at the tank and I don’t think they’ve ever even fed the poor fish. But that’s another story.

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.

Adtran Connect - Quick Take and Photos

Jon Arnold

Another week, another industry event. This time it’s for Adtran Connect , a company I have some good history with. Not my core focus, but enough pieces that touch on things I follow, so it’s definitely time well-spent.

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Consumer Demands are Changing Faster than Ever. Is your Contact Center Keeping Up?

NICE inContact

Brands of all sizes are learning that customer experience is no longer an afterthought: it’s the heart of what consumers want, and the foundation for profits. In light of fast-changing customer demands, is your contact center keeping up?

Four Podcasts Every Customer Service Manager Should Listen To

Fonolo

Retail is transforming at an increasing rate, and more than ever. Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing interactions between customers and brands and are allowing many of these processes to become automated.

How to Use Customer Data: A Guide for Customer Success Teams

Totango

As customers use your product, they generate data just by going about their daily workflow. And you would be missing out on a huge opportunity if you didn’t capture that data, analyze it, and organize it.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

A Story of Availability, Convenience, and Consistency

Steve DiGioia

and donuts! I pulled into the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru and asked the man on the intercom if he had any glazed donuts. He said, “Sorry, we don’t have any more donuts”. WHAT? I know this was at 11 pm on a Saturday night but how can you not have any donuts? Isn’t that what you do?

Why You Need to Reply to Online Customer Reviews

Toister Performance Solutions

Ignoring online reviews can be a big mistake. A 2019 report from the customer insight firm, Womply, revealed small businesses that reply to at least 25 percent of its customer reviews earn 35 percent more revenue than their peers. This is a huge number that's hard to ignore.

Workforce Management Basics in Today’s Contact Center: Part 1

NICE inContact

For seasoned workforce managers, predicting contact volumes and creating perfect schedules are second nature – even although, to those of us on the outside, they seem to speak a whole different contact center language!

Not All Deviance is Bad for the Company Culture

Pipkins

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) website for members offers a series of discussion threads where HR professionals ask and answer questions. Discussions range from very technical explanations of FMLA to less important topics like some inexpensive gift ideas for staff at Christmas.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

ACE 2019 Recap: President and CEO Message – Trust, Choice and Collaboration

Aspect

One of the most anticipated sessions of ACE 2019 kicked off on Tuesday, July 30 with an energizing introduction from Aspect CMO Michael Harris, followed by CEO Patrick Dennis sharing observations from his first 175 days.

How we built our phonetic spelling guide

NameShouts

– Hayley Ostrega, Linguistics Research and Data Associate. What’s in a name?”. Societies have been growing more diverse, and thank goodness we have reached an era where individual authenticity is celebrated.

Is Your Customer Engagement Really Customer-Centric?

ClearAction

Is Your Customer Engagement Really Customer-Centric? Lynn Hunsaker. Customer engagement can yield short-term or long-term rewards or penalties, depending on how customer-centric they are. Are you tracking all of these?