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Amazing Service Begins With Engaged Leaders

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By Sean Hawkins Providing excellent service to customers is not as hard as we make it seem. However, it takes commitment, diligence and lots of effort to do it well. In simplest form, excellent service is the result of treating customers with courtesy and respect.

Securing Network Access for Call Center Staff

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The importance of getting access management right cannot be overstated. You need to make sure that anybody accessing your systems – and the data within - is exactly who they say they are.

4 Best Practices To Incorporate Wellness In Your Contact Center

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In the contact center community, we understand the true value of a happy customer. We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that we leave our customer satisfied. But, let’s consider this for a moment: In order to take the best care of others, we must first take the best care of ourselves.

Bridging the Customer Experience Perception Gap

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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.

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.

Contact Center and Back Office Talent Acquisition and the Knicks

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Your former Recruiting team just took you through a PowerPoint presentation in which they proudly announced that Recruiting should hence forth be referred to as “Talent Acquisition.” Great!

Customer Service Week: A Time of Celebration

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The time for annual Customer Service Week is rapidly approaching! Are you ready? This celebration, which takes place the first week of October each year, is a week of fun, games and food – lots of food.

Customer Service and the Golden Rule

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By Erica Mancuso Treating others as you would want to be treated is a practice of empathy. The golden rule is such a simple, timeless principle, and yet I’m constantly amazed at how little it’s practiced any more.

Technology and Digital Media Driving Consumer Experience- ‘What was’ Versus ‘What is’ of Customer Service

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By Rinku Basu Over the past few years, customer services have been taken to astonishingly new heights. Meeting expectation’ is no good anymore, surpassing expectation is the only modus operandi for existence.

Are You Breaking Enough Rules?

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I'm reading First, Break All The Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently , by Don Clifton. It's so, so good! There are some really crucial lessons but the one that is on my mind the most right now is - great managers do NOT follow the golden rule.

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Customer Irritation Erodes the Experience You Deliver

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I was recently at a business conference at a highly regarded venue. The presenter was wonderful and provided lots of strategies, techniques, and solutions for those in attendance. Participants walked away with a wealth of knowledge and takeaways ready to implement in their companies.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Job Loss – Why me? What now?

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By Ron Rhodes October 24, 1929 was a Thursday. The weather was partly cloudy, chilly, with a daytime high of about 49 degrees Fahrenheit, cool for that time of year. People began their day like any other, breakfast, news reports, perhaps even morning prayers.

Customer Experience is Driving the Need for Ethnographic Research to Understand Why Customers Do What They Do

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By Darcy Bevelacqua Customer Experience is Everywhere From marketing to customer service to the boardroom, it’s recognized that personalized, efficient and engaging customer experience drives customer acquisition, brand loyalty and customer lifetime value (LTV).

Employee Engagement: Now is the Time

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If leadership is wondering if employee engagement is good and necessary for their teams, I would have to emphatically say, "yes, it is!" I have worked in the contact center environment for many years. I have had the opportunity to work for companies both large and small.

Improve Your Contact Center Through Agent Training and Development

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By Sean Hawkins Organizations that understand the true value of professional development, culture, innovation, and creativity, also recognize the value of continuously educating their employee base.

Empathy, and the Recipe for Chocolate Cake

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Once upon a time, (isn’t that how they always start), a young woman took a leap, and accepted a position in a customer service role. This is a new adventure, how exciting!! The young woman had no experience in customer service, but was up for the challenge. She thought should could figure it out.

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.

Workforce Management's Impact on Customer Service

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Workforce Management drives CX A biker friend of mine recommended a book to me called “Freedom” written by Sonny Barger – yes “that” Sonny Barger – a founding member and former Oakland Chapter President of the Hell’s Angels.

Trust is Important in the Contact Center

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By Celia Thomas To aid and ensure contact center agents are successful, leadership must support and values them. One key area in this development, is trust. There is an excellent quote by Steven Covey that speaks to the important of trust in leaders.

An Alternative Approach to Agent Training

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By Sean Hawkins Two of the common reasons I hear regarding a lack of agent training, are no money and no time. This answer is unacceptable simply because there are many alternative methods of training and development available.

Multilanguage Support in the Contact Center

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In today’s business world, the desire to reach more consumers is a top priority. With global online purchasing easier to accommodate, and businesses expanding into new geographies, one can naturally expect a surge in non-English speaking customers.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

Why the Fuss Over Company Culture?

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culture: The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature.

Employee Engagement: Partnering With Your Call Center Staff to Develop Your Culture

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By Maurice Helm I understand from experience the life of a call center representative.

"Follow The Leader", Featuring Janet Poklemba

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How do you create actionable goals, from the knowledge acquired at a conference? I’ve always considered conferences to be valuable experiences that allow me to learn more about our industry, and to stay on top of trends, technology and innovation.

What Makes A Great Leader?

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By Kathy Holdaway Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning. Warren G.

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.

"Follow the Leader", Featuring Neal Topf

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What factors should an organization take into consideration, when choosing a business partner? Companies have a wide range of criteria to consider when tasked with the difficult objective of choosing a business partner (provider).

Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn

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Looking to grow your career? Expand into consulting and management? Leverage your customer experience and call center knowledge to hit the speaking circuit? Building a personal brand on LinkedIn is the key to opening new doors. But where do you start?

Lessons from a Cold Call

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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."

Preparing New Agents for Customer Service Success

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When hiring new agents, how quickly the agent can begin making a meaningful contribution is always a concern. After training, it is not logical to assume an agent is ready to begin taking phone calls.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

The High Cost of Poor Workplace Culture

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By Anonymous Log into your programs, put your headset on and turn on your phone. That first call of the day means so little to you because you take hundreds of calls a week that are exactly like the one you are about to take.

Why Should Core Values be Reflected in Your Customer Experience?

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Core Values - The fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. Core Values serve as the guiding light for how everyone in your company interacts, communicates and works with each other, external customers, and the community.

5 Major Criteria To Be An Effective Leader

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By Mitch Mitchell Depending what you consider as a good leader, you'll either believe there are lots of good leaders or very few good leaders. As someone who's been ensconced in leadership for a long time I can honestly say that there's a true dearth of effective leaders in the world.

Knowledgeable Agents Are Key to Great Customer Service

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By Sean Hawkins I recently spoke with an agent for my insurance company, in the hopes of clearing up a misunderstanding concerning my policies. Well, things didn't go as easily as expected. For starters, I called the wrong the number.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.

5 Best Articles to Supercharge Your Recruiting Game in 2018

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You have made it. 2017 is coming to an end. You have survived all the highs and lows. It was another eventful year for the recruitment sphere. Recaps and reviews must have been filling your feed and mailbox. We won’t bother you with another one. Instead, we’re going to give you a head start for 2018.

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Attitude: The Missing Attribute in Contact Center Hiring

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Let’s face it; hiring new personnel can be a long, arduous task. Prior to announcing an opening, the job description must be created and approved. Recruiting efforts must be discussed with HR to ensure the best candidates are brought to the forefront.

"Follow the Leader", Featuring Meghan Speer

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What can brands do better on social media, to truly connect and engage consumers? I think that it starts with brands recognizing that consumers are actual people.

"Follow the Leader", Featuring Michael Sherlock

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What are some guiding principles you follow, when developing new leaders? I believe the most important element to the development of a leader is their ability to practice engaged active listening. It is so easy to think that you have (or have to have) all of the answers.

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Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.