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All About the Feels? Why Emotion Plays a Critical Role in CX Success

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By Cohan Daley “Feel the feels”, “all about the feels”. Whether you love it or hate it, this phrase highlights a key point about digital communication.

5 Ways Tomorrow's Contact Center Will Deliver Value

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By: Andrew Gilliam Imagine what the world will be like after you've checked off every box on your customer experience to-do list. Pre-purchase anxiety no longer exists, thanks to careful messaging and word of mouth. Product issues are eliminated at their root-cause, before goods leave the factory.

Why We Need Less Leadership

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By Kathryn Frankson Ok, ok so we still need leadership. But, as someone who just wrapped an Experienced Manager training I'm now convinced that we actually need more management.

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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.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook today, and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics!

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

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.

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.

B2B Customer Experience: All Hands on Deck

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Consumers have the power, everyone is an influencer and consistently delivering exceptional customer experience is critical to event success. And as the B2B vs B2C playing field has leveled, buyers expect consumer centric experiences across the board.

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Listen to Your Heart (or your calls)

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By Diana Aviles I’ve chatted with speech analysts from all walks of life. They speak many languages and are versed in different speech analytics solutions.

The Future of Contact Centers: What Technology Is Right for Your Customers?

Speaker: Laura Sikorski, Contact Center Consultant

Your Contact Center is the most customer focused area in your organization. It is where centralized conversations take place, the voice of the customer is amplified, and the amount of data captured is significant. Technology must provide reliable options for customers to reach you when they want and obtain the same great service regardless of the channel they choose. Your customers should have a positive customer experience with every interaction.

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.

Attrition Analysis & The Psychology of Disengagement

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Ron Rhodes Without a doubt, my most perplexing and profound observation from years of leading large organizations is a behavioral complex I refer to as the psychology of disengagement. In the back office BPO and contact center business, competition for labor is heavy and aggressive.

A Tale of Two (Well, Three) Customer Experiences: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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By Erica Marois Two years ago, after an 18-month stint as Connecticut residents, my husband and I boxed up our belongings and made the journey back down south, landing in Richmond, VA. Unlike our move to Connecticut, we hit the road with significantly fewer belongings.

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.

How to Build a CX Program from the Ground Up

It’s no secret - customer experience is the new competitive battlefield. In this eBook, TopBox shares step-by-step guidance on how to build and scale a rock-solid CX program that will fuel measurable revenue and affect organizational change.

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.

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.

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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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.

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

12 Practical Steps to Achieving Customer Satisfaction

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As we enter the Christmas season, our awareness and desire to help others increases. That can be helping those in need, donating our time and/or money, or being a little more kind to others. When we are help one another, not only does it make us feel good, it is encouragement for the recipient.

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!

"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).

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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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.

Women Leadership & Customer Experience

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By Stacy Sherman (MBA, CX Certified) ? This article originally appeared on Doing CX Right There’s an increasing amount of conversations about Women and Leadership, and I love it!

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.

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.

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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.

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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.