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How To Be An Effective Manager

Contact Center Geek

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A new team member joins your contact center. She is put through training and taught how to use her phone and your company CRM, how to de-escalate upset customers, and how to go through the necessary talking points on common calls.

What Metallica Can Teach Us About Customer Experience

Contact Center Geek

Lessons on Customer Experience are all around us, if we just look for them. All of us, after all, are customers first. Metallica, the metal band that has been around since the 1980s, could teach us all something about Customer Experience.

Matt Beckwith on the Fast Leader Show

Contact Center Geek

Matt Beckwith considered leaving his contact center job because he felt bogged down by the things he didn’t like about the job. He almost left, and then his boss asked him some very insightful questions that helped him find clarity almost instantly. link] Permalink. people

Contact Center Predictions in Three Sizes

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on ICMI.com. The end of the calendar year often brings with it the inexorable look into the crystal ball. It seems everywhere you look there is someone touting that they know what the future holds.

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.

How to Scale Your Culture as Your Contact Center Grows

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on ICMI.com. What is culture? In my mind, it is the principle that will guide employees to behave in a certain way - the operative term being, guide, not force. Culture is also the sum of all behaviors of all employees. It is intangible.

Customer Experience – No, Not That

Contact Center Geek

Guest post from Dr. Debra Bentson We talk a lot in the Customer Experience space about how to deliver CX – I’m putting this topic on its head to share a few things about customer experience.

Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact West 2018

Contact Center Geek

This year’s Customer Contact West conference was held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. I really enjoy this event every year. It’s a smaller conference, I believe around 350 attendees, but the events and content are huge! The format of the sessions are great.

Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact West 2018

Contact Center Geek

This year’s Customer Contact West conference was held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. I really enjoy this event every year. It’s a smaller conference, I believe around 350 attendees, but the events and content are huge! The format of the sessions are great.

How To Stand Out As A Customer Experience Change Agent

Contact Center Geek

I am a podcast junky. I devour podcasts. Funny podcasts, serious podcasts, and, of course, podcasts centered on my passion for contact centers and improving customer experience. One of my favorite shows is Crack The Customer Code hosted by two CX rock stars: Adam Toporek and Jeannie Walters.

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.

How to Make Performance Metrics Truly Matter

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on ICMI. As contact center leaders, we are always in search of the best way to effectively manage our operations, which can simply translate to how well are we managing costs. But our job is far more than just "managing costs".

Fast Food Wars: The Battle of Social Service

Contact Center Geek

Before I begin, I want to tell you a love story. A story about how a man from Northern California fell in love with a chicken sandwich and those funny cows. Or at least, provide a little proof that it is not my intent to publicly shame the home of the best chicken sandwich in the nation.

"Follow the Leader", Featuring Matt Beckwith

Contact Center Geek

Has working in customer service made a positive affect in your personal life? The short answer is: absolutely! I’m not sure if I was drawn to work in customer service because of my natural curiosities and interests or if working in service has created who I am today. I suspect it’s a little of both.

Your Team Meetings Suck (But They Don't Have To)

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on CallCenter Weekly. Contact centers of all shapes and sizes often have lots of similarities. One thing I have found to be true across most companies is this shocker: contact center team meetings suck!

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!

Lean Six Sigma Tenets for the Contact Center

Contact Center Geek

Guest post by Walt Sweeny , Assistant Vice President Call Center at Provident Credit Union The wonderful thing about Contact Centers is that we get to measure everything that is important to our customers and team members.

Three Recruiting and Hiring Resolutions for the New Year

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on ICMI.com. Happy New Year! The new year often brings new candidates to the job market, so if you're taking advantage of that like I am, here are three tips to improve your contact center’s recruiting and hiring efforts.

Customer Survey Lessons

Contact Center Geek

I have been called a glutton for punishment because I call a contact center every day of my career. No way. The lessons I've learned calling other contact centers have proven invaluable. I wouldn’t have had the career I’ve had without the years of “competitive analysis”.

Customer Service Appreciation Week 2017

Contact Center Geek

Did you know there is an official Customer Service Week to highlight the work of customer service employees? Customer Service Week is not specifically only for contact centers but many across the country have adopted it is their own holiday.

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.

What a Dinosaur Taught Me About User Adoption

Contact Center Geek

Throughout my career I've been part of many new technology implementations. An important element to nearly all of them has been successful user adoption.

AHT - You're Still Doing It Wrong

Contact Center Geek

Contact center managers, you are still wrong about AHT (Average Handle Time, also known as Agents Hate This ). Maybe not all of you are, but for sure, many of you are. I know what you’re likely asking, how would you know if you’re wrong about AHT? Here’s a simple test.

Breaking the Ice Episode #42: Innovative Contact Centers & Giving Back w/ Matt Beckwith

Contact Center Geek

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Rethinking Traditional Contact Center Quality Monitoring

Contact Center Geek

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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.

The Hexahedron of Quality

Contact Center Geek

Here's a bit of call center humor, in the spirit of Throwback Thursday. And buried in that humor is a lesson that continues to stay with me. Let me answer your first obvious question. Yes, it is acceptable to do a "Throwback Thursday" post on LinkedIn.

The Effortless Experience - A Must Read for Contact Center Managers

Contact Center Geek

A fellow Nor Cal Contact Center Association steering committee member recently recommended the book "The Effortless Experience" by Matthew Dixon, Nick Toman and Rick DeLisi. I loved it. If you work in a call center, or provide service to customers, this is a must read.

Your Customers Are Already Texting You

Contact Center Geek

Today was day two of PesTech3.0 , a three-day conference dedicated to connecting industry leaders to discuss technology trends in pest control.

No! No! No!

Contact Center Geek

I make calls to call centers nearly every working day. On purpose. And I enjoy it! Yes, you read that correctly. I actually go out of my way to call at least one call center each working day. I have been doing this for more than 15 years and I still get crazy looks when I tell people I do it.

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.

Customer Service Week

Contact Center Geek

As a call center manager, Customer Service Week is a lot of fun! Celebrated every year during the first full week of October, this is a chance to show my appreciation to the people that take calls and, often, get closer to our customers than anywhere else in the business.

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye (But It Shouldn't Be)

Contact Center Geek

Here's a question to my fellow call center and customer service colleagues: have you re-evaluated your company’s cancellation procedures in light of the recent Comcast cancellation fiasco ?

Thanks For the Toilet Seat Covers

Contact Center Geek

What comes to mind when you hear the word “ management ”? Princeton defines management as “the act of managing something” and “those in charge of running a business”. When I hear the term “management” used to describe a group of unnamed people, I think of toilet seat covers. Specifically, I think of toilet seat covers in public restrooms. Sometimes the packaging reads: “Provided by the Management For Your Protection”.

How to Disrupt Your Competition

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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.

Guest Blog: How Live Chat Can Improve Conversion Rate For Your Business

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by David Olson who shares tips on how to use live chat software correctly. – Shep Hyken. The modern marketplace offers many different ways to make your business and employees more productive.

20 Call Center Pros Share the Most Undervalued Call Center Metrics and How To Better Leverage Them

Callminer

From essentials like average handle time to broader metrics such as call center service levels , there are dozens of metrics that call center leaders and QA teams must stay on top of, and they all provide visibility into some aspect of performance.

Don’t Be Lazy – Go the Extra… Inch!

ShepHyken

The other night my wife and I met three other couples for dinner at a nice restaurant. The food was great, but the service ended on a sour note. Our server got lazy.

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.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.