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How Important Is Customer Loyalty?

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Today’s best-in-class organizations know that delivering world-class customer service is no longer a value-add, but a must. After all, it’s impossible for a company to survive without its customers. Still, some believe that great service is just too costly, so they do the bare minimum.

Is Proactive Customer Service The New Norm?

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New Years 2017 ~ Who Could Ask For Anything More

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Who could ask for anything more? Patents, awards, contracts and customers! There are times when you are so grateful, you just have to shout it out and tell all your friends. This year has been especially productive and rewarding making all of us at Envision so incredibly honored and proud.

Unstructured Conversations In a Structured World

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Is your Quality Monitoring program the right fit for the Knowledge Workers in your contact center? With advances in technology, previously disparate teams of Knowledge Workers are now often working together as part of a contact center that was traditionally comprised of the Task Worker. agent coaching agent performance contact centers call center quality assurance WFO coach Quality monitoring

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

Do Your Best Agents Still Need Coaching?

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No matter what type of contact center, we all have agents with different levels of tenure, skill and motivation that inevitably leads to a bell curve of agent performance and effectiveness.

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 2)

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Every business leader should tell you that honesty and integrity is vital for success. In Part 1 of this series, we explored how contact center managers can promote a culture of transparency and trust via quality monitoring.

Make coaching in a timely manner a New Year's Resolution

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Many contact centers have a goal of completing a number of quality evaluations per agent per month. What is less often talked about is the timeliness of those evaluations and how long after a call agents typically receive feedback. agent performance agent coaching contact centers call center WFO quality assurance coach Quality monitoring

You shouldn’t have said that!  You shouldn’t have done that!

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Have you ever had a coach or manager offer such helpful, or not so helpful, advice? Did it make you want to jump right in to the conversation and ask for guidance or did you, as most of us do, get defensive and try to explain your actions? agent coaching agent performance contact centers

It’s Time to Redefine the Meaning of “Jack of All Trades”

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As children, we’re asked by our teachers and parents what we want to be when we grow up. As adults, however, we know the answer to this question isn’t so easy—especially in today’s working world, where it’s common for employees to wear multiple hats and balance interdepartmental responsibilities.

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How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 1)

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We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “Honesty is the best policy.” We live in a world, however, where the truth is that honesty isn’t always promoted. Just consider the U.S. presidential candidates this election season.

To Master the CX, You Must Harness the Power of Personalization

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Since the beginning of time, one thing has remained the same when it comes to consumerism: we naturally gravitate towards personalized products and services. It’s why most of us would rather buy a shirt with a logo or design, verses a generic tee.

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 3)

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If you’re just checking in now, Parts 1 and 2 of this series explore specific areas where contact center managers can embrace openness and honesty with customers and employees.

Fix the Biggest "Leaks" In Your Customer Experience

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Recently I ordered a product online. The experience was safe, easy, price competitive and the item wa s de livered right to my door step. It occurred to me how many things had to go right to create this great custo mer experi ence. Their website had to function well in various browsers. Their payment portal had to work properly. They needed to have my item in stock and be able to ship it by the promised date.

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.

Coaching Millennials: Different or Back to the Basics?

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Ask any business owner and they’ll agree that the millennial generation (born between 1980 and 2000) is challenging organizations to redefine their values, internal processes, retention strategies and more.

Four Signs that Your Patient Access Team Needs WFO

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Patient access teams and contact center agents have more in common than some think.

Three Reasons Why You Should NOT Renew Your WFO Software License

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Since the advent of the cloud, there has been an ongoing battle between software licensing and Software as a Service (SaaS). The former involves a company signing a licensing contract that permits them to operate a physical piece of software onsite at their location.

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Gamification and Quality Monitoring: A Winning Combination

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Designed to engage, encourage social connections and maximize attention levels, video games have a certain special appeal. Filled with attractive graphics, challenging levels and exciting storylines, it can be difficult to put a controller down once you’ve started playing

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.

How to Disrupt Your Competition

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

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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

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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.

A Dramatic Change Doesn’t Have to Be a Traumatic Change

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The word dramatic is a great word. When you use it to describe changes you make to improve customer service, it has a positive meaning. It sounds like you’re making big changes for the better. However, if you shorten the word to drama , it takes on an entirely different meaning—one that’s negative.

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.

10 Years Ago, Customer Service Was Appreciated—Today, It’s Expected

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It wasn’t that long ago that you would go to a store, dine at a restaurant, do business with a vendor or call a customer support center and notice how good the customer service was. A great service experience stood out. It was noticed. It was a differentiator.

When Things Aren’t Going Well, Will You Accept Blame?

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In a recent Shepard Letter, I wrote about the concept of giving recognition to the people who deserve it. Someone being recognized for what they bring to the organization is often overlooked. That’s a shame. People need to be recognized for their contribution to the team’s success.

Smile and the World Smiles With You—Unless It’s Fake

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One of our faithful Shepard Letter subscribers emailed me a story. He was at a store, and the employee was friendly and engaging. But when he saw her later—when she was off duty—she acted indifferent toward him, almost rude.

Guest Blog: Five Tips to Providing a Five Star Experience

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This week we feature an article by Katie Mares who explains how any business or organization can provide its customers with a five-star experience. The best way I can describe ‘customer service’ is by using the word transaction.

Transforming Customer Care with AI

Speaker: Laura Bassett, Senior Director Product Marketing, NICE inContact

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 85 percent of customer relationships will be managed without human interaction. We are well on our way and may even hit 90% by next year. With the increase in artificial intelligence tools we see in the marketplace, it’s important to understand how AI is transforming our contact centers. Join our live education session, backed by new independent studies to learn more about: AI: The basics. Why does my contact center need to adopt AI now? Introducing AI in your contact center: where and when. The effect on the Customer Experience. Successful implementation of AI support in your center. Recommendations for your AI superpower pack.

Guest Blog: The Hidden Workings of Top Customer Support Teams

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What Are They Doing That Your Business Is Not? This week we feature an article by Robert Occanyan who shares what successful customer support teams are doing to deliver an exceptional customer experience. .

Yes is More Than an Answer. It’s an Attitude!

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Customers don’t like to be told no. Any request or complaint that is met with a negative response may only add fuel to the fire. That’s why I’ve been intrigued for years by Cameron Mitchell’s philosophy—and also the title of his book— Yes is the Answer! What is the Question?

Your Emergency Response Plan—Be Prepared

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One of our Shepard Letter subscribers, Tom Korff, wrote in with an important question: how should customer support agents handle callers who are threatening to harm themselves and/or others? This is a serious topic.

Guest Post: How One Bold Move Helped this Firm Survive (and Thrive!) in The Great Recession

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This week we feature an article by Bill Cates, author of Beyond Referrals , Radical Relevance , and the founder of The Cates Academy for Relationship Marketing. He shares an example of how one company was able to flourish during the Great Recession.

Speech Analytics 101: Hours of Research in 30 Minutes

Speaker: Roger Lee, Director Customer Success, Gridspace

Join Roger Lee, aka Professor CXi, Customer Success Leader with Gridspace, as he shares valuable insights that will help make you an informed buyer.

That “Something Extra” You Offer to Make Customers Love You

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In the realm of business—and especially customer service—we often talk about how to differentiate yourself from your competition. It’s those companies that manage to stand out from the crowd that end up being successful.

Showing Up On Time

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When I was a kid, my father taught me about being on time and why it is important. There were two times he gave me the “show up on time” lesson—neither of which I’ll ever forget. Before I get to the story and the lesson, let me give you some insight into my personality. I’m a people-pleaser.

Give Recognition Where It’s Due

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There are some pretty important people in your organization, and I bet many of them don’t know just how important they are. Most likely, they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. I was talking about this concept with my friend, Kent Higginbotham, and he shared a perfect example of this.

Guest Blog: Shock and Awe – A Guide to Creating a Customer Experience They’ll Talk About for Life

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This week we feature an article by Jessica Wise who shares a story to illustrate how you can develop a lifelong relationship with your customers by creating a customer experience they will never forget. It was the Thursday before Memorial Day 2019.

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.