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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

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

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 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 and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

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.

Why Community is a Strategic Asset Against Your Competitors

Speaker: David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, and Adrian Speyer, Head of Community at Vanilla Forums

Join Vanilla Forums as Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, David Spinks, and Head of Community at Vanilla Forums, Adrian Speyer talk about how the best companies in the world are building strong cross-channel communities to successfully protect their most valuable assets: their customers, partners and stakeholders.

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

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

How to Disrupt Your Competition

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Less than one week before the release of my new book, The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty , so I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on how being easy – or convenient – can give you a competitive advantage over your competition.

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.

How Do You Really Know If You’re Doing a Good Job?

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I could have titled this article “Box of Donuts Research,” but you would have no idea what that means. I’ll explain in a moment. There are plenty of ways to get feedback. You can survey customers over the phone, via email, in focus groups and more. You can get objective and subjective feedback.

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.

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.

The Impact of Incentives on Consumer Behavior

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Organizations use lots of incentives to encourage specific behaviors. The idea is that people will change behavior because of the monetary element of incentives. However, these incentives could be doing a lot more than that, which can have beautiful or terrible effects on your customer-driven growth.

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: 5 Ways a Ticketing System Empowers CS Teams to Build a Delightful Experience

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This week we feature an article by Dwayne Charrington , a technical writer currently associated with ProProfs Help Desk. He shares the benefits of incorporating a help desk ticketing system into your business. Experience-led businesses have 1.7x higher customer retention, 1.9x return on spend, and 1.6x

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of April 6, 2020

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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.

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.

Amazing Business Radio: Vit Horky

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Empowering Humans to Be Human. How AI Can Help Companies Deliver Amazing Customer Experiences. Shep Hyken interviews Vit Horky. They discuss his book, Customer Service in the Transhuman Age , and ways AI and other tech can support customer service agents.

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.

The Employee Experience Starts with the Hiring Process

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Every company wants to have good employees. More importantly, they also want the right employees. There’s a difference. The smartest person in the world may not end up being a good cultural fit for a company.

The Problem Didn’t Start When Your Customer Told You About It

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The phone rings. A customer service representative answers the phone and hears about a problem a customer is having. It may be the first time the company hears about this particular problem, but it isn’t when the problem occurred. It occurred before the customer called.

Personalized Customer Experience with All-In-One Voice, Video, Chat, Contact Center

Reliable communications are mission critical in today’s business environment. Customers are increasingly selective, and companies compete on the customer experience. Incorporating integrated communications as a key component is driving high returns.

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.