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Why Do Some Agents Perform Better Than Others

Sales Match

Behavioral Assessments for Contact Centers Technology in our contact centres has certainly improved performance over the years, but it does not addressed many of the people issues that have affected the successful running of our contact centres. The most typical issues are: ?Poor

Tanya Kunze, SalesMatch Director, South Africa speaks at Sales Innovation Expo, ExCel, London in March 2019

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SalesMatch behavioural assessments for field sales and contact centre agents. Wednesday, 6 March 2019. SalesMatch named as finalist for 2019 Sales Technology of the year award. Sales Match is named Finalist. for prestigious 2019 Sales Technology. of the Year Award.

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SalesMatch behavioural assessments for field sales and contact centre agents. Tuesday, 21 May 2019. A Successful Contact Centre is All About People. A Successful Contact Centre is All About People.

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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.

How to Disrupt Your Competition

ShepHyken

Get Over It and Move On

ShepHyken

Something bad happens. There’s nothing you can do about it. It happened—and now you have a choice. You can let it bother you. Let it fester inside of you. Let it impact your mood. Let it ruin your day or your week. Make you irritable and not pleasant to be around. Or… you can get over it and move on!

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.

What Signals Are You Unintentionally Sending Your Customers?

ShepHyken

I first came across this idea in the book Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon , which I consider one of the most important books written on customer service.

Walking In Your Customer’s Shoes

ShepHyken

You may have heard the expression, “Take a walk in your customer’s shoes.” The idea is that you put yourself in the customer’s position and see the situation through their eyes. This is good advice for those who have customer-facing responsibilities.

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The Evolution of Support: How to Manage Customer Support in an Era of Self-help

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Expert and Consultant

As self-service as a customer preference continues to grow, it's more important than ever that we assess the amount of support being given to our customer service reps. Is there a way to find the right balance between self-service and support?

Proactive Customer Support

ShepHyken

Just last week I wrote about the concept of predictive customer support. Now, we take a slightly different angle with the concept of proactive customer support. The concept is simple. The company reaches out to the customer before the customer has a chance to reach out to the company.

Predictive Customer Support

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In the old days – and even in modern times – if a customer wanted help or support, they picked up the phone and called for help. A (hopefully) friendly and competent customer service professional, also known as an agent or representative, would answer the question or resolve the problem.

Guest Blog: The Customer Experience’s Impact on Customer Churn

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Nick Glimsdahl who writes about how customer retention should be a priority and how to avoid losing customers. Successful companies make it a strategic priority to retain customers because they know retention has a significant impact on their bottom line.

How to Boost Your Quality Monitoring with Calibration – And Why You Must

Myra Golden Media

When my daughter was 13, we re-did her bedroom to give her a teenage look. She picked out modern furniture from Ikea, lovely bedding and fun art that perfectly matched her style. Six years later my teenage son, now 16, pointed out, “You guys owe me a new room.

Good, Better, Best: Three Ways to Calculate the ROI of CX Initiatives

Speaker: John Joba and David Robbins

Customer Experience is at a tipping point. Despite increasing investment in measurement platforms, executives still struggle to demonstrate the impact to the bottom line—and the value these bring to customers and the organization as a whole.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of July 1, 2019

ShepHyken

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. Is Customer Service The Same As Customer Experience?

Call Center Agent Feedback: Tips & Best Practices for Providing Effective Agent Feedback

Callminer

Providing feedback to agents in your call center is entirely needed to maintain and improve a quality facility. The right encouragement, or even criticism, could dramatically alter agent performance, both for on-site employees and at-home agents.

Amazing Business Radio: Michelle Hayward

ShepHyken

The Five Core Values of Company Culture. Creating Amazing Customer Experiences From the Inside Out. Shep Hyken interviews Michelle Hayward. They discuss how to create and cultivate the core values and culture that keep companies strong.

The Customer Is Angry – And, It’s Not Your Fault

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Imagine this. The customer on the phone – or in person – is raging mad. You can hear it in their voice – or see it in their eyes. You brace yourself. You’re ready to take the lashing this customer is about to give you. You know you personally did nothing to offend and upset this customer.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

How to Get Angry, Irate or Unreasonable Customers to Back Down (3 Steps)

Myra Golden Media

Imagine your next phone call is from an angry, irate customer, and you’ve only got a few seconds to gain control. Are you 100% confident you can handle it? If not, I’ve got the perfect program for you.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of July 22, 2019

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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. 8 Tips for Improving Social Media Customer Service by Fara Haron.

Amazing Business Radio: Cameron Mitchell

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“Yes” is the Answer; What is the Question? Putting People First to Achieve an Exceptional Customer Experience. Shep Hyken interviews Cameron Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. They discuss Cameron’s customer service philosophies and his new book, Yes is the Answer!

Can You Take a Punch?

ShepHyken

In the world of boxing, the fighter must have the ability to take a punch. They have to endure or ignore the pain. They get used it. It hardly bothers them. It’s part of the job. But what does this have to do with customer service?

Building a Successful Community Superfan Program

Speaker: Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist, Community5

Every social group is made up of members who are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more dedicated than others. In the online community space, we call these people Superfans. But the million dollar question…how can you attract these powerful and necessary people? Join Vanilla Forums for a discussion with Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist at Community5, as he shares ideas and insights on how to best build and execute formal Superfan programs.

Guest Blog: 5 Surefire Ways to Improve Online Communication with Your Customers

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This week we feature an article by Alexandra Mederrick who writes about why effectively communicating online with your customers is a key to success for any business. One that unlocks the opportunity to form a relationship and build customer loyalty. . Do you speak Internet?

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of July 8, 2019

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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. This Bizarre Support Chat Will Make You Laugh. Or Cry.

Guest Blog: How to Use FM Machine Learning and AI to Improve the Customer Experience

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This week we feature an article by Hugues Meyrath who says that by integrating machine learning and AI capabilities into your processes, you can optimize the performance of your facilities and staff to drive a positive customer experience.

Why You Must Create and Sustain a Customer-Centric Culture

Beyond Philosophy

Most companies today know that putting the customer at the heart of everything they do is vital. Doing something about it, however, tends to fall into the unknown category. The fact is, improving your Customer Experience means you must also become more customer-centric.

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.

Are You Ignoring a Key Part of Your Digital Experience?

Beyond Philosophy

Think about the last time you shopped online but decided not to buy. Were you just browsing, or was there something about the user experience that made you hesitate?

Amazing Business Radio: Ford Blakely

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A Passion for Convenience. Striking a Balance Between Business and Consumer Needs. Shep Hyken interviews Ford Blakely. They discuss pursuing your passion, creating convenience, and balancing technology with a human connection.

Simple Guidance for Building Rapport with Customers When You Have to Give Them Bad News

Myra Golden Media

When you can’t tell your customer exactly what they want to hear, maintaining a sense of rapport can be challenging. But it’s possible to give your customer lousy news with empathy and a positive slant.

Managing Different Personalities in the Contact Center: The Platinum Rule

Contact Center Pipeline

Early in my management career, I followed the Golden Rule: Treat others as I would want to be treated. I believed that if I treated everyone the way I would want to be treated, it meant I was a great manager. Yet, I had significant conflicts with some members of my team. Often, I felt […].

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 white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Nobody Goes There Anymore… It’s Too Crowded

ShepHyken

The other day I was driving by a Chick-fil-A restaurant at lunchtime. I was blown away by how many people were in the drive-through lane. There had to be at least 20 cars. I thought to myself, “That’s a long line. You really have to love Chick-fil-A to brave that line at lunchtime.”.

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

Call Center Weekly

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.

Guest Blog: [Infographic] How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Brand Deliver a Better Customer Experience

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This week we feature a short article and infographic from Matteo Gasparello explaining why influential brands are using the combination of artificial intelligence and data to provide customers with the experiences they want.

The Power of a Smile

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“Smile and the world smiles with you.” That is part of a longer quote attributed to Stanley Gordon West. It became the topic of conversation while on a New York subway with my daughter, Alex, when I noticed her smile at someone who, in turn, smiled back.

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.