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Critical Factors to Outbound Lead Generation Success, Part 3: Contact Strategy

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In the two previous posts in this series, I talked about the need to hire the right agents for the outbound role, train them well, and prepare them to deliver the right messaging to your prospects — all critical elements to generating strong conversion rates.

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Low Unemployment: One More Reason to Outsource Your Contact Center

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The low U.S. unemployment rate, currently four percent, tends to have a detrimental effect on employee retention, especially among low wage, entry-level positions, such as those found in contact centers. In those cases, turnover rates spike as competition for labor increases.

Choosing Call Center Locations: Quality Over Cost the Deciding Factor New Report Says

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The call center industry continues to expand globally as companies seek to balance labor availability, labor costs, geopolitical stability, and business climate says the Site Selection Group (SSG) in its latest location trend report, which identified regions showing the highest rates of growth.

3 Contact Center Management Challenges Critical for Success

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The end goal of any contact center is to provide outstanding service to its clients and their customers. That starts at the agent level based on their interactions with customers and the ability to take care of the customer’s needs professionally and efficiently.

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.

Guess What Pairs Well with Nashville Hot Chicken

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You’ve probably heard of Nashville Hot Chicken. Plenty of places in the Music City serve it, and you can try it while attending CCW Winter in Nashville later this week. Want to guess what beverage pairs well with hot chicken? Champagne. That’s right.

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7 Steps to Increase Contact Center Agent Retention and Engagement

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There are many reasons to retain good contact center agents. For one, they result in higher performance metrics, such as AHT, FCR, and CSAT. Engaged employees also stay longer, reducing attrition and the costs associated with it.

Nearshore Outsourcing: Building a Business Case

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The Philippines has worn the offshore outsourcing crown for years, having claimed it from India in 2012. The country’s BPO sector is so strong the LA Times called it the “call center capital of the world.”

4 Critical Factors to Outbound Lead Generation Success, Part 2: Messaging

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Words are powerful. The right words spoken by a skilled contact center agent are not only powerful but persuasive as well.

Belize Nearshore Outsourcing: Hurricanes Shouldn’t Matter – Quality Should

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November 30 marked the end of the 2018 Atlantic basin hurricane season. Eight storms were recorded with two — Florence and Michael — considered major. How did Belize fare?

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

3 Reasons Nearshore Outsourcing Is a Better Bet Than Offshoring

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If you are a U.S. company that is considering outsourcing your customer service, sales, or support call center, nearshore outsourcing is a much safer bet than offshoring.

7 Keys to Effective Contact Center Team Leadership

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I recall my first day of being a team leader of a remote monitoring team. I was extremely excited about the promotion and opportunity but remember the anxiety and thoughts of “no one told me how to do this properly.”

How We Train Our Call Center Agents for Long-term Success

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This post is the second in a 2-part series by Pat Ricken, Director of Training, QA, and Leadership Development, on our process for call center agent training. You can view part 1 here. Too often, contact centers only conduct agent training on the front-end.

4 Critical Factors for Outbound Lead Generation Success, Part 1: Agents

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Editor’s note: This post is the first of a 4-part series addressing factors that contribute to outbound lead generation and customer acquisition success. We plan to publish parts 2-4 monthly.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Speaker: Claire Beatty, Editorial Director - Asia, MIT Technology Review Insights

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

10 Call Center Quality Monitoring Best Practices for Process Improvement

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As a call center, we are a transactional business. Everything we do is a transaction. Whether it comes in the form of a phone call, web chat, email response, or even data entry, it’s all a touchpoint with a customer.

BPO Site Visit: What You Can Learn in the First Few Minutes

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My latest article at Nearshore Americas consists of an interview I conducted with Christopher J. Muñiz, Vice President of Service Delivery and Network Support at Beachbody in Santa Monica, Calif. — an experienced buyer of BPO services.

Poor Customer Service Costs U.S. Businesses $75 Billion a Year

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A new report from NewVoiceMedia, a cloud contact center technology provider, says that poor customer service is costing businesses more than $75 billion a year — a $13 billion increase from 2016.

Increase CSAT Scores & Improve ROI

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It stands to reason that the more satisfied the customer, the higher the CSAT score and the more profitable the business. That’s the premise behind my latest article at Nearshore Americas. Getting customers to spend more is not the only reason to increase CSAT, however: customer loyalty is another. “CSAT Scores are a primary indicator […] The post Increase CSAT Scores & Improve ROI appeared first on Transparent BPO.

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: The Difference Between Omnichannel and Multichannel Experiences

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Which experience does your call center offer customers, omnichannel or multichannel? Do you know the difference? My latest article for Nearshore Americas — Are You Sure Your Customers Are Getting an Omnichannel Experience? explains the differences.

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.

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.

The Difference Between “Surprise and Delight” and Just “Delight”

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Surprise and delight is a great customer service concept. Or is it? The concept behind surprise and delight is to surprise the customer with a level of experience that they weren’t expecting. Obviously, it should be a positive experience.

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.

Nobody Goes There Anymore… It’s Too Crowded

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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.”.

Leadership Sets the Tone of the Culture

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One of our Shepard Letter subscribers, who asked to remain anonymous, recently shared a story worth telling. To protect him from the backlash he’s concerned about, we’ll change his name to “protect the innocent,” as the saying goes, just in case someone from his company reads this.

To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

Amazing Business Radio: Mike Grande

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Music and the Customer Experience. Growing Your Business One Customer at a Time. Shep Hyken interviews Mike Grande, the founder and CEO of Rock Out Loud and The Staten Island School of Rock. They discuss Mike’s successful philosophies of providing an outstanding experience to his customers.

3 Useful Tips for Talking to An Employee About a Problem

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Label the Employee’s Emotional Reaction. When you merely label what you think your employee is feeling, you show your understanding while at the same time expressing empathy. Labeling is just naming what you observe. Don’t judge or harp on the issue. Here’s what labeling looks like.

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Why You Must Create and Sustain a Customer-Centric Culture

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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.

Amazing Business Radio: Natalie Petouhoff

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From AI to “HIMI” Human-Inspired Machine Intelligence. Shep Hyken interviews Dr. Natalie Petouhoff. They discuss AI in business—what works and what doesn’t work, how it can help companies and employees succeed, and how we can best utilize it.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

The Truth About Transitioning From Employee To Supervisor

Myra Golden Media

Your communication ability, leadership strengths, ambition, and people skills got you this promotion. Now comes the hard part – dealing with conflict, giving feedback, toxic employees, and managing your time.

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.

Guest Blog: How to Get the Most from Seasonal Customer Service Employees

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This week we feature an article by Joel Gottesman who shares tips to ensure that seasonal employees provide an excellent customer experience. This past season, retailers hired more than 575,000 seasonal employees to help manage the holiday rush.

Ten Reasons WHY Customers Choose to Do Business with You

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“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” That quote comes from Simon Sinek, author of the book, Start with Why. This quote makes me think about the different reasons behind why a customer chooses to do business with a company.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.