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Great Customer Service on a Shoestring Budget

Brad Cleveland

The Tugboat Institute recognizes Evergreen companies whose purpose-driven leaders build companies focused on long-term growth. Recently, I was reminded of an article the Institute’s Evergreen Journal published on delivering great customer service.

5 Secrets of Accurate Scheduling in Today’s Contact Center

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Make the Required Investments to Support Your Customer Service Strategy

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Ensuring that your organization is making required investments is an essential step in developing your customer service strategy. You will need to define, at a high level, the investments and funding necessary to support your vision.

Skills-Based Routing: 5 Common Problems You Can Avoid

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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.

Adherence to Schedule Tips

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Adherence to schedule is an important performance objective for agents. It is within their control (when implemented appropriately) and measures if agents are available to handle contacts as scheduled.

Keeping Up with Customer Service Developments

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Tools for Your Next Team Meeting

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Looking to generate substantive conversation at your next team meeting? Try one of these worksheets on customer expectations, metrics and customer access strategy. It can be helpful to take a step back from the day-to-day, urgent issues to think about the bigger picture.

Customer Advocacy: An Essential Ingredient

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Customer advocacy is one of those terms that can be confusing. Does the customer advocate for us, the business? Or is it the other way around? One of the past issues of The Edge of Service™ Newsletter suggests the answers to these questions is both!

12 Principles for Building Profitable Customer Relationships

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Over the past decade, ICMI has studied, codified and periodically published a summary of the most important principles behind building strong, profitable customer relationships. Lately, I’ve been asked, are these principles less important?

10 Things Senior Leaders Should Know About Contact Centers

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A prerequisite to getting good support from senior management is that they have at least a basic understanding of what contact centers do. To fulfill their potential, customer contact centers need commitment and involvement from the top.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Strategy Drives Structure

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Many contact centers have been through consolidations or restructurings that are really just cleanup efforts for lack of having or using an effective customer access strategy. For example, I recall helping an insurance company with agent group “consolidation.”

Traits of Successful Customer Advocacy Initiatives

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When implementing your own customer advocacy initiatives, it can be helpful to learn what was worked well for others. This video explores ways organizations have structured their advocacy programs and five traits of successful initiatives.

How to Meet Changing Customer Expectations

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Hiring for Service: It’s Time for a Rethink

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In thinking about the challenging job frontline agents have these days, I was reminded of an issue of The Edge of Service™ Newsletter that I published a while ago: The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 14: Hiring for Service: It’s Time for a Rethink. If hiring is on your list of challenges these days, you might enjoy reading about what … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Leadership Organization and Culture Brad Cleveland hiring

Improving ROI on Quality Monitoring

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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.

The Measures Every Contact Center Should Have

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Establishing the right measures and objectives is one of the most important responsibilities in leading and managing a contact center successfully.

Revisiting Your Service Level Objectives

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Communicating Access Alternatives to Customers

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Tools for Your Next Team Meeting

Brad Cleveland

Looking to generate substantive conversation at your next team meeting? Try one of these worksheets on customer expectations, metrics and customer access strategy. It can be helpful to take a step back from the day-to-day, urgent issues to think about the bigger picture.

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 Nature of Contact Center Work

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People who are new to contact centers are often surprised at how different they are compared to other work environments. The workload is so variable and timing is so critical. This is all true, so it can be helpful to better understand the nature of contact center work.

12 Principles for Building Profitable Customer Relationships

Brad Cleveland

Over the past decade, ICMI has studied, codified and periodically published a summary of the most important principles behind building strong, profitable customer relationships. Lately, I’ve been asked, are these principles less important?

Building a Culture of Engaged Employees

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Managing a Contact Center: The Immutable Laws

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For contact centers to deliver great service they need to get the right resources in the right places at the right times. This is no easy task. I recently created a course for Lynda.com on Managing a Customer Contact Center. In this succinct course, you’ll learn what makes contact centers so complex, how to implement a solid planning framework, and … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Leadership Workforce Management Brad Cleveland leadership Lynda.com workforce management

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

The Power of One: Every Agent Matters

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The power of one is among the most important principles for any agent to understand. This video shows the impact each person makes on service level, occupancy and average speed of answer. Using actual data, the video makes it clear that every agent matters to both customers and their co-workers.

TEDx Talk: Thriving in an Always-on World

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7 Rules of the Road for Recruiting and Hiring

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Forecasting the Customer Contact Workload

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Everything to do with getting resources right in a contact center begins with predicting what the workload will be. Workload is what leads to how many agents are hired, what your schedule should look like, the number of work stations you need, even how many snacks are in the cafeteria.

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.

The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #2 – They Have a Supporting Culture

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Characteristic #2: They Have a Supporting Culture Culture — the inveterate principles or values of the organization — tends to guide behavior, and can either support and further or, as some have learned the hard way, ruin the best-laid plans for organizational change.

Strategy Drives Structure

Brad Cleveland

Many contact centers have been through consolidations or restructurings that are really just cleanup efforts for lack of having or using an effective customer access strategy. For example, I recall helping an insurance company with agent group “consolidation.”

Skills-Based Routing: 5 Common Problems You Can Avoid

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Interpreting Benchmarks

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Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

Boosting the Strategic Value of Your Customer Service Operation

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10 Things Senior Leaders Should Know About Contact Centers

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A prerequisite to getting good support from senior management is that they have at least a basic understanding of what contact centers do. To fulfill their potential, customer contact centers need commitment and involvement from the top.

Aligning the Organization to Deliver the Best Possible Customer Experience

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Essential Metrics for the Service Operation

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There are many variables in customer service and there are almost always different perspectives of what’s important. What should you focus on?

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.