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4 Characteristics of Best-in-Class Contact Centers

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What does it take to deliver standout customer service? It’s a question on the minds of many business leaders since customer experience trumps price as the number one competitive differentiator in today’s economy.

Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

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According to thefreedictionary.com, “onward and upward” is an expression that is defined as “something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead.” Ah, the future!

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 1: Common Applications and Misconceptions

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With consumers increasingly expecting anywhere, anytime access to conduct simple transactions, more businesses are deploying chatbots to handle routine and repetitive customer service tasks.

The Secret to Training Seasonal Agents

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“They are just temps,” said one contact center manager describing his seasonal agents. They will be gone in a couple of months!” That condescending attitude was reflected in the seasonal team’s environment. They were crammed into an abandoned conference room filled with computers, phones and wires.

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.

Surprising Ways to Motivate Your Agents

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I love movies. So, I was thrilled to win movie tickets as part of a contact center sales campaign back when I was an agent. However, the coworker sitting next to me hated movies and was not motivated at all by this contest. Everyone is different. What motivates one person may demotivate another.

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Building a Resilient Contact Center

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In the era of “five nines” of reliability, contact center leaders didn’t worry too much about the resiliency of their technology: It was always up. But with all the changes and permutations of technology, reliability can’t be taken for granted.

Garbage In, Garbage Out… Makes Contact Center Managers Want to Shout!

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Remember Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street”? For some reason, he was our son Brendan’s favorite character. He even had an Oscar the Grouch Halloween costume! During that period, I would sometimes borrow the mask to alert the family to an emerging “grouchy” condition.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 2: Internal Use and Adoption

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Consumers are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to save time and effort in their personal lives.

Now What? The Impact of Chaos on Contact Center Operations

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We have all at one time or another uttered the phrase, “Now what?” According to TheFreeDictionary.com, this phrase means, “What is going to happen now? What kind of new problem has arisen?” In these days, the question is asked frequently and not always as it relates to the contact center.

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

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

5 Ways to Screen Job Candidates for Positive Attitude

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As an initial point of contact with your brand, customer service reps must be able to provide an excellent customer experience and resolve problems fairly and efficiently while showing empathy to every caller.

A Decade of Contact Center Pipeline: Useful Resources on Our Website

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As we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, I would like to call attention to a few good resources on our website.

To a More Cost-Efficient 2018

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Many of you reading this are likely in the throes of it right now: the annual budgeting process. You are being pressured to “do more with less,” and you will be held accountable for everything you agree to during this period (and yes, even some things that you never agreed to).

Differentiator Series, Part 5: Selling and Promoting the Contact Center

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Our final installment of the differentiator series is perhaps the most important for customer service leadership. Our topic is selling and promoting the contact center.

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.

5 Important Trends That Impact Contact Centers Today and into the Future

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Trends drive business and social behavior, which is why we are always interested in observing and analyzing those that will impact contact centers and their suppliers now and into the future.

Seamless Self-Service Starts in the Contact Center

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Customer Experience (CX) as a term may have many definitions, but it is generally accepted that it is all about creating personalized, seamless, low-effort customer interactions. By its very nature, CX takes a holistic view.

How to Prepare for 5 Customer Service Trends in 2019

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As organizations plan for success in 2019, emerging trends will influence how customer service is delivered. The evolving landscape will drive changes in how customer service representatives are utilized, trained and even compensated.

Is Your Organization Ready for a Coaching Culture?

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When it comes to culture, lasting change starts at the top with the leadership team.

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.

Improving Contact Center Operations: Happiness All Around to a “T”

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The contact center environment can be hectic—you probably have don’t have much time or patience for a third-party outsourcer telling you how to “transform” your call center operations. Right? You’re thinking: “Give me a break. I’m hard-pressed just to staff the third shift, much less transform it.”

Ready to Promote Your Star Agent to Supervisor? Not so Fast

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Heather had been working as a contact center agent at ABC Electric for almost 18 months when her boss approached her with exciting news. He wanted to promote her to a supervisor! A standout performer, Heather’s Csat and FCR scores were consistently some of the highest on the team.

Top 5 Posts in February

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February may have been short on days, but it wasn’t lacking useful content for running your contact center operation.

3 Easy Agent Appreciation Ideas

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Hopefully, your Customer Service Week celebration is in full swing by now and your agents are basking in the glow of much-deserved recognition, food and gifts.

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.

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: A Sole Source of Data

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In our mid-year series discussing hot topics impacting contact centers, we have presented insights from industry experts on employee engagement, IoT-enabled service strategies, artificial intelligence and millennials.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our March 2019 Issue

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Welcome to our 10-Year Anniversary issue! The March issue represents 10 years of publishing Contact Center Pipeline!

Highlights from the 2019 Challenges and Priorities Survey

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With nearly 300 participants, Strategic Contact and Contact Center Pipeline proudly report the findings from our fourth annual Challenges and Priorities Survey. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite.

Planning for Disaster: 5 Tips for a Bulletproof Virtual Training Plan

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Nothing can short-circuit an online class faster than “technical difficulties.” I’ve seen so many talented facilitators prepped and ready to deliver their carefully planned content—only to lose control of the classroom due to a glitch.

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.

It All Begins with Good Health

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If you’re reading this article on the Contact Center Pipeline blog, chances are you are in management or an executive and that sufficient health care has never been an issue for you or your family.

How to Improve Your Center’s Loyalty and Retention Rates

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There is no such thing as, “just an address change” or a “simple customer question.” Every interaction is a loyalty situation: How that interaction is handled can either generate customer commitment or drive that customer away.

Contact Center Cost Models Help Quantify ROI

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Centers all bear the same types of costs to conduct their operations, whether they’re attributed to the contact center budget or to that of IT or other parts of the organization.

Are You Protected? Why Every Contact Center Needs Social Engineering Training

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Imagine there is an angry customer calling your contact center. They threaten to cancel their service. They provide their name and mailing address, but cannot remember their account number or security password.

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.

How to Be a Supervisor in the Modern Contact Center

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Company cultures and leadership styles tend to shift over the years as they adapt to the behaviors and expectations of the dominant generation in the workforce.

Fast-Tracking Your Journey to Workforce Optimization: Tips for Mid-Sized Contact Centers

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Today’s mid-sized contact centers face many of the same business requirements as their larger counterparts, such as the need to drive sales, manage operating costs and deliver high-caliber customer experiences.

Publisher’s Message: A Decade of Pipeline

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In November 2008, the idea of creating a magazine for the contact center industry was born. I had left my job after a number of years in the industry working on training, membership, consulting and publications.

Mastering the “Fine Art” of Conversation in a Digital World

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The idiom “fine art” (first half of the 1800s) is defined in the “American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms” as “something requiring highly developed techniques and skills.” Conversation certainly qualifies as “fine art.”

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.