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Managing Through COVID-19: A Roundup of Tips, Tools and Tech for Contact Centers

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We are finally at the end of a turbulent 2020. It has been quite a journey—with many more months of market uncertainty and workplace challenges ahead.

Legal and Regulatory Developments in 2020—and What to Expect in 2021

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Think about this. 2020 has (thankfully) come to an end, but the rapid and largely unrestrained spread of COVID-19 has upended our normal way of life and caused tremendous economic losses. On top of that, we just completed a bitterly contested presidential election.

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8×8 and Aryaka: Bringing the World Closer, Together

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Introducing your power team to enhance cloud communications and contact center performance across SD-WAN.

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Woe Is Me… How About You?

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Woe is me” is defined as “an overdramatic, often comical way to express sadness or disappointment at an unfair situation.” Well, there you have it… the definition describes quite well what many of us are currently feeling. I don’t know about you, but “woe is me.”

Why Is Patient Engagement Important? | Frontline Group

There are 5 critical opportunities to unlock the full power of patient engagement, which can improve your patient retention, as well as improving their health outcomes. In this eBook you will learn about: What Is Patient Engagement? How Does Patient Engagement Improve Outcomes? Why Is It Important to Include Patients in Their Care? What Are Patient Engagement Tools? What is Patient Engagement technology? Download Now this informational resource and start using a patient engagement platform to give yourself as a Provider higher satisfaction scores.

Happy Employees Don’t Just Happen: Here’s How to Create Them

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Happy employees are the best kind. They work hard, keep customers loyal, and stick around to help your organization accomplish its mission. You definitely want them on your team. This is true in the best of times, yes, but also in the worst of times.

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How to Write a Five-Star Response to a One-Star Rating or Poor Review

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Sometimes social media feels like the mean kids’ table in the lunchroom at middle school. Everybody’s talking dirt about someone else. And once the gossip is out there, it’s hard to get your reputation back! Wretched customer service! Stylist was running 30 minutes late.

I’ve Looked at Clouds from Both Sides Now

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In 1969, Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell released a folkie-sounding album called Clouds. Featured on the album was a song called “Both Sides, Now” that was written by Joni Mitchell in 1967 and first recorded by Judy Collins in 1968. Judy’s version of the song reached number eight on the U.S.

Employee Engagement: 5 Lessons from a Pandemic

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How engaged people are in their work depends on a myriad of factors from corporate culture to manager behavior, from daily tasks to what’s going on in their personal lives.

Why Empathy in Leadership Matters

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A 2019 study conducted by Businessolver shows that, although 80% of employees believe that organizations need to be more empathetic, only 57% of CEOs believe empathy is essential to their success. As you can see, there’s a big gap. Maybe you aren’t aware of how reliable this quality is.

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

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Reducing Customer Service Friction

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It has been months since the COVID-19 crisis suddenly shifted entire frontline teams home to work. Customer service operations in the hardest-hit industries are still struggling to perform at the most basic level.

Goodbye 2020… Lessons Learned

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I wish I could say, “Hate to see you go,” but that is definitely not the case. I believe that each of us has been bitterly disappointed by 2020. This year, holding the promise of a new decade will be remembered as dark and dangerous for generations to come. I wonder what the writers of […].

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our January 2021 Issue

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Welcome to 2021 and the January issue of Contact Center Pipeline. I hope the new year brings much health and happiness. This is an exciting month.

How Intelligent Virtual Assistants Are Leading the Transition to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) have proven themselves to automate the handling of customer and employee requests and tasks. They are quickly becoming a fixture in the organization’s customer service workforce, becoming the “MVP” of the customer care team.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

How to Make Work Work Again

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It’s mind-numbing how much is being written about COVID-19. Too much to absorb, much less process. Yet amid the lockdowns, layoffs and reopenings, we’re forced to figure out what could actually work—aside from pontifications about the need for business resiliency. Many will need resurrection first.)

The Importance of Soft Skills Training Beyond the Pandemic

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Even as local economies begin phases of reopening, COVID-19 is keeping most of us in our homes for the foreseeable future, and as a result, online shopping has become the go-to way Americans are getting essential (and non-essential) items. In fact, consumers spent $146.47

Preventing Contact Center Agent Burnout

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Four Ways to Show Appreciation to Frontline Staff Beyond Customer Service Week

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Why should you go out of your way to show your appreciation to employees beyond Customer Service Week?

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Analytics-Infused Training: How to Nurture Agent Growth and Customer Happiness

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Contact centers are complex and unique businesses. Some are five agents strong while others employ thousands. And while each contact center has its own business strategy and objectives, one common goal spans the industry: keeping customers happy.

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season, and warm wishes for the New Year! Featured call center contact center

Meet Dick Bucci: Our October 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

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Contact Center Pipeline’s AUTHOR WALL OF FAME Dick Bucci is Principal of Pelorus Associates, a market research and marketing communications company that assists developers of contact center solutions by providing in-depth market research and by authoring white papers, e-books and blog posts.

Align Business, Contact Center and Technology Strategies

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I’ve been on my soapbox for years touting the importance of aligning the business strategy, the contact center operations strategy, and the contact center technology strategy. Strategies are aligned when: You can map the relationship between business and contact center goals.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our September 2020 Issue

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I think Greek philosopher Plato said it correctly: Necessity is the mother of invention. Just a few months ago, many contact centers had not fully embraced work-from-home, work-from-anywhere policies.

Building a Sustainable Strategy for Remote Agents

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The first half of 2020 will forever be defined by the global response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Individuals, businesses and governments worked together to mitigate an unprecedented public health crisis, ensuring human health and safety amid tremendous economic uncertainty.

20 Empathy Statements to Show Stressed-Out Customers That You Care

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These are difficult times, and our anxious customers need us more than ever. Some of them need help with a simple task, like: “How do I add a new driver to my auto insurance policy?” Others need help solving a problem: “Why was I charged twice for inflight WiFi?”

Change Your Work-at-Home Model to Fit Your Agents’ Needs

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rapid and global shift of moving contact center agents and supervisors to a work-at-home model, giving rise to two central questions: How has this impacted performance; and is the traditional work-at-home model sustainable?

Community: Executives, Take Note!

Speaker: Carrie Melissa Jones, Erica Kuhl and Holly Firestone

While organizations have been using communities for many years, it is only in the last few that executives have started to see the value that a community can offer. But now, in 2021, many executives have finally started to view community structures as a new governance model for the entire organization rather than a stand-alone initiative. Join us on January 27 at 12 PM ET for a webinar exploring Chapter 2 of our 2021 Community Predictions eBook.

Changes in Contact Center latitudes, Changes in AI Attitudes

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Top 5 Posts in October

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As we entered Q4 of a uniquely challenging year, our most-read posts in October reflected that contact center management are well into their annual planning and are looking ahead to 2021 and longer-term people and technology investments.

2021 Outlook: AI, Knowledge Automation and the Evolving Role of Remote Agents

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Already experiencing pandemic change, contact centers can expect even more in 2021, at a more rapid pace. Call and ticket volumes continue to rise, and the remote workforce will remain, at least partially, distributed as the new norm.

Tips for Onboarding New-Hires Remotely

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I’m no stranger to remote work. I’ve been onboarded remotely and have onboarded remote employees before. But I have to say I’ve never been a part of onboarding someone fully remote—with my onboarding partners-in-crime also being remote—in the midst of a pandemic.

Your Guide to Boosting ROI Through Customer Support

Today’s most successful brands understand how great customer support can grow their bottom line. Having provided outsourced customer support to some of the world’s top brands, we know what works, and now we’re sharing that with you.

Meet Janet LeBlanc: Our December 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

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Contact Center Pipeline’s AUTHOR WALL OF FAME Janet LeBlanc is President of Janet LeBlanc + Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the design and delivery of a Branded Customer Experience®.

Customer Service Team Appreciation 2020

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This has been a grueling year—a marathon of fear, uncertainty and constant course-corrections. Throughout it all, frontline customer service staff across industries have stepped up to help companies and brands maintain a positive, reassuring presence for their customers.

Top 5 Posts in September

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The round-up of most-read blog posts in September offer telling clues about what’s top-of-mind for contact center leaders these days. At the No.

More Customer Service Week 2020

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In our second post on Customer Service Week 2020, Sitel Group’s Olivier Camino and Sweetwater’s Jeff Ostermann provide insights into their companies’ employee experience cultures and highlight CSW activities to engage and support their teams.

8 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2020

In this eBook, we’ll arm you with the research you need to inform areas of investment, and 8 quick tips you can use to improve your contact center’s performance now!