4 Characteristics of Best-in-Class Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

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.

How to Prepare for 5 Customer Service Trends in 2019

Contact Center Pipeline

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.

7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation

Call Center Coach

7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation. Being a contact center leader has become more important in business transformation than being a CEO. After all, if you are going to transform, your outcome must be to be more customer-centric.

Contact Center Nation

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact Center Nation is where passionate fans of the customer experience come to learn, share, connect and collaborate. We bring dynamic groups of Contact Center, Customer Service and Customer Experience Professionals together in person and virtually.

Study: The Health of the Contact Center

1The Health of the Contact Center: Agent Well-Being in a Customer-Centric Era 2New study reveals heightened complexity of. customer experience increases pressure on the. center, showing that brands are willing to do—and spend—what it takes to create loyal customers.

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

Contact Center Pipeline

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. Executive Support call center contact center customer analytics demonstrating value executive buy-in

Worried? Is Your Contact Center Failing You?

Beyond Philosophy

Contact centers are often the communications lifeblood of a business. So how do you make sure your contact centre is set up to deliver the ultimate customer experience ? There are two things about communicating with a contact center that can drive clients to frustration.

The Best Advice for Contact Centers in 2018: The Experts Weigh In

Fonolo

This is especially true for those of us involved in the cacophony of contact centers; we are essentially the appointed, trusted ‘brand listeners’ who hear many, many voices on a given day, including those of both customers and colleagues. Contact center professionals?

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: IoT-enabled Service Strategies

Contact Center Pipeline

In our mid-year look at five“hot” topics that have been garnering much attention recently, our last post offered insights into why employee engagement is so critical to modern contact centers.

Social Customer Service… Then and Now

Contact Center Pipeline

Social customer service has come a long way since I first wrote about it in Pipeline eight years ago (“The Impact of Word of Mouth in the Web 2.0 Social Customer Care call center contact center social customer service user experience

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement is white hot. As a pioneer in AI for contact center customer service and customer. companies to transform—not just improve—customer service and. center customer service. center.

What’s Holding Back the Contact Center Industry?

Fonolo

Contact centers are like people: We’re all at different stages, chugging along healthily but sometimes faltering along the way. As we begin to look back at 2018, one thing is becoming clear: Not every contact center is created equal. How to Set a Winning Service Level.

What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?

Call Center Coach

While I knew our time together would be full of sharing and insight, I especially loved the way he was able to answer the nagging question, “What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?”. And my passion is all about service.

Passionate Contact Center Agents Produce Exceptional Results

Ansafone

Passion Drives Outcomes that Serve Clients, Help Customers, and Produce Excellence Quick question: what word resonates with you more, passionate or dispassionate? Dispassion does … Passionate Contact Center Agents Produce Exceptional Results Read More ».

Create a Contact Center Service That Sparkles

Call Center Coach

Service innovation has for years been a central part of my consulting practice, especially those industries with excessive customer contact: hotels, banks, hospitals, retail stores and call centers. If the innovation spotlight was put on a call or contact center, what would be the outcome. On the inside, call center leaders are focusing on the means—IVR, CRM, CTI, AHT, UCD, ACD and ASA. Customers hope for untidy and inefficient personalization.

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

to meet customer expectations for digital service Social Media Voice of the. Customer. Messaging The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why So Many Contact Centers Struggle with. Digital Self Service Tweet this Customers want digital self- service options, such as chat and.

What is your top customer service tip?

Call Center Coach

Top Customer Service Influencers Give Top Customer Service Tips. Recently Fit Small Business asked a group of the top customer service influencers about their top customer service tips. What was my top customer service tip?

Big Data Analytics Creates Smart Contact Centers

Ansafone

As the primary connection for customers’ concerns, call centers have massive amounts of data pouring in hourly. Collecting the information is the easy … Big Data Analytics Creates Smart Contact Centers Read More ».

Putting Humanity in Contact Centers

Customer Relationship Metrics

It’s just the nature of the contact center industry. Or is it time to put humanity into your contact center? “It’s It’s time to put humanity into your contact center.” Managing a contact center is fast paced and furious. Customer Disruption.

Infographic: 6 Small Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference in Your Contact Center

Fonolo

It could be argued that customer service is uniformly about a few core things: Giving consumers agency; shepherding them towards a positive outcome to their problems; and providing solutions and smiles by whatever means (and using whatever technology) necessary. Service Levels.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

1The Health of the Contact Center: Agent Well-Being in a Customer-Centric Era 2New study reveals heightened complexity of. customer experience increases pressure on the. center, showing that brands are willing to do—and spend—what it takes to create loyal customers.

What was the best customer service and contact center content from 2018?

Liveops

12 customer service resources that CX leaders need to review before 2019. When it comes to running or working with a contact center in 2019, there is a lot leaders can learn from what experts had to say about the state of customer service in 2018.

Contact Centers? Say Hello to 2019

Fonolo

2018 was a big year for the contact center industry. It’s reasonable that companies will be more reluctant to invest in Facebook Messenger as a customer service channel. The Top Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2019.

This is where you break down barriers to enhance contact centers

Call Center Coach

Contact centers around the world face similar challenges, yet so many continue to work in silos. To tear down the barriers that are preventing you from delivering an exceptional customer experience, you can’t do it alone.

Multilanguage Support in the Contact Center

Call Center Weekly

With global online purchasing easier to accommodate, and businesses expanding into new geographies, one can naturally expect a surge in non-English speaking customers. How does a contact center without a formal multilingual support system handle non-English calls?

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

it’s the foundation of contact center scheduling. things—like contact volume—that can be so. leads to a spike in contact volume, which in turn. one; it’s when contact forecasts are chronically. that customers may decide to go elsewhere, to. Contact (Call).

Importance of Scalability in the Contact Center

Fenero

To be a successful Contact Center Manager, you must be able identify and forecast the needs of your campaign/project(s) which at times can be uncertain.

Give the gift of personal growth to your contact center agents

Customer Service Life

We’re moving faster than ever before to make the customer experience WOW-tastic. Customer service agents are expected to turn into an octopus by growing 8 arms to handle all the different contact points, quickly respond to chats, SMS, social media, phone calls and emails.

End Finger Pointing in the Contact Center Communication Cloud

Call Center Coach

When it comes to trying to figure out the contact center communications cloud landscape, the fog began to lift for me somewhat at Call Center Week. End Finger Pointing in the Contact Center Communication Cloud Click to Tweet. Some contact center tech terms to know.

Customer Service Inspiration from my Bookshelf

Customer Service Life

This article was originally posted on the ICMI Blog during National Customer Service Week on October 2, 2018. Can we all acknowledge that customer service is a hard job? Similar to the last quote, this is one thing I love about customer service.

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

INTRODUCTION Business Transformation and Analytics: Driving Change in a Customer-Centric World | 3. understand new sources of customer data and. quickly act to meet new customer expectations. percent) and direct feedback from customers (39. rely on contact.

Contact Centers and Preventing Credit Card Fraud

Noble Systems

Contact centers have a critical role in facilitating sales between enterprises and customers by securely processing credit card payments on the telephone. However, the processing of credit card payments in the contact center presents a number of fraud issues to be addressed.

8 Essential Features for your Contact Center LMS

Customer Service Life

When you picture customer service training, what key elements come to mind? Furthermore, it’s likely that in a world where customer contacts are constantly flowing in, taking large groups of agents out of the center for ongoing training is out of the question.

4 Measurements of CX Success in the Outsourced Contact Center

Callminer

And it is no surprise that the number of home-based customer service agents is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 36.4%. Despite the advantages of BPOs (24/7 customer support, location flexibility, cost savings, etc.),

Is your chatbot contact center smart?

Call Center Coach

If you read the media hype about chatbots, you might get worried thinking that Artificial Intelligence will cause widespread contact center extinction. You need to focus on making your chatbot contact center smart. Is your chatbot contact center smart?

Crying in a Contact Center Cubicle: A Look at Emotions in the Workplace

Customer Service Life

Samantha (not her real name) sat across from me in our small contact center. Not a week went by that she didn’t shed tears after hanging up the phone with a customer. Maybe the angry words of a customer, frustrated about their own situation, would trigger a response.

25 Call Center Leaders Share the Most Effective Ways to Boost Contact Center Efficiency

Callminer

Most call centers struggle with efficiency at one time or another. And because efficiency is directly tied to minimizing overhead costs in the call center, it’s a prominent challenge. Meet Our Panel of Contact Center Experts: . Customer service diminishes.

Incredible Marketing Campaigns to Boost Customer Service

Fonolo

These days, customers are savvier than ever. Thanks to social media platforms, customers wield more power than ever before. This can place a great deal of pressure on call center agents, so companies must find ways to keep their morale high. Surprise and Shout-Out to Customers.

The Customer Service Vision Statement

Contact Center Pipeline

Two years ago, I would have been in the same state of mind—but before you do your best Judge Judy eye roll and surf on, I challenge you to give the Customer […]. Customer Service call center contact center customer service customer service vision vision statementI know what you may be thinking. Yet another meaningless corporate rah-rah statement that will be forgotten in a week!? I’m with you.

These Two Little Tips are Making Contact Centers Rich

Call Center Coach

Travel the world over and you’ll find that contact centers have some similar trials and tribulations attempting to deliver great customer service. So, you can bet that these little tips are certain to make your contact center rich with great customer experiences.