Thanksgiving Week Special: A Recipe for Amazing Customer Service

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Always thinking about how everything in life ties to customer service, I wondered, “What is a good recipe for customer service?” Leadership defines the customer service and CX vision for everyone to follow.

5 Ways Support Teams Can Prepare for the COVID-19 Holiday Rush

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How to provide the best customer service and support during this unprecedented holiday season. Guides

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How to Avoid Roadblocks to Great Customer Service

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What gets in the way of creating a great customer service experience for you and/or your organization? Is it a process that is clunky, inconvenient and difficult for the customer? This is similar to an exercise that we do in our customer service workshops.

How Much Does It Cost to Give Great Customer Service?

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I recently wrote an article in Forbes about how to get customers to pay more. The focus, of course, was on customer service and experience. Research has irrefutably proven that customers will pay more for a better experience.

Your Guide to Boosting ROI Through Customer Service

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.

Customer Service Team Appreciation 2020

Contact Center Pipeline

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. This has been a grueling year—a marathon of fear, uncertainty and constant course-corrections.

Customer Service Week: A Time to Celebrate Customers AND Employees

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And of course, one of my favorite “holidays” is National Customer Service Week , which happens the first full week of October each year. Traditionally, Customer Service Week has been the time to highlight and celebrate the great work employees do to take care of their customers.

22 Customer Service Experts Reveal How Call Center Reps Should Address Complaints About Bad Customer Service

Callminer

No company wants to receive complaints about bad customer service, but even companies that strive to create exceptional customer service will occasionally disappoint a customer. Here are four steps to move the customer from angry to heard.

Customer Service Fact #1 – Tip #17

Steve DiGioia

Two staple examples are “The customer is always right” and “It’s more expensive to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one”. But for me, this is… Customer Service Fact #1. I realize that my paycheck comes from the customers who buy my product or service.

Millennial Generation Customer Service – The Ultimate Guide

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This penchant for technology has shaped their consumer behavior and preferences, and brands must tailor their customer service strategies to suit Millennials’ attributes. Key preferences to consider in Millennial generation customer service: Text me, I don’t like to talk: Millennials prefer to communicate over text messaging and rarely make phone calls. They demand highly convenient and fast service. Self-service platforms. Know your customer.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

This cheat sheet covers ten fundamentals of customer service to help your business excel

The Customer Service Gap

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I’ve written about the customer service gap before. The second version of the gap focused on narrowing the distance between you and your customers. The closer you are to your customers, and the more you are meeting their needs, the narrower the gap is between you and your customer. This also puts your competition further away from your customers. In a truly customer-focused organization, you might even see the gap reversed.

Create Your Customer Service Mantra

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Along those lines, I want you to come up with a customer service promise. For some companies, their tagline is their customer service promise. For example, Zappos.com ’s tagline is Powered by Service. Three words that exhibit a commitment to the customer. And, that love they show their clients is in the form of delivering amazing customer service, keeping promises to customers and more.

Customer Service Week 2020 Wrap-Up

Contact Center Pipeline

We’re wrapping up Customer Service Week 2020 with themes, activities and comments from Fara Haron of Majorel, Mark Pereira of Briljent, and Centrical’s Gal Rimon. Employee Experience agent appreciation agent motivation call center contact center COVID-19 Customer Service Week employee engagement employee recognition virtual events

A Boring Customer Service Experience—That’s What Our Customers Want

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Call me boring, but I want the same thing every time—at least when it comes to customer experience. We want our customers to always have a good experience with us—one they can count on always happening every time they do business with us.

5 Ways to Engage Employees for Immediate Impact

Speaker: Vicki Brackett, Author and COO of Sinousia

Author of the new book The Leadership Toolbox and Chief Operating Officer of Sinousia, Vicki Brackett shares creative and proven ways to engage your employees in either work at home environment or traditional brick and mortar. These strategies have been vetted by thousands of employees and have a track record of making immediate impact to customer service satisfaction scores, sales conversion, absenteeism and employee retention. When it comes to employee performance, you must be proactive on the front-end, or you are forced to be reactive on the back end!

What Makes Good Customer Service

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National Customer Service Week is coming up the first week in October. This is a time to appreciate employees for doing a great job taking care of customers. And, of course, there is showing some love and appreciation to your customers. What makes good customer service?” While all that – and more – can create good customer service, there is an even bigger answer. We cannot determine if we give good customer service.

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of November 23, 2020

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Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. 4 Things Your Contact Center Can Learn Now From Chewy on How To Improve Your Customer Experience While Still Keeping Your Agents Happy and Productive by Veronica Krieg.

Customer Service Is a Habit (So Is Bad Customer Service)

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This week is National Customer Service Week. Happy Customer Service Week! It became a book, officially titled, Be Amazing or Go Home: Seven Customer Service Habits that Create Confidence with Everyone. Delivering good customer service is a habit. You practice it day after day on real customers. You may even get special customer service training.

Customer Service Training is Not What You Think it is

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Many companies have a great focus on providing an excellent or, as I like to call it, amazing customer service experience. They do customer service training during the onboarding process. Customer service training doesn’t have to be so formal. The repetition of the message—which can be as simple as customer service is important —is the key to sustain the power of their initial training.

2021 Industry Expert Contact Center Predictions

Speaker: Richard Kenny, Sr Marketing Manager - Contact Center, Poly; Roger Lee, VP Customer Success, Gridspace; and Ron Owens, SVP Operations, Avtex

The new year is just around the corner. It's time to plan for the ever-changing needs within our industry. On December 3rd, join CCNG's first ZOOM Fireside panel discussion. It will be both interactive and energetic as several CCNG members share insights and predictions for 2021. Join industry experts from Aria, Poly, and Gridspace as they share what they have learned in 2020 in order to prepare us for 2021. Each participant will provide recommendations on how to address people, process, technology, and strategy as we continue to serve the needs of our employees and customers in an ever-changing customer service business environment. Bring your questions and lessons learned to share with the group! Sign up today! You will walk away with a revised vision for 2021 and actionable steps to take to better provide for your employees and customers alike. Learn how to address, manage and utilize: People Process Technology and Implementation Strategies for 2021.

Who Owns Customer Service?

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Customer service is what I’m all about. It is my life’s mission to help companies create a customer service experience that customers think is amazing. But, surely some company that is totally focused on their customers would already own it. Well, it was expensive, at least by my standards… unless I wanted to have an asset that would brand me to customer service forever. These are the brands known for amazing service.

Your Customer Service DNA

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Some people are just naturally good at providing great customer service. I realized that there was a point in my life that I could look back and say, “That’s when I knew I was passionate about taking care of customers.” That was my “Customer Service DNA.”. Before the first snowfall, I had secured 15 customers in the area. He did, and my customers never knew there was a problem. That’s my customer service DNA.

Guest Post: How Voice Technology Can Improve Customer Service

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She writes about how businesses can utilize modern voice technology to create a better experience overall for their customers. What is the best way to improve relationships with your customers? The answer is simple but often overlooked: Focus on delivering five-star customer service.

Guest Post: 5 Lessons Your Customer Service Team Can Learn From Disney

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She shares tips and tricks on how to create a Disney-like customer service experience. Delivering excellent customer service is an art. This era belongs to creating valuable and stellar experiences for the customers. Always Ask For Customer Feedback.

Customer Engagement + Bots: Connect with your customers in a new way

Speaker: Noel Roberts, CTO and VP of Marketing, Aria Solutions

Join CCNG member Noel Roberts of Aria as he discusses how to leverage chatbots to deliver excellent customer service that improves the customer experience and drives ROI. We’ll look at some of the challenges facing organizations, including common pitfalls, and will recommend ways to avoid them.

Guest Post: How To Collect Marketing Insights That Can Improve Customer Service

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He shares the process of conducting consumer research and how to implement your findings into the customer experience. Whole Foods understands what drives their customers’ purchase behavior. By following the process, you can use the results given to improve customer service.

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of November 16, 2020

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Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. 3 Ways To ‘Innovate’ The Customer Experience by Sanjay Monga. This is what will help customers choose you over your competition.

25 Conflict Resolution Strategies for Customer Service

Callminer

Given the often-hectic nature of call-based customer support, it is not at all uncommon for conflicts to arise with confused or otherwise frustrated customers. The most successful companies have solutions in place for monitoring customer interactions and analyzing customer sentiment. For more information on improving the customer experience, download our white paper, Leveraging Emotion to Improve CX & Elevate Contact Center Performance.

No Toilet Paper – Is Customer Service Getting Worse?

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Some people claim that customer service is getting worse. Customers are getting smarter and expecting more. The customer service “bar” is raised by great companies who teach us what good customer service should be. And, when there is a customer service “horror story,” it seems to stand out much more than when everything is right and works the way it’s supposed to. The post No Toilet Paper – Is Customer Service Getting Worse?

Building Your CX of the Future - Take the First Steps Today

Speaker: Chris Bauserman, VP Segment and Product Marketing, NICE inContact

Building a best-in-class customer service team and customer-centric organization is a marathon, not a sprint. Join CCNG and Chris Bauserman, VP Segment and Product Marketing for NICE inContact, for a discussion and set of tools that you can use to benchmark your operations and identify the next best action your organization can take to build your CX of the future.

Charging More for a Better Customer Service Experience

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It’s almost a given that every company has some form of a customer service department. Even the smallest companies – with just one solo entrepreneur – will act as if they have a customer service department. Why do people reach out to the customer service department? So, understanding that, why would a company choose to deliver an amazing customer service experience to just some of their customers and not to every customer?

What Has Changed in Customer Service?

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Every week, I’m asked, “What is changing in customer service?” The expected answer is that I’ll talk about all the new ways customer service and support is conducted – and I do. There’s self-service solutions that include robust frequently asked questions and video. There’s social media customer service with multiple channels like Facebook and Twitter. If you look at what customer service is, it is the same as it was fifty years ago.

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? Agent Experience agent appreciation call center contact center customer service gratitude remote workers

On Being an Accountable Customer Service Leader

Customer Service Life

The other day I was reviewing emails sent to our customers to make sure they were doing all of the following behaviors (Coincidentally, these are the behaviors on our quality form): Making a human connection. Reviewing the customer’s history and notes. Empowering the customer.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Customer Service in the Time of COVID-19

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This week we feature an article by Paul Selby, a product marketing director for ServiceNow Customer Service Management. He shares tips and examples of how both companies and customers can adapt during a worldwide crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. An open letter to companies—and customers—on how to navigate the challenges of these extraordinary times. customers and? That includes how we interact in the realm of customer service.

Customer Service Trends 2020

TechSee

Companies now know that customer experience is the key competitive differentiator. Their customers are more likely to make repeat purchases, to try additional products or services, and to recommend the brand to family and friends. However, many companies are still struggling to make the customer service experience as effortless as possible. To help you plan, we’ve highlighted nine of the biggest customer service trends for 2020.

Guest Post: A Guide to Training Employees to Deliver Outstanding eCommerce Customer Service

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He shares six tips and strategies to share with your team for improving the eCommerce customer experience. Poor customer service costs businesses over $75 billion a year in lost profits. Only by delivering amazing customer service.

5 Ways to Deliver Better Service Just in Time for National Customer Service Week

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National Customer Service Week is coming up soon. This is a week to celebrate and appreciate not only our customers, but also the people who make our customers happy. In fact, the original intent was to focus more on employees than customers, but I’m happy to celebrate both. In customer service, there are so many ways to do things right. Warmly welcome the customer into the conversation. Every year it is the first full week in October.

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. Digital Self Service Tweet this Customers want digital self- service options, such as chat and. said self-service availability. customers to order their favorite. experience that helps customers. scrambling to offer new customer. strongest omnichannel customer. their customers, compared to 33. experience customers expect?