Upgrade Your Customer Support Rep to a Customer Support Professional


The other day I was talking with a gentleman who was as passionate about customer service and experience as I am. He had worked with support centers and we were discussing how important the team in a customer support center is to an organization.

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Omnichannel Customer Support Checklist for High-Tech Consumer Device Vendors

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Guest Blog: Customer Support Chatbots – Striking The Right Balance


This week we feature an article by Ayush Chaudhary who writes about the social media customer support experience. Social customer service allows you to take the interactions with your customers to an even higher level. – Shep Hyken. If you’ve not been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard by now numerous projections about how chatbots are destined to take over customer support. Think of it as a telephonic IVRS analog for customer support.

How’s Your Mobile Customer Support?

Brad Cleveland

Here’s a number that should encourage all of us to take another look at our mobile customer service strategy. Call Center Contact Center Customer Access Strategy Customer Service Mobile Multi-channel Support Brad Cleveland idc mobile customer service strategy

Forget Happiness, This Is the Top Emotion for Customer Support

Toister Performance Solutions

I placed a frantic call to technical support. The technical support rep must have been super empowered. She skipped all of the usual items on the support checklist ("Yes, I've tried rebooting my computer.") For support teams, customer relief is much more important than happiness.

How to Elevate Customer Support from Within


Historically, Customer Support has been undervalued. It's harder to understand the impact of a successful support experience. The result: customer support has been, in a way, neglected. Customer Experience Contact CenterIt's been considered a cost to companies rather than a driver of revenue, like Sales or Marketing. After all, it's easy to measure the value of a sale or a lead.

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The 3 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make with Customer Support

Myra Golden Media

In my multiple interactions with the company, they made three critical mistakes in the customer support experience. These are the same 3 mistakes you can’t afford to make with your customer support experience. How can the company believe this is customer support?

Q&A on Social Media Customer Support

Brad Cleveland

Is your organization waking up to the complexities of providing social media customer support? An interview that I did with Salesforce.com provides answers to many common questions about social media customer support. Call Center Contact Center Customer Access Strategy Customer Service Multi-channel Support Social Media customer access customer access strategy strategy

3 Benefits of SMS as a Customer Support Channel

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Case in point: Choosing to not operate a call center from the cloud won’t allow businesses to keep up with customers’ demands in real time. Indeed, customers don’t want to be put on hold as live agents determine how and where they should be transferred.

Guest Blog: Why Knowledge Base Integration with Live Chat Is Important for Better Customer Support


This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Jason Grills, writes about the importance of good customer support and the impact it can have on your business. How exactly can good customer service improve your business? Improved Customer Experience.

Ensuring Data Security In Customer Support Programs


As organizations strengthen their customer support with new policies and technologies, they must also ensure they are building security and privacy into their overall support program. And given the large amounts of sensitive personal information involved in customer service interactions, organizations must take measures to ensure this data is properly secured. Customer Support Security

The Psychology of Customer Support: Why People Love Live Chat 


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Guest Blog: How Small Software Companies Can Provide Awesome Customer Support Without Going 24/7


This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Jack Plantin, writes about the importance of customer support and options we can offer for around the clock support. Here are a couple ways to make your customers happy, while being lean on resources.

How to Set Up a Self-service Customer Support System to Improve Customer Experience

Bright Pattern

That may very well be the motto for a very large number of today’s customers. We want help, and we want it now. self-service

Mobile Customer Support – It Takes a Cross-Functional, Unified Strategy

Brad Cleveland

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AI and Bots In Customer Support


Particularly, when it comes to AI and customer support, it’s (often) deemed the next big thing. If we look through the current implementations, however, about 91% of customers claim that live agent telephony is still their preferred communication channel. Customer Support Thought LeadershipArtificial Intelligence, otherwise referred to as AI, is grabbing a lot of headlines these days.

Top Challenges for Customer Support in 2016 #INFOGRAPHIC

Win the Customer

Did you know that that delivering customer happiness is one of the easiest parts of working in support? And that the greatest challenge for customer support professionals is tackling burnout? Almost half (41%) said that making customers happy isn’t a challenge for them.

Looking into the Customer Support Crystal Ball: 6 Predictions for 2018


A shift is occurring in the customer support industry. After years of looking at support as just a cost center, companies are waking up to the fact that delivering great customer support is directly correlated to the success of the enterprise. Empowered consumers have real-time mediums to share their experiences across large social graphs and those experiences can have an immediate and significant impact on brand sentiment, customer loyalty, and the bottom line.

The Customer Support Equation: Finding the Balance Between Humans and Bots


Artificial intelligence (AI) is deemed by many as the next big thing in customer support. found that nearly 80 percent of business leaders plan to or have already implemented AI into their customer support solution by 2020. Customer Support Thought Leadership Artificial IntelligenceThe concept of intelligent data or pattern-driven automation is exciting and we are seeing organizations welcome it with open arms.

5 Ways to Start Modernizing Your Customer Support for a More Personal UX


Until recently, it was assumed that technology would replace people in customer support. Modern customers want the organizations they work with to be their advocates, to be accountable and proactive when it comes to their needs and goals. Customers want their experience with a brand to be personalized and intimate. Customer ExperienceNow it's clear that technology alone isn't enough.

Guest Blog: Rebuilding the Foundations of Customer Support in the New World of Software as a Service


This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Boaz Amidor, shares four techniques that have striking, measurable results when it comes to the efficiency of the Customer Support Program of companies providing online and mobile customer support.

Expert Opinion: Top 3 Customer Support Trends to look for in 2018

Taylor Reach Group

With Customer Experience being a crucial factor in business operations, comes the importance of optimizing Customer Support and forecasting trends. Recently I was asked to contribute to an expert round-up on the top customer support trends to look for in 2018. 1) Omnichannel I think that 2018 will be the year the Omnichannel becomes a reality for many customer support centers. Original post via ProProfs, expert opinion summary by Colin Taylor.

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The Critical Role of Customer Support in Customer Retention and Customer Relationships

Win the Customer

Competing to win customers today means not only keeping up with major brands in your industry but also staying ahead of new emerging service providers. Customer Experience Customer Service

Start Planning To Provide Social Customer Support Beyond Twitter and Facebook

Ian Jacobs

In communities that regularly discuss brands, these customers are also more likely to be exactly the type of high-value customers that companies want to provide with great customer experiences. But brands need to decide when and how to engage customers in these forums they do not control. Customer Experience. customer communities. social customer service. Industry analysts travel--a lot.

Digital Colleagues: Friend or Foe?

Contact Center Pipeline

It might be time for some of us in the customer service industry to start dusting off our resumes. There’s new, tough competition for customer service jobs and they’re on 24/7/365. They’re not just after customer service jobs either, look out […].

Charging More for a Better Customer Service Experience


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?

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of June 18, 2018


Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. 5 Common Customer Service Complaints and How to Fix Them by Swati Kungwani. Retail Customer Experience) A retail business can never be immune from complaints.

$75 Billion Dollars Is Lost Due to Poor Customer Service


Two years ago I reported on NewVoiceMedia’s “serial switchers” report that indicated that $62 billion was lost due to poor customer service. Customers want and expect more than ever before – because that’s what we have we taught them. The main reasons customers switch are obvious.

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Amazing Business Radio: Brad Birnbaum


How to Eliminate Friction and Improve the Customer Support Experience. How can you provide a better experience for the customer and an even better one for the agents? Every support agent should have all the information about the customer in front of them.

When Customer Service Creates Customer Validation


Many people think of customer service as a department. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know my belief is that customer service is a philosophy , not a department. It can be the traditional customer service team who fields questions and complaints.

Amazing Business Radio: Jackie Gonzalez


Tools of the Trade: Learn the Tools Needed to Make a Great Customer Support Center. Discover the best tools and software to provide a great customer experience. Some third-party support centers employ thousands of agents, many of whom are overseas.

Expand Your Global Reach with Native-language Text to Speech


Contact Centers Customer Support Product Voice text to speech TTS“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”—Ludwig ”—Ludwig Wittgenstein Language is one of those rare things that has the ability to both unite and divide us.

When Voice Technology Moves On and Customers Follow: Connecting PSTN and IP Calls


The post When Voice Technology Moves On and Customers Follow: Connecting PSTN and IP Calls appeared first on Nexmo. Business Customer Support Voice in-app voice PSTN VoIP

Guest Blog: Things to Consider Before Buying a Live Chat Software


This week we feature an article by Jason Grills who discusses the importance of integrating an effective customer support system and how to decide upon live chat software for your organization. – Shep Hyken. Every business aims to delight their customers. Monitor support costs.

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What Doesn’t Get Done Gets Noticed


Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, once said, “The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. In other words, the best customer service is invisible. The customer doesn’t have to ask for it.

Amazing Business Radio: Nate Spears


Nate Spears on Providing Exceptional Customer Service. Shep speaks with customer service evangelist and Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of ClearSource, Nate Spears, about providing exceptional customer service. How do I provide an exceptional customer experience?