August, 2018

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5 Benefits of Collecting Metrics to Identify Common Contact Reasons

Callminer

No matter what industry you serve, chances are your customers have high expectations. As a contact center, it is your primary responsibility to understand and manage customer expectations. That includes determining if customers feel their needs are being met on every call. Collecting this valuable speech and text data or over all interaction data is just the first step in managing customer expectations though.

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5 Coaching Techniques That Will Move the Needle

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the ICMI blog on June 13, 2018. Click here to read the original. While I’ve certainly had my share of coaching conversations in my career while working to help contact center agents improve quality and performance, it felt incredibly presumptive to position myself as the authority on the topic when I happen to work with a bunch of coaching experts here at FCR.

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Six Critical Principles Businesses Are Ignoring – Are You?

Beyond Philosophy

A theory is great. It gets you thinking, designing and planning. However, unless you take all the theory and the work you built around it and implement it, it is entirely useless. Today, I present six critical questions you need to ask when implementing Customer Experience theory in your Customer Experience reality. The concept of implementing the plans you make from theory is significant to me.

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

Fonolo

It’s a noisy little planet we live on. In contemporary times, the deafening sounds of the outside world via the news, social media, the subway, the radio, the street, and even the phone lines can distract us from our long-term professional and personal goals. It’s simply become too loud. 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 bot

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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Treat Your Employees Like Rock Stars

ShepHyken

When you treat employees like rock stars, they will treat your customers like rock stars. That is what employee engagement is all about. Great leaders have preached that when you treat your employees well, they treat their customers – and fellow employees well. My friend and fellow customer experience expert, James Dodkins, has a great way of saying it: If you want to put your customers first, you need to put your employees first, first.

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5 Benefits of Collecting Metrics to Identify Common Contact Reasons

Callminer

Once you’ve collected the data, you need to do something with it to improve the customer experience and deliver exceptional customer service consistently. Actionable analytics is key.

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This Is What Destroys Contact Center Morale

CX Global Media

Your company culture is on the wall, written in your mission statement, part of the company vision, it’s in your core values and it’s communicated. And this is what destroys contact center morale? It is a problem if your leaders do not live out these perceived commitments through their behaviors. Customers Inside and Outside – Same. Just like your customers hate to have an expectation not met, so do your contact center agents.

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Are Your Customers About To Dump You?

Beyond Philosophy

I have had the same mobile (cell phone) company in the UK for around 25 years. However, I am about to leave them—and they don’t know it. With my imminent departure on the horizon, I wondered how do organizations avoid customer defection? It turns out that customers usually indicate they are going to leave, and you can see it in their habits. I see it happen all too often as a global Customer Experience consultant.

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Promoting Mental and Physical Well-Being in Service Roles

CX Accelerator

Working in customer service or customer experience can take a massive toll on your physical and mental well-being. When combining the stress that comes with never-ending customer requests, pressure from all types of internal stakeholders, and the sometimes crippling weight of life outside of work, the result may be too much to bear. How can we create an environment that gives life instead of sucking it out of us?

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The 2023 Verint Experience Index: Retail

Reports of the death of in-store shopping have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s retail survey found that more than 60 percent of consumers start and end their journey by visiting a store. Retail customers value price above everything, but the importance of other factors varies for different brands. In-store shopping is valued highly by grocery and home improvement customers Technology retail customers place less importance on in-store experiences – for them it only ranks sixth Digital exper

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The Convenience Question: How Easy Am I to Do Business With?

ShepHyken

Over the years I’ve taught a concept I refer to as the One Thing Question. This is a very simple question to use in a survey as a follow-up to the simple survey question, like the Net Promoter Score question (NPS). For those that may not be familiar with the NPS survey question, it is simply this: On a scale of zero to ten, what is the likelihood that you would recommend us to a friend, colleague or family member.

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T-Mobile: No Bouncing, No Bad Bots, No BS

Aspect

Yesterday at a media event in Charleston, South Carolina, the CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere, revealed their next big move. My initial thought was what could possibly be a bigger move than offering free Netflix ? Turns out, a full revamp of their customer service as well as a year free of Pandora (double win!). At first glance, you might not think a revamp of customer service is that big of a deal – which is understandable.

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Putting Customer Conversations to Work in the Call Center

Callminer

Customers have conversations with more than one department in your organization during the customer lifecycle journey. Customer interaction analytics throughout the relationship is key to success.

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How to Make Your Agents Feel Like They’re on Summer Vacation

Fonolo

Just like me, you probably remember dozens of random 1-800 phone conversations with Johns, Jacobs, or Janes. They have called us from contact centers in the middle of the work day, when we ourselves were working on getting through that jerk chicken during a barely 15-minute lunch break. If I am not wrong, then it is safe to say that nine out of 10 times, we have hung up after the robotic, brief introduction and then wondered why they bothered calling us in the first place.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Understanding the Rules of Customer Decision Making

Beyond Philosophy

Colin Shaw and Prof. Ryan Hamilton discuss how to understand the rules of customer decision making. If you don’t know how customers make decisions you cannot influence them to best effect. Explore the decision-making process and listen for actionable advice you can use today. The post Understanding the Rules of Customer Decision Making appeared first on.

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Here’s What’s In the Mind of Your Unreasonable Customers

Myra Golden Media

When a customer reaches out to you about a problem, they usually don’t think things will be easy. They expect to enter a fray. To customers, it’s them against you. Visually, it’s like this. There’s a brick wall between you and your customer. You are on one side of the wall, and your customer is on the other. The customer sees the issue they’re trying to get resolved as being on the same side of the brick wall as you.

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Don’t Blame Me. I Just Work Here.

ShepHyken

I can’t make this “stuff” up. It really happened! The other night I was at a very nice – and very expensive – steakhouse restaurant. This place was top rated for their steaks and seafood. We all ordered a salad. As the server was setting down the salads, we noticed that one of the salads had a tiny portion of salad compared to the others. It was less than half the amount.

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Contact Center Agent to Supervisor Success Path

CX Global Media

CLICK HERE for large image. Being able to accelerate the path from successful contact center agent to supervisor success is a top priority in the contact center industry. Some may contend it’s always been a priority. But now we could be entering a crisis scenario. As of now, only 18% of organizations feel they have a supply of capable employees to fill frontline leadership roles, according to a study conducted by Development Dimensions International.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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What is Collection Analytics? Definitions, Benefits, and More

Callminer

Collection strategies help to determine which accounts have a higher probability of losses, categorize the different types of customers, and prioritize and target customers.

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4 Ways to Stop Being a Business of No

Steve DiGioia

you gotta be kidding with all these rules. This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You took out a big loan to open your business; maybe even got a second mortgage on your home. Then, product and supplies were ordered on credit cards. You even convinced your spouse and kids to work there because there’s no money left for payroll. But you opened a “business of no”.

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Leading Your Customer to the Right Choice

Beyond Philosophy

Choice Architecture, a principle that psychologists have studied for decades, is the concept that describes how the presentation of information affects people’s decision-making. Framing is the tone you use to present your options. How you frame the choices changes your results. These two concepts can help you present your goods or services to customers in ways that influence them to respond the way that you want and drive more value ($$$$) for your organization.

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Now Entering the Workforce: Rethinking Jobs for Gen Z

Contact Center Pipeline

Many brands and organizations are focusing on recruiting and retaining younger workers, typically thought of as the millennial generation. On college campuses, however, professors and foodservice executives have noticed the arrival of a new group with distinctly different values and requirements. This group is Gen Z, currently aged eight to 22, who are now moving […].

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Decoding the Call Labeling and Blocking Process

Uncover the complexity behind call labeling and blocking with this infographic. Discover the intricate factors and entities that shape the fate of a call, from illegal activity to user feedback, and understand why numbers get labeled and blocked.

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Amazing Business Radio: Bob Baker

ShepHyken

Amazing Customer Service Tips From A Doctor. Techniques from the stage to optimize the patient/customer experience. Shep Hyken sits down with Dr. Bob Baker. They discussed his new book The Performance Of Medicine , how Bob relates his experiences as a magician and doctor to customer service, and how to optimize the customer/patient experience. There is a lot that anyone and any business can learn from Dr.

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Why the best contact centers ignore survey scores

CX Global Media

I believe in the human spirit and that we can overcome some of the most difficult obstacles with the proper mindset and approach. When it comes to improving survey scores, most contact centers have way too many obstacles and paths in front of them, so they need to learn to take a path less traveled. Ignore Survey Scores. I am an even bigger believer in the unconventional and creative ways to overcome obstacles.

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Collections Success Stories in the Contact Center [Video]

Callminer

We are happy to share three video success stories from customer's that utilized speech analytics and automated scoring to achieve their overall goals.

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4 Social Media Services Contact Centers Provide Businesses

Outsource Consultants

A recent article by Manuel Solis discusses customer engagement. Not just a company’s attempts at engaging with their customers, but customers engaging with the company as well. In order to foster engagement, companies need to build relationships with their customers through social media strategies and by putting out content on the internet that can actually be helpful and useful for their audience.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Why People Don’t Say What They Mean?

Beyond Philosophy

Many times, people do not say what they mean or what they are thinking. Why is this? What are the implications on a customers experience? In this special interview with expert Steven Gaffney we look at the role of honest communication to improve workplace quality and the Customer Experience. Find out more at [link]. The post Why People Don’t Say What They Mean?

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What Makes A Great Leader?

Call Center Weekly

By Kathy Holdaway Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning. - Warren G. Bennis Leadership is an art and a science. It is an art because it continually evolves, changes form, and requires creativity.

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Try the Coffee

ShepHyken

Someone once said that if you want to know if the company is treating their employees well, try the coffee. The coffee? Really? Okay, I get it. One little detail can give you a glimpse into a much bigger picture. The idea is that the coffee machine and the quality of the coffee is an indication of how the employees are treated. One day we hired an employee to work at Shepard Presentations.

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