August, 2019

How to Build an Award-Winning Customer Service Strategy

Nextiva

A customer service strategy is a thorough plan to handle customer interactions. It lets you provide a consistent customer experience throughout the customer journey. Improved customer experience results in a more loyal customer base.

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Answering the Personnel Call: Four Ways Contact Centers Can Enhance Agent Recruitment and Retention

Contact Center Pipeline

While the competition for top talent intensifies across the business landscape, contact centers often feel the impact more than most. Top-performing contact centers require exceptional agents to lead a memorable and impactful customer experience while upholding their company’s brand and values.

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From Checklists to Competencies: Transforming Quality in the Contact Center

Transparent BPO

Interview with Robert Gofourth, Vice President, Operations Strategy & Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Providing better customer experiences should be every contact center’s number one concern.

Customer Service May Not Be Your First Priority, and That’s Okay

ShepHyken

Tony Hsieh is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing company, Zappos. The company’s reputation for amazing customer service is almost a cliché in the customer service world. Zappos stories have become customer service legends.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

The Critical Skills that All Customer-Facing Teams Must Have

Beyond Philosophy

When I created Beyond Philosophy, I chose the name for a reason. I believe it is crucial to do more than discuss your theories about Customer Experience strategy.

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3 Things to Know Before You Talk to Your Next Challenging Customer

Myra Golden Media

You already know it’s best to not say words like “Unfortunately,” or a hard “no,” and you probably even know that you need to let angry customers vent for at least a few seconds, but there are some other things you should know before trying to get customers to accept your word as final, especially when you have to give customers bad news.

The Future of the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

We embarked on a fun little survey this spring to gather input on the future of the contact center. Our focus was on which technologies are expected to have the greatest impact and what that impact might be.

Under Redaction! Why Companies Can’t Seem To Get It Right When It Comes To Recorded Data

Callminer

Another day, another enterprise giant being forced to admit that sensitive customer data may have been improperly monitored or used without consent. In this latest instance, it was a case of outside contractors listening to user recordings without their knowledge.

Winning Decisions Are Sometimes Tough Decisions

ShepHyken

I enjoy going to a baseball game. I live in St. Louis, and the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are known throughout the sports world as being some of the best fans in all of baseball. Many fans remember Albert Pujols as one of the most skilled—not to mention beloved—members of the St.

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

What Type of Relationship Do Your Customers Expect From You?

Beyond Philosophy

Imagine you are selling a used car. Now, imagine your surprise that the person who wants to buy it is your brother. How would that be different from selling your vehicle to a stranger? Would you haggle as hard? Now, to be fair, if it was my brother Neil, my answer is yes.).

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NEW Ways to Supercharge Contact Center FCR and AHT Performance

Call Center Coach

I’ve been amazed at some of the new ways to drive agent performance in contact centers. Common KPIs like First Contact Resolution (FCR) and Average Handle Time (AHT) might be common KPIs but they ways they are being improved upon are very dynamic.

How Pulling Away for 3 Hours a Week Can Actually Make You More Productive

Myra Golden Media

Every week I set aside three uninterrupted hours to work on me. In this “Strategic Block,” a term coined in the book “12 Week Year,” I don’t allow emails, calls, or meetings, and no regular business tasks. I focus solely on personal or professional development.

Bet the Ranch, Bet the Brand

Contact Center Pipeline

The American Heritage Idiom Dictionary defines “to bet the ranch” as “to risk everything you have because you are certain of success.” This idiom most likely began at poker tables in saloons of the American Wild West.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

Call Center Software: How to Choose the Best Software (Tips & Best Practices)

Callminer

There are a number of call center software solutions on the market, comprising more than half a dozen types of these tools. That’s not to mention the number of software tools that integrate with the various call center software solutions.

What Can You Do To Create a Better Experience For Your Customers?

ShepHyken

If you’ve ever seen one of my speaking presentations, you’ve most likely heard my story about my favorite cab driver. It is an example of excellent customer service. It’s universal—I don’t know of anyone that hasn’t been in a taxi.

The Secret of Creating Loyal Customers

Beyond Philosophy

I have a few things that drive me crazy in the business world. In this episode of The Intuitive Customer, we are going to talk about how organizations often define loyalty, and why I think they have it all wrong. It makes me upset when I think about it.

The Best Companies Do This Even When They Don’t Have To

Steve DiGioia

it's one of the reasons why consumers maintain loyalty Buffer, one of the industry-leading apps used to schedule and share content on social media, recently had a “bug” that affected 0.00599% of Buffer users (467 out of 7,800,000). A pretty small number if you asked me. So, what did they do?

Why Community is a Strategic Asset Against Your Competitors

Speaker: David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, and Adrian Speyer, Head of Community at Vanilla Forums

Join Vanilla Forums as Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, David Spinks, and Head of Community at Vanilla Forums, Adrian Speyer talk about how the best companies in the world are building strong cross-channel communities to successfully protect their most valuable assets: their customers, partners and stakeholders.

The Miracle Of Visualizing, Planning, And Executing Your Best Customer Experience Yet – Through Quality Monitoring

Myra Golden Media

Twelve years ago, I created a vision board. On it, I had a specific vehicle, a goal of annual family vacations, antique office furniture, a whole new backyard, including patio furniture, and a playground for my kids, and a few other coveted things. I manifested every image I tacked on my board.

Top 5 Posts in August

Contact Center Pipeline

Millions of students returned to the classroom in August, which is National Back to School Month in the United States. In the contact center world, learning takes place every day.

How to Improve Your Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT) Score

GetFeedback

Y ou know your customers are satisfied because the Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT) that you see on your daily dashboard tells you as much. The score is solid. But you aren’t satisfied; you believe it could be so much better. And rightly so — it usually can be.

It’s Not Where You Are. It’s Where You’re Going.

ShepHyken

Sometimes you find life lessons in unexpected places. This time it was on the golf course. Almost every Sunday throughout the summer I play golf with some great guys. One Sunday we decided to play the championship tees—meaning we hit from the furthest point away from each hole.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

Do You Use the Right Measures for Your CX?

Beyond Philosophy

What gets measured gets managed. This oft-quoted line from Peter Drucker is more pertinent today than ever concerning Customer Experience strategy. Every marketer should measure their performance in Customer Experience to understand what drives value for customers. .

A Story of Availability, Convenience, and Consistency

Steve DiGioia

and donuts! I pulled into the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru and asked the man on the intercom if he had any glazed donuts. He said, “Sorry, we don’t have any more donuts”. WHAT? I know this was at 11 pm on a Saturday night but how can you not have any donuts? Isn’t that what you do?

Building a CX Dashboard

CX Accelerator

If you’re running a CX program, you need a way of communicating your progress to your superiors and the broader organisation. We are all guilty of not communicating enough on occasion.so

Inside View: Fannie Mae

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact centers may offer a wealth of data, yet the most meaningful customer insights often lie buried within stored conversations, transaction histories and survey feedback.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.