June, 2021

Why You Should Be Proactively Firing Customers Without Hesitation

Beyond Philosophy

In my early career, I never thought I could fire a customer. I felt like if a customer wanted to be a customer, I should let them. However, I have changed my opinion over the years.

5 Incentives for Call Center Agent Engagement

Fonolo

Keeping your staff motivated and satisfied in their work is vital to contact center performance. Studies show that agent engagement is linked to increased profitability, better employee performance, employee retention, and employee empowerment.

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The Sustainable Work-From-Home Contact Center: Unify Human and Digital Communication and Collaboration Tools

Contact Center Pipeline

The following Q&A is part of a series on creating a sustainable work-from-home contact center. Each post examines a vital technology that supports contact centers in the transition to a permanent remote-work model.

Choose your battles wisely – Conflict Resolution Training for Managers

Myra Golden Media

For Jack Cooper University , I produced a ten week conflict resolution training. Jack Cooper’s managers are ready to preempt escalations and manage conflict. Here’s our week eight video training. I loved every minute of this interactive training project!

AI-Enabled Agent Quality Assessments Optimize Contact Center Performance

Quality Assurance is a major challenge for contact centers today. With up to 95% of customer interactions going unreviewed, many organizations are relying on a small sample of data to coach and evaluate their agents. AI-enabled agent quality assessments transcribe and analyze almost all agent-customer interaction recordings, leading to more comprehensive, consistent and unbiased agent evaluations and MUCH better CX. Find out how by downloading the whitepaper today!

Please Don’t Discount the Inexperienced

Steve DiGioia

This past weekend I helped a friend of mine and served as the maître d for an event of 200 people that he was hosting (it was great to get back to my “banquet” roots).

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In The News: 3 Stories That Give Insight to Improving Your Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

What do the European Super League failure, vaccine passports, and businesses trying to dodge taking political sides have in common. They are all part of three news stories that, believe it or not, give you insight into improving your Customer Experience.

5 ROI-Based Strategies Proven to Drive the Adoption of Visual Assistance

TechSee

Visual Assistance is Powerful – If Adopted. Visual Assistance is an increasingly popular technology that enables enterprises to provide remote support to end users.

Creating a Sustainable Work-From-Home Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

The sudden shift from on-premise to work-from-home (WFH) last year was an eye-opening experience for contact centers and employees alike.

National Customer Service Week 2021!

Myra Golden Media

Mark your Calendars for October 4 – 8, 2021, because we’re celebrating National Customer Service Week! This year’s theme is, Celebrating the Heart of Service. And I’m facilitating five online video sessions!!!

The Art of Community: Higher Logic & Vanilla Forums Super Forum!

Speaker: Keynote Speaker, Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva

In its 12th year? Super Forum is the largest and most comprehensive conference for executives, community managers, marketing, membership, and customer success professionals who want to connect, engage, and create better customer and member experiences. And this year, we’re going even bigger as we add Vanilla’s highly regarded Conversations conference into the mix. Register today!

Did You Ever Get a Voicemail From Marble Mouth? – Tip #33

Steve DiGioia

The other day I got a voicemail message from someone who sounded like they had a mouth full of marbles. I couldn’t understand most of what she said, and she spoke so quickly that each word just bled into the next. I even played the message back hoping to catch what I missed the first time.

Congratulations to our LISTEN UK 2021 Award winners!

Callminer

During the CallMiner LISTEN UK 2021 Virtual Series, we had the honor of announcing the LISTEN UK 2021 Award winners. Read more about the successes of African Bank, British Gas and Hoist Finance UK

This Is One of The Most Powerful Marketing Tools: Peoples’? Aversion to Loss

Beyond Philosophy

I downgraded one of my online subscriptions recently. I noticed in the process that not only did the platform tell me about all the features and benefits I would lose access to by downgrading, but they put it in red typeface AND had me check off a box for each item I was losing.

4 Innovations Enabling Truck Roll Optimization

TechSee

It’s no secret that truck rolls are a necessary evil for the service industry. Yes, they cost a lot. Absolutely, your customers aren’t happy to wait for service. Of course, in-person contact puts employees and customers at risk. Sure, they divert your workforce from more strategic tasks. .

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

Top 3 Trends for the Future of Contact Center Training

Contact Center Pipeline

The world of contact center training is complicated. Trainers are responsible for helping the onboarding process run smoothly for new agents by delivering the best possible training program tailored to the training class and industry.

6 Ways to Boss Customer Service Calls

Myra Golden Media

GET MORE IDEAS LIKE THIS. Now you can give your employees even more great skills for delivering the best customer experience and for handling difficult customer situations. Sign up for my email list and learn specific tips, approaches, and phrases to help your employees help your customers.

With Regulation Coming, it’s Time to Take a Closer Look at How You’re Implementing AI

CCNG

What do Facebook, a COVID19 prediction model, and Bronx Honda all have in common? All three were specifically referenced in a recent announcement by the Federal Trade Commission aimed to encourage “truth, fairness and equity” in the use of AI.

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25 tips for optimizing your contact center's QA practices

Callminer

Quality assurance does more than ensure regulatory compliance, it helps contact centers deliver the best outcomes for customers. Read our blog for tips on optimizing QA practices

Customer Perceptions of the Community Experience

Customer experience expectations are ever-changing so understanding what they are is crucial to the success of your brand. Get a copy of the free report from Vanilla Forums today to find out how customer expectations can be addressed through community and how community can affect your brand’s bottom line.

5 Rules For Ensuring Behavioral Science Works For Your Business

Beyond Philosophy

A lot of the behavioral sciences can feel intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. The Five Rules Podcast Series is our attempt at giving you an easy entry point into the complex and messy world of Behavioral Science. The concepts behind behavioral science are powerful stuff.

EVE Cortex: The first scalable visual AI assistant in the industry

TechSee

The pandemic was the catalyst that pushed many service organizations to re-think the way they interact with customers.

Is It Time to BYOC (Be or Bring Your Own Carrier)?

Contact Center Pipeline

The continued shift from on-premises to SaaS-based cloud offerings extends across businesses and industries of all sizes.

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Watch this before you talk to your next angry customer (3 Keys to De-escalating)

Myra Golden Media

Is your team dealing with increased irritability from customers? Do your people struggle to get angry customers to back down? If so, have your employees watch this video before they talk to their next angry customer.

Remote Agents and Digital Transformation

Remote agents are the new reality. Happier agents mean a better customer experience and improved CSAT/NPS scores. This new normal brings new challenges for contact centers. Find out what you need to do for your organization to excel. This eBook includes checklists for developing agent empathy and business continuity plans.

Developing a Quality Mindset Through an Internal Self Assessment Program

CCNG

One might view the rigor and structure of a health authority inspection (i.e. an FDA audit) as a strange tool to use within the contact center space, but Jaedeanne Shaver and her team did exactly that in Alcon’s US Customer Service department and have been reaping the rewards ever since.

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Customer Centricity Panel Discussion

Peter Lavers

Customer centricity is a term that has been around for a number of years, but what does it mean in a business-to-business environment and how do we turn the words into a change in the way in which our businesses are run? Alan Thompson.

Stop Making This BIG Pricing Mistake

Beyond Philosophy

What tactics do you use in your pricing strategy? There are various ways, such as running promos like “buy one, get one free,” or branding it into your customers’ minds like “everyday low prices.”

Technician Dispatch in 2021: 4 Fresh Approaches to Cost

TechSee

Technician dispatches, known colloquially as “truck rolls,” are considered a necessary evil for many service organizations. If a customer has a need for service, the organization must dispatch a technician to deal with the issue, whether they like it or not. And they don’t like it.

How Product Teams Can Leverage Community

Speaker: Scott Baldwin of ProductBoard

Product Leaders, sign up if want to learn how to: - What is product excellence? - How community led and product-led growth can act as success multipliers - How to create a tight and ongoing feedback loop - How to leverage your community members to drive adoption. When: September 21st at 12pm EDT. Register today!

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our June 2021 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Remote Work. Work from Home. Work from Anywhere. I don’t think these are pandemic or trendy business practices. Many organizations embraced remote work teams prior to Covid, but what an acceleration! I think these strategies will continue to be a part of our culture moving forward.

Technology Certainly Has Its Merits, But… – Tip #34

Steve DiGioia

Many companies fail to take the human factors into consideration. My belief is that any business must “ always do what’s in the best interest of the customer ”. You’ve heard me say that countless times on my blog. Technology Certainly Has Its Merits, But….

Start Working with Two Arms…

CCNG

For too long, contact center leaders have been trying to operate their business with one arm tied behind their backs.

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