July, 2021

Is Outsourcing Your Customer Experience Really A Good Idea or Just Wrong?

Beyond Philosophy

Sometimes your Customer Experience requires you to outsource a portion of it to a third party. Maybe it’s an installer or a tow truck service, or even an entire call center, but whatever or whoever it is, this part of the experience is not under your control.

The Role of Contact Center Agents in Product Innovation

Contact Center Pipeline

As we turn the page to a new year, and in the spirit of new beginnings, I’d like to challenge managers and leaders to consider alternative approaches to drive innovation and business change.

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11 Customer Service Leaders We Can All Learn From

Steve DiGioia

Back in 2018, I had the pleasure to interview some of the nicest people I have ever come across. I was amazed at how warm and welcoming they were and their willingness to embrace, support, and welcome me into their fold.

These 20 Empathy Statements Will Straight-up Make You a Customer Service Boss!

Myra Golden Media

Download the empathy statements PDF and practice your first five empathy responses to customers. Grab your empathy sheet! Customer Experience Design

AI Insights Playbook––Understand Your Customer Experience To Improve It

The biggest challenge facing Contact Centers is understanding what customers expect. With today’s changing customer expectations, dynamic market realities and aggressive competitors, organizations must understand where they are successful and where they fall short. Download this eBook to learn how you can improve your customer experience with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

How to Hire the Right People Quickly with Accurate and Actionable Data

CCNG

In a fast-paced industry like contact centers, it is important to hire quickly without sacrificing accuracy. I recently spoke with David Hadobas of CCNG to discuss this important topic.

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7 Books that changed our lives, will they change yours? – Essential summer reading

Beyond Philosophy

It’s summer reading season. Today, I will share seven books that are an essential summer read for anyone in business. I hope that these books will make the same impact on you that they did on me.

Embracing Agility in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Agile thinking became the key to business survival during the COVID-19 crisis. Companies that could adapt quickly and creatively in the face of complex and unpredictable challenges proved that breaking with convention often can lead to a giant leap forward.

These 10 Phrases Will Make Someone’s Day Better

Steve DiGioia

Along with all the responsibilities of your job and the myriad of tasks you must do each day, I want to add a few more things to that list by asking you to use these 10 phrases that will make someone’s day better.

6 Important Soft Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs

Fonolo

Call center employees wear many hats! Agents are tasked with providing customer service, solving customer problems, and conducting research — all with a smile and a positive attitude.

Driving Business Value with Contact Center and UC Integration

With the growth of hybrid work models and work from home, one thing is more important than ever: integration. But, how are companies leveraging it - both technically and operationally? In this whitepaper, you’ll get in-depth insight into how companies are utilizing integrated platforms in their day-to-day operations, and which success metrics they are measuring. Download your copy now to discover how companies are future-proofing their contact centers as they adapt to remote and hybrid workforces.

Impacting Your Company’s Growth by Intentionally Creating an Employee Growth Plan

CCNG

Do you have an intentional growth plan for your employees that aligns with your company’s growth plan? Creating an employee growth plan is essential and can impact the company meeting their strategic goals.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Medical Device Support

TechSee

In the medical technology field, manufacturers must provide medical device support for their products across a wide range of settings, including hospitals, urgent care centers, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, mobile units, and even individual homes.

Is Customer Experience Really The New Marketing? Join The debate!

Beyond Philosophy

In a discussion that echoes the age-old chicken vs. egg conversation sentiment, we engaged in a debate. After meeting a fellow Customer Experience proponent on a new social media platform called Clubhouse, we invited author and speaker Stacy Sherman to debate.

Why Customer Service Is Not an “Entry-Level” Position

Contact Center Pipeline

My 10-year-old son thinks I am so old, I roamed the earth alongside the dinosaurs! He is right in one way: I started in the contact center industry when things were very primitive. In fact, I began as an agent in the “Phone Age” (rhymes with “Stone Age”).

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!

Truth Loyalty Webinar with Peter Lavers

Peter Lavers

Peter Lavers recently took part in this webinar with Amanda Cromhout, CEO of South Africa’s leading loyalty programme experts, Truth. It was a wide-ranging discussion covering: How has the emerging discipline of “data science” helped companies’ loyalty programmes be more insight-led?

Say Hello to the Cloud-Based Contact Center Solution to Drive Customer Delight

Nextiva

Are you taking calls, or are you helping customers? If you're honest, you likely struggle to meet the demands of today's customers — until now.

Building a Better Bot

CCNG

AI-assisted bots are reshaping customer digital engagements - and chatbots are leading the way. But customers today expect more than just a new interactive FAQ. They want the bot to know them, engage them and make decisions based on their specific customer history.

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Buying Guide: How to select the best call center management software

Callminer

Call center management software makes it possible to optimize and improve a growing contact center. Here are tips that help you choose the best software for your own contact center

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.

Is Outsourcing Your Customer Experience Really A Good Idea or Just Wrong?

Beyond Philosophy

Maybe it’s a towing service. Perhaps you use an interior designer. It could be that you needed to outsource your call center. Whatever the reason may be, you have outsourced part of your Customer Experience. There is an inherent risk involved, of course, if there are problems.

Digital Customer Care: 10 Ways to Fix Not-Very-Good Tweets to Customers

Contact Center Pipeline

Many companies are “pretty much kind of OK-ish” at responding to customers’ questions or complaints in social media. They do respond to customers’ social posts, and they reply pretty quickly. Some companies are doing darn well at digital customer care. A few are good. A handful are excellent.

How to Calculate Cost per Contact in the Call Center

Fonolo

There are many different call center metrics used to measure activity and efficiency. Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, can be tracked through integrated phone systems and call center cloud-based technology.

The Shortest Customer Service Keynote Speech Ever!

Shep Hyken

I’ve written about today’s topic before. The idea I’m about to share is really common sense. Even if you didn’t read my past articles or watch my videos about this, you still know and understand it. Yet, it’s worth bringing up again, as I have a new twist on it.

Top 5 Reasons to Move to the Cloud

Hybrid or 100% cloud? The choice is yours. With comprehensive security, unmatched scalability, cost certainty, and guaranteed reliability, a cloud-based contact center solution will serve your customers 24/7 without the operational headaches and cost issues of an on-premise solution. Download Enghouse's eBook today and learn the top reasons you should move to the cloud!

Contact Center Metric Best Practices in 2021

CCNG

With the pandemic finally starting to ease off, it is a good time to re-evaluate the industry best practice metrics for Contact Centers. Are they still appropriate for your particular line of business?

Three tips for delivering great omnichannel customer service

Callminer

As customer expectations shift, more and more expect a seamless experience across channels. Organizations need to deliver omnichannel customer service

5 Rules for Ensuring Behavioral Science Works for Your Business

Beyond Philosophy

I write about the behavioral sciences a lot. I advise on some first steps for you to implement strategies based on behavioral science findings. However, I haven’t written about what you should do to make sure it works.

Top 5 Posts in July

Contact Center Pipeline

The post-pandemic recovery has begun, and Pipeline readers appear to be looking ahead to what the future contact center operation will be. Will work-from-home (WFH) make a successful transition to a more permanent model? Having the right remote-work tools in place to support WFH agents is key.

Community KPIs: Easier Than You Think!

Speaker: Carrie Melissa Jones

How do I measure Community KPIs? And do I need to? Answer these questions with the help of Carrie Melissa Jones, award-winning author, and expert community builder. We can help you simplify the community measurement process, and prove the impact of your community on your organization.

7 Call Center Empathy Phrases Every Agent Should Use With Their Customers

Fonolo

Every company needs strong customer service to set them apart from its competitors. After all, customers are more loyal to businesses that treat them with respect, kindness and that support their needs. Customer service in a contact center is especially important.

Building a Customer-Oriented Company: Strategies & Examples

Help Scout

Being “customer-oriented” boils down to one idea: helping people. As simplistic as it sounds, this ethos is the key to making it work as an organization.

How to Say YES – Every Time

Shep Hyken

How do you say Yes to every customer request ? Is it possible? Is this customer service utopia? My friend Christine Trippi wrote a book titled Yes Is the Answer. And Cameron Mitchell, about whom I’ve written before, wrote a book with a similar title, Yes is the Answer. What is the Question ?