February, 2020

How Much Does An Answering Service Cost?

Ambs Call Center

When purchasing a new service or product, one of the first considerations that comes to mind is price. With price comes value, and everyone wants to maximize their value. While Amazon has spoiled us with the ability to find the cost of almost anything, the cost of business services such as answering phones are harder to grasp. How Answering Services Work

The Consolidation Trend Will Further Hurt Quality in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

I was talking to Jay Minucci, a long-time industry veteran, consultant to the industry, and contributor on these pages. He was telling me about the trend he’s seeing with his large clients—that consolidation is preferred because it’s becoming too hard to manage too many contact center vendors. Consolidation makes sense as a business priority—buyers are […]. Staffing call center staffing consolidation contact center quality management social behavior supervisor-to-agent ratio

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Call Center Metrics Best Practices

Callminer

Obtaining useful metrics on daily operations in your call center can help to improve many aspects of your business. However, there is quite a bit more to making effective use of call center metrics than merely amassing data and generating reports. When properly harnessed, call center metrics open the door to precise monitoring of growth over time. They can be used to design a powerful development plan for your team members, denote areas of daily operations in which you are losing money, and more.

What to Expect When Working with a Call Center Outsourcer

CustomerServ

The business world is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Maintaining a competitive advantage in times of rapid change and transformation requires companies to stay razor-focused on their core competencies and the ability to innovate and flex with market demands. Industry Insights

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

Where AI Meets CX: How Conversational Commerce Effects Customer-Driven Growth

Beyond Philosophy

Technology, human behavior, Customer Experience are intersecting through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and taking marketing in a new direction. To understand how it requires a better understanding of what the inventor of the hashtag Chris Messina’s calls Conversational Commerce. We spoke to Messina on a recent podcast about this concept and how it applies to customer-driven growth.

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How to Transform the Customer Experience

ShepHyken

Want to engage and connect with your customers more effectively? Then listen to what Matt Gillin, the co-founder and CEO of Relay Network , has to say. I had a chance to interview Matt for my Be Amazing or Go Home TV show, and he shared specific insights on how to improve the customer experience. In Matt’s words, “The world is now on-demand and highly personalized. The secret of the game is to make it easy and frictionless.”.

Guest Post: What a CX Professional Can Learn from a Top Salesperson

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Eric Melchor, founder of Elevate My CX. He shares a story about a salesperson who performed a technique that even surprised a renowned social psychologist. If you’re a Customer Experience specialist, you might think that salespeople are not the kind of role models to get customer care tips from. In fact, you’re probably telling yourself – “Salespeople? I give them customer experience tips and insights, not the other way around.”. But you’d be surprised.

How to Prove the ROI of Your CES Efforts

GetFeedback

So you’ve taken the time to listen to customers in order to understand the experience they’re having with your brand. Articles

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Deciphering the CX alphabet

Tethr

While the journey toward exceptional customer service used to set leading businesses apart, today’s customers are more interested in an excellent customer experience (CX). How a customer feels when they interact with your organization and brand is now arguably as important as the products and services themselves. A positive CX yields a competitive advantage.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

The Only 3 Strategies that Increase Customer Value

Genroe

I am often asked, What is the best way to develop and implement strategies to increase customer value? From a customer perspective, there are only two ways to drive business value: Customer Acquisition and Customer Retention. Acquiring new customers is the focus of other posts but if we want to increase the value of our […]. The post The Only 3 Strategies that Increase Customer Value appeared first on Genroe. Customer Retention Strategy

Customer Success vs. Customer Service: How They Work Together

Totango

A successful organization operates in much the same way as a prestigious orchestra. Both are made up of individuals with a specialization—say, playing the clarinet or managing a Customer Success team. While individual success is important in both cases, you also need overall harmony. Just as the individual musicians and sections of an orchestra must work well together to make good music, the employees and departments of an organization must work well together to do good business.

The Ultimate Conversational Marketing Guide

ProProfs Chat

Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite brands could be at your beck and call? Wouldn’t you love to get your woes sorted and queries answered in real-time? Thanks to the wonder that Digital Marketing is, all of this is now possible. Brands are taking an increasing interest and making efforts to enhance the customer experience.

Self Install: How Visual Assistance Streamlines Device Setup

TechSee

Whether rigging up a home entertainment system, setting up a new printer or syncing a new smart device with its app, many consumers find it difficult to complete the product self install process. Traditionally, they have then had two choices: Call customer service and wait until an agent can (hopefully) assist, a prospect that 70% of consumers rate as worse than a visit to the dentist.

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

A Step-by-step Guide to Provide Exceptional Customer Support

ProProfs Chat

Everyone says that customer support used to be easy. Now, note the past tense in that. For an 18th century blacksmith, the questions and concerns from customers were pretty simple. Solutions came easily too. At least it was obvious that customers would simply walk to the store whenever they needed support. . And then came the technological avalanche – postal service, phone, email, live chat, social media. The influx of such advancements made customer service challenges, instead of easing it out.

How to Take Action on Customer Effort Score Feedback

GetFeedback

The four major activities that must be undertaken after CES feedback is received by the company. Articles

Guest Post: 5 Strategies for Mastering Customer Experience at the Point of Sale

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Mathew Cooper, a Content Marketing Head at POS Plaza. He shares tactics to help ensure a point-of-sale system will enhance the customer experience. In today’s highly competitive and constantly advancing retail industry, there is no place for ordinary customer service. Modern consumers are smart – they have countless shopping options, and thus are too impatient for checkout delays, long queues and incompatible payment options.

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5 Great Customer Experience Automation Cases

Lumoa

Within customer experience management there are many manual and repetitive activities that have the potential to be automated. We'll explain why you should automate activities within customer experience management, and we share real-life cases of customer experience automation. Feed generated with FetchRSS

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Quickly Solve Service Problems with Five Whys

Toister Performance Solutions

New hires were struggling in the contact center. The reason was a mystery to the customer service leader. Her company had a comprehensive training program, a dedicated trainer, and supportive supervisors. Yet it was taking new employees too long to get up to speed. The leader and her team had been working on the issue for months. She finally asked for my advice, and was surprised when I helped her find the solution in just a few minutes. Is it because I'm a wizard? No, not really.

9 Call Center Environment Best Practices

Callminer

Cultivating a productive call center environment involves optimizing many different facets of its operations. From facility design to computer systems and software integrations, all aspects of your call center that impact its internal atmosphere can affect employee performance. The power your call center environment has over your staff’s overall level of productivity cannot be overestimated.

A Glimpse To The New Trends In Humanizing Technology

Beyond Philosophy

Social media has changed many things about our lives. Not only can we have a blow by blow account of what our friends and family are up to, but we can also see what they had for dinner. We can even see what friends of our friends had for dinner. One of the other ways social media changed our lives is in how we interact with brands. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter gave us direct access to brands in a way we hadn’t had before. However, it also gave them direct access to us.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our February 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Welcome to the February issue of Contact Center Pipeline. I’ve always thought of February as a fun month with the opportunity to show some love! The best way to show your agents some love… recognize and support them. The best way to show your customers some love… provide an amazing customer experience! Our February issue […]. Inside The Issue call center contact center

Customer Communities Elevate the Customer Experience

Speaker: Rachel Happe

An online community is an increasingly vital part of many leading companies’ support strategies. Creating a branded place where your customers can ask and answer questions, interact with each other, and search for the information they need is a great way to decrease the burden on your staff and allow them to focus on the customers that really need their help. Join us at 9:00 am EST on Nov 18th for this talk by Rachel Happe, founder of industry-leading strategists, The Community Roundtable. You will learn the effectiveness of the community in empowering your customers and generating value for your business.

The Cult of Amazement

ShepHyken

In the updated and revised edition of The Cult of the Customer , I cover the concept of amazement. This may be old news to my followers, but it is worth repeating. Amazement does not come from a WOW or over-the-top experience. Those happen on occasion, especially when problems are handled well. But on a day to day basis, amazement happens when you deliver experiences that are consistently and predictably above average. They could even be just a tiny little bit above average.

Bigfoot Customer Service. What Is It and Why Are You Still Giving It?

Steve DiGioia

Bigfoot. The elusive missing link between humans and apes. But what does he have to do with customer service? Well, plenty. There are many similarities between the creature and the service many of us dish-out to our customers. That’s why I call it, Bigfoot customer service. Let’s get into it. Rumors. There have been rumors of Bigfoot since the story first appeared in the Humboldt Times in 1958. Since then, the public has been fascinated by the “wild man” of the northwest.

Customer Service Life Updates – February 2020

Customer Service Life

Happy (belated) New Year! 2019 was a great year and as we’ve done in the past, I want to take a few moments to share some articles and accolades we’ve been a part of. I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Articles. The Greatest Avenger of the CX Universe – If you were going to hire a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to spearhead the customer experience effort in your organization, who would it be?

Operational Challenges in the Call Center Industry

Callminer

There are numerous issues for which call center managers and leaders must account in running a successful customer support operation. From actively keeping track of shifts in the industry’s technological standards and accommodating economic imperatives to handling other critical processes within the realm of human resources , there are enough potential challenges to tackle in typical call center operations to keep entire management teams reasonably busy year-round.

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

Getting Over the “I Want It Now” Mindset

Beyond Philosophy

The wealth of information within academia and doesn’t get used by business is amazing. I blame their naming. Academics have great information, but a terrible naming skills. . Take Hyperbolic Discounting (please!), a significant psychological concept that plays into many decisions we make, that we discussed on a recent podcast. You might think the term describes super-exaggerated markdowns, but it doesn’t. .

Balancing Customer Experience with Fraud Prevention in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Cybercriminals exposed 2.8 billion consumer data records in 2018. Breaches have given fraudsters an immense amount of data to work with. Criminals are taking data such as drivers’ license numbers and account numbers, and filling in the gaps with information from social media and other sources. With this data in hand, it has become easier […].

The Worst Thing That Happens Is Your Customer Loves You

ShepHyken

What if the worst thing a customer ever said about you was, “I love you!”? Even on a bad day, you’re still so good that they love you! Are you that good? Do customers love you even when there’s a problem or complaint? Here are six ways to make customers love you no matter what! Become customer-focused. This means that in addition to creating an amazing customer experience, every decision keeps the customer in mind.

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