July, 2018

10 chat support job responsibilities: what you need to know about providing live chat support to your customers

UJET

It's Friday. You're queuing up emails for next week's big product announcement when all of a sudden your email service stops working. Customer Experience Multichannel Support Live Chat Customer Support

6 More Ways to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Eleven years ago I published my first YouTube video. I called it Top 6 Ways to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down. That little video has gotten more than 2.9 million views. (I I have this old-school video at the bottom the page if you’d like to take a look.).

A New Golden Rule: How to Make Your Customer Service Better

SharpenCX

Last week, we kicked off a series on the relationship between agent and customer experience. And, last week’s post teased the revelation of a new golden rule to create better customer service. Treat your agents the way you want them to treat your customers. When customers reach out to your agents for support, there is [.]. Read More. The post A New Golden Rule: How to Make Your Customer Service Better appeared first on Sharpen Contact Center Software. Customer Experience

5 Contact Center Training Tips to Boost Efficiency

SharpenCX

Every business wants to improve their customer experience – drop fewer calls, build brand loyalty, and resolve cases faster. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place to improve your team’s efficiency. Contact center training is every bit as critical as hiring the right agents and adopting new technologies. But how do you [.]. Read More. The post 5 Contact Center Training Tips to Boost Efficiency appeared first on Sharpen Contact Center Software. Customer Experience

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

Inside View: Delta Vacations’ Customer Engagement Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Most companies—and contact centers—have traditionally operated on the principle that the rules of the workplace always outweigh the needs of employees. Few companies have managed to break away from that model, but those that do generally find that partnering with employees to meet business objectives leads to a much more satisfying work environment and greater […].

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10 Unexpected Ways Telemarketing Techniques Can Make Your Call Center Better

Dialer 360

What does your call center supervisor do with a large number of unpracticed or low performing specialists sickly in dealing with clients? Telephone techniques & tips that worked in the past won’t really work now.

Make This Small Change For Big Results

Beyond Philosophy

We all have a Status Quo Bias when it comes to decision making. Also called Status Quo Inertia, the Status Quo Bias is our preference to keep things the same or maintaining a previous decision.

Multilanguage Support in the Contact Center

Call Center Weekly

In today’s business world, the desire to reach more consumers is a top priority. With global online purchasing easier to accommodate, and businesses expanding into new geographies, one can naturally expect a surge in non-English speaking customers.

CX and EX (Customer Experience and Employee Experience)

ShepHyken

Customer service and customer experience (CX) have become as hot of topics as any in business. Owners of small businesses and leaders of the largest companies recognize the importance of CX. It’s what drives our business. It’s become a customer expectation.

The Evolution of Support: How to Manage Customer Support in an Era of Self-help

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Expert and Consultant

As self-service as a customer preference continues to grow, it's more important than ever that we assess the amount of support being given to our customer service reps. Is there a way to find the right balance between self-service and support?

Keep Your Call Center At-Home Agents Engaged

Callminer

Remote employment is becoming increasingly popular across the United States. Working from home gives employees a break from the constant office noise along with the opportunity to embrace a more flexible schedule that improves their work-life balance.

3 Ways To Drive Adoption Right Now

Amity

It’s no secret that successful adoption plays a huge role in customer retention rates. As a CSM, improving product adoption should be a top priority for you in order to ensure your customers’ long-term success.

Contact Center Quality is NOT a Score: Stop Using Checkboxes

Call Center Coach

Contact center quality is transforming just like many other aspects of contact center operations. Good thing!

How Do You Keep Up With Customer Expectations?

Beyond Philosophy

Have you been to the Congo? If not, can you describe the weather? How about the vegetation? Now tell me why you thought that? Did you see a movie or read a book about the Congo? Did you travel to a nearby country and guess that the Congo was probably a similar experience?

Good, Better, Best: Three Ways to Calculate the ROI of CX Initiatives

Speaker: John Joba and David Robbins

Customer Experience is at a tipping point. Despite increasing investment in measurement platforms, executives still struggle to demonstrate the impact to the bottom line—and the value these bring to customers and the organization as a whole.

What’s in a Name?

Call Center Weekly

When we hear a word or phrase, the mind begins to create a concrete visual for an abstract concept so that we can make sense of the situation and behave as expected.

The More You Give the More You Get

ShepHyken

There is an old saying: It is better to give than to receive. The interpretation of this is that giving is an act of kindness. There is another old saying: The more you give, the more you get.

4 Measurements of CX Success in the Outsourced Contact Center

Callminer

When it comes to business process outsourcing (BPO), the virtual assistant market is predicted to reach $3 billion by the year 2020. And it is no surprise that the number of home-based customer service agents is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 36.4%.

Lesson #2: CX Measurement Is Hot, But It's Not What You Think It Is

PeopleMetrics

The following is an excerpt from Listen Or Die by Sean McDade, PhD. As noted previously, the term VoC is frequently used to describe the measurement of the customer experience; so is the term customer experience management (CEM). A consulting firm mentioned in the introduction, Forrester , coined a third term: customer feedback management (CFM). In this book , you’ll see VoC more than any other term, though you can use each of these terms interchangeably. So, what is CX measurement or VoC?

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Make Your Email Replies to Customers Easy To Read Using These 4 Tips

Myra Golden Media

Most of your customers are reading the emails you send on their phones or tablets. And they’re reading your messages while they’re on the go, or doing a couple of other things. Like you, your customers are busy.

Why Do Customer Emotions Matter?

Beyond Philosophy

Colin Shaw and Prof. Ryan Hamilton discuss how emotions drive customer behavior. So, what is an emotion? How are they evoked? How can you deliberately evoke a customer’s emotions? How is an emotion different to a mood and what you should do about it? The post Why Do Customer Emotions Matter?

Another Disruption in Contact Centers: Pay Dramatically Increases

Call Center Coach

The contact center agent job is getting harder, talent is harder to attract, unemployment is down and the labor market is tight…all of this is causing a disruption in contact center pay. But not in the way you might be thinking. It’s the timing of pay that we are seeing dramatic increases in. Waiting every two weeks or until mid-month or end of the month just might become a thing of the past, just like a home land-line.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of July 9, 2018

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

Building a Successful Community Superfan Program

Speaker: Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist, Community5

Every social group is made up of members who are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more dedicated than others. In the online community space, we call these people Superfans. But the million dollar question…how can you attract these powerful and necessary people? Join Vanilla Forums for a discussion with Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist at Community5, as he shares ideas and insights on how to best build and execute formal Superfan programs.

New research gives you 25 billion reasons to understand why customers say goodbye

Callminer

Today, CallMiner published the CallMiner Index – a survey report that reveals a switching epidemic that is costing British businesses at least £25 billion a year. And most of the reasons are completely avoidable. Almost nine out of 10 people (84%) switched 1.91

Four Ways to Incorporate Personalization for Your Customers

Topdown

With respect to customer communications, personalization is extremely important. Customer Experience Customer Communications Personalization

How AR Instruction Manuals Drive Superior Product Engagement

TechSee

“Instruction manuals” The words conjure up images of thick black-and-white tomes, boring, underused, maybe even untouched for years in our homes. But no longer. Augmented reality has “blown the dust” off the instruction manuals of yesteryear.

Are You Making The Most Of Scarcity As A Marketing Strategy?

Beyond Philosophy

We discuss the key principle of scarcity with guest Professor Kelly Goldsmith, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing at Vanderbuilt University. Kelly is a behavioral scientist who examines consumers’ responses to uncertainty and scarcity, uncovering and explaining seemingly paradoxical effects.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

More Customer Channels: Your Biggest Pain Point Is NOT What You Think

Call Center Coach

Meeting with Cameron Weeks from Sharpen at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo was a bit of a twist from the norm. And personally, I like that. Hearing a unique message and perspective on a common contact center topic (and solution) such as omni-channel was an inspirational change of pace. Too often the inside view on contact center technology is about cost reduction and Customer Experience.

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Strike the Balance Between the Digital Experience and the Human Experience

ShepHyken

Technology is great… until it’s not. You are on a website. A little box pops up and there’s a picture of a customer service rep with a typed message asking if you need help. So, you type a question, and just a moment later you get a response. That’s the perfect scenario.

Deliver Performance Scores Directly to Your Agents

Callminer

When it comes to improving efficiency, many call centers choose to record phone calls and track average handle time , and first call resolution rates. The less effort required on every call should lead to agents being able to assist more customers.