April, 2024

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Are Automation and AI the Same Thing in the Contact Center?

CCNG

If you received a penny for every time you heard “automation” or “AI” in the contact center, you could pay off the national debt in about a month. These terms are thrown around and used interchangeably. However, understanding the differences between these technologies is crucial for any organization striving to optimize operations in its contact center.

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How to Use Psychology to Build Customer Loyalty That Creates ROI

Beyond Philosophy

In this episode, Colin and Ryan tackle a listener’s question about the psychology of customer loyalty , delving into its emotional and relational aspects. Loyalty, they explain, goes beyond mere repetition of behavior; it is rooted in deep emotional attachment and often requires sacrifice. Drawing parallels to personal experiences, such as loyalty to sports teams (Lutown Town Football Club, recently reinstated in the Premiership) and brands like Apple (naturally), they highlight the import

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How to harness customer insights in the age of information overload

Callminer

Most companies still grapple with how to effectively collect and use customer data. This blog offers tips for cutting through the noise and use insights to drive meaningful business improvements?

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AI-based call center: How do they work?

NobelBiz

AI-based call centers are revolutionizing how businesses interact with their customers. The customer service you provide will either make or break your brand. From improving response times to personalizing interactions, artificial intelligence is now setting new standards in customer service efficiency and effectiveness. An AI-based call center utilizes artificial intelligence technologies to manage and improve customer interactions.

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3 Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Improve Customer Experience

Today’s digitally savvy customers have high expectations of retailers for convenience, responsiveness, and ease of doing business both in-store and online. Our recent survey of over 2,000 US consumers found that retailers that can drive a seamless, omnichannel customer experience (CX) – across physical and digital channels – have huge benefits for brand relevance, profitability, and customer loyalty.

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3 Ways AI Improves Agent Experience

Upstream Works

Our latest blog post outlines three practical applications of AI that will improve the agent experience and, in turn, improve CX. The post 3 Ways AI Improves Agent Experience appeared first on Upstream Works.

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Improving Customer Satisfaction with Professional Call Handling

A Better Answer

Professional call handling is a nuanced strategy that transforms every customer interaction into an opportunity to strengthen brand loyalty and enhance satisfaction. It operates on the premise that each call is not just a query or concern but a pivotal touchpoint with your brand. By prioritizing elements like empathetic communication, prompt issue resolution, and personalized service, businesses can significantly elevate the quality of their customer interactions.

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How Does Call Forwarding Work?

Ambs Call Center

Setting up call forwarding for the first time may appear intimidating, but fear not! Once you understand how it works, you'll find it surprisingly simple. So. how exactly does it work?

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Enterprise Contact Center Solutions: A Game Changer

NobelBiz

Are customers becoming more and more demanding with time? With the growing customer expectations, enterprises are under great pressure to deliver exceptional service. At the core of this modern transformation lie Enterprise Contact Center Solutions , sophisticated platforms designed to streamline communication, enhance productivity, and drive customer satisfaction.

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CCNA in the Age of AI

Cisco - Contact Center

Believe it or not, it’s been over four years since Cisco last updated the CCNA certification. In the fast-paced world of networking, that is a long time.

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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Elevating the Ordinary: How Pride Transforms Your Work

ShepHyken

I love seeing amazement in action. I was at the airport last week with a friend who accidentally spilled his soda. Within moments, an airport employee came over with a bucket and mop to clean up the spill. My friend apologized for making a mess, and the woman’s response surprised both of us. She said, “My name is Laura, and it is my pleasure to clean up your spill.

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Privacy vs. Personalization: Striking the Right Balance to Drive Success

Beyond Philosophy

Personalization is an excellent tactic for your marketing efforts. However, only some people like this personalization; some feel they’re being watched. Therefore, it is important to remember that context and who’s doing the personalizing matter. Picture this: Colin’s at his go-to fishing store, Discount Tackle. The manager knows him, we chat, and he recommends a lure.

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Consumer Duty – How can contact centres help to comply?

Callminer

Consumer Duty requirements were launched by the UK’s FCA in June 2023 and represent legally binding regulation for financial services. But what does this actually mean? Read this blog to learn more.

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Bill Quiseng - Untitled Article

Bill Quiseng

QUI QUOTE: Instead of giving incentives to your customers who fill out your surveys, offer rewards and recognition to your people who deliver service so GREAT customers rave about them on your surveys and social media. Customers pay for their experience, not your product or service. And it’s THEIR experience, not yours. Customers seek the best emotional value in their experience.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Supercharge Your Service Experience with Visuals for Maximum Impact

TechSee

In the world of customer service and technical support, a significant challenge often goes unaddressed: the visual gap. This gap represents the disconnect between customers and service agents, where words fail to convey the full picture of an issue or solution. Without visual assistance, customers struggle to describe technical problems or product statuses, and agents are left to navigate these challenges “blind” without seeing the actual issue.

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People, Process & Technology and the Intersection of AI: Part 2

The Northridge Group

In our 3-part series: People, Process, & Technology — and the Intersection of AI, we have asked industry leaders in technology, people and process management to explain what AI is, what it isn’t, and how it can be a benefit (and a curse) in each area. In Part 2 of our series, we hear thoughts from industry experts Petra Seals, The Northridge Group’s Managing Principal and Patrick O’Hara, NRG Managing Director of Service Delivery, regarding the risks an organization takes w

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This Customer Could Ruin Your Business

ShepHyken

What if I told you that a satisfied customer could ruin your business? Most people think satisfied customers are happy and will come back. At least, it appears that way. Many years ago, I used to begin my customer service keynote speeches with a question: By a show of hands, how many of you believe it’s important to satisfy your customers? As you might imagine, just about everyone raised their hand.

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Do You Really Understand Your Customer’s Hidden Motivation? Here’s How to Do This…

Beyond Philosophy

Customer emotions heavily influence experiences and motivate actions, yet these motivations are often hidden, even from the customers. Organizations must uncover these hidden motivations to serve their customers better. The “Jobs to Be Done” framework, popularized by Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School, provides a lens through which to view customer motivations.

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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A secure approach to generative AI with AWS

AWS Machine Learning

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the customer experience in industries across the globe. Customers are building generative AI applications using large language models (LLMs) and other foundation models (FMs), which enhance customer experiences, transform operations, improve employee productivity, and create new revenue channels.

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Insider hot takes: CS & Sales synergize to unleash predictable growth

Totango

Is 2024 the year of customer success or sales? Our CS and sales experts say, “Neither.” Chris Dishman , SVP of Customer Success for Totango & Catalyst, hosted a roundtable discussion with industry leaders, including Rashmi Chari , Head of Global Customer Success for ThousandEyes, Kevin McIntyre , Chief Revenue Officer for Dealfront, and Madelyn DePrey , VP of Customer Success for Aircall.

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What’s New at TechSee in Q1 2024 

TechSee

TechSee is off to a strong start in 2024, leveraging the latest AI advancements to significantly improve CX automation. Our exciting suite of self-service solutions, powered by MultiSensory and Conversational AI promises to revolutionize customer service. From simplifying support interactions to personalizing the experience, TechSee’s new offerings aim to elevate customer satisfaction while reducing costs to record lows.

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People, Process & Technology and the Intersection of AI: Part 1

The Northridge Group

Aside from elections, the British royal’s health, Beyonce going country, and the solar eclipse, everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence these days. The question and answer of what AI is and what it can do largely depends upon where you work, how you live, how you want to communicate – and your control in all of it. For a business consulting firm like The Northridge Group, we see AI as an opportunity for our clients to improve processes, elevate employee careers, and increase

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How Intent Data Helps Marketers Convert A-List Accounts

One of the biggest challenges for any B2B marketer is understanding your prospects’ next move — who is most likely to buy and when. Without these insights, marketing campaigns can feel more like guesswork, with high investment and little return. We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. By tracking buyers’ digital footprints and online activity, such as website visits, product reviews, and spikes in content consumption, you can engage prospects with a message that really resonates.

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Customer Experience Is Like Maintenance on Your Car

ShepHyken

I was talking to a friend the other day. He purchased an expensive new car just eight months ago. Unfortunately, the car turned out to be a “lemon,” and he has taken it back to the dealer multiple times for various problems. The car has spent more time at the repair center than in his garage. If it were me, I’d ask the dealer to replace the car. Apparently, he has more patience than I do and was giving the dealer another chance to fix the car.

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Crafting Compelling Stories: The Key to Unlocking True Customer Engagement

Beyond Philosophy

Learn more about Colin Shaw : Join over 80,000 people on our LinkedIn Newsletter list or visit our website for more great podcast episodes. Listen to the podcast: Once upon a time… These four words are the unmistakable beginning of a story, and if there is one thing we humans love, it’s stories. We love them in our news, in our dinner conversations, and even in our commercials.

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Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock now supports custom prompts for the RetrieveAndGenerate API and configuration of the maximum number of retrieved results

AWS Machine Learning

With Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock , you can securely connect foundation models (FMs) in Amazon Bedrock to your company data for Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG). Access to additional data helps the model generate more relevant, context-specific, and accurate responses without retraining the FMs. In this post, we discuss two new features of Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock specific to the RetrieveAndGenerate API: configuring the maximum number of results and creating custom prompts wi

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Customer Service Foundations Training Plan

Toister Performance Solutions

This training plan is for customer service managers and trainers. It helps you use the Customer Service Foundations course on LinkedIn Learning with your team. Make sure everyone has access to LinkedIn Learning before you begin. Customer Service Foundations focuses on the three essential skills : Rapport Understanding (includes listening) Solving (includes serving upset customers) The course is ideal for people new to customer service.

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The Rise of the AI Coaching System: Powering the Empathic Enterprise

Contact center leaders understand that frontline agents need in-call guidance to manage complex calls and drive higher levels of employee and customer experience. Real-time agent assist technology is enabling leading contact centers to accomplish these goals.

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Adopting CX Innovation: How to Overcome the Challenge

TechSee

In today’s fast-evolving service landscape, companies are continuously innovating to improve customer experience (CX). However, the true potential of investing in CX innovation often remains untapped due to barriers that hinder adoption. For CX enhancements to truly impact your business, they must be readily adopted by both customers and service agents.

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AI-based call center: How do they work?

NobelBiz

AI-based call centers are revolutionizing how businesses interact with their customers. The customer service you provide will either make or break your brand. From improving response times to personalizing interactions, artificial intelligence is now setting new standards in customer service efficiency and effectiveness. An AI-based call center utilizes artificial intelligence technologies to manage and improve customer interactions.

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Make the Complicated Simple

ShepHyken

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the hard work it takes to make something look easy. I quoted several people from sports, entertainment and business. The gist of the article was that we work hard to make doing business with us easy. Consider the quote I used from Steve Jobs of Apple, who said, “It takes a lot of hard work to make something look simple.