February, 2024

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5 Contact Center Trends to Keep an Eye on for 2024

SQM Group

In 2024, several key advancements will transform business-customer connections, merging technology and the human touch to boost customer experience.

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Three Customer Service and CX Metrics Every Employee Needs to Understand

ShepHyken

Many of you who read my articles or watch my videos may not have jobs related to customer service or CX measurement, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to what I’m about to share. I recently wrote an article that included 14 customer service and CX metrics that CX leaders should consider, and today, I’m going to cover three of them that anyone who has any interaction with a customer, whether in sales, support or just might happen to answer a customer’s call, should pay attention t

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Identifying And Cultivating Top Talent In Your Contact Center

Playvox

In an economy that’s pitched more than a few curveballs over the last five years, retaining and growing a loyal customer base is consistently a winning business strategy. As a contact center leader, the top agents you hire, train, and manage are the clutch players. They are among your organization’s most valuable assets, and you depend on them to deliver loyalty-building customer experiences every day, with every interaction.

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Call center quality assurance checklist: 7 essentials

Tethr

Add these 7 high-impact metrics to your call center quality assurance checklist to improve agent performance and the customer experience.

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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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The 4 Big Costs of Employee Call-Off Hotlines (2024)

Ambs Call Center

If you’re in charge of your company’s staffing needs and you say, “Okay, there’s got to be a better way to keep track of all our employees' call outs”, you’re in the right place.

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Top Call Center QA Challenges and how AI-Powered Solutions can really help

MiaRec

Are you facing difficulties in managing the quality assurance (QA) processes of your call center? Do you find it hard to keep track of the performance of your agents, scale up your operations, and engage your agents effectively? If yes, then you are not alone. Many contact center managers encounter these challenges regularly, which hinders their ability to provide excellent customer service.

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Drive Your Cybersecurity Platform Transformation: Lead the Way With SSE

Cisco - Contact Center

By shifting from point-solutions to a cybersecurity platform approach, IT and security teams significantly improve their efficiency and security outcomes.

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5 Creative Ways to Boost Agent Engagement Through Gamification

SQM Group

High agent engagement leads to increased productivity, enhanced employee satisfaction, and notably lower turnover rates.

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The Human Touch in a Tech-Driven World

ShepHyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: How is artificial intelligence used to improve customer interactions in contact centers? What are the challenges in finding the right balance between technology and human support in customer experiences? What frustrations do customers face when dealing with customer service, and how can AI address them?

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Manual Call Reviews? There's a Better Way!

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? 🤔 If so, this webinar is for you! What was once a common practice in the call center is now a barrier to success. Manual call monitoring is no longer an option if you want to proactively coach your agents to ultimately improve the customer experience using data-driven insights. Join this webinar with Angie Kronlage and April Wiita of Working Solutions to discuss how you can modernize outdated, manual call review processes through the power of autom

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25 tips for selecting the best customer experience solution

Callminer

Improving CX is a top priority, so it’s not a surprise that there are a plethora of solutions available. Read this blog to learn why CX is important and what to look for when selecting a CX solution.

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Psychology of Buying: Why ‘Mental Accounting’ is Critical to the Decision to Buy

Beyond Philosophy

Have you ever noticed that spending cash is harder than using a credit card? You are not imagining things. Different payment methods carry varying degrees of discomfort when used. Cash tends to have the most painful impact, followed by checks. Credit cards offer a lesser discomfort than cash or checks. With advancements in payment technologies like contactless cards or smartphone transactions, the potential exists for these methods to generate even less discomfort than traditional credit cards.

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Four Hybrid Workforce Best Practices to Implement in 2024

CCNG

When the COVID-19 pandemic flipped the world on its head four years ago, many organizations scrambled to adapt. They weren’t prepared for a quick transition to remote work, nor had hybrid workforce best practices laid out and ready to go. Fortunately, thanks to technology and support from companies like Zoom, organizations quickly pivoted to support a remote workforce.

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Is LLM-Powered CX Automation Ready for Prime Time?

TechSee

Customer experience automation is rapidly evolving, reshaping how companies engage with customers and clients. LLM-powered virtual assistants, chatbots, and virtual agents promise to become the new faces of customer experience automation. Are LLMs the right way approach to CX automation? What other infrastructure and investments are required? We will have to dive a bit deeper to understand if LLMs are truly capable of CX automation in your business.

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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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IAOP Names Transparent BPO a Top 100 Global Outsourcing Provider for 2024

Transparent BPO

Award continues recognition of Transparent BPO as one of the world’s best outsourcing services providers Transparent BPO, a leading nearshore, and offshore contact center solutions provider is pleased to announce the company’s selection for The 2024 Global Outsourcing 100® by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®). The Global Outsourcing 100, now in its eighteenth year, is a prestigious […] The post IAOP Names Transparent BPO a Top 100 Global Outsourcing Provid

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Ford Versus Ferrari: A Lesson in Customer Experience?

ShepHyken

Functionality versus customer experience: Do they belong together? Yes! And here’s a story to make the point:  Two guys are buying new cars. One buys a Ford EcoSport, and the other buys a Ferrari Roma. The Ford costs about $25,000. The Ferrari costs about $250,000 – 10 times more! Both guys live in the same neighborhood. They both drive downtown to work.

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IntouchCX Acquires Mexico-Based Contact Center Beliveo

24-7 InTouch

Winnipeg, MB – February 13, 2024 – IntouchCX has announced today the acquisition of Beliveo, a leading nearshore contact center and business processing outsourcer (BPO) in Mexico. IntouchCX and Beliveo are leaders in the customer care industry, focused on pairing the highest customer experience with best-in-class technology. This partnership is designed to support the growing need for globally diverse customer service solutions while leveraging a people-driven culture, and operationa

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The Ethical Roadmap: 5 Rules for Business Ethics from Academia

Beyond Philosophy

Exploring ethics is challenging. Given its abstract nature, it is a tough subject for learning and discussion. That said, we never falter in the face of a challenge. We developed five principles of professional ethics we believe are vital to revisit periodically. Are they rigid guidelines? Do they offer absolute answers? Are they timeless? Not quite.

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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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Use RAG for drug discovery with Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock

AWS Machine Learning

Amazon Bedrock provides a broad range of models from Amazon and third-party providers, including Anthropic, AI21, Meta, Cohere, and Stability AI, and covers a wide range of use cases, including text and image generation, embedding, chat, high-level agents with reasoning and orchestration, and more. Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock allows you to build performant and customized Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) applications on top of AWS and third-party vector stores using both AWS and third-

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Gross Retention vs. Net Retention: What’s the Difference?

Totango

To make it to the Super Bowl, a football team must have two things: a strong defense and a strategic offense. The defense maintains a good field position and prevents the opposing team from scoring points, while the offense orchestrates smart plays to gain additional yards and score points. Similarly, to be successful, an enterprise needs to be able to prevent churn and increase revenue growth.

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How to create steps of service (and why you need them)

Toister Performance Solutions

I love In-N-Out for its remarkable consistency. The service is the same every time I go. There's a warm and friendly greeting. The cashier takes my order and confirms it. They conclude the transaction by handing me my receipt, telling me my guest number, and thanking me. It always happens. Each step has a purpose. The greeting establishes rapport and makes me feel welcome.

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Big Bets and Bold Leadership

ShepHyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: What is a “big bet” in business? How does the future press release technique communicate the vision of a transformation to employees and stakeholders? What is the chief repeating officer, and how do they contribute to improving customer experience? What causes organizational transformations to fail?

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Enabling Network Engineering Skills in an AI World

Cisco - Contact Center

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a common buzzword, especially with the rise of Generative AI (GenAI) tools like ChatGPT, which can create entirely new data and human-like content.

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How to Create Unbreakable Brand Loyalty through Emotional Connection

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: Bob Black, one of our podcast listeners, loves our ideas about evoking specific customer emotions. However, he hasn’t the faintest idea of how to do it from a practical sense. As someone who appreciates the practical application of an excellent theory, Black’s pickle stood out as one I wanted to address here with you reader

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How Axfood enables accelerated machine learning throughout the organization using Amazon SageMaker

AWS Machine Learning

This is a guest post written by Axfood AB. In this post, we share how Axfood, a large Swedish food retailer, improved operations and scalability of their existing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) operations by prototyping in close collaboration with AWS experts and using Amazon SageMaker. Axfood is Sweden’s second largest food retailer, with over 13,000 employees and more than 300 stores.

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The NobelBiz Voice Carrier Network: A Tailored Solution

NobelBiz

Contact centers are the heartbeats of customer service, enabling seamless communication between businesses and their clientele across the globe. The foundation of these interactions lies in the robustness of their voice infrastructure. While finding a voice provider might seem straightforward, with almost every Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) provider offering voice services alongside their software products, not all voice services are crafted equally.

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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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The Power of Service: How Two Customer Service Leaders Fueled Remarkable Financial Achievements

CSM Magazine

John Tschohl of the Service Quality Institute takes a look at the results of some of the leading customer-centric companies of 2023. Amazon I believe is the most customer-driven firm in the world. They are Relentless. Net sales increased 12% to $764.8 billion. A $60.8 billion increase in revenue. AWS sales increased 13% to $90.8 billion. Net income was $30.4 billion.

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Customers Could Stop Doing Business Because Of A Long Survey

ShepHyken

Why does a company send out a customer satisfaction survey? Generally, it is to find out if they did a good job or what they can do to make the experience better. In the weekly Super Amazing Show I do with Brittany Hodak, we talked about surveys. The general consensus was that shorter was better. After the show, we heard from John Hughes , who is connected with me on LinkedIn.

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Redefining the IT war room with end-to-end observability

Cisco - Contact Center

Transforming the war room starts with Customer Digital Experience Monitoring (CDEM) to break down silos with correlated, cross-domain insights and efficiency for rapid resolutions.

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