March, 2024

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Leader’s Guide to Call Center Retention

COPC

Early attrition poses a significant and costly challenge for contact centers. To address this issue, COPC Inc. and Centrical have teamed up to present the Improving Contact Center Retention Series, offering strategies to increase call center retention and lower attrition-related expenses. The essence of effective leadership is the ability to ask discerning questions and act to cultivate an environment of growth and satisfaction.

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Call Center Optimization: Big Data Analytics

Global Response

Call centers are increasingly turning to big data analytics as a pivotal tool for optimization. This transformative approach streamlines operations and significantly enhances the quality of customer interactions. By harnessing the power of vast data sets, businesses can uncover deep insight into customer behavior, preferences, and trends, enabling them to tailor their services for maximum impact.

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How to improve call center agent performance

Tethr

Learn how to improve call center agent performance using conversation intelligence to inform agent coaching strategies.

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A Comprehensive List of Resources for the Contact Center Sourcing Process

BlueOcean

Your organization is ready to find a new contact center outsourcer. What’s your next step? We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful outsourcing resources, in order from discovery to launch. We’re here to help! Read on! Is It Time to Outsource? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Maybe your organization is so early in the discovery phase that you’re not sure if you’re actually going to outsource at all.

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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 Use Cases for Video CX in the Contact Center

Upstream Works

Our latest blog post explores three practical vertical use cases for video engagements in contact centers. The post 3 Use Cases for Video CX in the Contact Center appeared first on Upstream Works.

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Techniques for Creating Effective Customer Service Scripts for Your Call Center

Global Response

An effective call center script balances consistent service quality with personalized customer interactions. The script should serve as a guide rather than a rigid framework. It should enable agents to respond to the unique aspects of each call while maintaining a high standard of service. While customer service scripts are incredibly useful and beneficial, they can also be challenging to create.

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5 Great Reasons To Hire An American Call Center

Ambs Call Center

Ever make a call to a business because you have a pressing need? Then finally, you reach a live agent, but you can’t understand a word of what they’re saying? Is it frustrating? That’s the experience your customers may have when you hire a call center that outsources its services overseas.

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Six Ways to Create Your Brand’s Experience Personality

ShepHyken

Last week, I wrote an article that compared the different concert experiences I had with two rock legends, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr. The title of the article summed up the point I was trying to make: Do You Give Your Customers an Experience – Or Just a Transaction ? How to Create an Experience Personality I want to take it a step further this week.

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The Power of Recognition: How to Motivate Agents Authentically

Playvox

Think about the last time you reached out to a contact center for one of the services or products that you purchased. You could have contacted the company in a multitude of ways — chat, text, social media, or even an “old-fashioned” telephone call. No matter how you may have reached out, one thing is likely to be true — you weren’t calling to tell the company how pleased you were with the product.

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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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Best sentiment analysis tools for 2024 and beyond

Callminer

Improving CX is critical, and sentiment analysis can empower companies to understand and respond to customers’ feelings and needs. This blog offers tips for selecting the best sentiment analysis tool.

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Ghosting: Why Does This Happen?

Beyond Philosophy

Colin has been ghosted. He was surprised, considering he is married and has been for decades. However, his ghosting experience didn’t come from a romantic partner but a professional one. Since ghosting appears to be spreading into many interactions, we thought we should discuss it here. Ghosting, where someone suddenly stops communicating, has become more common, thanks to technology making it easier to cut off contact.

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AI-Automated Fiber Customer Installation: A Seamless Self-Service Solution

TechSee

Over the last 12 months, our new AI-powered streamlined fiber customer installation solution has helped leading telecoms across North America automate millions of self-installs. boosting success rates while saving millions in call avoidance and dispatch costs. By popular demand, we are now offering this AI-automated guided flow as a packaged solution.

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International Women’s Day: A Closer Look at Some of the Women Who Drive NRG

The Northridge Group

Every woman has a story to tell. Some read like a Shakespearian tragedy, some a Nora Jones romcom, while others mirror something more like a Harvard Business Review whitepaper. Whatever the story, there’s lessons to be taken and to be learned. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we shine a light on four women of The Northridge Group, along with our fearless founder, Therese Fauerbach.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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Rocking Customer Experience with Jim Serger

ShepHyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: How can businesses create experiences that get repeat business and nurture brand loyalty? How can businesses think outside the box to create fan-like loyalty among their customer base? What lessons can companies learn from the legendary rock band, Van Halen, in creating loyal customer followings?

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Unlocking Innovation: AWS and Anthropic push the boundaries of generative AI together

AWS Machine Learning

Amazon Bedrock is the best place to build and scale generative AI applications with large language models (LLM) and other foundation models (FMs). It enables customers to leverage a variety of high-performing FMs, such as the Claude family of models by Anthropic, to build custom generative AI applications. Looking back to 2021, when Anthropic first started building on AWS, no one could have envisioned how transformative the Claude family of models would be.

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Why customer service trainers should avoid learning styles

Toister Performance Solutions

I bet I can diagnose your learning style with three questions. Where do you sit when you attend an in-person meeting? What do your eyes do when you're explaining something? How do you take notes in a training class? It was a fun trick I discovered as a new trainer. I usually got it right to the mild amusement of my learners. Years later, I was chastened to learn my hocus-pocus wasn't real.

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Revealed! The Silver Bullet Of How To Improve Your Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

“What’s the one thing we need for a stellar Customer Experience ?” If we had a dollar for every time clients asked us this, we’d, well, have quite a few dollars. The question is understandable. This unspoken desire for a silver bullet solution echoes across industries. We all want a silver bullet solution that will fix our problems, whether for weight loss, financial growth, or, in Colin’s case, for playing the guitar.

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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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Pushing the Limits of Conversational AI for CX Automation

TechSee

Industry events and news coverage are full of companies offering Generative AI , Conversational AI, chatbots, and AI Agents. However, given the relative youth of this space, it can be difficult to distinguish between basic and advanced solutions providers. As a result, it can be very challenging to assess Conversational AI providers. In this post, we will provide some core concepts you will need to understand the Conversational AI landscape better and, ideally, find the right Conversational AI f

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How to Develop Good Rapport in Customer Service

CSM Magazine

Building strong rapport with customers is crucial for any business, as it promotes loyalty and satisfaction, and can be a differentiating factor in today’s competitive market. For customer service professionals, rapport is the bridge that connects empathetic communication with successful resolutions, fostering positive experiences that can last a lifetime.

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We Work Hard to Make It Look Easy

ShepHyken

My friend Norman Beck recently shared a quote that inspired him: We work hard to make it look easy. Isn’t that what the best people do? Whether it’s sports, entertainment, or business, some people are so good that what they do looks easy. I Googled the quote to find out who to attribute it to and found numerous variations: In sports, Ken Griffey Jr., a professional baseball player, said, “Just because I made it look easy doesn’t mean that it was, and you don’t work hard and become a Hall of

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Automate the process to change image backgrounds using Amazon Bedrock and AWS Step Functions

AWS Machine Learning

Many customers, including those in creative advertising, media and entertainment, ecommerce, and fashion, often need to change the background in a large number of images. Typically, this involves manually editing each image with photo software. This can take a lot of effort, especially for large batches of images. However, Amazon Bedrock and AWS Step Functions make it straightforward to automate this process at scale.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Business Tax Deadline: IRS Fax Submission Simplified

VirtualPBX

When the tax season rolls around, businesses are faced with the crucial task of meeting their tax filing deadlines. Each entity, whether it be an S Corp, Partnership, LLC, C Corp, or Sole Proprietorship, has its own set of deadlines to adhere to, adding complexity to the already stressful process of tax filing. In this blog, we’ll explore two efficient options for submitting faxes to the IRS before the business tax deadline, ensuring compliance and peace of mind for business owners.

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Master the Art of Staying Cool: 5 Rules to Handle Customer Crises

Beyond Philosophy

You will have a customer crisis. We apologize for being so direct, but the fact is customer crises are inevitable. When it does happen, will you be able to navigate it to an acceptable outcome? Do you have a comprehensive approach? We doubt it. Few organizations do. Most think a customer crisis isn’t going to happen to them or that they will be able to manage it when it does with their business-as-usual approach.

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Whatever your title or position, be a servant leader to all generations, especially Gen N.

Bill Quiseng

A veteran of over 40 years in hospitality leadership, I was, until several years ago, a customer service/customer experience speaker. Unfortunately, I suffered a stroke in April 2021. So, I have slightly slurred speech and a dead right side. Since my stroke, I’ve gone from Mr. “Let’s be GREAT out there!” as GM/Managing Director to Mr. Invisible, sequestered alone with my wife in my San Diego apartment.

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Cisco Nexus Insights: Proactive Day 2 Operations

Cisco - Contact Center

Today’s complex hybrid cloud environments are often composed of solutions from multiple vendors and spread across multiple locations, making it challenging to smooth out application performance and a… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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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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Top 5 Customer Service & CX Articles for Week of April 1, 2024

ShepHyken

Each week, I read many customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too. Put Yourself 2nd to Place 1st in the Experience Economy by Barry Fiske (Fast Company) Customers can sense when a company’s products and experiences aren’t loyal to their needs, so why should they be loyal to that business?

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Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock now supports hybrid search

AWS Machine Learning

At AWS re:Invent 2023, we announced the general availability of Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock. With a knowledge base, you can securely connect foundation models (FMs) in Amazon Bedrock to your company data for fully managed Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG). In a previous post , we described how Knowledge Bases for Amazon Bedrock manages the end-to-end RAG workflow for you and shared details about some of the recent feature launches.

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Navigating the Dynamic Infrastructure Landscape

ConvergeOne

Before we navigate through the dynamic infrastructure landscape, it is imperative to define the very foundation upon which these technological advancements are built. Infrastructure, in its essence, encompasses the fundamental framework of interconnected systems and resources that enable the seamless flow of data, communication, and operations within an organization or across networks.