November, 2023

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Why Every Contact Center Manager Should Consider Voice-Driven AI

SmartAction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides an unprecedented opportunity to revolutionize the call center experience for the 59% of your customers who prefer telephone communication. We’re not talking about the time-consuming interactive voice response (IVR) of the past that provided a less-than-optimal customer experience. The AI-powered voice assistants of today offer a seamless experience, reaching a virtual assistant, in seconds, that can answer customer intentions with just a few words.

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35 Indicators that a Company Isn’t Customer-Centric

CX Accelerator

By Jeremy Watkin and the CX Accelerator Community I’ve got a big trip coming up, and in preparation, I needed to check my flight itinerary so I could book a rental car and long-term airport parking. It’s at that point I realized that I never received an email from the airline after booking my flight. Nearing full-on panic, I was relieved to see that they had charged my credit card.

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Call Center Attrition: Avoid the Dilemma of First-Day Ghosting

COPC

Early attrition is a common and expensive problem for contact centers. However, it is possible to cut call center attrition rates and the associated costs. COPC has partnered with Centrical to bring you the Improving Contact Center Retention Series, where we will explore how organizations can reduce early attrition. This first installment, “ Call Center Attrition: Avoid the Dilemma of First-day Ghosting ,” will cover how to create the job description and implement a successful preboarding prog

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Navigating the Customer Journey: Why Every Step is Important

Cyara

Our expectations for services and the customer journey we experience have changed a lot over the past number of years. We now expect these services much more quickly.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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AI Overview: 10 Uses for AI in the Contact Center That Will Dramatically Improve Your Customer Experience (With Examples)

LiveVox

In the realm of contact centers, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping the game with its intelligent prowess. AI’s transformative capabilities are changing the contact center industry quickly, enabling businesses to elevate customer experiences to new and exciting heights. In this article, we present an AI overview and what’s changing in 2024.

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The Customer Hierarchy of Needs

ShepHyken

Recently, I wrote two articles for my weekly Forbes column that paid homage to Abraham Maslow, the American psychologist who created what is referred to as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The articles were so well received that I wanted to share shorter versions here with our Shepard Letter subscribers. Over the years, I’ve observed customer behavior, and some of my conclusions were confirmed by my customer service and CX research, known as the Achieving Customer Amazement Study (sponsored by Fiv

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25 examples of responsible AI: How to leverage AI while minimizing risk

Callminer

Despite increased investments in AI, concerns about AI risks are also prominent. Read this blog to learn about examples of responsible AI, showcasing how to use the technology while minimizing risk.

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IoT Transportation Leadership Summit: Innovation on the Move

Cisco - Contact Center

Across the United States, local communities, transportation departments, and transit, port, and turnpike authorities are seeking new and better ways to deliver on their mission-critical objectives to… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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Totango named 3x TrustRadius “Best of” award winner in customer success

Totango

TrustRadius, a renowned platform for transparent business technology reviews, announced its 2023 Best of Awards, with Totango emerging as a triple winner. We were recognized for our strength in end-to-end relationships, overall value, and leading features and functionality. Totango’s customer success software drives cross-functional enterprise teams toward enhanced productivity, retention, and growth.

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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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Momentum Completes Acquisition of Premier Microsoft Teams Provider G12 Communications

Momentum Telecom

Acquisition Propels Momentum’s Growth and Position in Collaboration Market ATLANTA – November 21, 2023 – Momentum , a leading global provider of managed services and next-gen managed network solutions, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of G12 Communications , a Seattle area-based provider of voice-enabled and Operator Connect Microsoft Teams solutions. “This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone for Momentum.

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Welcome to a New Era of Building in the Cloud with Generative AI on AWS

AWS Machine Learning

We believe generative AI has the potential over time to transform virtually every customer experience we know. The number of companies launching generative AI applications on AWS is substantial and building quickly, including adidas, Booking.com, Bridgewater Associates, Clariant, Cox Automotive, GoDaddy, and LexisNexis Legal & Professional, to name just a few.

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The Employee Hierarchy of Needs

ShepHyken

Last week, I introduced you to The Customer Hierarchy of Needs based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This week, we focus on our employees. Before you can have a strong customer experience, you must have a good employee experience. So, here are the five levels of the pyramid that make up The Employee Hierarchy of Needs. The Paycheck: At the base of the pyramid is an employee’s primary need: money.

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IntouchCX Names Mitul Kotecha and Shane Kozlowich Co-Chief Executive Officers

24-7 InTouch

Winnipeg, MB – November 2, 2023 – IntouchCX, a global leader in contact center and technology solutions, has announced the appointment of Mitul Kotecha and Shane Kozlowich as its new Co-Chief Executive Officers. Kotecha and Kozlowich, who have both been with the company for over a decade, bring a wealth of experience to the role. This leadership change follows Greg Fettes’ immediate transition from Chief Executive Officer to his new role as Executive Chairman of IntouchCX and Laivly,

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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Sentiment arc: a better alternative to customer surveys

Toister Performance Solutions

A customer calls your company for service. After the call, they get an email asking them to complete a survey. The survey is intended to evaluate overall customer service and the individual rep's performance. A host of problems hurt that mission. Response rates are too low Survey scores are notoriously inflated Reps get blamed for factors outside of their control A new metric called the sentiment arc can solve those problems and eliminate annoying surveys.

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Supercharge customer success with Totango email and calendar integrations

Totango

Every customer interaction matters in today’s digital age. These touchpoints serve as critical indicators of overall customer health, enabling leaders to proactively detect risk, prevent churn, and identify opportunities for expansion and revenue growth. But, oftentimes, managing and documenting these customer interactions—especially cross-functionally among global and remote teams—can be challenging and time-consuming.

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Driving Change: Fairways for Families 2023

Real Blue Sky

Just wrapped up the Fairways for Families golf tournament, presented by Real Blue Sky, and we’re still riding the high of what we’ve achieved. As a long-time supporter and board member of Embrace Texas , Bryant Richardson was inspired to see about 100 golfers come together for this cause. This event isn’t just about the love of the game; it’s Embrace’s main fundraiser, pivotal in supporting their mission.

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Cisco and Our Partners: We Are Greater Together!

Cisco - Contact Center

Co-authored by Rodney Clark , SVP of Partnerships and Small & Medium Business Thank you to all of our Partners who joined us digitally or traveled to Miami Beach for Cisco Partner Summit 2023.

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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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Are Your Customers Happy Or Not?

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: Customer feedback is crucial for businesses of all industries. By actively seeking and analyzing feedback, businesses can identify areas of improvement, make informed decisions, and ultimately enhance their overall customer experience. Technology, such as feedback kiosks and tablets, provides a simple and non-intrusive way for customers to provide feedback.

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Enhancing Citizen Engagement: AI in Government Communication

Comm100

Despite its ubiquity, AI has been underutilized in government affairs. While many lawmakers have weighed the antitrust implications of AI, not many in the public sector have sought out ways in which the technology can improve governance. This could be blamed on the median age of lawmakers (58 for the House of Representatives, 65 for the Senate) or a culture of technophobia.

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How to Know When It’s Time to Switch Receptionist Services

Abby Connect

Your call handling matters. How your phones are answered, and your calls are routed will impact your ability to capture new business, retain your clients, and build revenue. There’s nothing worse than a missed call, but a poorly handled one is pretty close.

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The next generation: Leveraging customer success to drive value

Totango

“Customer success is driving value to customers. Digital customer success is driving value more efficiently using a software or service that allows companies to grow and deliver value without using excessive resources” – Chris Dishman, SVP Customer Success, Totango. In a recent episode of The Digital Customer Success Podcast , Totango’s SVP of Customer Success, Chris Dishman had an insightful conversation with host Alex Turkovic about digital customer success (CS) hot topics, including health sc

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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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5 Dynamic Strategies to Elevate Your Brand Amid Economic Uncertainty

Real Blue Sky

Unlocking Growth: The Power of Adaptation and Innovation Introduction In the current economic climate, where unpredictability is the only constant, businesses are grappling with the reality of tightened budgets and a future that’s hard to forecast. It’s a time when growth strategies of the past may no longer bring the same results, and the quest for sustainability can seem like an uphill battle.

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6 attributes to look for in your CCaaS provider

Eptica

Date: Friday, November 3, 2023 Author: Pauline Ashenden - Demand Generation Manager 6 attributes to look for in your CCaaS provider Published on: November 03, 2023 Author: Pauline Ashenden - Demand Generation Manager Not all CCaaS solutions, or vendors, are the same. We examine what to look for when picking a partner to ensure long-term success. Read the full article on our parent company Enghouse Interactive’s site.

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How a Simple Search Bar Creates a Better Customer Experience

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: Businesses use advanced technology like search and generative AI to create better customer experiences. When customers visit a company’s website and use the search bar to find information, the technology behind it can provide relevant and helpful results, making it easier to get the answers they need. Searching on the internet used to be about using keywords, but now it’s smarter!

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6th Annual Partner Innovation Challenge: Remarkable Growth, Outstanding Winners

Cisco - Contact Center

Cisco Partner Summit 2023 marks a significant moment—and the ideal stage for us to proudly unveil the victors of Cisco’s sixth annual global Partner Innovation Challenge.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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Learn how to assess the risk of AI systems

AWS Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly evolving field with the potential to improve and transform many aspects of society. In 2023, the pace of adoption of AI technologies has accelerated further with the development of powerful foundation models (FMs) and a resulting advancement in generative AI capabilities. At Amazon, we have launched multiple generative AI services, such as Amazon Bedrock and Amazon CodeWhisperer , and have made a range of highly capable generative models available throug

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What Franchises Want in a Phone System: Takeaways from the Authority Brands Convention

FluentStream

What Franchises Want in a Phone System: Takeaways from the Authority Brands ConventionEffective communication is vital for small and medium-sized companies looking to create frictionless customer experiences and win repeat business in today's fast-paced business landscape. It's particularly important for. Read More The post What Franchises Want in a Phone System: Takeaways from the Authority Brands Convention appeared first on FluentStream.

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Best Practices for Growing Your Customer Support Team

TeamSupport

These days, there are a number of ways for customers to get the answers they need without direct interaction with an agent, including knowledge bases, community forums, and AI-powered virtual assistants. To add a personal touch, or when virtual tools do not result in a resolution, companies must still provide the option for customers to talk to a human.