October, 2019

10 Ways to Identify (and Lose) Bad Customers

Nextiva

We all know bad customers are unpleasant to deal with. The consequences of bad customers can reach into other aspects of your business, too. They contribute to churn when they don’t listen to you and don’t realize value from your offering.

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Creating a collaborative contact center culture

TechSee

The traditional contact center – with agents in cubicles following scripts and rushing to meet individual KPIs – will soon be a thing of the past.

Anatomy of a Successful Call Center Representative: Tips & Common Characteristics

Callminer

There are many characteristics that successful call center representatives share, some being more important than others.

Contact Center Metrics Roundup

Contact Center Pipeline

The contact center’s data-intensive environment with its multitude of metrics can make it all too easy to fall into a “managing by metrics” mindset. But to quote sociologist William Bruce Cameron: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

The Future of Contact Centers: What Technology Is Right for Your Customers?

Speaker: Laura Sikorski, Contact Center Consultant

Your Contact Center is the most customer focused area in your organization. It is where centralized conversations take place, the voice of the customer is amplified, and the amount of data captured is significant. Technology must provide reliable options for customers to reach you when they want and obtain the same great service regardless of the channel they choose. Your customers should have a positive customer experience with every interaction.

What is Cloud Telephony: Benefits, Risks, and Reasons To Use

CrazyCall

Over 111 new businesses open each hour. At the same time, about 97 businesses close. In today’s highly competitive business world, communication plays a crucial role: organizations need to communicate with their clients regularly.

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A Guide to Customer Journey Optimization

Totango

Being a customer-centered enterprise means acting as a trusted advisor and helping your customers get greater business value from your product. The aim is to create customer lifetime value by nurturing sustained expansion over time for mutually beneficial growth.

Customer Success: A Key Driver for Meaningful Relationship and Sustainable Growth

Strikedeck

Vincent Manlapaz, in an interview with Christina Wong, (Director of Customer Success and Support at Badger Maps), talks about achieving measurable results through authentic , genuine engagements with customers.

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Customer Experience Management: Are You Optimizing CX Journeys?

Upstream Works

Customer Experience Management is the means by which an organization captures, measures, evaluates, and acts on all customer experiences, across all touchpoints on the customer journey. There are so many different types of customer experiences today compared to even ten years ago.

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Live Up to a Higher Standard of Service

ShepHyken

A friend of mine recently told me about their bad experience at a restaurant. The server was very nice and extremely apologetic about the problems that happened throughout the evening—but there were still problems. The food took a long time to get to the table.

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.

Customer Experience… Mystery, Myth, Mission or Magic?

Contact Center Pipeline

Everyone is talking about it—promising it, claiming it and marketing it. But what is the customer experience really? Is it a mystery, a myth, a mission or simply magic?

7 Things to Remember on the Customer Experience Journey

Beyond Philosophy

I complain a lot about companies that get Customer Experience wrong. Today, I am going to take another angle and explore how one company has taken on the Customer Experience journey and gets it right. RICOH Canada has done some incredible work in improving Customer Experience.

Crash and Churn: survey reveals the customer service fails that cause attrition

TechSee

The days of long-term customer brand loyalty to brands are over. Today, consumer stickiness is far more dependent upon people’s specific experiences and the level of service they receive.

Things You Think About When Shopping While Being Black

Myra Golden Media

Two employees were chatting at the register. Both looked up when I crossed the threshold, taking in my Afro blossom, but rather than speak to me, nod or smile, they merely fell back into their banter.

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.

25 Tips & Best Practices for Identifying the Best Call Center Services

Callminer

Outsourcing a major part of your business is never an easy decision, but operating a contact center requires a significant investment in technology and staffing. For some companies, outsourcing call center services makes sense, while others are better served by keeping call center functions in-house.

Showing Up On Time

ShepHyken

When I was a kid, my father taught me about being on time and why it is important. There were two times he gave me the “show up on time” lesson—neither of which I’ll ever forget. Before I get to the story and the lesson, let me give you some insight into my personality. I’m a people-pleaser.

7 Steps to Superior CX

Contact Center Pipeline

Customer experience (CX) is the new marketing battlefront.” These are not the words of me, Stephen Pappas. That’s Gartner talking. That’s right—the research and advisory leader is advising you to raise your CX game.

The Secret of Measuring Customer Emotions

Beyond Philosophy

Unless you serve robots exclusively, your customers are humans. Human feelings influence our actions and drive customer behavior. Therefore, you must design a Customer Experience that makes your customers feel a way that drives value for your organization.

How to Build a CX Program from the Ground Up

It’s no secret - customer experience is the new competitive battlefield. In this eBook, TopBox shares step-by-step guidance on how to build and scale a rock-solid CX program that will fuel measurable revenue and affect organizational change.

Customer retention rates depend on understanding these 3 personas

TechSee

Customer churn is a growing problem across many industries and managing it has become critically important to the maintaining profitability.

How RMC used software to increase its contact center conversions by 75%

Convoso

How RMC used Convoso to increase contact center conversions by 75% Get the case study to learn more about the Convoso features that helped RMC increase conversions by 75%. Resource Marketing Corp (RMC) was looking to maximize its contact center’s lead and agent efficiency.

13 Effective Ways to Improve Customer Communication at Your Company

HelpCrunch

Customer communication definition, types, and best practices. Check these 13 tips to improve your customer communication strategy. The post 13 Effective Ways to Improve Customer Communication at Your Company appeared first on HelpCrunch blog. Customer service Sales & Marketing

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of October 7, 2019

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.

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

3 Easy Ways to Appreciate Your Agents During Customer Service Week

Contact Center Pipeline

Happy Customer Service Week! Hopefully, your Customer Service Week celebration has kicked off and your agents are basking in the glow of much-deserved recognition, food and gifts!

Airbnb Gets It. Do You? Learn About The Airbnb Way.

Beyond Philosophy

The latest thing I am into is Airbnb. Airbnb properties have character, at least the ones that we chose. I like that when we use Airbnb, we stay places where we wouldn’t typically. I find Airbnb fascinating because it is an organization that is disrupting the hospitality industry.

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Halloween Horrors: Monsters that Cause Call Center Attrition

TechSee

The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air. Ancient folk memories of evil spirits start to surface. Magic and mischief reign. It’s Halloween.

The Top 4 Customer Experience Challenges and How to Overcome Them

GetFeedback

The phrase Customer Experience (CX) didn’t become en vogue until 2008 when it surpassed Customer Satisfaction as the primary customer-focused keyword. . Rather than just satisfaction , customer experience refers to the whole ecosystem of the customer journey.

Personalized Customer Experience with All-In-One Voice, Video, Chat, Contact Center

Reliable communications are mission critical in today’s business environment. Customers are increasingly selective, and companies compete on the customer experience. Incorporating integrated communications as a key component is driving high returns.

How to Make the Most of Customer Experience Feedback

Totango

Acting on customer experience feedback gives you a competitive advantage. No other enterprise has access to the information you can gather from your customers. No one else gets to have a personal conversation with the very people your product is designed to serve.

The Survey Shouldn’t Be the Last Thing the Customer Remembers About You

ShepHyken

I’m all for getting customer feedback. There are different ways to go about it. Ask customers on the way out of a store, call them on a phone or send follow-up surveys via email. I wrote about surveys a few years ago.

Workforce Management Evolution

Contact Center Pipeline

No matter the size of your contact center, your team is focused on making sure you have the right number of agents to process the transactions within the targeted grade of service while controlling the cost of providing that service.