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.

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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 Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

8 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2020

In this eBook, we’ll arm you with the research you need to inform areas of investment, and 8 quick tips you can use to improve your contact center’s performance now!

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.

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?

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.

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.

The Pros and Cons of Incentivized Reviews

With so many online reviews out there, we’ve decided to take a look at how incentivized consumer reviews fare against regular reviews from consumers that were not incentivized. Is one better than the other? More positive? Are they similar in topics covered and level of detail? Download this report to get answers to those questions and more!

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.

Guest Blog: How to Engage Customers with Your Brand

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Dwayne Charrington who writes about how to engage your customers in personalized, meaningful, and relevant ways. What is most important for any business today? Customers, employees, lead generation, or profit. Well, the best answer is customer engagement.

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.

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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

Building a Customer Experience (CX) Strategy

CX Accelerator

More and more companies are realizing the importance of formalizing and strategizing the customer experience. However, many are unsure where to start, which leads to a common question, “How do you build a customer experience strategy?”

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.

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.

AI & Community: Don't Hammer the Flowers

Speaker: Venessa Paech, Australia's Leading Community Specialist

Join Vanilla Forums on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM ET for this on-demand workshop led by Venessa Paech, Co-Founder of Australian Community Managers and Leading APAC Community Specialist.

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.

Who Owns the Customer Experience?

Contact Center Pipeline

Consider this scenario: “Lisa” has landed a new role leading a customer experience (CX) program. As a first-time CX practitioner, Lisa decides that her first order of business should be to identify the quick wins, so she begins to tackle customer problems already well known within the organization.

RingCentral Gives Avaya the Gift of Focus

Fonolo

The RingCentral Avaya announcement from last week had a lot of industry watchers scratching their heads. The benefits to RingCentral were clear: They just bought an exclusive position for their UC offering with the world’s largest reseller ecosystem. But what is Avaya’s main benefit?

Predictions 2020: AI Shakes Up Customer Service Workforce And Operations

Ian Jacobs

AI will change how organizations staff, run, and manage their customer service teams. Read Forrester's 2020 customer service predictions to learn more. age of the customer customer engagement customer service solutions prediction promoted

Just launched! 2020 Customer Education Benchmarks and Trends Report

Based on a survey of more than 250+ external education teams, Skilljar has compiled this report on current trends including budgets, integrations, team structure, and more. In this report, see how companies across a variety of industries are building, optimizing, and measuring their training programs.

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.

Give Recognition Where It’s Due

ShepHyken

There are some pretty important people in your organization, and I bet many of them don’t know just how important they are. Most likely, they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. I was talking about this concept with my friend, Kent Higginbotham, and he shared a perfect example of this.

What is the Secret of Airbnb?

Beyond Philosophy

What is the Secret of Airbnb? I would never be an Airbnb host. Having a stranger staying in my house doesn’t fit with my personality. That said, there are a lot of people that would do it.