December, 2023

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Do More In ‘24: Ten Customer Service and CX Tips for the New Year

ShepHyken

Happy New Year! I want this year to be your best year ever for creating amazing customer service and experiences. And for everything else, too! But as it applies to the customer experience, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas we need to do more of. With that, here are 10 ideas. Many, if not all, will apply to you and your business. Do more in 24!

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Five 2024 AI trends for the contact center and beyond

Callminer

As we venture into 2024, AI for the contact center, CX and other business applications continues to evolve rapidly. Read this blog for five AI trends impacting organizations in the year ahead.

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What never changes in Customer service

CCNG

I went to lunch with a friend who is a divorce attorney here in Oklahoma City. In the middle of lunch his wife called to blame him for leaving the pool gate open. He calmly apologized to her and promised to not do it again. He hung up and said to me, “I’m a 1000% sure, she left the gate open.” I said “why did you not correct her?” He replied “You can be right or you can be married, you can’t have both” They have been married for 27 years.

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Preparing Your Business for 2024: Leveraging Call Center Outsourcing for Success

AnomalySquared

As we approach the dawn of 2024, businesses are gearing up for a new chapter filled with opportunities and challenges. In this rapidly evolving landscape, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for sustained success. One strategic move that can significantly impact your business's efficiency and customer satisfaction is outsourcing your call center operations.

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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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Elevating your customers’ contact center experience

Callminer

The experience your customers have with your customer service center can have positive and negative impacts. Read this blog to learn how what customers expect our of their contact center experience.

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How to Know What Your Customers Want

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: The customer’s perception matters most. Never assume you know what your customer wants without looking at data. Even the most passionate organizations can misinterpret customer behavior, so always rely on data to make decisions. Embrace continuous improvement. Once you find success, it doesn’t mean you should stop. Keep learning and looking for changes to enhance the customer experience.

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Win the Customer, Not the Argument

ShepHyken

In a confrontation with a customer, you have a goal: win the customer , not the argument. I’ve written about this before, and it’s worth coming back to this topic from another angle with a different example. First, an interaction with a customer should never result in an argument. The best people in customer service, sales, or any frontline customer-facing job avoid escalating a confrontation to the level of a dispute.

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Mastering Call Flows: Enhancing Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency

NobelBiz

Call flows play a vital role in seamlessly directing customer calls to the right place within your organization. They act as pathways that guide calls from the very beginning to a successful resolution, ensuring a seamless and efficient customer experience. Effective call flow management has the potential to revolutionize customer service, sales, and overall business operations.

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Unleashing the Power of AI vs. Human Touch: Which Delivers a Superior Customer Experience?

Beyond Philosophy

Unleashing the Power of AI vs. Human Touch: Which Delivers a Superior Customer Experience ? I often say, “None of us are as clever as all of us.” However, sayings are more useful when they can spur action. So, we have a proposition for you: If you have something you want to say about experiences or technology, statistics, or reports, feel free to share them via video.

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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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Build vs. buy: Leveraging generative AI for conversation intelligence

Callminer

Generative AI is extremely powerful, but when it comes to TCO it’s important to understand the implications of building your own AI-powered conversation intelligence solution vs. licensing one.

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Facing Today's Challenges With One Invincible Human Superpower

CCNG

Our world today is grappling with a mix of formidable challenges. Geopolitical tension and war, deterioration of trust in major institutions, income inequality, rising authoritarianism, pervasive corruption and swelling crime are but a handful of dozens of issues in dire need of solutions. It's a complex landscape. Add to this our daily personal, family and job stresses, and it's clear why many feel overwhelmed and ultimately disengage or worse.

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QUI QUOTES Reminders about Leadership and Employee Engagement.

Bill Quiseng

English writer Samuel Johnson said, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed”. So, I encourage you to remind yourself and your colleagues every day about each one of these fifteen QUI QUOTES about leadership and employee engagement. ASSETS Your employees are not your most important assets. It is about how your employees FEEL about you and your company.

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How Any Business Can Adopt a Hospitality Mentality

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: The hospitality mentality is a mindset that focuses on treating every customer as a valued guest, going beyond their expectations, and providing exceptional service. This mindset can be applied to every organization in any industry. A hyper-personalized experience is making the customer or guest feel like they are the only one that matters, even if it is only for a brief period of time.

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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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2023 Wrapped – Multi Sensory AI & Remote Assistance Year in Review

TechSee

The latest technologies, trends & insights about Customer Service & Support of Things, for contact center and field service professionals.

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6 Incredibly Important Learnings from 2023 Critical to Apply in 2024

Beyond Philosophy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time for one of our favorite traditions: looking back on what we learned. Each of us has three things we learned in the past year that we think can help all of us moving forward into 2024. Reflection is a key part of the growth process. That’s why we are excited to continue our tradition of reflecting on the past year and what we learned during it.

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Leveraging product intelligence to improve customer experience

Callminer

Understanding how customers use and feel about the products they buy is critical. This blog looks at how product intelligence can help companies make better decisions about products and improve CX.

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ISO 42001: A new foundational global standard to advance responsible AI

AWS Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformational technologies of our generation and provides opportunities to be a force for good and drive economic growth. The growth of large language models (LLMs), with hundreds of billions of parameters, has unlocked new generative AI use cases to improve customer experiences, boost employee productivity, and so much more.

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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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Totango recognized as CS leader in G2 Winter 2024 reports

Totango

We are delighted to share that Totango was recognized in the G2 Winter 2024 reports for its exemplary performance in the customer success software category. These awards reflect superior engagement and commitment from our users, who continue to highlight and share the key aspects of Totango and our software they find most beneficial. The best of both worlds: unmatched enterprise-grade implementation and usability The G2 Winter 2024 reports ranked Totango as the number one customer success softwa

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The Link Between Sales and Customer Experience

ShepHyken

Customer service and customer experience (CX) are more than what happens after the sale. It’s not just a department to call when there is a problem. It actually begins long before a customer ever makes a purchase. Then, there’s the experience during the sales process and what happens after the sale, which could include a typical customer support call and more.

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How to convince managers to reinforce customer service training

Toister Performance Solutions

You're a customer service trainer. You care deeply about helping employees develop customer service skills. It bothers you when employees' managers aren’t nearly as invested. These managers take a "fix my people" approach. The manager delegates customer service training to you and expects you to do all the work. They fail to reinforce the training and employees quickly go back to their old habits.

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How Implementing AI in CX Can Be the Good, Bad, and Ugly

Beyond Philosophy

This year has been the year of AI. We hosted the Global Customer Service Experience Director of Alvarez & Marsal Alex Mead ( alexmead@sky.com ) recently to talk about it, and I wanted to share what we discussed here with all of you, too. One thing I appreciate about Mead is how his opinions make me think. For example, I asked him about the short-term implications of AI, meaning in the next one to five years.

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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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Response Etiquette for Public Customer Comments

Customer Service Life

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Nothing can derail a perfect day in the contact center like a public comment from a customer calling your company out for a feature or service that you lack or something you failed to do. Whether it’s on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube, Instagram, or some other public forum, a good public rant is almost sure to get the attention of everyone in the company.

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The Power of Purpose

Cisco - Contact Center

Today we released our annual Purpose Report , which reflects and celebrates the past year’s work towards Powering an Inclusive Future for All—the progress we’ve made against our goals, and the people a… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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What Is Cold Calling (and How to Address Your Sales Team’s Aversion To It)?

Integrity Solutions

What is cold calling and what does it look like in the current sales world? Your mindset may actually be the key to success. If you want to hear salespeople groan, mention cold calling. It’s true that cold calling can be hard, grinding-it-out work, and the rewards aren’t instant. But sales prospecting is the bread-and-butter, core activity that leads to sales growth and success — and cold calling is one of the most effective prospecting strategies available.

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Empowering Employees to Create Customer Moments That Matter

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: A brand is not just about a name. It’s about being united and joining together under a common set of values. It starts with leadership defining who you are as an organization and what you stand for. Then, it is reinforced daily throughout the organization through empowerment and recognition. Creating an organization’s positive and supportive culture is key to delivering extraordinary experiences.

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Customer Support Software

TeamSupport

In today’s customer-centric market, providing exceptional support is non-negotiable. According to research by Microsoft, 59% of consumers have higher expectations for customer service than they did the year prior. As customer expectations continue to rise, businesses must invest in robust customer support software to streamline interactions, enhance efficiency, and ultimately build lasting relationships.

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How Unleashing AI to Transform CX Can Be for The Better or Worse!

Beyond Philosophy

This year has undeniably been dominated by the rise of AI, bringing both positive and negative outcomes. We host Alex Mead , Global Customer Service Experience Director of Alvarez & Marsal ( alexmead@sky.com ), to discuss this crucial topic and its implications for experiences. Mead envisions that AI will significantly reduce customer effort in their experiences.

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Linking ESG Programs to Corporate Financial Performance: An Econometric Analysis Approach

CSM Magazine

As businesses increasingly prioritize the incorporation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into their daily operations, many executives are rightfully pondering not only the moral implications of responsible ESG practices but – perhaps more importantly – how to quantify their impact on corporate financial performance (CFP). In the contemporary corporate landscape, a notable 90 percent of ESG-focused respondents prioritize the environmental aspect, while 52 and 60 percent