January, 2018

Five Customer Service Must-Do’s For 2018

ShepHyken

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading about predictions and trends for 2018. It got me thinking about the actions we must take to be competitive. Regardless of your industry, everything has changed about the way we do business.

Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

Contact Center Pipeline

According to thefreedictionary.com, “onward and upward” is an expression that is defined as “something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead.” Ah, the future!

Are You Destined To Be CEO?

Beyond Philosophy

Popular belief has long held that oldest children are responsible, high achievers. And recent social science research indicates that this trait extends to their careers.

This Is What You Say When a Customer Cusses At You

Myra Golden Media

I cuss. A lot. But never have I dared to cuss at a person in a customer service role. And I get rather upset about lousy customer service and still manage to talk nicely to people about any issues I encounter. Some people cuss, and yell and make threats when they are angry about customer service.

The Difference Between Customer Experience and Customer Feedback

Managing the CX is vastly different from soliciting customer feedback. Here’s why traditional customer feedback approaches (CSAT, NPS) are not enough to affect positive, customer-centric change.

Improve Customer Experience with the Help of These 4 Teams

Kayako

When we talk about customer experience, many of us think about support. We think about the touchpoints between customer and business when the customer needs help buying or using a product. These interactions make up part of the customer experience, but not all of it.

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The Customer Service Gap

ShepHyken

I’ve written about the customer service gap before. The first version referred to the gap between you and your competitors. You want the gap to be wide. It means you are putting yourself further ahead of your competition and picking up market share.

What to Expect for Contact Centers in 2018

Contact Center Pipeline

Of the most impactful priorities for contact centers in 2017, customer experience was at the top of the list. In a competitive landscape where consumers are inundated with options, delivering a seamless customer experience can be a key differentiator in building engaged, loyal customers.

How We make Decisions – Prospect Theory

Beyond Philosophy

Prospect Theory is the name of the concept developed by Nobel-prize winning professor Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, who were the “Godfathers of modern decision science.” It describes the hidden influences that exist that drive our behavior—and they aren’t what you think.

The “Feel, Felt, Found” Method for Empathy

Myra Golden Media

Today I’m going to show you how to use the Feel, Felt, Found method to express empathy to your customers. What’s great about the Feel, Felt, Found Method, is, it gives you the perfect response when you can’t give the customer exactly what they want.

To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

Forget About the Wow. What Should You Fix NOW?

360Connext

Customer experience repair and improvement can be completely overwhelming! There are so many areas to tackle. Those surveys don’t develop and send themselves. Then you simply must understand the journey by undertaking a robust customer journey mapping process.

"Follow the Leader", Featuring Errol Allen

Call Center Weekly

Why is it important for customer service leaders to spend time on the front line? It is my opinion that leaders should regularly (monthly) schedule time with their front-line employees. Doing so can have a major impact within an organization.

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The Power of the Last and Lasting Impression

ShepHyken

People say all the time that the first impression is important. No doubt it is. Just as important, if not even more so, is the last impression, as it leaves a lasting impression. If you’ve been following my work, this concept may be familiar to you.

Embracing Remote Work

Contact Center Pipeline

The ability to work from home continues to top the list of desired benefits for employees seeking better work-life balance. Over the past five to 10 years, technology has enabled the growth of remote work across sectors and professions, and research suggests that nearly one-third of the U.S.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Why Customers Make Strange Decisions

Beyond Philosophy

Imagine that you bought a ticket to see a play for $20. But when it’s time to go to the theatre you have lost the ticket. Would you buy another ticket for the show for $20? The reason I ask is that it is a significant economic decision and not everyone places the same value on their $20.

Three Steps to Being Confident and Prepared When Talking to Employees About a Problem

Myra Golden Media

This is you. Confident and Prepared. So, my 14-year son old got contact lenses for the first time last week. He’s struggling to get the contacts in. Every morning Warren comes downstairs to my bathroom so I can help him with his technique.

Everything You Need to Know about Text Analytics

Lumoa

If you work in a big company with large number of customers (or users), you most probably receive a lot of feedback: people write about their experiences, complain about the things that do not work and tell about the things they love.

What Are the Elements of Good Strategic Planning?

Call Center Weekly

By Dea Harrington From the article series, Strategy for the Real World Ask anyone for the definition of “strategy” and you will most assuredly get a myriad of subjective definitions. To keep us on the same page, here is a brief (and subjective) primer.

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

Guest Blog: Customer Service Role … Avoid these Myths on Customer Service

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Mike Schoultz who shares his top 20 list of myths on customer experience not to tell yourself or things you should never say to a customer. This is a great list and one you should pay attention too. – Shep Hyken.

Coming Soon to a Contact Center Near You!

Contact Center Pipeline

The landscape for engaging with customers is changing fast. Consumers expect hyper-personalization—and they want a choice of ways to communicate with the companies with which they do business.

Troublesome Trends & Predictions for 2018

Beyond Philosophy

I am apprehensive about my industry. Having worked in Customer Experience since 2002, I may be too much of a purist. However, for a while now, I have been writing about the decline and dilution of the discipline of Customer Experience.

I spend three hours every week working “on” my business. Do you?

Myra Golden Media

I spent this afternoon in my Strategic Block. My Strategic Block, the best idea I took from the book, 12 Week Year by Brian P. Morgan and Michael Lennington, is for me to spend three hours every week “on” my business.

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The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

Infographic – Examples of Nudge Theory

Peter Lavers

Every marketer has at some point wondered “why won’t my customers behave like I want them to?!” ” Educators as well about their students!

Audio Deep Dives: Listening Analysis Made Simple

Call Center Weekly

By Diana Aviles The core part of Speech Analytics that sometimes gets lost amongst the high powered metadata and reporting functionalities are the audio insights themselves. The whole purpose of SA is to have the ability to analyze specific words and phrases mentioned in customer/agent interactions.

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of January 29, 2018

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.

6 Common Sense Practices to Share with Work-at-Home Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

After more than 20 years in the on-demand contact center industry, I’ve come across some great work-from-home practices. And a few not-so-good ones, too. Whatever the workstyle or workspace, an agent needs to be efficient and productive.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

Great EX (Employee Ambassadorship) and CX (Customer Advocacy) Story: The Southwest Airlines Rep and the Passenger With Cancer

Beyond Philosophy

Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D., CMC Thought Leadership Principal, Beyond Philosophy. This past July 23rd, Southwest Airlines passenger Stacy Hurt called the airline’s customer service desk at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

7 Things You Can Say to Gain Control with Challenging Customers

Myra Golden Media

If you find it difficult to get your customer to stop telling you the story of just how inconvenienced they were, or are, and to stop rambling on about the problem, it’s likely because the customer is stuck in the past.

Scheduling in the Gig Economy

Aspect

In 50 cities across the U.S., Amazon is supplementing their USPS deliveries at times of peak demand using drivers contracting directly with Amazon in a program called Amazon Flex.