January, 2018

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Customer Service Training Is Essential

Customers That Stick

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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.

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.

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!

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.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Will You Compete on Customer Experience in 2018?

Customers That Stick

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Automation in the Call Center with Robotics and Desktop Analytics

Bright Pattern

Robotics and robotic process automation (RPA) have been around a long time, but are now only just being used significantly in the call center. RPA is about improving workflow by automating common tasks and freeing live agents to do what they do best - care for customers. Companies are using RPA more and more because of its accuracy and it’s time and cost savings. Automation RPA

How to Create the Perfect Customer Satisfaction Survey: Questions, Tips & Templates

Comm100

Running a successful business requires more than just a great product — it also means that you need to please your customers and ensure their satisfaction. However, knowing whether or not you are delivering service that meets their expectations can be difficult if you don’t reach out to them.

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.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

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.

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.

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.

27 Stats That Show What Consumers Expect from Brand Communication

West

Not long ago, grocery shopping happened solely in-store, and banking was done with the help of a human teller. But the internet, social media and mobile devices have dynamically changed this relationship, and consumers have come to expect much more from their brand communication.

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.

Starting a Successful Chatbot Program – Infographic

Call Center Coach

Are you ready for chatbot success? This year has been coined as the year of the chatbot. Just a few short weeks ago at the Gartner Applications (App) & UX Conference in Las Vegas, attendees heard that this is the year you need to do as many POCs (Proof of Concept) as you can with AI chatbots.

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.

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.

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 Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

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.

4 Contact Center Reports to Start Off Your Year

Fonolo

It’s going to be a big year in the world of contact center and in customer service technology. Will Avaya soar upwards, freshly unburdened from its decade of debt? Will this be the year that messaging platforms from Facebook, Apple and others reach critical mass as a channel for customer service?

Speed is Leading Indicator of Great Customer Experiences, No Matter the Channel

inContact

When it comes to delivering exceptional customer experiences, true omnichannel service and quick resolution go hand-in-hand.

Why Must Leaders and Their Companies Now Give More Attention (and Resources) to EX?

Beyond Philosophy

Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D., CMC Thought Leadership Principal, Beyond Philosophy. By EX, of course, we mean employee experience. Customer experience optimization has, for some time, been the stated goal of many enterprises around the world.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.