March, 2019

Choosing Call Center Locations: Quality Over Cost the Deciding Factor New Report Says

Transparent BPO

The call center industry continues to expand globally as companies seek to balance labor availability, labor costs, geopolitical stability, and business climate says the Site Selection Group (SSG) in its latest location trend report, which identified regions showing the highest rates of growth.

Is Happiness at Work Necessary to Give Good Customer Support?

Nicereply

“While things like beach vacations can give us pleasure, things like meaningful work can give us purpose.” ” We spend a lot of time at work. Specifically, the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. Let’s put that into perspective.

Top 10 Chatbot Fails and How to Avoid Them

Comm100

Hey Siri, Alexa, and OK Google have all become common commands in the emerging age of intelligent assistants. In less than fiv years, asking a chatbot to tell you the weather forecast or buy your groceries has transformed from something nobody thought possible to an everyday occurrence.

Reaching New Levels with Gamification

InGenius

Gamification helps organizations achieve their goals and reach new levels of success. It isn't a new concept. For years now, app developers have been turning to gamification to incentivize their users to stay active and teachers have been giving gold stars to their students for good behavior.

Redefining Customer Experience Metrics for Better Performance

Speaker: Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction Continuum

Join us for this insightful webinar with Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction, who will show you how to zero-in on true leading indicators and describe how to connect business results metrics with employees’ workflow metrics.

Nobody Goes There Anymore… It’s Too Crowded

ShepHyken

The other day I was driving by a Chick-fil-A restaurant at lunchtime. I was blown away by how many people were in the drive-through lane. There had to be at least 20 cars. I thought to myself, “That’s a long line. You really have to love Chick-fil-A to brave that line at lunchtime.”.

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10 Takeaways Your Employees Get From My Telephone Skills Online Training

Myra Golden Media

Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.” ” That point right there – people will never forget how you made them feel – is why we created this course.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 2: Internal Use and Adoption

Contact Center Pipeline

Consumers are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to save time and effort in their personal lives.

Contact Centers Stream Past Virtual Agents to Virtual Presence

Call Center Coach

For many contact centers taking the leap to implement virtual agents to handle the simple and repetitive tasks is somewhat an easy decision to make. With improving the customer experience an imperative, alongside of controlling costs, the barriers of resistance become small.

The Four Things You Must Do to Keep Customers Talking about Your CX

Beyond Philosophy

Today, people appreciate good Customer Experience, but not enough to talk about it a lot. What gets them talking to people about your brand is having a unique Customer Experience with moments of Innovative Service, or an Innovative Customer Experience.

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.

Amazing Business Radio: Natalie Petouhoff

ShepHyken

From AI to “HIMI” Human-Inspired Machine Intelligence. Shep Hyken interviews Dr. Natalie Petouhoff. They discuss AI in business—what works and what doesn’t work, how it can help companies and employees succeed, and how we can best utilize it.

A Tale of Two (Well, Three) Customer Experiences: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Call Center Weekly

By Erica Marois Two years ago, after an 18-month stint as Connecticut residents, my husband and I boxed up our belongings and made the journey back down south, landing in Richmond, VA. Unlike our move to Connecticut, we hit the road with significantly fewer belongings.

3 De-escalation Techniques Gayle King Used In the Emotional R. Kelly Interview

Myra Golden Media

The first thing I read on my iPhone this morning was the interestingly trending Gayle King interview with R&B singer R. Kelly. In the interview, the singer cries, rants at the camera, beats his chest, and stands, towering over Gayle King with warlike body language.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 1: Common Applications and Misconceptions

Contact Center Pipeline

With consumers increasingly expecting anywhere, anytime access to conduct simple transactions, more businesses are deploying chatbots to handle routine and repetitive customer service tasks.

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.

Expert Roundup: What Does Great Customer Service Mean to You?

ProProfs Blog

Whenever organizations ask, “what does great customer service mean to you?”, I end up saying “it depends!”. And, it is true. What could be a great aspect for me can turn out to be an average aspect for others during their customer journey.

How To Create Innovative Service

Beyond Philosophy

One thing many positive Customer Experience stories people tell have in common is they involve a moment that surprised and delighted customers.

Look Past the Obvious for a Better Solution

ShepHyken

Winter travel can be stressful with the concern of weather-related delays and cancellations. On a recent trip that had a connecting flight, I was notified the night before that my first flight was going to be delayed, which made me worry about missing my connection.

New KPI Metrics in the Era of Self Service

TechSee

Once upon a time, measuring customer service success was straightforward. Hire some agents, train them, and use standard contact center KPIs to measure how well they perform. No longer.

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.

The First Step to De-escalating Is to Recognize The Customer’s Emotional Reaction

Myra Golden Media

Let me ask you something. If you’re pissed off at your partner, and you’re yelling, maybe even cursing, and in response they say… nothing. How do you react? Do you calm down? Or does their silence make you more intense? I talk more. Louder. My attitude gets fierce.

It’s Time to Bid Farewell to Excel-based WFO

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact centers need performance management tools to manage their operations. Too often, the dominant “tool” is Excel. Unfortunately, when individuals export and manipulate data to produce (pretty) reports, recipients may not understand, embrace or accept the findings.

CX Specialist Ben Motteram Divulges Upcoming Trends in Customer Support

ProProfs Blog

The promise of a delightful customer support experience comes with the responsibility of actually delivering it consistently. Just buying and installing the latest customer support software onboard does not automatically mean that you will provide a great experience to your customers.

3 Tools to Measure Authentic Customer Emotions in Real-Time

Beyond Philosophy

I am routinely gobsmacked by the number of organizations that don’t measure customer emotions. Those that do often don’t think about how they will use the information they measure. The classic phrase, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” applies.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

Amaze It Forward

ShepHyken

You’ve heard of the concept of Pay It Forward. Many people use the phrase to describe doing a good deed for someone with no other expectation than that person doing something nice for someone else and so on, creating a chain of good deeds. Don’t pay it back. Pay it forward.

Net Promoter Score: The Complete Guide

TechSee

The Contact Center KPIs that Matter Most – TechSee Data Sheet Collection Part 1. In the first of our new series of in-depth data sheets, you’ll discover the huge impact that Visual Support has on NPS, according to some of TechSee’s biggest clients.

The Personality Of Customer Experience

CX Accelerator

When it comes to Customer Experience (CX) work, it takes a very special type of person to be successful.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 3: Overcoming Customer Reluctance

Contact Center Pipeline

Customers want easy access to information—and they want it quick. They also have little patience for self-service options that can’t understand their needs or provide accurate answers to their questions.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

The Only Vocal Tone Your Employees Should Be Using With Customers

Myra Golden Media

I’m working from home today, enjoying having my college-daughter here for the week, and the freedom of my son’s clear high-school calendar during Spring Break. But, predictably, my teenagers are upstairs with eyes on screens, probably with unbrushed teeth. So, I’m in my home office. I’ve promised myself no more than two hours work. And then I’ll come up with something adventurous for us to do today.

Why You Must Address Customer Irrationality Before It’s Too Late

Beyond Philosophy

At British Telecom (BT), we were buying a CRM system. I was leading the project and we had 15 people around the table to make this choice. It was a significant decision for a lot of money. So, as it was a business decision, you would think we were logical about it. However, we weren’t.

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The Upfront Agreement of Future Communication

ShepHyken

Not long ago, I wrote an article that featured Todd Hopkins, CEO of Office Pride, and his concept of core values being a decision filter. I had the chance to interview him for Amazing Business Radio and he dropped another big concept on us that’s worth bringing to our followers.