February, 2023

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Manual QA in a conversation intelligence program

Callminer

In recent years, QA has evolved with the increased sophistication of conversation intelligence technology. Read this blog to learn how CallMiner supports every type of quality management journey.

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What is Voice of the Customer? [+ how to get data analysis]?

Lumoa

With all relationships, taking the time to listen is crucial to its success. Nowhere is this more true than with customer relationships. Without listening to the voice of your customer, you’ll be like a ship without a rudder or a compass…lost and drifting without direction. But listening isn’t always that easy. Customers don’t always take the time to express their feelings.

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The Battle For Customer Attention: How To Come Out On Top

Beyond Philosophy

Time is our most valuable resource. It’s a resource that you aren’t able to get any more of, no matter what you do, and you are losing more of it every second. When you look at it like that, asking people for their time a much bigger deal that you might have considered at first. Therefore, when you are spending it with them, you should make the most of it.

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Is It (Past) Time to Review Your Contact Center BCDR Plan?

LiveVox

Developing and maintaining a comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan is a demanding and resource-intensive activity. It’s easy to see why so many businesses adopt a “set it and forget it” approach to disaster recovery. But if the last time you reviewed your plan was before the COVID-19 pandemic, you likely have considerable […] The post Is It (Past) Time to Review Your Contact Center BCDR Plan?

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Mastering Remote Onboarding: Proven Strategies for Seamless New Hire Integration

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

Join this brand new webinar with Tim Buteyn to learn how you can master the art of remote onboarding! By the end of this session, you'll understand how to: Craft a Tailored Onboarding Checklist 📝 Develop a comprehensive, customized checklist that ensures every new hire has a smooth transition into your company, no matter where they are in the world.

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6 Ways to Make Your Customers Happy Over the Phone

Nicereply

People who are unhappy or who need help want a solution as quickly as possible, and a phone call is typically the way to make that happen. Most customer service communication happens over the phone. It’s both more immediate and more personal than email exchanges, and results typically come faster. Many of these phone calls aren’t particularly pleasant to start out with.

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What Company Do You Admire Most??

ShepHyken

Do you remember being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re a child, the typical answers are aspirational, such as being a doctor, a fireman, a superhero, an athlete, and more. I have a grown-up version of this question. It’s not about what you want to be. It’s not even about you. It s about your company. You may be grown up, but your company should always be developing and evolving, so the question is now about your company’s aspirations.

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Why Customers Must Be Allowed to Speak to Your Company

Contact Center Pipeline

One of the best, most insightful articles on customer service I’ve read in some time – one that pinpoints the inherent conflict or dialectic between investing in excellent customer service and keeping costs low and prices attractive to customers – appeared in Vox.

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Maximize Your Investment in Upskilling Agents

TechSee

Today’s customer service personnel are being asked to deliver higher quality service across more products, more complex products, and at more significant volumes than ever before. In response, many leaders in the industry are investing in increasing the skill levels of their contact center agents, often referred to as upskilling. Most service organizations have found that visual support is a force multiplier when upskilling agents, helping them maintain their average handle time (AHT) and first

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CX4Now: What Influencers Say About Self-Service in the Contact Center

Fonolo

Self-service is one of the biggest topics in CX and in the contact center world right now. While the industry is no stranger to new technologies and automation, modern self-service tools have really changed the game when it comes to supporting customers. You may have already interacted with self-service tools as a customer. Chatbots, FAQs, and assistive AI all fall under this umbrella — with that said, it’s not enough to implement these resources.

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3 Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Improve Customer Experience

Today’s digitally savvy customers have high expectations of retailers for convenience, responsiveness, and ease of doing business both in-store and online. Our recent survey of over 2,000 US consumers found that retailers that can drive a seamless, omnichannel customer experience (CX) – across physical and digital channels – have huge benefits for brand relevance, profitability, and customer loyalty.

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Outsource Consultants Ranks on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Midwest Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Outsource Consultants

SAINT LOUIS PARK, MN, February 28, 2023 – Outsource Consultants is excited to announce that we are a 2023 Inc. Regionals Midwest honoree. Inc. magazine today revealed that Outsource Consultants is ranked on its third annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Midwest private companies, based in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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Future of Work Expo Recap - Review and Pix

Jon Arnold

Last week was my fifth go-round as Chair of the Future of Work Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, and given my travel schedule, this is the first chance I’ve had to get this recap done. As good as the 2022 edition was, this was even better, and am expecting nothing less for 2024. Speakers are already asking about coming back, and am keen to start mapping out the program.

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Eliminate the Trust Gap: Six Ways to Create Trust with Your Customers and Employees

ShepHyken

There is a trust gap between customers and the companies and brands they do business with. The two questions to ask that will define this gap are: Do you think your customers trust you? (This is opinion.) Do your customers trust you? (This is fact.) The difference between the two questions is the trust gap. If you think your customers trust you, that’s a 100% score.

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Continuity Starts with the Carrier

Contact Center Pipeline

When it comes to contact center business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), and cloud migratory challenges, one voice has been notably absent from the conversation: the telecom carrier. IT leaders typically view carriers as merely a means to obtain voice, emergency, and messaging services, rather than the strategic launching point for your contact center.

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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How to Reduce Costs in Your Contact Center

Avoxi

How to Reduce Costs in Your Contact Center Rising costs and an economic downturn…It’s a recipe that’s forcing businesses to look at doing more with less. With rising inflation and reducing non-essential spending, IT leaders are being tasked with creating cost-saving strategies across their operations while continuing to grow their contact center scope in the… The post How to Reduce Costs in Your Contact Center appeared first on AVOXI.

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Our Top 6 Picks for Call Center Automation Software

Fonolo

Call centers have always relied on different forms of automation to provide swift service to their clientele. And in today’s market, there’s no shortage of solutions to choose from. As technology gets smarter and more intuitive, so does the contact center that benefits from it. But how do you know which solutions are best for your operation? To find the answer, you need to evaluate your current call center workflow and identify opportunities for automation.

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Top 9 Chatbot Features to Make Your Customer Support a Success

HelpCrunch

From beauty salons to software companies, numerous businesses rely now on chatbots. These virtual assistants bring solutions for customer service and boost the level of engagement. No matter what niche you are working in, a [ … ] The post Top 9 Chatbot Features to Make Your Customer Support a Success appeared first on HelpCrunch blog.

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Impact Sourcing Requires Impact Performance

CustomerServ

What is impact sourcing, and why is it relevant? Impact Sourcing is a socially conscious business practice where companies are intentional about hiring individuals living in areas with persistently high unemployment and limited career opportunities. In many developing countries, job seekers significantly outnumber formal job opportunities. Therefore, socially oriented outsourcing strategies aim to make a positive economic impact on disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of the population, in add

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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Seven Ways to Show Your Employees Some Love on Valentine’s Day

ShepHyken

If you show your employees a little love this Valentine’s Day, they will reciprocate with a little love for you, your company, and your customers. Earlier this year, I shared a business prediction for 2023: Companies will focus as much – maybe more – on their employees as they do on customers. If you’ve been following my work, this isn’t anything new.

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Work From Home vs. Hybrid?

Contact Center Pipeline

The pandemic period has proven something really important for contact centers, and that is that Work From Home on scale is a huge win. Separate from the impact that the health emergency itself had on overall service levels and customer experience, all in all the outcome of WFH for contact centers has been extremely positive.

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How to Get Started with Customer Experience Research Now

PeopleMetrics

Picture this: your customer experience (CX) team has gone through your customers’ feedback, identified regular pain points in the customer journey, and found solutions to reduce friction and retain more customers. However, they did this several months ago and suddenly customer retention is starting to dip down again. What happened? Chances are that the change in customer needs wasn’t actually sudden but a gradual shift.

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Hawaii State FCU Improves Customer Service with Voice Call-Backs 

Fonolo

A commitment to care for your personal well-being is above and beyond the customer service you might usually expect from a financial institution. But for almost 100 years, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has been guided by this founding principal as they do business with – and care for – their 120,000 members. Hawaii State FCU is one of the Aloha State’s leading financial institutions.

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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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Chatbot Best Practices: How to Build a Successful Chatbot in 2023

HelpCrunch

It seems that only yesterday chatbots were something new and unusual and today they are everywhere. In fact, 80% of people have interacted with a chatbot on a certain occasion, and that is something to [ … ] The post Chatbot Best Practices: How to Build a Successful Chatbot in 2023 appeared first on HelpCrunch blog.

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Three ways to build better rapport with customers

Toister Performance Solutions

You've seen the half-hearted attempts at rapport. Employees say "welcome" with the enthusiasm of gray paint. They use your name like they're working through a checklist. (They are.) It feels so transactional. Rapport is essential to customer service. But here's the kicker—it has to be authentic. Asking a customer, "How's your day going so far?" with the sincerity of a robot can hurt the rapport you're trying to build.

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Amazing Business Radio: Scot Pickerill

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: Continuous improvement means identifying friction points and reaching out to every department involved in the process to develop a plan to correct the issue and keep it from happening in the future. Look at the entire customer journey to determine the possible friction points and proactively make it better behind the scenes to create a seamless customer experience.

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How to Create a Voice of Customer Template for Your Business

Lumoa

It’s important for your business to understand your customers. You need to know how they use your products or services and what they expect from you. Using a customer needs analysis and setting up a feedback loop are the key ways to make this happen. You probably know this. But where do you start? One of the best analysis techniques available is the voice of customer (VoC) template.

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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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A More Personal Personalized CX

Creative Virtual

By Mandy Reed, Global Head of Marketing The start of a new year always comes with a slew of business predictions from experts, and 2023 has certainly been no different. I think we have learned to take these predictions with a grain of salt, considering them as we plan for the future but not necessarily fully embracing all of them. This is particularly true after the upheaval and uncertainty the world has experienced over the past few years.

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Call Center Automation: Best Processes to Automate

Fonolo

Call center automation is one of the best ways to improve your customer experience, increase agent happiness, and light up your KPI dashboard in the best possible way! Sounds great, right? But in a world of possibilities, you may wonder which processes are best to automate. Or where you should even start. Trust us; it’s worth the effort to review your operations and pinpoint the places where automation can offer the most significant payload.

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Cisco Virtual Mining Summit 2023

Cisco - Contact Center

Digital Mining for increased production, safety, and sustainability In this new era of digitized mining, the industry has repeatedly relied on Cisco to help increase production, improve safety, and… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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