February, 2020

How Much Does An Answering Service Cost?

Ambs Call Center

When purchasing a new service or product, one of the first considerations that comes to mind is price. With price comes value, and everyone wants to maximize their value.

The Consolidation Trend Will Further Hurt Quality in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

I was talking to Jay Minucci, a long-time industry veteran, consultant to the industry, and contributor on these pages. He was telling me about the trend he’s seeing with his large clients—that consolidation is preferred because it’s becoming too hard to manage too many contact center vendors.

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Call Center Metrics Best Practices

Callminer

Obtaining useful metrics on daily operations in your call center can help to improve many aspects of your business. However, there is quite a bit more to making effective use of call center metrics than merely amassing data and generating reports.

What to Expect When Working with a Call Center Outsourcer

CustomerServ

The business world is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Maintaining a competitive advantage in times of rapid change and transformation requires companies to stay razor-focused on their core competencies and the ability to innovate and flex with market demands. Industry Insights

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Where AI Meets CX: How Conversational Commerce Effects Customer-Driven Growth

Beyond Philosophy

Technology, human behavior, Customer Experience are intersecting through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and taking marketing in a new direction. To understand how it requires a better understanding of what the inventor of the hashtag Chris Messina’s calls Conversational Commerce.

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How to Transform the Customer Experience

ShepHyken

Want to engage and connect with your customers more effectively? Then listen to what Matt Gillin, the co-founder and CEO of Relay Network , has to say. I had a chance to interview Matt for my Be Amazing or Go Home TV show, and he shared specific insights on how to improve the customer experience.

Guest Post: What a CX Professional Can Learn from a Top Salesperson

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Eric Melchor, founder of Elevate My CX. He shares a story about a salesperson who performed a technique that even surprised a renowned social psychologist.

How to Prove the ROI of Your CES Efforts

GetFeedback

So you’ve taken the time to listen to customers in order to understand the experience they’re having with your brand. Articles

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Deciphering the CX alphabet

Tethr

While the journey toward exceptional customer service used to set leading businesses apart, today’s customers are more interested in an excellent customer experience (CX).

8 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2020

In this eBook, we’ll arm you with the research you need to inform areas of investment, and 8 quick tips you can use to improve your contact center’s performance now!

The Only 3 Strategies that Increase Customer Value

Genroe

I am often asked, What is the best way to develop and implement strategies to increase customer value? From a customer perspective, there are only two ways to drive business value: Customer Acquisition and Customer Retention.

Customer Success vs. Customer Service: How They Work Together

Totango

A successful organization operates in much the same way as a prestigious orchestra. Both are made up of individuals with a specialization—say, playing the clarinet or managing a Customer Success team. While individual success is important in both cases, you also need overall harmony.

The Ultimate Conversational Marketing Guide

ProProfs Blog

Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite brands could be at your beck and call? Wouldn’t you love to get your woes sorted and queries answered in real-time? Thanks to the wonder that Digital Marketing is, all of this is now possible.

Self Install: How Visual Assistance Streamlines Device Setup

TechSee

Whether rigging up a home entertainment system, setting up a new printer or syncing a new smart device with its app, many consumers find it difficult to complete the product self install process.

The Pros and Cons of Incentivized Reviews

With so many online reviews out there, we’ve decided to take a look at how incentivized consumer reviews fare against regular reviews from consumers that were not incentivized. Is one better than the other? More positive? Are they similar in topics covered and level of detail? Download this report to get answers to those questions and more!

A Step-by-step Guide to Provide Exceptional Customer Support

ProProfs Blog

Everyone says that customer support used to be easy. Now, note the past tense in that. For an 18th century blacksmith, the questions and concerns from customers were pretty simple. Solutions came easily too.

How to Take Action on Customer Effort Score Feedback

GetFeedback

The four major activities that must be undertaken after CES feedback is received by the company. Articles

Guest Post: 5 Strategies for Mastering Customer Experience at the Point of Sale

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Mathew Cooper, a Content Marketing Head at POS Plaza. He shares tactics to help ensure a point-of-sale system will enhance the customer experience.

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5 Great Customer Experience Automation Cases

Lumoa

Within customer experience management there are many manual and repetitive activities that have the potential to be automated. We'll explain why you should automate activities within customer experience management, and we share real-life cases of customer experience automation.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Quickly Solve Service Problems with Five Whys

Toister Performance Solutions

New hires were struggling in the contact center. The reason was a mystery to the customer service leader. Her company had a comprehensive training program, a dedicated trainer, and supportive supervisors. Yet it was taking new employees too long to get up to speed.

9 Call Center Environment Best Practices

Callminer

Cultivating a productive call center environment involves optimizing many different facets of its operations. From facility design to computer systems and software integrations, all aspects of your call center that impact its internal atmosphere can affect employee performance.

A Glimpse To The New Trends In Humanizing Technology

Beyond Philosophy

Social media has changed many things about our lives. Not only can we have a blow by blow account of what our friends and family are up to, but we can also see what they had for dinner. We can even see what friends of our friends had for dinner.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our February 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Welcome to the February issue of Contact Center Pipeline. I’ve always thought of February as a fun month with the opportunity to show some love! The best way to show your agents some love… recognize and support them.

AI & Community: Don't Hammer the Flowers

Speaker: Venessa Paech, Australia's Leading Community Specialist

Join Vanilla Forums on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM ET for this on-demand workshop led by Venessa Paech, Co-Founder of Australian Community Managers and Leading APAC Community Specialist.

The Cult of Amazement

ShepHyken

In the updated and revised edition of The Cult of the Customer , I cover the concept of amazement. This may be old news to my followers, but it is worth repeating. Amazement does not come from a WOW or over-the-top experience. Those happen on occasion, especially when problems are handled well.

Bigfoot Customer Service. What Is It and Why Are You Still Giving It?

Steve DiGioia

Bigfoot. The elusive missing link between humans and apes. But what does he have to do with customer service? Well, plenty. There are many similarities between the creature and the service many of us dish-out to our customers. That’s why I call it, Bigfoot customer service. Let’s get into it. Rumors.

11 Live Chat Mistakes You’re Making and How to Avoid Them

ProProfs Blog

I love using live chat because it’s simple, easy, and helps me get a solution instantly. But what about you out there, reading this? Has it leveled up your customer support process?

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Operational Challenges in the Call Center Industry

Callminer

There are numerous issues for which call center managers and leaders must account in running a successful customer support operation.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

Getting Over the “I Want It Now” Mindset

Beyond Philosophy

The wealth of information within academia and doesn’t get used by business is amazing. I blame their naming. Academics have great information, but a terrible naming skills. . Take Hyperbolic Discounting (please!),

Balancing Customer Experience with Fraud Prevention in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Cybercriminals exposed 2.8 billion consumer data records in 2018. Breaches have given fraudsters an immense amount of data to work with. Criminals are taking data such as drivers’ license numbers and account numbers, and filling in the gaps with information from social media and other sources.

The Worst Thing That Happens Is Your Customer Loves You

ShepHyken

What if the worst thing a customer ever said about you was, “I love you!”? Even on a bad day, you’re still so good that they love you! Are you that good? Do customers love you even when there’s a problem or complaint? Here are six ways to make customers love you no matter what!

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