October, 2018

Four Familiar CTI Problems and How to Solve Them

InGenius

Advice on how to improve CTI performance in your contact center. Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) is a fundamental component of any modern contact center and plays an active role in boosting agent productivity, reducing expenses and ensuring that customer expectations are consistently met – but it can have its problems, too.

How Do Your Call Center Supervisors Compare?

Call Center Coach

To assure alignment and execution of your contact center business plans, perhaps the single most important ingredient is the effectiveness of your fronltine supervisors.

Measuring First-Contact Resolution

Contact Center Pipeline

In an ideal world, first-contact resolution (FCR) metrics reflect the customer’s perspective. They capture the center’s ability to resolve the customer’s inquiry within each channel as well as track movement across channels.

20 Call Center Pros Share the Most Undervalued Call Center Metrics and How To Better Leverage Them

Callminer

From essentials like average handle time to broader metrics such as call center service levels , there are dozens of metrics that call center leaders and QA teams must stay on top of, and they all provide visibility into some aspect of performance.

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.

Why You Must Create and Sustain a Customer-Centric Culture

Beyond Philosophy

Most companies today know that putting the customer at the heart of everything they do is vital. Doing something about it, however, tends to fall into the unknown category. The fact is, improving your Customer Experience means you must also become more customer-centric.

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Make a Promise, Keep It. Offer a Guarantee, Honor It.

ShepHyken

The Pasta House Company is a local chain of Italian restaurants that have been around since 1974, since I was just a kid. On Monday nights they had – and still do have – an “All You Can Eat” special. I loved that. All the salad, pasta and garlic bread you could eat for one low price.

4 Best Practices To Incorporate Wellness In Your Contact Center

Call Center Weekly

In the contact center community, we understand the true value of a happy customer. We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that we leave our customer satisfied. But, let’s consider this for a moment: In order to take the best care of others, we must first take the best care of ourselves.

5 Little Tricks To Get Customers To Accept Your Word As Final

Myra Golden Media

If you find it hard to get customers to accept your word as final and if too many of your customers just go over your head to talk to a supervisor who will tell the customer the exact same thing, you need to read this.

Penny Reynolds Leads Seminar on Supervisor Performance with Call Center Coach

Call Center Coach

There are people in the contact center industry that have more than persevered, they have thrived and positively impacted thousands of people along the way. Penny Reynolds, co-founder of The Call Center School, is one of those people in the contact center industry.

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.

Are You Using This Powerful Sales Technique?

Beyond Philosophy

We all want to sell more. So how do we do this? A powerful sales technique exists that can help. The best sales organizations use it well; the worst, not so much. It is based on a psychological concept called reciprocity, and it might be what you need to get (or keep) your foot in the door.

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Call Centers are the Front Line of Customer Service

inContact

Some call centers struggle to have a stellar reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Three Lessons from Apple on How to Amaze Your Customers

ShepHyken

There is a lot we can learn from great companies, big and small. Many books have been written about companies like Disney, Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton and Apple. And, once we learn how they do it, the key is making it work for our companies.

Bridging the Customer Experience Perception Gap

Call Center Weekly

Long lumped in with Customer Service, the entire Customer Experience concept is finally being acknowledged as a weighty differential in the quest to build customer loyalty and increase sales.

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.

3 Keys to a Fantastic Customer Interaction: Swiftness, Friendliness, and Knowledge

Myra Golden Media

I made a support call to a company yesterday because I was stuck in a loop on an application. I’m glad I called because the representative gave me such a great experience that I found myself smiling and thinking, “She’s good. Really good.”

ALERT: Leadership Training for Supervisors Is Being Disrupted

Call Center Coach

Most all contact center executives know they need to respond aggressively to the fact that we are in a state of massive transformation and disruption in the marketplace. The contact center has been targeted as a pivotal organizational component in this age of disruption that we live in.

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How Does Time of Day Affect How Much We Sell?

Beyond Philosophy

Each of us has a time of day when we are at our best. Likewise, we have times when we are not at our best. These times affect how we behave, and that can have repercussions for your Customer Experience. For example. I am a morning person.

5 Important Trends That Impact Contact Centers Today and into the Future

Contact Center Pipeline

Trends drive business and social behavior, which is why we are always interested in observing and analyzing those that will impact contact centers and their suppliers now and into the future.

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.

Take Your Customers Where They Need to Go, Not Where They Want to Go

ShepHyken

On a recent trip to Africa, I had the pleasure of meeting the Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, the Honorable Abiola Ajimobi. He had a commanding presence and shared many insightful thoughts.

Why the Fuss Over Company Culture?

Call Center Weekly

culture: The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature.

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9 Books I Think All College Seniors Should Read

Myra Golden Media

A bright young Generation Z professional approached me after a customer service workshop last week in Atlanta and asked me for advice. Here’s one of the smart questions she asked me, “What books would you recommend that my younger self, say my senior year in college, should read?

How to Apply Customer Experience Advocacy in Marketing

ProProfs Blog

In 2017, United Airlines went viral when a passenger was forcibly removed in an overbooked flight. Despite its CEO’s apology, the overwhelming online backlash led to a 6.3% drop in the company’s shares in pre-market trading.

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.

Creating and Sustaining a Customer Centric Culture

Beyond Philosophy

To improve your customer experience you must also become much more customer centric. How do you do this? What should we focus on? Colin and Ryan discuss what you need to do and how this impacts building a great customer experience.

How psychology affects the customer experience of voice support

UJET

When done right, a conversation with the customer over the phone can be helpful, engaging, and even fun. The problem with voice support is that it can also go terribly wrong, and those are the types of interactions that people hear about.

Amazing Business Radio: Sean McDade

ShepHyken

Listen To Your Customers… Or Die. How to Turn Customer Feedback Into Gold. Shep Hyken sits down with Sean McDade.

Lessons from a Cold Call

Call Center Weekly

Yesterday I received a cold call from a local real estate company. Here's exactly how it went: "Hi, this is Kathryn." This is Dan from XY Real Estate. Are you looking to sell your home?" "No." No." "Are Are you sure?" "Yes." Yes." "Ok, Ok, thank you. Bye."

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.

5 New Thoughts About Work-Life Balance That Will Turn Your World Right Side Up

Myra Golden Media

It’s rare that I don’t write to you about customer service issues. But I want to talk about balance, not just because it’s so important to me, but because I know achieving peace and balance will help you be a better manager, leader, or customer service professional.

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Five Tips to Recharge Your Net Promoter Score Program

Satrix Solutions

Budget season and annual planning is here again. That means you are likely evaluating the progress you’ve made over the past year and whether you’ve realized expected outcomes. Now is also the time when many company leaders assess their Net Promoter Score program.

How To Make Your Experience Convienent

Beyond Philosophy

What are the six strategies for making your experience convenient? Colin and Ryan interview Shep Hyken, Customer Service and Experience expert about his latest book “ The Convenience Revolution ‘ Shep reveals these strategies.