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.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica whitepaper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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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Millennial Generation Customer Service – The Ultimate Guide

TechSee

A day in the life of a Millennial. Ashley rolls over, checks her Fitbit Ionic to see the quality of REM sleep she experienced last night, and reaches for her iPhone to scan her messaging apps and social networks. She tweets about her sleep quality and messages her roommate that her share of the rent has been paid with Venmo.

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.

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.

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.

The Changing Role of CX Testing in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Diego Lo Giudice and Chad Hendren

With new competition emerging every day, businesses are transforming themselves, and using software as a means to drive differentiation. Digital transformation has become a key initiative for businesses across the globe, and CX is ground zero. Register now for this webinar and hear from Cyara and their guest speaker, Diego Lo Giudice of Forrester, how testing and QA practices are changing to enable and accelerate digital transformation.

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.

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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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.

Five Low-Cost Ways To Improve Your Customer Service And Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). In honor of National Small Business Week ( #SmallBusinessWeek ), here are five highly effective, low- or no-cost ways to amp up the quality of your customer service experience.

Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

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.

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.

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.

The Path to Journey Management

Speaker: Kerry Bodine and Lindsay Sykes

The practice of journey mapping has reached fever pitch. But your mapping efforts are only effective if the resulting maps help you drive organization change — and then measure the results of your efforts. Join Intouch Insight and Kerry Bodine, CX expert and co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, as she shares Bodine & Co.’s latest research on this topic.

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.”

10 Customer Service Transformations That Can Overhaul Your Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). Last week, I suggested quick wins that could improve your customer service and customer experience. Today, I’m going to challenge you to go deeper.

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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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.

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.

An often unseen yet vital customer experience element

Call Center Coach

Can you hear me? Can you see me? Is it your problem or my problem? Is anyone willing to own the problem? Well, without any visibility into your contact center’s network performance, your answer is a resounding and overwhelming…NO!

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.

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?

Don’t Ignore the Economics of Your Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Fair warning: Reading this article could be painful for you. Not dentist-root-canal painful, more like exercising-again-after-taking-a-longer-break-than-you-should-have painful.

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.

3 Ways Digital Twin Technology is Transforming Customer Support

TechSee

A Digital Twin refers to a virtual replication of a physical object – with the two linked together dynamically – enabling insights to be learned and actions to be taken within the virtual environment that can be applied to the physical object — ultimately to meet business goals.

Guest Blog: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact CX and Customer Service?

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Lindsay Tjepkema who shares how people are using AI strategies and the impact they are having on the world of CX. – Shep Hyken. Introduction: AI in CX. _.

What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?

Call Center Coach

Sadly, Bill Gessert passed away suddenly on October 3 rd , 2018 – leaving behind his beloved wife, Lisa and four adult children and five grandsons. It’s was a complete honor to have had Bill on my podcast The Fast Leader Show.