May, 2019

The Top 4 Causes of Customer Churn and How to Address Them

Totango

In the customer-centric economy, retaining current customers is a top priority. Not only are new customers expensive to win over, but loyal customers are more valuable in the long run. They trust your brand and are more likely to spread word-of-mouth advertising or accept an upsell.

The worst question a service rep can ask a customer

Tethr

“Have I fully resolved your issue today?”. In the book, The Effortless Experience , my CEB (now Gartner) co-authors and I argue that this question is, hands down, the worst question a service rep can ask a customer.

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Live Chat: To script or not to script

RapportBoost

Chat scripts are a handy tool, especially for chat agents who find themselves often responding to related customer inquiries.

Sprinkles: Antidote to The Demise of Customer Surprise

Chip Bell

When I was ten years old, I did a very naughty thing. I secretly watched my parents hide all the Easter eggs. As my cousins and siblings rushed into our backyard on the hunt for brightly colored eggs, I calmly went straight to all their hiding spots! I “found” a lot more eggs! But, they had a lot more fun. They squealed and grinned when they found an Easter egg; I was far less enthused. Customer service for many years had more than its share of “squeals and grins.”

The 2020 Community Trends Webinar Series

Speaker: Vanilla Forums

Is your community program up to the standards of 2020? Save your seat for this webinar series, and don't miss your chance hear from five of Vanilla Forums' community experts as they respond to your pressing questions and dive into some of the biggest community trends identified for 2020!

The Customer Is Angry – And, It’s Not Your Fault

ShepHyken

Imagine this. The customer on the phone – or in person – is raging mad. You can hear it in their voice – or see it in their eyes. You brace yourself. You’re ready to take the lashing this customer is about to give you. You know you personally did nothing to offend and upset this customer.

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When It Comes To CX, Sweat The Small Stuff

Beyond Philosophy

In our customer experience consultancy, clients tell us customers make decisions based on price or features. However, in our research, we never find price or features are the most important things.

4 Ways To Use Call Recordings for Better Contact Center Performance

Callminer

According to a recent survey by Contact Babel of contact center professionals, over 90% of businesses record their calls, but only 34% are analyzing them with a speech analytics solution.

High Absenteeism? Consider Your Agents’ “Breaking Point”

Contact Center Pipeline

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty frustrated by clients, prospects and some contact center managers who think that the only reason agents are absent from work is because they are lazy.

5 Ways Tomorrow's Contact Center Will Deliver Value

Call Center Weekly

By: Andrew Gilliam Imagine what the world will be like after you've checked off every box on your customer experience to-do list. Pre-purchase anxiety no longer exists, thanks to careful messaging and word of mouth. Product issues are eliminated at their root-cause, before goods leave the factory.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.

Customer Service and CX Lessons from Three Iconic Brands

ShepHyken

I’ve talked and written about the differences between customer service and the customer experience, also known as CX. Customer service is typically what transpires between people throughout the buying process or when there is a problem.

Three Ways To Fix the Escalation Problem

Myra Golden Media

Escalated calls are frustrating for everybody – the employee who knows she could’ve done the exact same thing the supervisor did, the supervisor whose hair is on fire, and for the customer who has lost time. It’s time to fix the escalation problem.

Why Customer Memories are More Important To Your CX

Beyond Philosophy

I enjoy fishing. When I need a new lure, I go to Discount Tackle on First Street in Bradenton, Florida. When I go in, we have a chat and a laugh. However, my great experience is not why I return and drive past six or seven other bait and tackle shops to get to it.

8 Practices to Increase Customer Lifetime Value of Your Business

ProProfs Blog

As a business owner, it is important to think beyond elevating your brand amidst the increasing competition. You may have set the foundation of your eCommerce business on a riveting marketing strategy, a robust customer service team, and brand new ideas for products and services.

How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.

Getting Off to a Flying Start… Or Are You?

Contact Center Pipeline

The idiom “off to a flying start” is defined as “a start or beginning of anything, as characterized by the participant’s vigor and enthusiasm.”

Why We Need Less Leadership

Call Center Weekly

By Kathryn Frankson Ok, ok so we still need leadership. But, as someone who just wrapped an Experienced Manager training I'm now convinced that we actually need more management.

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Don’t Be Lazy – Go the Extra… Inch!

ShepHyken

The other night my wife and I met three other couples for dinner at a nice restaurant. The food was great, but the service ended on a sour note. Our server got lazy.

How to Prepare Your Employees to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Imagine your newest and most timid employee’s next call is from an irate customer. The customer is ranting so loudly that the person across from her can hear his voice. But your employee is calm and confident. She’s saying things like, “Umm…hmm,” “I see….”

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

Emotions Drive Spending, But Do You Know Which Ones Drive the Most?

Beyond Philosophy

In 2004, I presented to an insurance company in Germany about how they should be evoking the proper emotions in their customers. It was a tough audience. One of the guys asked, “How much money are we going to get back by doing this?”.

Call Deflection strategies in the age of self-service

TechSee

Call deflection is the process of routing a customer enquiry to an alternative service channel. The goal is both to ensure customers receive the answers they are seeking in the most efficient manner and to reduce the number of inbound calls routed to human agents.

Enhance Your Customer Support with Video

Contact Center Pipeline

It’s 2019: Your customers are going to expect immediate communication and results. At one time, sure, this seemed like a lot to ask for.

You Need These 9.5 Skills to be Friendly Enough for the Customer Service Industry

Steve DiGioia

I watched her smile at everyone who passed her. Her gaze fell naturally on each person and she took the time to acknowledge the children. Waves, “high-fives” and plenty of thank-yous always seem to be around her. No wonder why the customers love her. How does she do it? Good question?

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

Starting Over – Part Two

ShepHyken

The sun always rises tomorrow! The other day my friend and one of our avid Shepard Letter readers, Doug Schukar, shared this quote he heard over and over from his father growing up.

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Getting Angry Customers to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Anger Can’t Be Ignored. We’ve all chosen to not dignify a person’s absurd comment with a response, or perhaps you’ve stepped over a toddler sprawled on the floor in a tantrum, letting them scream.

Why Uncertainty Can Destroy Your Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

Uncertainty influences a lot of our customer behavior. We buy products to reduce the risk in our lives, like insurance. Insurance buys us peace of mind if something bad happens to us or our property. We also buy lottery tickets because, well, someone has to win, right?

Emotion Analytics is at the Heart of Customer Experience Innovation

TechSee

It’s no secret that emotions drive behavior. Happy people whistle. Angry drivers crash cars. And now, with the help of emotion analytics, more companies are tuning into their customers’ feelings in an attempt to learn what makes them tick.

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.

Protecting Customer Data, Part 3: Shining a Light on Dark Data

Contact Center Pipeline

Hoarding data has been the standard practice for most businesses for years.

An Article On Customer Experience That Actually Makes Sense

GetFeedback

If you Google customer experience you’ll get about 2,340,000,000 results—articles, videos, reports—with in-depth information about the space.

Being the Bearer of Bad News

ShepHyken

It’s never fun to share bad news with a customer. Many people are scared to be the bearer of bad news. There are plenty of examples of bad news – an order didn’t ship, something was damaged, a deadline is not going to be met, etc.