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.

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.”

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Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

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.

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.

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.

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 white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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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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.

Amazing Business Radio: Roger Dooley

ShepHyken

Creating a Friction-Aware Culture. Changing Friction to Deliver a Better Customer Experience. Shep Hyken interviews Roger Dooley. They discuss his new book, Friction: The Untapped Force That Can Be Your Most Powerful Advantage , and how it applies to the customer experience.

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….”

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.

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.

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?”.

CSAT vs. NPS: Similarities and Differences

GetFeedback

CSAT vs. NPS is an inevitable comparison that surfaces whenever a company launches a Voice of the Customer (VoC) program to optimize their customer experience (CX) strategy. .

Promote Better Work-Life Balance in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

97 Super-Effective Sales Tips From Top Sales Gurus

CrazyCall

You might be an expert, a professional, an intermediate, or a complete newbie. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes, we all need a little advice that will help us make the next decision. Especially when you’re working in sales.

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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.

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.