November, 2021

Cloud Based Solutions, the Contact Center and Future of AI

CCNG

Ten years after we were told that Software is Eating the World, we’re now well aware that The Cloud is Eating the World. Hosted contact center software offerings continue to grow in number and sophistication, while legacy players rush to transform their products accordingly.

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Virtual Contact Center Jobs Provide Opportunities for Workers with Disabilities

Contact Center Pipeline

More than a year after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the impact has greatly affected how all of us work and live. Due to the need for social distancing, many businesses closed—some for good. Other companies turned to remote-work models.

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Introduction to Responsible AI: The CallMiner Research Lab Responsible AI Framework

Callminer

The CallMiner Research Lab Responsible AI Framework outlines definitions and concerns, as well as some of the driving questions, leading to deeper considerations about our tools, models, and datasets

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The 5 Rules to Dramatically Improve the Way You Deal with Customer Complaints

Beyond Philosophy

Lately, my Customer Experiences have been lousy. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was more understanding when Customer Experiences weren’t great. However, 18 months later, my patience has run out, and organizations should have sorted things out by now.

AI Insights Playbook––Understand Your Customer Experience To Improve It

The biggest challenge facing Contact Centers is understanding what customers expect. With today’s changing customer expectations, dynamic market realities and aggressive competitors, organizations must understand where they are successful and where they fall short. Download this eBook to learn how you can improve your customer experience with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Experiences We Are Grateful For

CX Accelerator

As I like to say, "life is made up of experiences." And we get to design them! What awesome and important work this is. We asked our CX Accelerator leaders to let us know an experience they were thankful for this year. One thing is clear from the responses.we love building strong relationships!

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Great Service is Great Theater. An Encore.

Bill Quiseng

A while back, I wrote an article entitled “Great Service is Great Theater”. Today I want to offer another article about the very same subject, an encore performance so to say.

Avid Readers Make Better Leaders

Contact Center Pipeline

I have grown up (personally and professionally) over the past 30-plus years working in the call/contact center business. I began in the early ’80s when my husband David and I owned an “interconnect” telephone company.

And the winners are…congratulations to our LISTEN 2021 Award recipients!

Callminer

We recently announced our LISTEN 2021 Award winners, including seven LISTEN 2021 Analyst Award winners, and Top Partner and Top Customer of the Year. Read the blog to learn about the recipients

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The 5 Rules to Dramatically Improve The Way you Deal with Customer Complaints

Beyond Philosophy

The 5 Rules to Dramatically Improve The Way you Deal with Customer Complaints. A lot of the behavioral sciences can feel intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

Experiences We Are Grateful For

CX Accelerator

As I like to say, "life is made up of experiences." And we get to design them! What awesome and important work this is. We asked our CX Accelerator leaders to let us know an experience they were thankful for this year. One thing is clear from the responses.we love building strong relationships!

3 MISTAKES LEADERS MAKE THAT SABOTAGE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Virtual Live Labs

In the virtual/work-at-home environment, leaders understand that employee engagement drives productivity and performance. Successful employee engagement is not a linear process, but a continuous cycle.

“Satisfaction Guaranteed” Does Not Lead to Customers Guaranteed

Bill Quiseng

When you are working in customer service, you have been happy that your customers leave satisfied. You have sold them a product or service that meets their wants or needs. Or you solved their problem for them. You were happy because, in the end, they were satisfied.

The Hybrid Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, contact center leaders are planning what their future work environment will look like.

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

4 Easy Ways to Make Call Center Training More Fun

Fonolo

When you think of the phrase “call center training”, does the word fun come to mind? If it doesn’t, you’re probably not alone. After all, workplace training has a reputation for being dull with endless PowerPoint presentations and the occasional role-playing exercise.

This is the Most Powerful Tool in Your Armory, But Do You Understand Why?

Beyond Philosophy

Consumers do insane, possibly dangerous things when they feel a threat to their resources. In particular, highly commoditized resources we perceive as necessary for basic functioning. Unfortunately, panic buying shows that the difference between everyday life and chaos has a thin margin.

How to Use a Customer Journey Map to Keep More Customers [+ Real Examples]

Nextiva

Of all the problems that plague growing businesses, the most frustrating is trying to understand user behavior. But then, when you think you've figured it all out, loyal customers begin to leave without warning. Or, new visitors spend hours on your pricing page only to leave without buying.

The True Remote IT Support Cost & How to Optimize this Necessary Expense

TechSee

The pandemic has ushered in a new age of the remote workforce. Far from being a temporary phase, Stanford University research estimates that at least 42% of the employee population in the US now works from home full-time.

Driving Business Value with Contact Center and UC Integration

With the growth of hybrid work models and work from home, one thing is more important than ever: integration. But, how are companies leveraging it - both technically and operationally? In this whitepaper, you’ll get in-depth insight into how companies are utilizing integrated platforms in their day-to-day operations, and which success metrics they are measuring. Download your copy now to discover how companies are future-proofing their contact centers as they adapt to remote and hybrid workforces.

When Your Customer Experience Hits a “Bump in the Road”

Shep Hyken

One of our faithful subscribers sent in a question. While he’s in the hospitality industry, this could apply to any type of business. There have most likely been times that many of us have fallen short in taking care of our customers. It could be an isolated incident, which is easy to fix.

12 Better Ways to Start a Customer Service Email

Contact Center Pipeline

“Thank you for contacting us.” There’s nothing wrong with that little email starter sentence, but it’s not great, either. Think about it. In most cases, you’re thanking customers for doing something they wish they didn’t have to do: email you to complain about a problem or to get help.

Improving Customer Experience by Empowering A Compassionate Workforce

The Northridge Group

Empathy is a desirable trait for customer service associates; however, compassion takes empathy to the next level.

New Opportunity: Why Nostalgia is not just a thing of the past, but the present!

Beyond Philosophy

I am happy to announce that I am getting my first electric guitar. Many of you know that also means I am buying my first amplifier, too.

LinkedIn + ZoomInfo Recruiter: Better Data for Better Candidates

Check out our latest ebook for a guide to the in-depth, wide-ranging candidate and company data offered by ZoomInfo Recruiter — and make your next round of candidate searches faster, more efficient, and ultimately more successful.

Delivering Excellent B2C Customer Service: 7 Best Practices

Help Scout

B2C customer service differs greatly from its B2B counterpart, and many strategies need to shift to do it well. Follow these 7 tips to excel. Read the full article

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The New Hybrid Field Service Model: Does Visual Assistance Have A Part To Play?

TechSee

The pandemic has transformed how field service is delivered, with the industry focused on servicing customers in the most efficient way possible.

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A Fast Answer or the Right Answer

Shep Hyken

Recently I was talking to a customer support rep. She was amazing. She was personable, genuinely cared, and I felt that she understood my problem. That said, we were struggling to get the problem resolved. She said, “I know you want to get this resolved right away.

Top 5 Posts in November

Contact Center Pipeline

This month’s top 5 blog posts highlight two of our most in-demand topics: customer experience (CX) and expanding your workforce.

AI-Enabled Agent Quality Assessments Optimize Contact Center Performance

Quality Assurance is a major challenge for contact centers today. With up to 95% of customer interactions going unreviewed, many organizations are relying on a small sample of data to coach and evaluate their agents. AI-enabled agent quality assessments transcribe and analyze almost all agent-customer interaction recordings, leading to more comprehensive, consistent and unbiased agent evaluations and MUCH better CX. Find out how by downloading the whitepaper today!

Best Practices of Great Coaches

The Northridge Group

Customer loyalty is earned by being great and consistent at the basics and finding ways to delight your customers in unexpected ways.

Our Competition is Beating Us Despite the Fact We Are Better Than Them

Beyond Philosophy

One of our podcast listeners, Jeanne-Claude, wrote about a problem he was having for a recent episode. I am writing about it here today because it is likely a problem some of you share.

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Q&A with Aruba: How We Scaled Our Customer Engagement Strategy

Totango

What do you do when you realize that 95 percent of your customer base is tech-touch and you don’t have the manpower to properly engage with and measure this group? Well, if you’re Aruba, you go digital.