April, 2019

Call Center Quality Assurance [21 Best Practices and Tips]

CrazyCall

Close your eyes, lightly fall asleep and recall this exact dream…. You are a business owner. Your business relies on calling, maybe you have a call center, do you? Your agents provide excellent customer service, thus your customers are happy to be your customers. Nice, right? Let me tell you.

Bots and Babel Fish

CX Accelerator

In 2007, I moved to the United Kingdom. This amazing life adventure opened my eyes to cultures, languages, and opportunities I had never experienced in America. Upon arrival, it was clear my American English was not going to cut it in the UK.

Regulation Guidelines for Your Financial Services Contact Center

VHT

The financial industry is unique for many reasons. Among the primary differentiators is the substantial amount of regulations that have been put in place to protect consumers seeking financial services. One of the fundamental responsibilities of any financial services provider is to avoid potentially risky activities and to ensure that there is regulatory compliance at every level, including the customer-facing contact center.

The Power of a Smile

ShepHyken

“Smile and the world smiles with you.” That is part of a longer quote attributed to Stanley Gordon West. It became the topic of conversation while on a New York subway with my daughter, Alex, when I noticed her smile at someone who, in turn, smiled back.

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.

3 Useful Tips for Talking to An Employee About a Problem

Myra Golden Media

Label the Employee’s Emotional Reaction. When you merely label what you think your employee is feeling, you show your understanding while at the same time expressing empathy. Labeling is just naming what you observe. Don’t judge or harp on the issue. Here’s what labeling looks like.

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Are Your Call Recordings Up-to-Snuff for AI-fueled Speech Analytics?

Callminer

We are well within the “ Age of the Customer ”. The first step toward competing successfully in this era is capturing the voice of the customer. Many organizations are sitting on a gold mine of customer intelligence which they have already captured – their contact center call recordings.

3 Trends and Challenges for the CX Industry in 2019

Contact Center Pipeline

In the increasingly crowded business landscape, there are a few specific focuses that organizations can invest in to give themselves a boost in attention and customer loyalty.

Computer Vision AI: The Secret Ingredient for Contact Centers

TechSee

Today’s contact centers face a daunting challenge. The explosion in connected devices and the prevalence of online shopping mean that millions of products are now shipped daily, With online commerce projected to pass the $3 trillion mark in 2019.

Leadership Sets the Tone of the Culture

ShepHyken

One of our Shepard Letter subscribers, who asked to remain anonymous, recently shared a story worth telling. To protect him from the backlash he’s concerned about, we’ll change his name to “protect the innocent,” as the saying goes, just in case someone from his company reads this.

Contact Center Cloud Migration Done Right

Speaker: Sheila McGee-Smith, Founder and Principal Analyst, McGee-Smith Analytics

Many companies are in the midst of migrating their contact center to the cloud. Understanding how best to execute the transition of premises to cloud is part of that process. Join contact center industry analyst and No Jitter blogger Sheila McGee-Smith as she discussed tried and true best practices for avoiding the potential pitfalls of CX migration.

The Truth About Transitioning From Employee To Supervisor

Myra Golden Media

Your communication ability, leadership strengths, ambition, and people skills got you this promotion. Now comes the hard part – dealing with conflict, giving feedback, toxic employees, and managing your time.

Why Too Many Choices Can Be Killing Your Bottom Line

Beyond Philosophy

If you give people the option to shop somewhere that only had a few choices or another venue with a wide selection, people almost always go for the larger selection. However, sorting through options can feel overwhelming. Too many choices in your Customer Experience are a terrible thing.

Creating a Customer-Centric Culture with Shep Hyken

ProProfs Blog

We at ProProfs bring to our readers a thought-provoking conversation we had with Shep Hyken , the Customer Service and Experience Expert. He is the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations.

It’s Time to Rethink Your Approach to Supporting Customer Service Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

Building powerful and engaging customer experiences through the contact center requires several important ingredients—just-in-time and in-context analytics, artificial intelligence for self-service and after-contact work, seamless omnichannel options for customers, and fair, accurate scheduling.

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.

What is PCI Compliance Call Recording & Transcription: Definition, Expert Tips & Best Practices

Callminer

PCI compliance call recording & transcription refers to the requirements set in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS is a set of strict regulations created to protect private financial information and prevent credit card fraud. To thwart would be fraudulent activity, credit card numbers (both the card number itself and the CV2 security number) must be hidden and protected by any entity which takes and stores the numbers in any way.

The Difference Between “Surprise and Delight” and Just “Delight”

ShepHyken

Surprise and delight is a great customer service concept. Or is it? The concept behind surprise and delight is to surprise the customer with a level of experience that they weren’t expecting. Obviously, it should be a positive experience.

Take Challenging Customers From a Boil to a Simmer Using the Reframe Method (Step 2 of My De-escalation Strategy)

Myra Golden Media

Last week I shared my 3-Step De-escalation strategy at a Salesforce Trailblazers conference in Minneapolis.

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Creating Actionable Insights from Irrational Humans

Beyond Philosophy

Whenever I talk about Customer Experience with audiences, I begin by explaining that customers do not buy things rationally. Customers buy things emotionally and then justify the purchase with logic. Irrationality and data don’t mix.

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.

Five strategies to improve customer experience in telecoms

TechSee

In the highly competitive telecom industry, customer experience is a critical factor in building and maintaining a competitive advantage. A recent report by Forrester takes this concept one step further by proving that improving customer experience in telecoms delivers a boost to all KPIs.

Automate Those Manual Processes

Contact Center Pipeline

Way too many centers have way too many manual process steps, negatively impacting the customer experience and the cost of doing business. Long handle times are the most obvious impact, but it also hinders agent training time, first-contact resolution (FCR), handoffs and consultations.

An Insider View on Customer Support Strategies with Lindsay Willott

ProProfs Blog

Every brand in the market wishes to revamp its customer support strategies after a certain period of time. No wonder we come across so many articles online that speak of various strategies that organizations can implement to improve their customer service.

Guest Blog: The Rise of Chatbots in Customer Experience

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Irina Kirnos who writes about how chatbots are customer experience tools that are changing the way that companies interact with their customers. Chatbots are more than just automated FAQ answer generators.

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.

Start. Stop. Continue — three Powerful Words for Goal-Setting, Process Improvement, and Self-Improvement.

Myra Golden Media

I end all of my customer service workshops by asking participants to write down three words. Start, Stop, and Continue. Then I invite them to reflect on the day by jotting down: One thing they will START doing based on something they learned in the training.

Are You Ready for Facial Recognition Technology in Your CX?

Beyond Philosophy

Brands have already begun using facial recognition technology in their Customer Experience. Walmart and KFC use facial recognition technology. Passengers on Delta check in for flights in the Atlanta airport using facial recognition. Even my phone password is my face.

Listen to Your Heart (or your calls)

Call Center Weekly

By Diana Aviles I’ve chatted with speech analysts from all walks of life. They speak many languages and are versed in different speech analytics solutions.

Voice of the Customer Survey: We Need Your Insights

Contact Center Pipeline

We need your help to better understand existing processes for gathering, processing and analyzing information about the customer experience. Give us your thoughts in this short Voice of the Customer survey. Results will appear in a future issue of Contact Center Pipeline.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

What Is a Good Customer Effort Score and How Can You Earn One? The Complete Guide

TechSee

How can a company achieve a good Customer Effort Score? Well, let’s look at things from the consumer’s perspective. Kevin and Beth are planning their honeymoon to Hawaii and need to choose a travel insurance provider.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of April 1, 2019

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too. Customer Service Is Poised for an AI Revolution by Vala Afshar.

The 3-Prong Method To Get Customers Who Think They Need a Manager To Calm Down and Let You Help Them

Myra Golden Media

Let’s say have a customer who right out of the gate demands to talk to a supervisor. You can take the three easy steps I teach in my workshops to keep some customers from escalating. Recognize/Acknowledge.