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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Evolution of Support: How to Manage Customer Support in an Era of Self-help

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Expert and Consultant

As self-service as a customer preference continues to grow, it's more important than ever that we assess the amount of support being given to our customer service reps. Is there a way to find the right balance between self-service and support?

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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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.

Women Leadership & Customer Experience

Call Center Weekly

By Stacy Sherman (MBA, CX Certified) ? This article originally appeared on Doing CX Right There’s an increasing amount of conversations about Women and Leadership, and I love it!

Good, Better, Best: Three Ways to Calculate the ROI of CX Initiatives

Speaker: John Joba and David Robbins

Customer Experience is at a tipping point. Despite increasing investment in measurement platforms, executives still struggle to demonstrate the impact to the bottom line—and the value these bring to customers and the organization as a whole.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Removing The Training Wheels - Self Service Solutions in Speech Analytics

Call Center Weekly

By Diana Aviles I feel like I often say, “One of the biggest challenges in speech analytics is.” in many of my pieces since there are so many moving parts in what we do.

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.

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.

Building a Successful Community Superfan Program

Speaker: Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist, Community5

Every social group is made up of members who are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more dedicated than others. In the online community space, we call these people Superfans. But the million dollar question…how can you attract these powerful and necessary people? Join Vanilla Forums for a discussion with Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist at Community5, as he shares ideas and insights on how to best build and execute formal Superfan programs.

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.

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.

Simple Ways to Leverage Wellness to Improve the Employee Experience

Customer Service Life

This post was originally posted as a featured contributor on ICMI. Eat only healthy snacks at work, lose weight and burn calories through your daily exercise. Save your company gobs of money by not getting sick. If this is all your workplace wellness program includes, it stinks.

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.

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.

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.

Guest Blog: How to Get the Most from Seasonal Customer Service Employees

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Joel Gottesman who shares tips to ensure that seasonal employees provide an excellent customer experience. This past season, retailers hired more than 575,000 seasonal employees to help manage the holiday rush.

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.