February, 2019

A Roadmap to Success with Speech Analytics

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Whether you’re heading to a new restaurant on the other side of town or taking a road trip across the country, a GPS helps get you there. Gone are the days of combing through maps, taking notes and picking what you think is the best route—only to be blindsided by traffic delays and detours.

Improving Contact Center Operations: Happiness All Around to a “T”

Contact Center Pipeline

The contact center environment can be hectic—you probably have don’t have much time or patience for a third-party outsourcer telling you how to “transform” your call center operations. Right? You’re thinking: “Give me a break. I’m hard-pressed just to staff the third shift, much less transform it.”

5 Contact Center Tech Upgrades to Consider in 2019

Customer Service Life

The text of this article originally appeared on the ICMI blog on December 5, 2018. Click here to read the original and click here to watch a video where I discuss the content of this article. Hint: Focus on Agent Performance.

Five Ways to Say Thank You to Your Customers

ShepHyken

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. This is the day where we send our spouses, partners, and loved ones a gift. Often it is out of obligation. I have plenty of friends who tell me if they don’t get their spouse some flowers and a card, they will pay for it.

To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

How to De-escalate Using the Snatch and Flip Technique

Myra Golden Media

When your customer furiously tears in, not letting you pinch in so much as “um hmmm,” regain control using the Snatch and Flip technique. Here’s what you do. Listen (Try to be fully present, listening without annoyance.). Identify the subject that has hacked the customer off.

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Customer Experience ROI: How You Prove You Understand Customer Experience Strategy

Beyond Philosophy

Customer Experience as an industry is at a crossroads. As I have written before , the results that we should be seeing are not there. It’s time to put up or shut up. If we as an industry do not turn it around, we might see our budgets and headcounts reassigned somewhere else.

Attrition Analysis & The Psychology of Disengagement

Call Center Weekly

Ron Rhodes Without a doubt, my most perplexing and profound observation from years of leading large organizations is a behavioral complex I refer to as the psychology of disengagement. In the back office BPO and contact center business, competition for labor is heavy and aggressive.

Top Themes from Think 2019

Peter Lavers

What were the key themes coming out of my coverage of February’s IBM’s showcase global conference Think 2019 in San Francisco? I was delighted to be invited by IBM Watson to Think 2019 in my role as an IBM Futurist.

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Make Your Company’s Name Your Brand Promise

ShepHyken

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure and honor of being the keynote presentation for River Valley Bank, soon to be Incredible Bank , as they merge the names of their brick-and-mortar banks and their online bank. I love that word, incredible , almost as much as my favorite word, amazing.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

6 Reasons Why You’re a Rookie At De-escalating

Myra Golden Media

Inflammatory words and an aggressive tone heat up an interaction like an oven heats up a room.

The Call Center Can Be a Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Callminer

I was prompted by a BBC.com articled entitled ‘ Which banks do customers love or hate? ’ to think about the impact of a call center on the emotional divide the article highlights.

Reality Check: Are your customers channels or people?

Call Center Coach

I’m cursed. Are you? For years I fell into a trap that I see many in the contact center industry fall in to. It’s the trap of managing workflow for efficiency. I need to be careful not to manage queues of interactions because that’s how it’s always been done.

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Simon Says You Should Read This to Improve Your CX

Beyond Philosophy

I talk a lot about how people are irrational and have presented evidence for it. Most people can get on board with the idea that we are not robots that are purely rational. Some people do push back on the idea that people are not rational. Typically, they are more rational-types.

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.

Convoso Client success story: VSA

Convoso

VSA searched for a single contact center platform that would eliminate the inefficiencies created by using various CRM systems and dialer capabilities not at all suited for a unique client this company needed to support.

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Doing the Right Thing: A Habit Worth Mastering

ShepHyken

When it comes to taking care of customers, sometimes people go a little further than expected. When asked why, they often say, “It was the right thing to do.” There’s no incentive other than the desire to care for someone else. In a sense, that is what customer service is about.

The One Word That Makes Customers Accept Your Word As Final

Myra Golden Media

If you say “because” when you’re telling a customer something, you’ll significantly increase the chance that they’ll accept your word as final. Here’s Why Saying “Because” Works.

What Are the Advantages of NPS to My Business?

ProProfs Blog

Customer retention, customer loyalty, customer engagement, phew, these words are all I read about these days. One thing that tends to link all these factors together is Net Promoter Score or NPS.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

12 Ways To Show Some Love To Supervisors

Call Center Coach

80% of contact center agents leave because of their relationship with their immediate supervisor. But with all relationships, it’s much better to give first – so that you shall receive. Follow these tips for building a better relationship with your Supervisor.

How To Measure Authentic Customer Emotions In Real Time

Beyond Philosophy

There is a big challenge when measuring customer emotions as you are asking customers how they felt in an experience, as this is done retrospectively, a while after they had the experience.

Dimension Data CX Report Roundtable

Peter Lavers

Watch the video report from Dimension Data’s 2019 Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report Roundtable session. Dimension Data recently released their latest Customer Experience report.

Core Values are Decision Filters

ShepHyken

I’m honored to be the keynote speaker later this year at Office Pride , a franchisor of commercial cleaning service companies. All of the franchisees will be attending their annual meeting to network and learn about the latest and greatest opportunities happening in their industry.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

5 Ways to Screen Job Candidates for Positive Attitude

Contact Center Pipeline

As an initial point of contact with your brand, customer service reps must be able to provide an excellent customer experience and resolve problems fairly and efficiently while showing empathy to every caller.

Building a Successful Customer Experience Strategy

GetFeedback

Companies frequently designate customer experience (CX) as the most exciting opportunity for their business, according to the Digital Marketing Trends Report. Successful customer experience strategies will lead to greater customer satisfaction, higher revenue, and diminished customer churn.

Tear Apart and Put Together Your New Contact Center

Call Center Coach

Flexibility is often an innocently misunderstood element in the contact center technology evaluation criteria. Afterall, unless you’re evaluating and implementing a wide-array of contact center technology as part of your everyday job, it’s just impossible to keep up with.

Are You Making THIS Mistake with Theory in Your CX Strategy?

Beyond Philosophy

A psychology theory is all very well and good. However, if you can’t apply it to solve your practical needs, it is useless. However, there is another crucial thing you need to know about theory, especially regarding Customer Experience. People get theory wrong with Customer Experience. A lot.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

Top 5 Benefits of Post-Event Surveys You Need to Know

ProProfs Blog

After all the hard work, money, and time; you finally packed up your long-awaited event, and it was probably the best moment of your life but was it the same for your audience or attendees?

Amazing Business Radio: Jeff Robbins

ShepHyken

Customer Feedback 101. Seeing Your Business Through the Eyes of the Customer. Shep Hyken interviews Jeff Robbins. They discuss the importance of customer feedback, the most effective surveys, and how to use these tools to create customer loyalty and improve your business.

Top 5 Posts in February

Contact Center Pipeline

February may have been short on days, but it wasn’t lacking useful content for running your contact center operation.