February, 2019

A Roadmap to Success with Speech Analytics

8x8

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.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook today, and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics!

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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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.

Are You Ready, Willing and Able for Digital Access?

Contact Center Pipeline

Ready, willing and able is a self-explanatory idiom that describes an enthusiastic, well-prepared and eager response to change. Changes are abundant as we continue to move from 20th century approaches to the 21st in contact center management, infrastructure and technology.

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.

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

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.

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.

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.

It All Begins with Good Health

Contact Center Pipeline

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The Future of Contact Centers: What Technology Is Right for Your Customers?

Speaker: Laura Sikorski, Contact Center Consultant

Your Contact Center is the most customer focused area in your organization. It is where centralized conversations take place, the voice of the customer is amplified, and the amount of data captured is significant. Technology must provide reliable options for customers to reach you when they want and obtain the same great service regardless of the channel they choose. Your customers should have a positive customer experience with every interaction.

5 Trends Set to Define Next Generation Customer Experience in 2019

TechSee

If 2018 was a year when customer experience professionals came under intense pressure to map out tangible results from heavy investment, 2019 is shaping up to be the year when next generation customer experience will deliver on the promise of a wide range of new technologies.

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.

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.

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.

How to Build a CX Program from the Ground Up

It’s no secret - customer experience is the new competitive battlefield. In this eBook, TopBox shares step-by-step guidance on how to build and scale a rock-solid CX program that will fuel measurable revenue and affect organizational change.

The Framework You Need to Survive in Retail

Beyond Philosophy

Organizations cannot afford to be operationally driven. A Customer Experience focus is a necessity of survival in today’s hyper-competitive and disrupted retail market. That said, not every organization realizes this fact yet, which I find disappointing.

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.

What is Voice of the Customer? 25 Experts Give Best Practices

Callminer

Voice of the Customer (VoC) is a type of market research which aims to better understand current and prospective customers. Essentially, the process of finding the voice of the customer can be done a number of ways, using many different methods.

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.

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

Two Factors Make It Easy for Contact Center Chat

Call Center Coach

The contact center industry can seem very fragmented at times. One thing that we must remember is there are new contact centers being opened all of the time, and in a wide range of industries. When considering live chat the same thing is true.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guest Blog: How One Experience Started My CX Passion

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Stacy Sherman who reminds us that brands must not compete on price alone and shares a great story to illustrate this point from Stacy’s Pita Chips. – Shep Hyken.

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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.