December, 2018

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Keeping Call Center Agents from Causing Legal Liabilities and Undermining Relationships

Contact Center Pipeline

Legal disclosures are everywhere—almost to the point of ad nauseam. They are found in everything from prescription drug ads that feature absurdly long lists of side effects to the obvious, “This hot coffee is HOT.” Such marketing-based disclosures become practically invisible.

Why Digital Channel Frustration Leads to Frustrated Calls Into the Call Center

Callminer

In our recent survey and report, The CallMiner Index which identifies in the UK and US the sectors that have the highest churn rates and reveals the reasons why consumers switch suppliers. One of the key observations from the reports are about consumers’ channel preferences.

8 Key Stats to Prove Customer Experience Delivers ROI

Beyond Philosophy

James Carville, political commentator and media personality coined the phrase, “The economy, Stupid,” for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Carville was talking to the team at the time to help them focus on the key messages for Clinton’s campaign.

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.

The Reason Your Employees Can’t De-escalate

Myra Golden Media

Everybody thinks to train employees on the company’s applications and products and to give them basic phone skills.

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Ten Reasons WHY Customers Choose to Do Business with You

ShepHyken

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” That quote comes from Simon Sinek, author of the book, Start with Why. This quote makes me think about the different reasons behind why a customer chooses to do business with a company.

40 Customer Retention Statistics You Need to Know

GetFeedback

Learn about the top two customer surveys for predicting and increasing customer retention. Anytime a customer cuts ties, you experience the negative impact of customer churn. While some churn is a normal part of any business, a high churn rate can cripple the growth of any organization.

Customer Centricity: 10 strategies to implement in 2019

Lumoa

Start 2019 with these 10 simple steps and build the fundamentals of your customer-centric culture. Nurture customer centricity in your company and lead your organization through the customer-centric transformation. RSS generated with FetchRss

Are You Listening to Your Customers – Or Driving them Crazy?

Beyond Philosophy

Not too long ago, I had a minor outpatient procedure at a hospital. When I checked my email the next morning, there was a survey from the hospital. What did you think of your anesthesiologist?”. My first thought was that I didn’t die during the procedure, so he must have done a fine job.

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.

Three Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Giving Bad News To Customers

Myra Golden Media

No one likes to deliver bad news to customers, but for a lot of us, giving bad news is a regular part of business. You know the feeling – you probably get nervous, or you have to transfer a call to your supervisor because the customer won’t accept your word as final.

How Top Brands Are Winning with Engaging Social Media Experiences

Call Center Coach

With social media your customers are having experiences on their own terms. They are in control. All of their experiences add up to their interpretation of your brand, product and service.

Resolving the Riddle of Retention

Taylor Reach Group

By: Colin Taylor. The downside of a strong economy is low unemployment and job shortages. A strong economy doesn’t directly cause contact center attrition, but it does provide employees and agents options that may not exist in a weaker economy.

How to Measure Customer Satisfaction With CSAT

GetFeedback

Do you really know how your customers feel about your products and services? How about the quality of your customer service? The only way to really find out is to ask, which is why so many companies measure customer satisfaction regularly.

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.

What Causes Friction

ShepHyken

In the past few months leading up to my new book, The Convenience Revolution , I’ve focused on ways to be more convenient for your customers. I’ve shared six Convenience Principles and numerous examples and case studies. The goal is to eliminate friction.

Why Customer Experience is Dying (And What To Do About It)

Beyond Philosophy

It seems from two recent surveys that despite all the money and resources that have been ploughed into improving Customers Experience, this is not having any effect? What will happen next is that CEO’s and the C-Suite will start to remove their support for these changes.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Employees Make When Giving Bad News to Customers

Myra Golden Media

Telling customers what they don’t want to hear is one of the hardest things customer service employees will ever have to do. Giving bad news is hard because of the fear of backlash and because so many customers will just escalate to a supervisor in hopes of getting a different response.

Why Are Contact Centers Cancelling Supervisor Training?

Call Center Coach

We all know that frontline supervisors are not successful because they were your best agents. They need to be developed. And forward-thinking organization know this.

How to Optimize CX Through the Voice of the Customer

Speaker: Faith Adams, Analyst at Forrester

Join Intouch Insight and special guest, Faith Adams with Forrester Research, on November 8 at 1 PM EST and learn how you can act on VoC data

How to Make Time for Self-Care When You Work Remote

Customer Service Life

When it comes to remote work, many of us picture the ease of lounging on our couches in our PJs while plugging away on our laptop. But if we’re not mindful, this way of life can cause our overall well-being to fall off track.

13 Chatbot and AI Experts on Whether Chatbots are a Threat to Support Agents

kommunicate

Chatbots have been there for long, and so has the speculation that one day they will replace humans in the workplace. Although chatbots are still looked at with contempt for many justifiable reasons, they have definitely come a long way from being the primitive version of themselves.

Be Different

ShepHyken

If you compete head-to-head with your competition, you may win or lose. If you compete by being different, you stand out. And, that’s a win. Over the years I’ve talked with many clients who are looking for ways to disrupt a competitor and/or win more business from existing customers.

Are You Making Intuitive Or Rational Decisions?

Beyond Philosophy

There are two key ways people make decisions: intuitvely or rationally. We discuss why this is important to designing your customer experience and how this can have a key effect on customer loyalty.

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.

Most People Don’t Get That They Have Internal Customers

Myra Golden Media

I don’t think that most people get that there are only two functions in a company. You’re either serving customers, or you’re serving someone who serves customers. There aren’t any other roles in business, as far as I’m concerned.

Why Do Contact Center Agents Stay?

Call Center Coach

Regardless of the economic cycle, turnover can be a problem for a lot of contact centers. Whether it’s just retaining any person to be in your contact center or just those high performers. Turnover is something that all of us need to do a better job of managing, but how do you do that?

Customer Service Inspiration from my Bookshelf

Customer Service Life

This article was originally posted on the ICMI Blog during National Customer Service Week on October 2, 2018. Click here to read the original post. Can we all acknowledge that customer service is a hard job?

Guru Secures $25M Series B Funding

Guru

We are excited to announce that Guru has secured $25 million in a Series B funding round. Thrive Capital is leading the round, with participation from our existing investors Emergence Capital , FirstMark Capital , Slack Fund , and Michael Dell’s MSD Capital.

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The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

Best Customer Service and Experience Articles, Videos, & Podcasts

ShepHyken

Shep Hyken’s Best Customer Service and Experience. Articles, Videos & Podcasts from 2018. Top Cartoon for 2018. Top 5 Articles to Share With Your Team: Five Customer Service Must-Do’s For 2018. A business must keep up with the times.

The Sad Truth About Utilities, Railroads and CX

Beyond Philosophy

Water and train companies in the U.K. have come under fire recently over their lousy customer service. What do these two seemingly-unrelated industries have in common? Both are monopolies, and a monopoly is almost always bad news for the customer. Water service to homes in the U.K.

5 Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Listening Effectively In Retail Sales

Myra Golden Media

Poor listening often leads to customer frustration. When a retail employee merely hears a customer—instead of actively listening to them—they’re less able to determine precisely what that person needs.

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