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Dropped Calls Decoded: Causes and Solutions for Contact Centers

NobelBiz

Ah, the dreaded dropped call – the arch-nemesis of every contact center agent’s productivity and the ultimate buzzkill in the world of customer service. Picture this: you’re right in the middle of resolving a customer’s epic quest for a solution, and just as you’re about to unveil the treasure trove of answers, poof! The call vanishes into thin air, leaving you staring at your phone like it’s some sort of cosmic joke.

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Reduce Work Friction in Call Centers, and You’ll Ease the Agent Turnover Crisis

CSM Magazine

Last year, call centers averaged a 38 percent agent turnover rate – 12 percentage points higher than in 2020. That turnover has a steep cost. Christophe Martel, cofounder and CEO of FOUNT , investigates. Analysts have blamed everything from competitor poaching to general dissatisfaction. But the reality is that many call centers see high turnover because their environment creates a lot of work friction: the kind of everyday obstacles that make it harder than necessary for agents to do their jobs

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What Is Call Queuing and Why It Is Important?

Hodusoft

What Is Call Queuing and Why It Is Important? If you are an owner of an inbound call center (or contact center) then you must know how important it is to answer all incoming calls as soon as possible. What’s even more important is to ensure the calls reach the right departments and agents. But when callers dial your customer service number, only a small fraction of them get to speak with a live agent instantly.

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Playing to Win in Customer Service

ShepHyken

One of the more enjoyable activities in my life is playing hockey. When I’m in town – not out speaking at conferences – I lace up the skates several times a week to play in a friendly hockey game. In close games, when my team is up by one or two goals, I remember my school days when our coaches encouraged us to continue playing to score, even when we were winning, versus switching to more defensive play to prevent the other team from scoring.

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3 Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Improve Customer Experience

Today’s digitally savvy customers have high expectations of retailers for convenience, responsiveness, and ease of doing business both in-store and online. Our recent survey of over 2,000 US consumers found that retailers that can drive a seamless, omnichannel customer experience (CX) – across physical and digital channels – have huge benefits for brand relevance, profitability, and customer loyalty.

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10 Critical Customer Experience Statistics You Must Not Overlook

Win the Customer

As we delve into the insights learned from customer experience trends, it’s evident that experience continues to be a driving force behind brand loyalty, customer retention, and ultimately, business success. In today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, providing exceptional customer experiences has become a non-negotiable priority for businesses across industries.

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Boosting Customer Satisfaction with Quick and Consistent Responses

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: In today’s fast-paced world, customers expect timely responses across various communication channels. Whether it’s email, phone calls, or social media, consistent and efficient interaction is essential to meet customer expectations. Speaking of customers expecting quick and timely responses, if they wanted to wait, they would have waited to make ask their question or make their request in the first place.

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The Ultimate Guide to Call Center Agent Performance

Fonolo

Ready to level up your contact center team? Improving call center agent performance can seem overwhelming, and you might wonder where to start. Don’t fret — the simple suggestions and methods discussed in this guide will get you started. With some hard work, consistency, and great tools, your team will soon reach new heights of operational efficiency!

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A CX Goal: Universal Participation in Product and Service Innovation

Brad Cleveland Blog

The world is changing, customer expectations are evolving so innovation is the heartbeat of customer experience but how do you innovate? As the late management guru Peter Drucker asked, “You hire accountants for accounting and marketers for marketing and lawyers … Continue reading → The post A CX Goal: Universal Participation in Product and Service Innovation appeared first on Brad Cleveland.

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Considering a homegrown generative AI solution for conversation intelligence? Here’s why it’s harder than you think

Callminer

Today's conversation intelligence solutions are applying GPT and LLMs, and organizations must carefully evaluate building in-house solutions. Read this blog to learn why.

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Manual Call Reviews? There's a Better Way!

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 If so, this webinar is for you! What was once a common practice in the call center is now a barrier to success. Manual call monitoring is no longer an option if you want to proactively coach your agents to ultimately improve the customer experience using data-driven insights. Join this webinar with Angie Kronlage and April Wiita of Working Solutions to discuss how you can modernize outdated, manual call review processes through the power of autom

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How Can I Establish a Reputation for Low Prices WITHOUT Seeming Cheap and Low Quality?

Beyond Philosophy

Catherine, one of our podcast listeners, wants to know how to establish her organization’s reputation for having low prices without the companion reputation for having cheap and low-quality products. It’s a good question that, in my experience, is easy to get wrong. However, since I would imagine some of you have a similar problem, I also wanted to share that discussion here with you.

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Embracing Humanity in the Contact Center Space

CCNG

In a recent virtual member town hall discussion led by Dan Smitley (the Strategy and Optimization Czar at Call Design), the focus was on an essential topic in the contact center industry: the intricate interplay between Employee Experience (EX), Customer Experience (CX), and Financial Strength. The conversation revolved around the importance of maintaining this equilibrium while emphasizing the need to put people at the forefront of these numerical metrics. 1.

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Guest Post: Trends of Customer Service in 2023

ShepHyken

This week, we feature an article by Prabhjot Singh at Knowmax , a company that empowers customer experience teams to improve engagement through AI-powered knowledge management. He talks about the trends that customer service and experience professionals can expect for the remaining months of 2023. As we enter 2023, it’s clear that customer service remains a top priority for businesses across industries.

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How Chatbots Are Transforming Healthcare (And How Testing Can Help)

Cyara

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken many industries by storm in recent years. This is especially true in healthcare, where the pandemic drove a surge in AI use that touched nearly every aspect of patient care and service delivery.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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How can I establish a reputation for low prices WITHOUT seeming cheap and of low quality?

Beyond Philosophy

A podcast listener is in a pickle! Catherine wants to establish that her firm is known for low prices. However, she wants their reputation to avoid seeming cheap or low quality. Cheap and low quality is brand promise few firms want to make. However, many brands want to have a reputation for low prices and high quality. Unfortunately, this brand promise is challenging to get right.

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Meet Sophie AI: The Future of Service

TechSee

Generative AI will be transformative for every enterprise. However, today’s early Generative AI solutions lack context, and deliver a poor user experience. These are the keys to unlocking mainstream adoption of Generative AI for service and CX. Using Generative AI should be as natural as chatting with a friend. As you chat, you read your friend’s facial expressions and listen to the tone of their voice.

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Leaning into integration: The key to unlocking enterprise revenue growth

Totango

Announced during our flagship event, Totango Live! , we’re accelerating the motion to customer success-led growth by introducing two new partnerships and nine technology integrations into the Totango software and ecosystem. We believe these collaborations are cornerstones for enterprises to deliver seamless experiences for their customers and to create the interconnectedness with cross-functional partners and systems needed to drive long-term revenue growth. “Totango believes being an open

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How VirtuSwap accelerates their pandas-based trading simulations with an Amazon SageMaker Studio custom container and AWS GPU instances

AWS Machine Learning

This post is written in collaboration with Dima Zadorozhny and Fuad Babaev from VirtuSwap. VirtuSwap is a startup company developing innovative technology for decentralized exchange of assets on blockchains. VirtuSwap’s technology provides more efficient trading for assets that don’t have a direct pair between them. The absence of a direct pair leads to costly indirect trading, meaning that two or more trades are required to complete a desired swap, leading to double or triple trading costs.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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VirtualPBX Business Phone Plans: Pioneering Innovation in the Industry

VirtualPBX

In today’s fast-paced business world, staying connected and effectively managing communications is paramount to success. That’s where VirtualPBX steps in, offering a range of business phone plans that have been making waves for their industry innovation. Recognized for our cutting-edge approach, VirtualPBX is changing the way companies approach communication.

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Forrester Finds AI Used in Marketing by Two-Thirds of B2B Brands

CSM Magazine

The digitisation of marketing has ushered in an era of unprecedented possibilities. Central to this evolution is the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI, with its predictive analytics, personalisation capabilities, and data processing prowess, is fundamentally reshaping the landscape of B2B marketing. Let’s delve into how AI is augmenting B2B marketing strategies and the opportunities and challenges it presents.

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Smart and Sustainable: The Future of Buildings

Cisco - Contact Center

Alas, we have reached the third and final part of our series. And here’s the big question: how do I make it all come together? Well, here’s where we come in !

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Generative AI and multi-modal agents in AWS: The key to unlocking new value in financial markets

AWS Machine Learning

Multi-modal data is a valuable component of the financial industry, encompassing market, economic, customer, news and social media, and risk data. Financial organizations generate, collect, and use this data to gain insights into financial operations, make better decisions, and improve performance. However, there are challenges associated with multi-modal data due to the complexity and lack of standardization in financial systems and data formats and quality, as well as the fragmented and unstru

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What Does it REALLY Mean to Put CX First?

The 5 Essentials of a CX-First Platform Customer experience was once considered a soft metric, or a “nice to have.” But it is now a board-level priority for many brands. The experience you provide your customers is a defining way to differentiate your business from the competition. But how can you really make CX a priority when you have competing budget and resource constraints?

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AI Powered Ticket Automation – Everything You Need To Know

kommunicate

Last Updated on September 21, 2023 Customer support teams today are facing a higher risk of burnout than ever!! This is because of the rising number of customer queries and the greater need to be on top of these queries faster! Hey, if you don’t take care of your customer, your competition will!! In fact, [.] The post AI Powered Ticket Automation – Everything You Need To Know appeared first on Kommunicate Blog.

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12 Creative Ways to Keep Your Customers Happy

Helpware

If you keep your customers happy, they can spread positive word of mouth online, provide repeat business, and increase purchases. In the past, businesses flourished by merely addressing specific needs; however, in today's competitive landscape, delivering just a product or service isn't enough, as consumers expect more and won't settle for a subpar experience.

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The one with a bank, the cloud, and SASE

Cisco - Contact Center

Co-authored by Zaheer Aziz The challenges The increasing adoption of cloud and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a sign of how rapidly the world of networking and security is transforming.

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Train and deploy ML models in a multicloud environment using Amazon SageMaker

AWS Machine Learning

As customers accelerate their migrations to the cloud and transform their business, some find themselves in situations where they have to manage IT operations in a multicloud environment. For example, you might have acquired a company that was already running on a different cloud provider, or you may have a workload that generates value from unique capabilities provided by AWS.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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The Evolving Landscape of AI, Chatbots and LLMs

Cyara

In late July 2023, at the Unparsed Conference , Christoph Börner, Cyara’s Senior Director of Digital and renowned chatbot expert, met with Hans van Dam, founder of the Conversation Design Institute to discuss the present state of the chatbot industry, conversational chatbot design, large language models (LLMs) and the prospective developments within this field.

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Contact Center Coaching to Improve CSAT 

COPC

In my work, I frequently encounter individuals discussing the importance of being data-driven. However, the work they share usually relies on past experiences and assumptions rather than actual data. I don’t believe this is an intentional attempt to deceive or take shortcuts. Statistics heavily influences our field, yet we often neglect to educate our staff on effectively navigating the wealth of information available to them.

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Cisco’s grantee and investee partners share what they look forward to most at Climate Week NYC

Cisco - Contact Center

Climate Week NYC , one of the largest annual climate events since 2009, brings together international leaders from business, government, and civil society to showcase global climate action.