Sat.Nov 24, 2018 - Fri.Nov 30, 2018

Three Lesser-Known Variables That Can Impact Forecasting Data

Monet Software

Great forecasts are the result of many factors: collaboration with your marketing and sales teams, consistent agent performance that makes it easier to anticipate staffing requirements, and a workforce management solution that delivers precise results. But it all begins with data.

Create Safety or You’ll Never Get Performance

Contact Center Pipeline

In his excellent 2018 book, “The Culture Code,” Daniel Coyle writes extensively about the concept of “safety” in company cultures.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Call Center Scheduling

ChaseData

For most business owners and operators, scheduling is a priority. Ensuring that their workforce is available when they’re needed and that customers are being served is just part of creating a positive work environment and establishing good customer service.

Digital Transformation: The Unexpected Opportunities and Surprising Problems for Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

I don’t go to a store looking for a product these days. What’s more, it occurred to me a couple of years ago that I no longer Google products that I want to buy; I “Amazon” them. I suspect many of you do the same. In many ways, Amazon-ing products is a result of the digital transformation.

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.

190 Billion Reasons Why You Should Find the Root Causes of Complaints

Callminer

I was fascinated by a story about the cost of complaints based on a study by the Institute of Customer Service.

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Let Your Customers Tell Your Story

ShepHyken

In the past, I’ve written and talked about “ Telling Your Story.” The idea is that you look to create the “legendary” type of stories that come from your employees and set the bar for the customer experience you want to deliver.

Customer Happiness and the Problem of Choice

Beyond Philosophy

My local diner has a menu that looks like a spiral-bound book. Breakfast served all day!” it says, before presenting me with four pages of breakfast fare, then another six that seem to span the globe. Fried chicken and waffles. Burritos. Spaghetti and meatballs.

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Ten Dumb Things Smart Contact Center Executives Do

Taylor Reach Group

There are a lot of smart — very smart — individuals managing and directing Call and Contact Centers today. Yet these bright, bright people still manage from time to time to do things that defy understanding.

Behind the Scenes with Our Customer Service eLearning

Myra Golden Media

This week has been dedicated to customized customer service eLearning for some of my favorite clients. Well, all of my clients are my “favorite.” ” People often ask me how we put together our tailored online training for clients. So, I decided to take you behind the scenes.

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.

Amazing Business Radio: Annette Franz

ShepHyken

It’s All About The Customer. Using Journey Mapping to Put the Customer Back into the Customer Experience (CX). Annette Franz returns to Amazing Business Radio to discuss becoming more customer-centric, how to understand your ideal customer, and journey mapping. . .

Understanding Customer’s Mental Budgets

Beyond Philosophy

Customers tend to partition money and resources into different categories and this affects their spending patterns. What are the implications of this for you? How can you use this to take your customer experience to the next level? Colin reveals how you can download his ebook ‘Unlocking the Hidden Customer Experience’ for free! The post Understanding Customer’s Mental Budgets appeared first on. Podcast

The Ultimate Playbook for Live Chat Customer Service

GetFeedback

Today, companies must provide customers with personalized, seamless customer service across all channels. But that’s not all—the modern customer also expects to receive speedy support from a real person, which means the days of putting customers on hold are over.

The 3 Fundamentals Everyone Always Forget with Internal Customer Service

Myra Golden Media

Now you can give your employees even more great skills for delivering the best customer experience and for handling difficult customer situations. Sign up for my email list and learn specific tips, approaches, and phrases to help your employees help your customers. Customer Experience Design Internal Customer Service

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.

How InVision Empowers Its Sales Team to Have Better Conversations

Guru

InVision is a digital product design platform that powers exceptional user experiences. As sales enablement manager at InVision, Mike Garber provides the sales team – which is completely remote – with the knowledge and training they need to communicate effectively in market.

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Guest Blog: 4 Easy Ways to Achieve Difficult Customer Contact Goals

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Brian Cantor who gives us a list of ways to achieve success and consistency when communicating with customers on any channel. – Shep Hyken.

Securing Network Access for Call Center Staff

Call Center Weekly

The importance of getting access management right cannot be overstated. You need to make sure that anybody accessing your systems – and the data within - is exactly who they say they are.

Identifying the Right Workforce Manager Candidate

Contact Center Pipeline

The more career-centered workforce managers I meet, the more alike I notice that we all are. We share the same traits, with experience level being the main difference.

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.

Where Does the Next Customer Service Superstar Come From?

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Here are two questions for you. 1) Where does an employee receive the necessary skill set to become a customer service superstar? 2) How can we identify the needed traits of a potentially great service provider?

Cisco Recognizes ConvergeOne as Software Partner of the Year

ConvergeOne

Cisco recently recognized ConvergeOne as its Software Partner of the Year for US West at the Cisco Partner Summit 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of November 26, 2018

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

Top 5 Posts in November

Contact Center Pipeline

Holiday travel provides a lot of down time (aka blog reading time) at the airport, on trains, as a car passenger. Pipeline blog readers took advantage of their spare moments this month to catch up on the topics that are trending and some that are always relevant for running a high-performing contact center. The following […].

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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.

Customer-Centric Marketing: Align for Growth

ClearAction

Customer-Centric Marketing: Align for Growth Lynn Hunsaker. Customer-centric marketing has several layers of meaning. The most popular layer means personalization of communications, toward increasing customer lifetime value.

Are you keeping up with changing holiday trends?

TRUSTID

There’s no question that the holiday rush is a little maddening. The pushy crowds and endless lines are more than enough for consumers to seek other ways to take advantage of special deals and purchase gifts over the busy holidays.

Blue Ocean Promotes Sean Miller to Director of Workforce Management

BlueOcean

Sean Miller, Director of Workforce Management. Blue Ocean, an award-winning provider of customer care solutions, announces that Sean Miller has been promoted to Director of Workforce Management.

Contact Center and Back Office Talent Acquisition and the Knicks

Call Center Weekly

Your former Recruiting team just took you through a PowerPoint presentation in which they proudly announced that Recruiting should hence forth be referred to as “Talent Acquisition.” Great!

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.

Employees Want To Make A Positive Impact

Customer Experience Matters

What motivates employees? This may seem like a difficult question to answer, but it’s not hard at all. There’s one overwhelming answer: Making a positive difference. In our latest consumer benchmark study, we asked more than 5,000 full-time U.S. employees to select which of eight job characteristics they felt was the most important. Here’s what […]. Customer experience Employee Engagement

How to Keep Your Virtual Team Engaged

Toister Performance Solutions

Do you have employees who work from home or in a remote office? This arrangement is increasingly common in customer service. There are many benefits for employees and employers alike, such as eliminated commute times, lower office expenses, and greater flexibility.

4 Traits of the Best Customer Service Employees

B2B Customer Service Blog - TeamSupport

It usually requires a special kind of person to succeed in customer service. These individuals are in constant contact with customers, which makes them symbols of how a business performs. Good customer service employees are eager to help; bad ones are eager for the day to be over.