Sat.Nov 17, 2018 - Fri.Nov 23, 2018

Top 10 Reasons to Record Agent Screen Activity

OrecX

Call recording systems have been around for decades and their utility is proven. The same goes for agent screen recording systems, although you may not know it.

How to Prevent Customers From Hanging Up on Your Brand

VocalCom

If customers are calling your brand for support, chances are they aren’t very happy. And what’s the best way to make them feel worse? Make it impossible for them to reach you. Some customers call because they are most comfortable with the voice channel. But many others pick up the phone because they need in-depth, human support—what digital channels cannot always offer. If your call abandonment rates are too high, consider these tips for making sure customers don’t hang up on your brand.

2019 Contact Center Trends: Is Your Business Ready?

Monet Software

Trends are tricky things. Contact center managers will find no shortage of opinions online about “the next big thing” in business philosophy or technology. You’d be surprised how many websites promote a “hot new trend” that coincidentally requires the product they hope you’ll buy.

How Customers Make Rules for Themselves

Beyond Philosophy

I have a rule with large purchases; I always sleep on it. I do it to ensure I want to make the purchase and not merely susceptible to a sales technique. Plus, it’s a significant expenditure, and I don’t want to make a mistake. This rule works well for me.

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.

The Most Unlikely Source Is Blocking Contact Center Transformation

Call Center Coach

Change is hard, especially in the contact center industry. The humor of this eye-opener is that those of us in the contact center profession are supposed to be in the business of helping meet the needs of our ever-changing customer expectations.

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Five Ways to Create Customer Loyalty

ShepHyken

Customer loyalty… This is what companies strive for, to create loyal customers. Some companies have earned a reputation that keeps bringing their customers back, again and again. How do they do it?

How to discover what REALLY drives value for you $$$

Beyond Philosophy

There is a big difference between what customers say they want and what they buy. For example, Disney know that when they ask their customers what they would like to eat at their theme park that people will say they would like to have an option of a salad.

My Obsessive Compulsive Path to 200 Podcast Episodes

Call Center Coach

It’s Thanksgiving (here in the US) and I’m so thankful. I just released my 200th episode of the Fast Leader Show. Thanks to the Fast Leader Legion and all of my guests. When I started podcasting in 2015 I was worried I would be like so many other that start podcasting.

Is Your Customer Satisfaction Survey Dissatisfying Customers?

GetFeedback

Want happy, loyal customers? That makes all of us. But for the business with limited resources and a thousand different priorities, building a thriving customer base is easier said than done.

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.

Guest Blog: The 8 Elements of Customer Support Quality

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Pascal van Opzeeland who writes about the quality of customer support and what it takes to provide great customer support. – Shep Hyken. What makes a customer support interaction good or bad?

Amazing Service Begins With Engaged Leaders

Call Center Weekly

By Sean Hawkins Providing excellent service to customers is not as hard as we make it seem. However, it takes commitment, diligence and lots of effort to do it well. In simplest form, excellent service is the result of treating customers with courtesy and respect.

Contact Center Cost Models Help Quantify ROI

Contact Center Pipeline

Centers all bear the same types of costs to conduct their operations, whether they’re attributed to the contact center budget or to that of IT or other parts of the organization.

5 Survey Email Subject Line Strategies to Boost Open Rates

GetFeedback

Want to really step up your email survey game? Use this free guide. Sending surveys by email is one of the most popular survey distribution methods today. However, email surveys must first overcome a major inbox hurdle: getting opened.

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.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of November 19, 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.

Giving Thanks: Why at Guru We Don't Give Back, We Give First

Guru

At Guru, we have seven core values around which we orient our company culture. These values are not simply suggestions, but principles we live by.

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Wishing All of Our Readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

Contact Center Pipeline

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to all of our readers for your time and support of our articles and blog posts throughout the years. Thank you—and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Featured call center contact center

What’s the Customer Loyalty Loop?

GetFeedback

The value of loyal customers can’t be overestimated—they trust your business, make more purchases, and act as brand advocates.

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.

Amazing Business Radio: Tien Tzuo

ShepHyken

The Subscription Economy. Why the Subscription Model is the Future and What to Do About It. Shep Hyken sat down with Tien Tzuo to talk about the subscription model and how companies like Salesforce, Uber, and Caterpiller are helping to make it the future of business. Top Takeaways: The subscription economy is a phrase coined to describe the idea that people don’t have to buy products anymore to meet their everyday needs or to get from Point A to Point B.

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15 Traits of Successful Customer Experience Leaders

Dialer 360

All podcast of series, famous experts discuss the top strategies of customer experience leaders. This is how you can leverage or improve those qualities. Thus, effective change in your organization’s approach to customers experiences leaders.

Taking a Deep Dive into FCR

Contact Center Pipeline

No customer ever picked up the phone, dialed up a company and said, “Boy, I hope that they’re not able to help me today, and I have to call back to get my issue resolved.”

The Ultimate Guide to Conference and Event Surveys

GetFeedback

Whether you’re expecting 50 or 50,000, planning and executing an event takes major time and money. Companies willing to make that kind of investment expect great results, and conference/event surveys help them deliver.

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.

Top 10 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Contact Center Needs

Ansafone

Companies are increasingly choosing to outsource functions to outside expert providers.

Upset Customers: 4 Tips to Calm and Keep Calm

Call Center Pros

In the customer service industry, we will have to deal with an angry customer sooner or later. The stress and unpredictability of these situations are the cause of many disastrous fails. Not knowing how to deal with angry customers can culminate into giant losses for the companies involved.

Top 13 Tips for Great Customer Service

kommunicate

Now, most of the businesses are taking a customer-centric approach to serve their customers. As a result, it is becoming tougher for companies to create the unique customer experience to stand out in the crowded market.

Guest Blog: The 8 Elements of Customer Support Quality

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Pascal van Opzeeland who writes about the quality of customer support and what it takes to provide great customer support. – Shep Hyken. What makes a customer support interaction good or bad?

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.

Quarter 4 Preparation

Ansafone

For many retail companies and other businesses, the fourth quarter is the most stressful time of year. During this hectic time, many customers are unsatisfied with their purchases. This causes an increase in calls made to customer support to resolve their issues.

Improve your CSAT by Measuring First Call Resolution

inContact

Spend any time around a contact center and you’ll likely hear the acronym FCR. What does FCR stand for? The definition has changed a bit over time as call centers transformed into contact centers that handle more than just calls. Back in the call center days, FCR stood for First Call Resolution.

How Shared Labor Can Help Optimize Your Staffing Model

Branch Mesenger

With retail’s Q4 upon us and the holiday season surging into focus this week with Thanksgiving & Black Friday, retailers across the United States are gearing up for their biggest three months of the year. Most of the headlines heading into the holidays have been about just how hot the market is.