Sat.Mar 23, 2019 - Fri.Mar 29, 2019

3 Strategies to Reduce Member Wait Times with Website Chat and SMS for Credit Unions

LiveVox

In a recent survey of 150+ credit union leaders, increasing member wait times was noted as the top member engagement challenge while SMS and website chat were selected as the most desirable new digital challenges.

Beyond customer effort score – Understanding and avoiding “chronic suck”

Tethr

How to Engage Gen Z in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

Quick, is Gen Z old enough to work yet? No checking Wikipedia…. Answer: Yes. While there is a bit of a gray area between where exactly Millennials stop and Gen Z starts, demographers pretty much agree that the starting birth years for Gen Z are in the late 90s.

All About the Feels? Why Emotion Plays a Critical Role in CX Success

Call Center Weekly

By Cohan Daley “Feel the feels”, “all about the feels”. Whether you love it or hate it, this phrase highlights a key point about digital communication.

5 Ways to Engage Employees for Immediate Impact

Speaker: Vicki Brackett, Author and COO of Sinousia

Author of the new book The Leadership Toolbox and Chief Operating Officer of Sinousia, Vicki Brackett shares creative and proven ways to engage your employees in either work at home environment or traditional brick and mortar. These strategies have been vetted by thousands of employees and have a track record of making immediate impact to customer service satisfaction scores, sales conversion, absenteeism and employee retention. When it comes to employee performance, you must be proactive on the front-end, or you are forced to be reactive on the back end!

Nobody Goes There Anymore… It’s Too Crowded

ShepHyken

The other day I was driving by a Chick-fil-A restaurant at lunchtime. I was blown away by how many people were in the drive-through lane. There had to be at least 20 cars. I thought to myself, “That’s a long line. You really have to love Chick-fil-A to brave that line at lunchtime.”.

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Why You Must Address Customer Irrationality Before It’s Too Late

Beyond Philosophy

At British Telecom (BT), we were buying a CRM system. I was leading the project and we had 15 people around the table to make this choice. It was a significant decision for a lot of money. So, as it was a business decision, you would think we were logical about it. However, we weren’t.

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The First Step to De-escalating Is to Recognize The Customer’s Emotional Reaction

Myra Golden Media

Let me ask you something. If you’re pissed off at your partner, and you’re yelling, maybe even cursing, and in response they say… nothing. How do you react? Do you calm down? Or does their silence make you more intense? I talk more. Louder. My attitude gets fierce.

Amazing Business Radio: Natalie Petouhoff

ShepHyken

From AI to “HIMI” Human-Inspired Machine Intelligence. Shep Hyken interviews Dr. Natalie Petouhoff. They discuss AI in business—what works and what doesn’t work, how it can help companies and employees succeed, and how we can best utilize it.

Expert Roundup: What Does Great Customer Service Mean to You?

ProProfs Blog

Whenever organizations ask, “what does great customer service mean to you?”, I end up saying “it depends!”. And, it is true. What could be a great aspect for me can turn out to be an average aspect for others during their customer journey.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 3: Overcoming Customer Reluctance

Contact Center Pipeline

Customers want easy access to information—and they want it quick. They also have little patience for self-service options that can’t understand their needs or provide accurate answers to their questions.

5 Things You Should Do Today to Manage Uncertainty in Business

Beyond Philosophy

A consistent finding in psychology is that people don’t like uncertainty or risk. It’s called Risk Aversion, and we all have it to some degree. To be fair, we are not risk averse all the time. We also enjoy risky behavior, like gambling, smoking, or playing fast and loose with food expiration dates.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of March 25, 2019

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.

CX Specialist Ben Motteram Divulges Upcoming Trends in Customer Support

ProProfs Blog

The promise of a delightful customer support experience comes with the responsibility of actually delivering it consistently. Just buying and installing the latest customer support software onboard does not automatically mean that you will provide a great experience to your customers.

The Changing Role of CX Testing in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Diego Lo Giudice and Chad Hendren

With new competition emerging every day, businesses are transforming themselves, and using software as a means to drive differentiation. Digital transformation has become a key initiative for businesses across the globe, and CX is ground zero. Register now for this webinar and hear from Cyara and their guest speaker, Diego Lo Giudice of Forrester, how testing and QA practices are changing to enable and accelerate digital transformation.

3 Technologies to Drive Peak Performance of Your Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

How can contact centers leverage artificial intelligence (AI), speech analytics and agent enablement tools to improve agent performance, as well as customer-focused metrics like Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and Customer Satisfaction (CSAT)?

Net Promoter Score: The Complete Guide

TechSee

The Contact Center KPIs that Matter Most – TechSee Data Sheet Collection Part 1. In the first of our new series of in-depth data sheets, you’ll discover the huge impact that Visual Support has on NPS, according to some of TechSee’s biggest clients.

Guest Blog: How to Boost Retail Customer Experience Through AI-powered Price Optimization

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Alexandr Galkin who writes about how retail management should focus on direct communication and/or a balanced pricing strategy and allow AI to manage price optimization. Customer experience comes first.

Brand Or Customer Experience – what comes first?

Beyond Philosophy

Brand Or Customer Experience – what comes first? The ubiquity of brands is undeniable. With the constant exposure to them, we all feel like we know what a brand is. However, when we are asked to explain it, we often fumble. In fact, it is remarkable just how different our answers are. It seems as if no one really knows what a brand is at all. Branding is imperative to having an outstanding Customer Experience.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

7 practical steps to build a data-driven CX program

Centriam Customer Experience Lab

Recent articles about customer experience (CX) have included statements as grandiose as: “Customer experience is the new brand.”- Forbes. Put customer experience at the heart of your operations.”- McKinsey. Customer experience is the key competitive differentiator.” - Wall Street Journal.

A Decade of Pipeline: We Want to Hear From You

Contact Center Pipeline

Today, we’re announcing two new contact center surveys as part of our month-long 10th anniversary celebration. Industry research is valuable to everyone and we would love to have your participation.

8 Zendesk competitors: which help desk software should you choose in 2019?

HelpCrunch

Looking for a powerful yet affordable help desk tool? Zendesk is not your only option. Check these 8 Zendesk competitors to make a better choice. The post 8 Zendesk competitors: which help desk software should you choose in 2019? appeared first on HelpCrunch blog. Comparison Customer service

Effectiveness Indicators: First Call Resolution, Calls/Resolved

Taylor Reach Group

By Turaj Seyrafiaan. In the recent years, First Call Resolution (FCR) has become a buzz word in the contact center industry! Everyone is talking about it and it appears that everyone is working on improving the results in their center.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Best Practices for Designing Customer Satisfaction Surveys

ProProfs Blog

The hardest part of creating a customer satisfaction survey isn’t getting your customers to take the survey. Many customers would be willing to attempt any survey you present in front of them. However, whether they’ll complete the survey or leave it midway is something you can’t be sure of.

A Decade of Pipeline: Final Day to Sign Up for Savings—And Win a Staff Pizza Party!

Contact Center Pipeline

Our celebration is coming to an end. It has been a fun month of reminiscing on the past decade. In appreciation for all that you have done to help us achieve our 10-year goal, we are giving away a free Pizza Party for your contact center staff. One lucky winner will receive a pizza party […]. Featured call center contact center

Important etiquette tips for customer service on social, live chat and email

InTheChat

Social customer service isn’t just a nice-to-have anymore, it’s a must-have. As smartphones continue to change the way we live our lives, consumer expectations for social media customer service continue to evolve. Even just a couple of years.

Four Phrases Call Center Agents Should Avoid at All Costs

Fonolo

While on a call with a customer, the language used is incredibly important. Call center agents are likely to have many, many conversations over the course of a work day, so it’s easy to forget the importance of each and every interaction you have with a customer on the line.

Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

What Is Survey Fatigue & How to Avoid It

ProProfs Blog

Surveys have long established their place as the best customer engagement tool available to companies. And as such every company sends out feedback and satisfaction surveys to all their customers.

7 Ways to Get Better at Customer Service

Kayako

Customer service and experience have taken on a growing urgency for businesses large and small. Offering customers out-of-this-world customer experience is one of the most effective ways today’s businesses can set themselves apart and inspire loyalty and brand love from their customers.

How to Create the Perfect Post-Chat Survey

GetFeedback

Post-chat surveys are the best method to measure if you’ve successfully implemented your live chat customer service program.