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How Adding A Field for Mobile Phone Can Improve Your Contact Ratio

Calltools

One of the key metrics in for any successful sales team or a competent customer service team is the ability to acquire valid leads, as well as improving your contact ratio. Lead generation forms are a tool that is helpful in acquiring quantifiable leads. Yet there are many businesses that do not fully recognize the power behind specific elements of a lead generation form… in this case, a field for a mobile phone number.

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Why design thinking in the contact center drives CX innovation

TELUS International

Find out how design thinking and journey mapping are elevating the customer experience.

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5 Little Tricks To Get Customers To Accept Your Word As Final

Myra Golden Media

If you find it hard to get customers to accept your word as final and if too many of your customers just go over your head to talk to a supervisor who will tell the customer the exact same thing, you need to read this. I have for you five little tricks that I share in my onsite de-escalation workshops. These ideas will help you be far more successful in getting customers to accept your word as final. 1.

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Always Do Your Best

ShepHyken

Our mantra at Shepard Presentations is to Always Be Amazing. Those three words are very important. They are totally consistent with what we stand for, what I write about in my books and articles, and how we conduct ourselves at work every day. It’s simple…. We want to be amazing for our employees. We want to be amazing for our clients. And, we want to teach our clients to be amazing to their customers, clients, guests, members – and anyone else they do business with.

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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 Customers Make Rules for Themselves

Beyond Philosophy

Customers make rules for themselves that help them in their buying decisions. Some of these rules are common to many people. Some are specific to individual customers. Do you know what your customer’s rules are? How do you find out how to move your customer experience to the next level. Colin reveals how you can download his ebook ‘Unlocking the Hidden Customer Experience’ for free!

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5 Important Trends That Impact Contact Centers Today and into the Future

Contact Center Pipeline

Trends drive business and social behavior, which is why we are always interested in observing and analyzing those that will impact contact centers and their suppliers now and into the future. Following are five over-arching business trends from Pelorus Associates’ latest report, 2018 World Market for Workforce Management Systems Market. The first two trends have […].

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5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of October 29, 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. 4 Major Customer Service Faux Pas by Holger Reisinger . (Business 2 Community) When someone reaches out to your customer service team, more often than not, they’re experiencing some sort of issue.

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Using AI To Enhance the Customer Experience in Call Centers

Etech GS

In the past Companies controlled the buying process and the customer journey, with the IoT that shift has moved to the consumer. If you really want to lead in the marketplace you must focus on customer experience. As customer service evolved, the consumers now do business based on customer experience. In this blog we will discuss how the greatest advantages technology can give us is access to this information.

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What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?

CX Global Media

Sadly, Bill Gessert passed away suddenly on October 3 rd , 2018 – leaving behind his beloved wife, Lisa and four adult children and five grandsons. It’s was a complete honor to have had Bill on my podcast The Fast Leader Show. While I knew our time together would be full of sharing and insight, I especially loved the way he was able to answer the nagging question, “What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?”.

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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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Should your Contact Centre join the Cloud?

Connect

In Contact Centres around the world, a battle is raging. The prize: the best customer experience, underpinned by efficient, scalable, and flexible technology. Many would have you believe there are only two contenders: the Cloud Contact Centre (Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS)), and the more conventional Contact Centre Infrastructure (CCI). The reality, however, is much more complex.

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Guest Blog: How to Personalize Your Chatbots for Customer Journey Tracking & Provide a Better Experience

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Catalin Corzini who shares information about how chatbots can provide a better experience and how to customize the customer journey when using chatbots. – Shep Hyken. We cannot escape the future. As we move towards big data and artificial intelligence, chatbots seem to be leading the way towards a more automated future.

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Are You Breaking Enough Rules?

Call Center Weekly

I'm reading First, Break All The Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently , by Don Clifton. It's so, so good! There are some really crucial lessons but the one that is on my mind the most right now is - great managers do NOT follow the golden rule. Because strong personal relationships are crucial for success, that typically means treating others as we want to be treated.

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Digital disruption is changing our lives…and its impact on the contact centre is no different

Aspect

The past few years have seen digital disruption move at an incredible pace, transforming almost every element of our lives; from our ease of access to services to how we purchase goods, and how we lead our everyday lives both at home and in the working environment. In light of this, and the growing demands from customers, organisations must evolve to provide information and access across a wide range of channels.

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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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9 Books I Think All College Seniors Should Read

Myra Golden Media

A bright young Generation Z professional approached me after a customer service workshop last week in Atlanta and asked me for advice. Here’s one of the smart questions she asked me, “What books would you recommend that my younger self, say my senior year in college, should read? What books would position me to be the most successful version of myself?

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Amazing Business Radio: Sam Stern

ShepHyken

Five Myths About Monetary Incentives. Why Giving Monetary Incentives is a Bad Idea. Shep Hyken sits down with Sam Stern. They discussed Sam’s research on why giving employees monetary incentives for providing good customer experiences is a bad idea. Top Takeaways: Two years of Sam’s research shows monetary incentives for providing good customer experiences distracts your employees from improving their experience delivery.

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Incredible Marketing Campaigns to Boost Customer Service

Fonolo

These days, customers are savvier than ever. Generic, sales-heavy marketing campaigns no longer have the same impact they once did. Thanks to social media platforms, customers wield more power than ever before. Customer service and call center agents are certainly feeling the effects of this power: They are working harder than ever to successfully meet customer demands to earn rave reviews rather than damaging social media rants from customers.

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Why customer experience matters now more than ever

Maru Group

Brands and businesses operating in the UK are facing an uncertain time. With Brexit just around the corner, Monday’s budget announcement came with the claim that ‘austerity is coming to an end’. Yet, Maru/edr research in the hours immediately after the latest budget publication showed that less than 1 in 4 (23%) UK consumers agree with Philip Hammond that austerity is coming to an end.

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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How to Apply Customer Experience Advocacy in Marketing

ProProfs Blog

In 2017, United Airlines went viral when a passenger was forcibly removed in an overbooked flight. Despite its CEO’s apology, the overwhelming online backlash led to a 6.3% drop in the company’s shares in pre-market trading. In a world where people can easily share their experiences with businesses via social media–an assessment which can make or break a brand— customer advocacy has become one of the top priorities today.

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On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based Call Center Software – Which is Right for You?

ChaseData

Whether you’re just getting started with setting up your call center or looking at making an upgrade to your software systems, you may be wondering what the differences between on-site and cloud-based software is – and which is best for your operation. Here’s what you need to know about the advantages of cloud-based call center software, as well as how and why to put it to work for your business.

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Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our November 2018 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

November! It’s that time of year! Halloween has passed, the pumpkins are gone, and now we look forward to spending time with our friends and loved ones at Thanksgiving. As always, Pipeline is here to help during this busy time of year. You can search our article archive and blog for seasonal tips. Don’t miss […].

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30 Customer Service Tips That Will Genuinely Delight Your Customers Every Single Time

Nextiva

Every business owner will tell you the key to success is solid customer service. Then why do so many businesses struggle with it? There are a couple reasons for this… First, customers are more likely to remember a poor experience with a business or a brand than a good one. Unfortunately, customers that have a negative […]. The post 30 Customer Service Tips That Will Genuinely Delight Your Customers Every Single Time appeared first on Business VoIP, Customer Experience, Sales & Marketin

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ABM Success Recipe: Mastering the Crawl, Walk, Run Approach

Shifting to an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy can be both exciting and challenging. Well-implemented ABM motions build engagement with high-value accounts and drive impactful campaigns that resonate with your audience. But where do you begin, and how do you progress from crawling to running? Watch now as Demand Gen experts delve into the essentials of each stage of the ABM process.

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The New Definition of Employee Empowerment

Toister Performance Solutions

Advertising disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. The classic definition of employee empowerment never seemed right. Most customer service leaders I talk to think of it as giving employees a certain degree of autonomy.

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Breaking Down the Ultimate Question – NPS

ChurnZero

Breaking Down the Ultimate Question – NPS (Net Promoter Score). First, let’s start with the very basics- what is a Net Promoter Score ? Net Promoter Score was first developed by Fred Reichheld, Bain & Company and Satmetrix in 2003. Since then it has been used heavily by companies, both large and small, to assess customer satisfaction and has become an important metric for growth-driven technology businesses.

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Top 5 Posts in October

Contact Center Pipeline

What’s not to like about October… fall foliage, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween and, in the industry, Customer Service Week. Our top 5 blog posts of the month included a collection of CSW-friendly recognition tips, along with how to ensure consistent quality across customer communication channels, keeping a lid on drama in the workplace, a quick […].

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Make your team more accessible: The live chat implementation checklist

UJET

Live chat is one of the most popular support channels in 2018. With the ability to provide quick and simple solutions, 79% of customer s say they prefer to use live chat for their inquiries. With this increase in popularity , live chat support is no longer being seen as a differentiator. Customers expect your company to provide it.

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Customer Experience Management: Optimizing Your Strategy for Financial Success

Speaker: Diane Magers, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Experience Catalysts

In the world of business, connecting the dots from experience to financial impact is an essential skill. Transforming customer engagement, Voice of Customer (VoC) insights, and Journey Maps into tangible financial outcomes poses a significant challenge for most organizations. To gain buy-in from the C-Suite and key stakeholders, it’s crucial to illustrate how Experience Management translates into clear, measurable business results.

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Nextiva Partners with Southwest Human Development for Children’s Book Drive

Nextiva

From mid-September to mid-October, Nextiva Cares partnered with Southwest Human Development for a children’s book drive. About Southwest Human Development Southwest Human Development is a non-profit organization focused on the first five years of a child’s life. These early years are the most critical for development. Southwest helps both children and their families with support, […].

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The Undead: AI Can’t Die Because its Definition Keeps Changing

Fonolo

Every tech trend has a natural lifespan. It starts on the fringes, builds momentum with early adopters, then moves into the mainstream. Subsequently, you get some start-up successes, then a rush of VC-funded efforts, then an overshoot in expectations, and finally a settling-in to some kind of status quo. Think “P2P”, “big data”, “IoT”, or “blockchain”.

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Business Process Outsourcing: An Important Development Lever

Call Center Pros

BPO, or Business Process Outsourcing, is a very attractive business management solution. Indeed, although this concept has existed for several years, many companies see it as an important development lever for 2018. But why such a craze for the BPO? To answer the question, discover through this article the missions of a business process outsourcing and the benefits it offers for companies.