Sat.May 11, 2019 - Fri.May 17, 2019

Improve AHT: here’s how top contact center decision makers do it

TechSee

Analysis of Average Handling Time is deeply entrenched in the customer service field and almost every contact center manager wants to improve AHT.

High Absenteeism? Consider Your Agents’ “Breaking Point”

Contact Center Pipeline

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty frustrated by clients, prospects and some contact center managers who think that the only reason agents are absent from work is because they are lazy.

3 Ways to Expand Channels and Not Risk

LiveVox

Consumer demand for multichannel engagement continues to accelerate and its impact on the bottom line is more substantial than ever. In fact, a recent report from Aberdeen Research* noted that companies with extremely strong omnichannel customer engagement see a 9.5%

Five Elements that Create Service Stress for Customers

Strikedeck

Andy shares what causes stress for the customer, and what you can do to assuage it. Customer Success Customers Onboarding saas value realization

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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.

Being the Bearer of Bad News

ShepHyken

It’s never fun to share bad news with a customer. Many people are scared to be the bearer of bad news. There are plenty of examples of bad news – an order didn’t ship, something was damaged, a deadline is not going to be met, etc.

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Creating a Frictionless Experience

Beyond Philosophy

Creating a Frictionless Experience. As a global customer experience consultant for nearly two decades, I have never heard a customer say, “Gee! I wish that buying process was just a little more complicated!” ” Why? All customers want their experiences to be easy.

Speech Analytics in 2019 and Beyond: With Change Comes Opportunity

Contact Center Pipeline

If you’ve been lucky enough to be in the audience when an engaging speaker hits the stage, you know that his or her first words come with authority.

Amazing Business Radio: Jill Nelson

ShepHyken

Being Human in a Technology-Driven World. Why Connections Matter More Than Ever. Shep Hyken interviews Jill Nelson. They discuss her company, Ruby Receptionists , and how to use both technology and humanity to deliver an amazing customer experience.

How to Prepare Your Employees to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Imagine your newest and most timid employee’s next call is from an irate customer. The customer is ranting so loudly that the person across from her can hear his voice. But your employee is calm and confident. She’s saying things like, “Umm…hmm,” “I see….”

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.

The Most Important Customer Success KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Totango

Customer success initiatives are critical in ensuring your product gives customers the positive outcomes they’re looking for. But how can you tell if your customer success team’s hard work is paying off?

Tips and Techniques for Coaching Success

Contact Center Pipeline

Coaching agents is arguably the most critical responsibility for frontline contact center management. Effective coaching is known to foster agent engagement, reinforce and expand critical skillsets, boost productivity and deliver higher performance for the individual, operation and company.

Guest Blog: Thank Your Customer With Actions Not Words

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Ashwini Dave who writes about how important it is to show your customer’s appreciation in order to retain their loyalty. Organizations are irrelevant without customers. They are the major reason why you are in business.

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Getting Angry Customers to Back Down

Myra Golden Media

Anger Can’t Be Ignored. We’ve all chosen to not dignify a person’s absurd comment with a response, or perhaps you’ve stepped over a toddler sprawled on the floor in a tantrum, letting them scream.

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.

Voice of the Customer (VoC) Feedback: Everything You Need to Know

GetFeedback

The most critical element to improving your company is not having a visionary CEO, leaders who have “been there/done that,” or teams working long hours to deliver the product: it’s actively capitalizing on the voice of the customer feedback. Voice of the customer feedback is any comment or concern given by a customer to your company. 67% of customers are willing to pay more for better customer experience and the best way to improve is to listen to your customers.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Customer-Centric Culture

Totango

Culture is defined by actions. It is a tangible presence customers can see and feel in the way you engage them, respond to them, and present the product.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of May 13, 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.

How Millennials Are Changing Customer Service

Ansafone

Millennials make up more than 20% of the US population, but they are one-half of the workforce. As younger millennials graduate and join the workforce, they will comprise more than 75% of the labor force by 2025. Any group that comprises 75% of the workforce also holds the majority of spending power.

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.

Addressing the Shadow Contact Center(s) in Your Company

Talkdesk

As a consumer – and one with an intimate knowledge of contact centers – when I’ve called to speak to a provider, I’m often trying to reach someone that I’ve spoken with previously and end up hitting zero to get out of the IVR menu because I can’t find a way to get to them directly.

Why Your Business Needs Accurate Sales Forecast? Easy Guide to Sales Forecasting

CrazyCall

Accurately created and executed sales forecast can make your business grow, even in lousy market condition. Being prepared can make up for many unfortunate circumstances. However, despite the advantages, for many sales leaders, sales forecasting is a dreaded task.

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You Need These 9.5 Skills to be Friendly Enough for the Customer Service Industry

Steve DiGioia

I watched her smile at everyone who passed her. Her gaze fell naturally on each person and she took the time to acknowledge the children. Waves, “high-fives” and plenty of thank-yous always seem to be around her. No wonder why the customers love her. How does she do it? Good question?

What Is Customer Churn Rate, and How Do You Avoid It?

Ansafone

Businesses are obsessed with numbers like customer churn rate. They have to be. Performance numbers directly reflect the state of any particular business. Important numbers about material costs, inventory, logistics and production rates are all used to measure current company conditions.

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!

Is VoIP a Reliable Service for Your Business?

aircall

Very few businesses can operate without a phone presence. Whether it’s for sales operations or customer support, brands need a way to communicate with their current and future clients.

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What is Call Center Average Wait Time and 3 Ways to Reduce It

Talkdesk

“Your Call Is Important To Us” When your customers hear that, do they really believe it? The longer you make them wait, the less important they feel.

Improve IVR to create a better customer experience

UJET

Interactive voice response ( IVR ) is a phone system that uses the phone keypad or voice recognition to direct customers through a company’s customer support system.

How to Conquer These 5 Retail Contact Center Challenges

Ansafone

The point of signing a contract with an outsourced retail contact center includes providing quality customer service in a secure and profitable way.

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.

Show and Sell: 3 Ways Customer Service can be Used as an Effective Marketing Tool

Fonolo

Customer service is often not seen as the effective marketing tool that it is.

Removing unnecessary costs from your call center operations

TRUSTID

Your contact center is one of your top customer resources. Your customers depend on it whenever they have a problem or need an answer to a question. With hundreds, or maybe thousands, of customers relying on your call center each day, how much are you paying for each call?

Who Runs the Contact Center? Three Female Contact Center Leaders Talk Challenges, Opportunities and the Power of Authenticity

Serenova

At this month’s Austin Contact Center Alliance luncheon, I had the privilege of joining two exceptional colleagues for a panel discussion on the role of women leaders in contact centers. I walked away from the event, which was packed with nearly 100 industry women and men, feeling inspired.