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25 tips for improving customer service in call centers in 2023

Callminer

Companies that want to improve customer service in the call center may not know where to begin, so we've created a list of 25 tips from call center experts.

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The Machines Have Taken Over, Now What?

CCNG

CCNG member Dan Smitley shares his thoughts on what we’re going to do once the bots take over the world. A bit of a hyperbole but it’s a great starting point for a very timely conversation. Dan talks about how contact centers are changing and how technology is playing a major role in this transformation. He discussed the use of bots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies that are revolutionizing the industry.

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Contact Center Team Leaders: The Key To Engaged and Motived Employees

COPC

Most contact centers recognize the importance of team leaders. However, the team leader role is also one of the most overlooked from a skills development perspective. This article uses insights from the following research to reveal the quantifiable impact of contact center team leaders on employee satisfaction, retention and performance. COPC Inc. US Employee Engagement Research Report COPC Inc.

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How to integrate Customer behavior into your journey maps to gain ROI

Beyond Philosophy

Journey Maps can be useless exercises. That’s right…we said it. However, these often-used tools don’t have to be as useless as they usually are. Journey Maps are only useless if you don’t include the customer’s emotional journey in them. Emotional journeys are the “squishy stuff” associated with why customers buy from you.

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3 Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Improve Customer Experience

Today’s digitally savvy customers have high expectations of retailers for convenience, responsiveness, and ease of doing business both in-store and online. Our recent survey of over 2,000 US consumers found that retailers that can drive a seamless, omnichannel customer experience (CX) – across physical and digital channels – have huge benefits for brand relevance, profitability, and customer loyalty.

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Sometimes Customers Are Just Having a Bad Day

ShepHyken

You’ve probably experienced this. No matter how hard you try to please some customers, they aren’t happy. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, it’s reality. And speaking of reality, no matter how good you are at creating an amazing customer experience, the customer’s perception counts. Their perception is their reality. I once went to an amazing restaurant – at least, I was told it was amazing.

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The Power of Hyper-Personalization in the Contact Center

Fonolo

Customer service is all about meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Contact center managers know this implicitly. But did you know that hyper-personalization in the contact center is one of the best ways to delight your customers? It’s true! Customers want to feel seen. Deloitte reports that 90% of people are attracted to hyper-personalized advertising content, and customers are quickly coming to expect it.

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Learning about customer service should not be seen as an event, but rather as a process.

Bill Quiseng

A wife walks into the living room where her husband is reading. She leans over and whispers “I love you.” Nothing. She repeats louder, “I love you.” Complete silence. She stares at him and asks, “I say I love you a LOT to you. You NEVER say I love you back. Why is that?” Her husband turns to her and declares, “Look, I told you I loved you when we got married.

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Building customer loyalty in the digital age: It IS possible – Tethr

Tethr

These four strategies are the keys to building customer loyalty for any type of business here in the digital age. Read more.

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The Importance of Customer Feedback

Global Response

Who first comes to mind when you consider the most valuable voices in your business? Perhaps you think of the CEO or COO, or other C-Suite leadership. Perhaps it’s a particularly effective visionary among your management staff. Perhaps you consider your on-the-ground employees the foundation of your vision. But what about your customers? How valuable are their voices to your business?

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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How combining this behavioral checklist to your journey maps will dramatically improve them

Beyond Philosophy

Journey Mapping is an excellent tool in experience design efforts. However, I often complain that they do not include the emotional journey, which is essential to designing an experience that engages emotionally with customers in a way that promotes customer loyalty. So, today, we will look at how you can incorporate the concepts we often talk about in this newsletter into your Journey Mapping efforts.

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Guest Post: How Next-Generation Loyalty Programs Elevate Customer Experiences

ShepHyken

This week, we feature an article by Zsuzsa Kecsmar, CMO and Head of Partnerships of Antavo , a software company that manages brand loyalty and retention programs. She writes about next-generation loyalty programs and how they can enhance customer experience. In an ever-evolving marketplace, traditional loyalty programs are facing increasing challenges in capturing and retaining customer attention.

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Growth via Massive Customer Experience Savings

ClearAction

Growth via Massive Customer Experience Savings Lynn Hunsaker Customer experience savings are NOT about automation or slashing value to customers! That’s a recipe toward many unexpected costs. Whenever you think about savings, think about value expansion. Your enterprise goals are to continually increase value to investors, so by definition, you must continually increase value to customers.

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How Customer Success teams can nail their renewal forecast

ChurnZero

Customer renewals are the lifeblood of a subscription business. Responsibility for renewals often falls to the Customer Success (CS) team. For example, survey research shows about half (50.2%) of all CS teams surveyed are directly responsible for customer renewals. It doesn’t end there either. While renewals are a central aspect of CS work, many Customer Success Managers (CSMs) have a mandate for upsells.

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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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Customize invoice QuickBooks Online: How to personalize your invoices

Method:CRM

Everyone knows that sending invoices is crucial to getting paid for your products or services. So there’s nothing more frustrating than doing everything right in the invoicing process but still having to wait forever for payments. But here’s what many businesses don’t realize. When you send a generic invoice with nothing on it but the total amount due, you miss out on your full revenue potential.

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AI is the Future of Customer Service and CX with Mario Matulich

ShepHyken

Top Takeaways: There has been significant progress in artificial intelligence (AI), like chatbots and ChatGPT capabilities. This has always been seen as high-potential technology, but in the last few months, it has been used in a more demonstrative way to address challenges faced by contact centers, especially in the post-pandemic environment. Generative AI and other forms of self-service provide a win-win solution for organizations and customers.

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Building AI/ML Networks with Cisco Silicon One

Cisco - Contact Center

It’s evident from the amount of news coverage, articles, blogs, and water cooler stories that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are changing our society in fundamental ways—and th… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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Deploy generative AI models from Amazon SageMaker JumpStart using the AWS CDK

AWS Machine Learning

The seeds of a machine learning (ML) paradigm shift have existed for decades, but with the ready availability of virtually infinite compute capacity, a massive proliferation of data, and the rapid advancement of ML technologies, customers across industries are rapidly adopting and using ML technologies to transform their businesses. Just recently, generative AI applications have captured everyone’s attention and imagination.

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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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Performance observations: a step-by-step guide

Toister Performance Solutions

If you want to solve a customer service problem, go and see it. That's a performance observation. It's a process for observing employees doing their work to understand how they currently do things and what can be improved. It's a go-to technique for improving performance, designing training, or identifying best practices. You might worry employees won't be truthful if you observe them.

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How Much Could Noncompliance Cost Your Contact Center?

MiaRec

Considering that 83% of companies have already experienced more than one data breach, it is more than likely that your contact center is next. In fact, cybercriminals often target contact centers first.

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To the Cloud and Beyond?A Comprehensive Model for Enhanced NetOps and User Experience

Cisco - Contact Center

Cloud computing has become wildly popular among IT organizations for a number of reasons, including its ability to enhance efficiency, security, agility, and cost-effectiveness.

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Instruction fine-tuning for FLAN T5 XL with Amazon SageMaker Jumpstart

AWS Machine Learning

Generative AI is in the midst of a period of stunning growth. Increasingly capable foundation models are being released continuously, with large language models (LLMs) being one of the most visible model classes. LLMs are models composed of billions of parameters trained on extensive corpora of text, up to hundreds of billions or even a trillion tokens.

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What Does it REALLY Mean to Put CX First?

Customer experience was once considered a soft metric, or a “nice to have.” But it is now a board-level priority for many brands. The experience you provide your customers is a defining way to differentiate your business from the competition. But how can you really make CX a priority when you have competing budget and resource constraints? With customer experience automation, organizations can leverage AI and automation to make it faster and cheaper to provide a superior customer experience acro

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Agent Self-Coaching: How Agents Can Coach Themselves to Achieve World-Class QA and Csat Scores

SQM Group

Agent self-coaching creates ownership for improving agent performance. The more agents turn to themselves for the answers, the more self-confident they become.

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SmartAction Secures Additional Funding, Bringing Total Investment to $38 Million

SmartAction

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — SmartAction , a top-tier AI platform provider specializing in advanced Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) and conversational AI solutions, is proud to announce the successful closing of a new round of funding. This latest funding round brings the current strategic growth capital amount to an impressive $38 million , signifying a major milestone for the company.

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Relevance of Observability for SAP and its cross-functional integrations

Cisco - Contact Center

In the past, I have held many discussions on the critical value of the SAP application for businesses. Gartner estimates that 77% of all worldwide business transactions touch an SAP system.

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Episode 5: De-risk the purchase decision | The four "D's" – Tethr

Tethr

In today’s episode, we're gonna be talking about the fourth behavior we discovered in our study on strategies for B2C sales: De-risk the purchase decision.

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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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The importance of culture for remote teams and how to cultivate it

AnswerConnect

Discover common mistakes to avoid and tips for creating job satisfaction in remote teams, plus helpful tools and resources. The post The importance of culture for remote teams and how to cultivate it appeared first on AnswerConnect Blog.

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Contact Center Buyer’s Guide

Connect

Download the contact centre buyer’s guide to delve into a transformative world where the convergence of these capabilities enables elegant, simple, efficient, and agile contact centres. Understand the specific capabilities you need to create value for your employees, customers and business. Grounded in research this guide outlines these specific capabilities; technology that will enable enhanced employee experience, the advancement of innovation in automated business processes, sophisticated ana

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Built on Cisco Security Cloud: XDR

Cisco - Contact Center

As we enter the age of Cisco Security Cloud, we have delivered on the first phase of our vision that aims to provide organizations with a comprehensive, open, and integrated platform for protecting… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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