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Remote Work is Working

Altivon

Contact Centers Demonstrate Value Amid COVID-19 and Beyond. Until very recently, only 13% of contact center agents worked remotely on a permanent basis. Now, in an environment shaped by the coronavirus pandemic, that number is rapidly growing. In its latest report, “The Inner Circle Guide to Contact Center Remote Working Solutions,” ContactBabe l surveyed US contact centers about the challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exit Interview Questions for Call Center Employees

Callminer

Employee departures can be tough to handle in the fast-paced environment of a call center. However, even in agent turnover , opportunities to improve your organization’s efficiency and profitability abound. Exit interviews allow lost talent to tell you what went wrong and what aspects of your call center’s operations could stand to be updated. Read on to learn a few powerful questions worth asking during such interviews to leverage your lost employees’ critical insights.

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A Simple Act of Acknowledgement: Customer Service in an Online World

Satrix Solutions

I am a huge fan of online shopping and meal delivery services. I have tried almost all the major meal delivery services currently on the market – some of which I am a Promoter and others I’d be a Detractor. Quality of the product and the meal prep is important, but one of the biggest impacts on my ranking is how they resolve service issues. A service issue, in this case, usually stems from damaged food-related to shipping or billing problems are the service issues I experience most.

Why you need to identify your primary customer

Toister Performance Solutions

Advertising disclosure: This blog participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I'm sure he's stealing," said the manager. But I can't fire him." I was working for a parking management company at the time, and visiting with the manager of a busy hospital location. We watched as the cashier in question served a steady stream of cars.

Why Is Patient Engagement Important? | Frontline Group

There are 5 critical opportunities to unlock the full power of patient engagement, which can improve your patient retention, as well as improving their health outcomes. In this eBook you will learn about: What Is Patient Engagement? How Does Patient Engagement Improve Outcomes? Why Is It Important to Include Patients in Their Care? What Are Patient Engagement Tools? What is Patient Engagement technology? Download Now this informational resource and start using a patient engagement platform to give yourself as a Provider higher satisfaction scores.

Four things the best CX disruptors do right

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How to Build a Cost-Effective Remote Contact Center

Ameyo

Call centers have traditionally been perceived as cost centers due to a number of factors like – being labor-intensive, high cost of infrastructure, and the overall high cost per agent. Leading to the organizations looking down upon them for not generating high ROI.

Tales of Not Putting the Customer First

Russel Lolacher

Is your organization really putting the customer first? If you talk to any organization, they will always tell you that the customer is their first priority. It’s who they serve. It’s why they get up in the morning. It’s their reason for being in business. It all sounds good, if it’s true. The problem is these are cliches.

Why Humans Need Chatbots – and Chatbots Need Humans

Comm100

Chatbots have come a long way in the past few years. The improvements in technology have enabled developers to expand on bot capabilities far beyond just functioning as a FAQ. Today, the automation of chatbots can process orders, perform financial transactions, make bookings, and much more. Check out other intelligent functions here.). However, as intelligent as bots can be, no chatbot can handle and resolve all your customer queries.

You May Not Know It, But You’re in the Subscription Business

ShepHyken

I have an idea about renewals. Most people think that a renewal applies to some type of subscription. You renew your subscription to a magazine, a maintenance contract or a software program. But what if renewal had a broader meaning? What if renewal simply meant that the customer comes back—again and again? While repeat business may not be as steady as a subscription renewal, it can still be tracked in a similar way. A business with a true subscription model can predict renewals.

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How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

Upskilling the Contact Center: Planning for Your Agents’ Future in an Era of Uncertainty

Contact Center Pipeline

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, shifting last quarter’s priorities to the back-burner. As more communities around the world go on lockdown, company leaders are focusing their resources on stabilizing the operations. Without doubt, the top priority for contact center leaders during a crisis is the human element—taking care of your agents […].

The 5 Rules to Managing How Your Customers Make Decisions

Beyond Philosophy

The 5 Rules to. Managing How Your Customers Make Decisions. A lot of Behavioral Economics can feel intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. The Five Rules Podcast Series is our attempt at giving you an easy entry point into the complex and messy world of Behavioral Science. What Are The Five Rules? How people make decisions is a complicated and fascinating subject.

Don’t Make Assumptions – Tip #3

Steve DiGioia

How many times did something “fall through the cracks” because you thought another co-worker was going to handle it? I’ve always told my team, don’t make assumptions. Just as with other business tasks, there must be a clear-cut chain of responsibility on who will complete any given assignment, especially one that is important to the success of your business. In your absence, have you identified who will send out the employee schedule?

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of June 15, 2020

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. The Rise Of Premium Loyalty: What Do Your Customers Expect in 2020? by Retail TouchPoints. Retail TouchPoints) In 2020, revenue is critical. And one of the biggest factors contributing to revenue is customer loyalty.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Accomplishing Call Center Transformation with Unified Communications Softphones

Contact Center Pipeline

The contact center industry is seeing a growing need to improve operational efficiencies, enable increased flexibility and agent versatility, and deliver vastly enhanced customer experiences. As such, contact center execs are asking themselves, “Can we meet these goals with the communications solution we already have in place?” Moving to the Cloud—When, Not If With the […].

This is How to Make Better Decisions

Beyond Philosophy

We do research called an Emotional Signature ® that examines the CustomerExperience from a subconscious psychological perspective. Therefore, by definition, you get a different viewpoint after you undertake it for your organization. However, in our global Customer Experience consultancy, whenever we present our findings to an organization, you usually get at least one person that tries to bend the results to meet their agenda.

Computer Vision in Field Service: Empowering and Enabling Technicians

TechSee

Even before COVID-19 disrupted the world, the field service industry had been undergoing a transformation. Seasoned Baby Boomer field service technicians are rapidly approaching retirement, causing a generational gap. When these older technicians hang up their tools, precious industry knowledge retires along with them. In fact, Field Service News reports that 73% of organizations have identified an aging workforce as a potential threat to their field service operations.

Guest Post: When You Need to Scale Up Customer Service… But Your AI Just Doesn’t Quite Cut it Yet

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Daniel Ramsey, founder and CEO of MyOutDesk. He discusses the pros and cons of AI customer service tools, as well as the benefits of utilizing a virtual assistant. There is no doubt that the presence of AI in today’s businesses has helped companies operate smoothly when teams cannot afford more customer service employees. For some, businesses are finding that their retention rates are dipping while using AI customer service software.

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Meet Paul Stockford: Our June 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact Center Pipeline’s AUTHOR WALL OF FAME Paul Stockford is Founder, President and Chief Analyst at Saddletree Research, a veteran-owned boutique research and analysis firm with a sharp focus on the North American contact center industry. Area of Expertise: Demand-based contact center market trends, issues and opportunities. What is your background in the industry? Began […].

Guide to Keeping Your Customers: 24 Customer Retention Strategies

Nicereply

Customer retention is the act of keeping customers engaged, creating customer advocates, and reducing churn before it happens. Imagine you never acquired another customer. Your sales team went home, and all you had left was your current group of customers. You’d probably spend a lot more time trying to retain them, right? Every customer that cancelled or didn’t repurchase would have a big impact on your business. That’s where customer retention comes in.

Five XM Practices For Accelerating Your Digital Transformation

Experience Matters

Note from Bruce Temkin: This post is one of many written by thought leaders besides me. I’m excited to introduce you all to Juliana Smith Holterhaus, a leader in digital experience for Qualtrics. As companies across industries face unique challenges from the pandemic, there’s a common theme in their response: embrace digital. In this rapidly changing environment, just about every organization and industry has needed to ramp up its digital capabilities.

Amazing Business Radio: Dan Hill

ShepHyken

Facial Coding in the Customer Experience. How to Read and Respond to Customers’ Emotions to Deliver Better Service. Shep Hyken interviews Dan Hill , founder of Sensory Logic. They discuss how emotions affect the customer experience, and how facial coding can help employees better understand and respond to their customers’ emotions. Top Takeaways: Facial coding is not facial recognition, but rather how emotions are displayed on the face. Facial coding is universal, spontaneous and abundant.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Contact Center Authentication: A Comprehensive Guide for 2020 and Beyond

pindrop

The post Contact Center Authentication: A Comprehensive Guide for 2020 and Beyond appeared first on Pindrop. Authentication

Now presenting: A guide to TEI

Tethr

The Tethr Effort Index (TEI) is a powerful and substantial tool. Are you ready to dive into all facets of TEI? TEI is an AI-derived metric, measuring the effort for each customer interaction based on more than 100 independent variables and thousands of discrete phrases and utterances. Rather than waiting for low-response rate surveys to measure effort, TEI scores every customer interaction so managers can instantly deliver critical customer interventions and help agents upgrade their game.

Work from Home vs. Virtual Flex Work: What’s the Difference?

Liveops

Working from Home Vs. Virtual Work: Which Is the Better Option for You and Your Business? Words like “work” and “home” don’t mean what they used to. Today, millions of people do their jobs in the same places they live their lives. They can measure the distance to their offices, not in miles, but steps. They can wear practically anything to work (as long as the camera’s off).

Communication in a Crisis: How to Ensure Your Remote Team's Success

The Call Center School

Whether in this crisis or in general, communication is critical to the success of your business. The communication stream between your frontline and upper management needs to be open. This enables your business to be nimble. It ensures your customers are being heard and your team adopts policy changes swiftly. But how do you strengthen organizational communication when most?— if not all?— of your team is remote? Remote Staffing / Training Management Training

Community: Executives, Take Note!

Speaker: Carrie Melissa Jones, Erica Kuhl and Holly Firestone

While organizations have been using communities for many years, it is only in the last few that executives have started to see the value that a community can offer. But now, in 2021, many executives have finally started to view community structures as a new governance model for the entire organization rather than a stand-alone initiative. Join us on January 27 at 12 PM ET for a webinar exploring Chapter 2 of our 2021 Community Predictions eBook.

How Machines Impact Experience Design

GetFeedback

Designing a customer experience that seamlessly incorporates the machines from our daily lives. Articles

Use TEI to close the loop with frustrated customers

Tethr

Our previous two posts delivered a breakdown of the first two elements of the Tethr ABCs, introducing the Agent side of things and how a large Fortune 500 telecommunications company is using the Tethr Effort Index (TEI) to help agents improve handling of tough customer situations and to upgrade the overall customer experience, and the Business side concerning how businesses can be instantly alerted to instances of customer friction. .

7 Soft Skills All Remote Workers Need

Liveops

The traditional job you had may not be the remote job you want. Looking for a job that lets you work from anywhere? I have some good news: it’s never been easier to find remote work. Your soft skills can be the key to your next career. .