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Why EQ is Key in an AI World

24-7 InTouch

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic in the customer service space for years, and the adoption of it is only going to accelerate. Forward-thinking brands leverage AI as a means to strengthen the human connection they have with their customers.

Plan and Measure = Pleasure

Contact Center Pipeline

Like all humans, contact center leaders are driven by the brain’s insatiable desire to experience PLEASURE and in so doing avoid PAIN! I think I have a PLAN to accomplish this mission. Planning is essential to business in general and to contact centers in particular.

Outbound Lead Generation: Best Practices for the Modern Approach

ChaseData

In the last decade or so, inbound marketing has gotten a lot of positive attention and press. Search any marketing blog, and you’ll see tons of puff pieces about how wonderful inbound marketing is.

How to Make Your Customer Experience Convenient

Beyond Philosophy

Convenience has a significant influence on the outcome of your Customer Experience. It is crucial you ensure you are making it as easy as possible for your customers to do business with you. Today, we are going to discuss some areas you can look at to do just that. I didn’t like shopping for years.

To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

How Listening to Customer Impacts Your Bottom Line

Callminer

We recently published The CallMiner Index: Consumer Switching By Sector, The Reasons and The Impact of Call Centers and are hosting a webinar on November 13th to discuss the numerous findings.

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6 Most Popular Customer Experience Metrics and KPIs Explained Simply

Lumoa

Seven Key Strategic Questions Critical to CX That You Must Answer

Beyond Philosophy

I went to Bahrain for the first time recently. I was a keynote speaker there for a Customer Experience conference. I was fascinated by the country. There is a lot of Customer Experience activity happening there. Rami Sweis, the CEO of GolfCX invited me to speak at the conference.

Stop Avoidable Customer Churn With Great Agent Behavior

Callminer

If you see a business contact for the first time in months and they appear not to be interested in what you have to say, your desire to meet them again is likely to be low.

Contact Center Supervisor Training – Virtual Boot Camp for Creativity

Call Center Coach

Virtual Boot Camps provide a hands-on and action-based way for contact supervisor training to be more engaging and fun for the learner – and significantly more affordable than any other boot camp method.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Taking Customers Beyond the Honeymoon Phase

bold360 Blog

Comparing customer acquisition to dating isn’t a huge leap – you bring someone in with attractive offers and witty repertoire, but are you thinking about how you keep them? Are you putting in the same level of effort after prospects become customers? It’s at the point of conversion that most companies turn their focus to their next objective: landing another customer. Here’s why that MO is a no-go for your bottom line. You meet someone new — and you put your best foot forward.

How to Make Your Customer Experience Convenient

Beyond Philosophy

Convenience has a significant influence on the outcome of your Customer Experience. It is crucial you ensure you are making it as easy as possible for your customers to do business with you. Today, we are going to discuss some areas you can look at to do just that. I didn’t like shopping for years.

Infographic: 6 Small Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference in Your Contact Center

Fonolo

It could be argued that customer service is uniformly about a few core things: Giving consumers agency; shepherding them towards a positive outcome to their problems; and providing solutions and smiles by whatever means (and using whatever technology) necessary.

Crying in a Contact Center Cubicle: A Look at Emotions in the Workplace

Customer Service Life

I’m not crying, you’re crying (at work). Photo cred: Ban.do. Samantha (not her real name) sat across from me in our small contact center. Not a week went by that she didn’t shed tears after hanging up the phone with a customer.

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.

Amazing Business Radio – Christa Heibel

ShepHyken

Creating A Customer Experience Initiative. Owning Your Customer Service Initiative From the Top Down.

Digitial Transformation – The Opportunities And Problems And How To Overcome Them

Beyond Philosophy

We all know the retail landscape is changing. But what should it be changing to? What are the opportunities and problems? Colin and Ryan interview Amit Sharma, CEO of Narvar, about how retailers can create emotional connections with shoppers in a technology-driven world. Colin will reveal how you can benchmark your organization performance against other companies to determine how you are doing in the new world of behavioral economics and customer experience.

What Contact Center KPIs Are on Your Dashboard?

Bright Pattern

In our last few blogs, we discussed some real-time key performance indicators (KPIs), also known as metrics , that supervisors use on a daily basis to monitor the status and productivity of their agents , teams , and services.

8 Essential Features for your Contact Center LMS

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the FCR blog on October 8, 2018. Click here to read the original post and to see a video discussing this content. When you picture customer service training, what key elements come to mind?

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Guest Blog: How Virtual Web Assistants Provide Productivity for Busy Companies

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Andy Steuer who shares valuable information about how to use virtual web assistants to optimize productivity in areas of customer service, customer support, CRM management and more. – Shep Hyken.

TCPA Compliancy: Predators and Fines on the Rise (What You Need to Know to Not Fall Victim)

Contact Center Pipeline

When the original Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) law was passed in 1991, 80% of Americans had landlines and only 3% had mobile phones. This law was passed by Congress to regulate the use of auto-dialers and prerecorded messages. Fast-forward to 2018 where the CDC reported that 50.8%

Call Center Director Position in Phoenix

Taylor Reach Group

This is a position we’re sharing for a Taylor Reach client. While we’re not recruiters, we’re always happy to help our clients reach out to locate amazing candidates for open positions. SUMMARY.

Your 2019 Guide to Moving Your Call Center to the Cloud

Aspect

Global market intelligence firm, International Data Corporation predicts that by 2020, 67% of enterprise infrastructure and software will be for cloud-based offerings. Are you considering moving your contact center to the cloud?

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

Be as Easy as Ordering a Pizza

ShepHyken

Back in my college days, I remember how easy it was at 11:00 at night, while studying for a test the next day, to order a pizza from Domino’s. I just picked up the phone and in less than thirty minutes, it was delivered. Today I do the same thing.

Job Loss – Why me? What now?

Call Center Weekly

By Ron Rhodes October 24, 1929 was a Thursday. The weather was partly cloudy, chilly, with a daytime high of about 49 degrees Fahrenheit, cool for that time of year. People began their day like any other, breakfast, news reports, perhaps even morning prayers.

How to Use Your Customer Journey Map to Increase Business Productivity

GetFeedback

If the teams in your organization appear productive, but you’re still having a hard time pushing the needle, the problem might be with how you’re measuring business productivity. The Harvard Business Review did some digging and found that analyzing the productivity of departments and individuals is not a reliable measure for the productivity of an entire organization. The article notes that although individual teams perform well overall, there is often a lot of redundancy across departments.

A Guide to Navigating the Digital Hype

Aspect

Digital technologies like AI, IoT, and big-data analytics have been creeping into the customer experience for some time now but only recently have businesses really started to take serious notice.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of November 5, 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.

Which should come first, leadership or technical skills?

Toister Performance Solutions

Note: This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. This question came up during a recent conversation with senior training leaders. If you are developing a leader, should you first focus on growing their leadership or their technical skills?

Do Your Customers Believe in You?

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. My cat is diabetic. Domino” was diagnosed 3 months ago and since then must receive 2 insulin shots per day, 12 hours apart. That’s my job. Domino. On those times when I’m not available, the job falls on my wife or daughter.