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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.

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.

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.

3 Revenue-Driving Benefits of Conversational AI

Interactions

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 When it comes to the customer experience, Read more » The post 3 Revenue-Driving Benefits of Conversational AI appeared first on Interactions Resource Center. Artificial Intelligence

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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.

6 Most Popular Customer Experience Metrics and KPIs Explained Simply

Lumoa

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.

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.

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.

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%

Amazing Business Radio – Christa Heibel

ShepHyken

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Inside View: TaskUs

Contact Center Pipeline

A lot of companies claim to put their employees first, but few actively seek the contact center staff’s input and take action on it.

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.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

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?

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.

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.

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.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

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 Steep Costs of Contact Center Outages

Aria Solutions

Many disasters and disruptions can impact a contact center: hurricanes, floods, fires, hackers, hardware failures — even “inside jobs” by malicious employees.

This Holiday Season will Belong to the Creative Contact Center Staffers

inContact

The U.S. Job market is on fire! Recently released data shows the unemployment rate is 3.7% , the lowest it’s been since 1969 when a good chunk of our population was removed from the work force in order to fight the war in Vietnam.

3 Crucial Steps to Achieving Monitoring Success in a Complex IT Environment

ConvergeOne

Monitoring has proven to be one of the more difficult components of IT for many years, perhaps because we make too many assumptions about how monitoring works and what the monitoring tools we use can actually do.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.