Sat.Oct 13, 2018 - Fri.Oct 19, 2018

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The Benefits of Partnering with a Blended Contact Center

ChaseData

When you choose a specialized agency to provide call center services to your organization, you have several choices. Aside from which agency to go with, you often have the options of inbound call services, outbound services, and those that combine each of these into a single facility. This is known as a blended contact center, and there are many benefits to choosing one of these facilities to handle your business’s calls.

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Compare and Contrast: Power Dialers Vs. Predictive Dialers

aircall

Business has changed. Advances in computing technology have made almost everything quantifiable, measurable, and therefore actionable. And traditional communication tools, like the phone, are no exception. In a world driven by increased efficiency and calculated risk, even quick physical tasks are subject to automation. This is why dialing tools were created.

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Cloud-based KM Addresses Painful Contact Center Problems

Strategic Contact

Here’s the scene: It’s the busiest hour of the busiest day. With beefed up self-service through online and mobile applications, customers take care of the easy stuff on their own and reach out to agents when they can’t find what they need. Meanwhile, agents are overwhelmed, trying to retain knowledge on an increasingly complex and diverse.

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Three Lessons from Apple on How to Amaze Your Customers

ShepHyken

There is a lot we can learn from great companies, big and small. Many books have been written about companies like Disney, Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton and Apple. And, once we learn how they do it, the key is making it work for our companies. It’s not about just learning, but also about executing on what we learned. The reason I bring this up is that I was reading an article about the top global brands.

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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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ALERT: Leadership Training for Supervisors Is Being Disrupted

CX Global Media

Most all contact center executives know they need to respond aggressively to the fact that we are in a state of massive transformation and disruption in the marketplace. The contact center has been targeted as a pivotal organizational component in this age of disruption that we live in. To be intentional and proactive in their response, executives are investing in the transformation of their training courses in leadership for supervisors because the frontline is where the customer-centric battle

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Seven Key Strategic Questions Critical to Improving Your Customer Experience – Bahrain CX Conference

Beyond Philosophy

To improve your customer experience it is vital you address these seven key strategic questions. Colin reveals these questions at a keynote conference speech in Bahrain. Do you know the answers to these questions? Colin also interviews Rami Sweis, CEO of GolfCX on how customer experience is becoming a key area in the Middle East region. Finally, Colin reveals how you can download his ebook ‘Unlocking the Hidden Customer Experience for free!

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Guest Blog: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact CX and Customer Service?

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Lindsay Tjepkema who shares how people are using AI strategies and the impact they are having on the world of CX. – Shep Hyken. Introduction: AI in CX. _. The CX industry is primed for a breakout in the application of artificial intelligence — as other fields like biotech, healthcare, automotive, and cybersecurity have also seen.

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An often unseen yet vital customer experience element

CX Global Media

Can you hear me? Can you see me? Is it your problem or my problem? Is anyone willing to own the problem? Well, without any visibility into your contact center’s network performance, your answer is a resounding and overwhelming…NO! If you’re a customer experience focused organization, there are a few core metrics that can differentiate you from everyone else – customer effort and first contact resolution top the list.

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3 Keys to a Fantastic Customer Interaction: Swiftness, Friendliness, and Knowledge

Myra Golden Media

I made a support call to a company yesterday because I was stuck in a loop on an application. I’m glad I called because the representative gave me such a great experience that I found myself smiling and thinking, “She’s good. Really good.” Here’s a rough transcript of our conversation: Employee: “Hi, My name is Amy, and it’s my pleasure to help you today.

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The 2023 Verint Experience Index: Retail

Reports of the death of in-store shopping have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s retail survey found that more than 60 percent of consumers start and end their journey by visiting a store. Retail customers value price above everything, but the importance of other factors varies for different brands. In-store shopping is valued highly by grocery and home improvement customers Technology retail customers place less importance on in-store experiences – for them it only ranks sixth Digital exper

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Not Valuing Customers Leads to $136 Billion Switching Epidemic

Callminer

New research by reveals that US businesses have contributed to a switching epidemic by not valuing or listening to customers when they have problems.

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Amazing Business Radio: Keith Alper

ShepHyken

From Like to Love. Inspiring emotional commitment from employees and customers. Shep Hyken sits down with Keith Alper to talk about his new book, From Like to Love. They discuss how to create a loving employee culture, the five basic needs of employees, and what millennials want in the workplace. Top Takeaways: Keith says that employees have five basic needs.

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Don’t Ignore the Economics of Your Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Fair warning: Reading this article could be painful for you. Not dentist-root-canal painful, more like exercising-again-after-taking-a-longer-break-than-you-should-have painful. But it may also give you a punch in the stomach, because I’m going to say things to you that may make you feel foolish for not seeing them before now. If you’re in call center management, you’re […].

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5 New Thoughts About Work-Life Balance That Will Turn Your World Right Side Up

Myra Golden Media

It’s rare that I don’t write to you about customer service issues. But I want to talk about balance, not just because it’s so important to me, but because I know achieving peace and balance will help you be a better manager, leader, or customer service professional. Over the years I’ve found five practices that have helped me find peace and balance between my business and my personal life. 1.

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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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Lessons from a Cold Call

Call Center Weekly

Yesterday I received a cold call from a local real estate company. Here's exactly how it went: "Hi, this is Kathryn." "This is Dan from XY Real Estate. Are you looking to sell your home?" "No." "Are you sure?" "Yes." "Ok, thank you. Bye." No qualification, rapport or value and a HUGE ask. Why is that? 1. What gets measured gets done. If there’s a daily KPI around call volume, ensure business development reps have a caveat relating to pipeline stage or qualification and reframe what a cold call i

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5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of October 15, 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 3 Types of Customers That Will Talk About Your Business—and The One That Definitely Won’t by Jay Baer. (Convince and Convert) Have you ever wondered what causes some companies to earn free publicity from customers who gush about them?

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You Can’t Afford NOT to Pursue Knowledge Management

Contact Center Pipeline

Knowledge Management (KM) may be the single most impactful technology to help centers address key goals: Reduce workload through greater self-service and shorter handle times Improve First-Contact Resolution (FCR) rate, and with it, the customer experience Enable agents to handle increasingly diverse and complex contacts without extensive training and specialization Contact center leadership understands the […].

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How psychology affects the customer experience of voice support

UJET

When done right, a conversation with the customer over the phone can be helpful, engaging, and even fun. The problem with voice support is that it can also go terribly wrong, and those are the types of interactions that people hear about.

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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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Five Tips to Recharge Your Net Promoter Score Program

Satrix Solutions

Budget season and annual planning is here again. That means you are likely evaluating the progress you’ve made over the past year and whether you’ve realized expected outcomes. Now is also the time when many company leaders assess their Net Promoter Score program. What is the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s not total confidence, it’s probably time to revamp your approach, improve your score, and, therefore, your overall customer experience.

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Amazing Business Radio: Keith Alper

ShepHyken

From Like to Love. Inspiring Emotional Commitment from Employees and Customers. Shep Hyken sits down with Keith Alper to talk about his new book, From Like to Love. They discuss how to create a loving employee culture, the five basic needs of employees, and what millennials want in the workplace. Top Takeaways: Keith says that employees have five basic needs.

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3 Leadership Buzzwords that Exist for the Best Reasons

360Connext

Thanks to a fun report from CCW , Customer Contact Week, and some clever customer experience pros (and prose – ha ha,) there is a discussion around leadership buzzwords we should have. According to the report, the list of buzzwords is growing. And I agree. Leaders toss around terms like “engagement” and “transformation” in ways that make those terms seem less important than they are.

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Why is my smart device making me feel dumb? The challenges of onboarding IoT devices

TechSee

James wants to water his lawn. He picks up the hose, turns on the water, and a few minutes later…the job is done. Then James installed a smart sprinkler system. Before his lawn can be watered, James needs to make sure his WiFi is enabled, his device is configured to his municipality’s water use guidelines, the programming is set properly to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May through September, and the device is connected correctly to other information systems like The Weather Channel so

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Decoding the Call Labeling and Blocking Process

Uncover the complexity behind call labeling and blocking with this infographic. Discover the intricate factors and entities that shape the fate of a call, from illegal activity to user feedback, and understand why numbers get labeled and blocked.

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What To Look For in a Call Center

Ansafone

As more businesses discover the varied benefits of business process outsourcing to strengthen their customer engagement strategies, it is becoming increasingly important to select the right provider to help you become more competitive in the marketplace. Consider these four qualities when researching potential call center partners so that you can make an informed decision that … What To Look For in a Call Center Read More ».

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The Best Companies Hire These 3 Positions

Steve DiGioia

…plus my 8 steps to great service. This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. We must all be Service Ambassadors. But too many companies think only a specific department is the “service department” and that’s where they focus their customer service training dollars. New hires are trained, coached, and instructed on the nuances of the business.

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How is Customer Experience defined?

Customer Guru

Customer Experience is the only true differentiator for brands today. It is a very broad term encompassing various factors. While we believe that no one definition can do justice to this term, we’ve put together a list of definitions of CEx by experts. “ Customer’s perceptions and related feelings caused by the one-off and cumulative effect of interactions with a supplier’s employees, systems, channels or products. ” ~ Gartner, World’s leading information technology resea

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Call Centers are the Front Line of Customer Service

NICE inContact

Some call centers struggle to have a stellar reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Call center representatives are a vital part of the front line, there to help customers when they have questions or problems, and as such, they have the power to strengthen (or weaken) the customer relationship. So, how can you ensure that customers who call your company are given the help that they need and that they exit the call feeling positive about the interaction and the company?

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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7 Reasons Your Business Should Start Using a Shared Inbox

ProProfs Blog

96 percent of executives view ineffective communication as the primary reason for workplace failure. This figure shows that there is a dire need for customer support teams and others to communicate with one another effectively. Only then can they fulfil customer requirements; delighting them to do more business. A shared or collaborative email inbox plays a critical role in smoothening the process of communication.

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What is call back software?

VHT

Call back software was invented in the 1990s to “hold callers’ place in line,” giving them the choice of either being called back as soon as a customer service agent is free or scheduling the return call at whatever time is most convenient for the caller. The benefits of callback are that it eliminates the frustration customers develop while waiting on hold and gives them control of the path their customer journey will take.

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3 Leadership Buzzwords that Exist for the Best Reasons

360Connext

Thanks to a fun report from CCW , Customer Contact Week, and some clever customer experience pros (and prose – ha ha,) there is a discussion around leadership buzzwords we should have. According to the report, the list of buzzwords is growing. And I agree. Leaders toss around terms like “engagement” and “transformation” in ways that make those terms seem less important than they are.