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How to Say No to A Customer: Difficult but Indispensable

Call Center Pros

Everyone who works in customer service has been found in the cumbersome task of having to say no to a customer occasionally. There are situations where we can’t avoid this difficult task. Either because we do not provide exactly the service that the client needs, because we do not have the operational capacity at that moment or simply because it is not the type of client we would like to work with, it is essential to do it in the right way.

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Stop Drama from Poisoning Your Customer Service Team

Contact Center Pipeline

In my 25 years in the contact center industry, I have seen a lot of drama. Before I knew how to handle it, I watched it do real damage to teams and organizations. It usually starts with increased attrition and distracted and disengaged employees, and ends with poor performance and spiraling customer satisfaction. In this […].

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How to Handle Customer Service during Holiday Season Like a Pro

OctopusTech

Call centers generally experience a much higher than normal call volumes during the holiday seasons. So, if you too belong to the customer service industry then I believe its not at all difficult to imagine the environment inside a typical call center on such busy days, phones ringing off their hooks, ticket volumes at an all-time high, email inbox nearly full, frantic callers with last minute requests.

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Why You Must Create and Sustain a Customer-Centric Culture

Beyond Philosophy

Most companies today know that putting the customer at the heart of everything they do is vital. Doing something about it, however, tends to fall into the unknown category. The fact is, improving your Customer Experience means you must also become more customer-centric. But what is customer-centricity and how do you do it? What aspects of the experience should you focus your efforts to improve?

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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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Guest Blog: Five Star Hotel, Minus Five Star Service

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Tim Richardson who writes about a hospitality experience gone bad and then reminds us what must be done to provide a great guest experience. – Shep Hyken. Think about an incredible service experience you’ve had recently. What company or organization comes to mind? What about the service experience was extraordinary?

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How do DevOps methods accelerate CX innovation?

Cyara

This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). In the first post we dove into some insights from her latest report: Accelerate: State of DevOps. And in this post we follow up with a discussion of the importance of Agile and DevOps methodologies to customer experience.

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Why Customers Want You To See What They Consume

Beyond Philosophy

Some people spend a great deal on money on expensive products just so they can be seen using them. Other people buy very cheap items. Both of these groups could be ‘consuming conspicuously’ What does this mean and how can you use this to move your customer experience to the next level? Colin will reveal how you can benchmark your organizational performance against other companies to determine how you are doing in the new world of behavioural economics and customer experience.

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The New End

ShepHyken

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Sam Stern , a principal analyst at Forrester Research for my Amazing Business Radio show. One of the ideas we discussed was Daniel Kahneman’s Peak-end rule. The short version of this concept, applied to customer interactions, is that customers judge their experience on how they felt at its peak and at its end.

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Top CX Takeaways from the Frost and Sullivan CCW Conference

CX Accelerator

What a fantastic couple of days at the Arizona Biltmore. Despite a general soreness from impromptu desert hiking in the picture above, as well as a beard full of whipped topping from the “Wild West Olympics”, it was a remarkable event. Naturally, Customer Experience and AI were on the tip of everyone’s tongue. There is no doubt that the contact center industry is poised for massive changes.

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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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How to Achieve Personalized Customer Service with AI Tools

TechSee

Hello. Thanks for calling our Hotel. How may I help you? Vs. Good morning, Laura. I see you are a Loyalty member since 2007, and have stayed at our property in London every year around this time. Are you calling to make another reservation? If so, I see you have 345 Loyalty points available to use towards your stay. Personalization as a driver in customer service.

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Preparing New Agents for Customer Service Success

Call Center Weekly

When hiring new agents, how quickly the agent can begin making a meaningful contribution is always a concern. After training, it is not logical to assume an agent is ready to begin taking phone calls. Unfortunately, managers may look at call volume, handle times and other similar metrics in making a decision to prematurely put new hires in contact with customers.

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Amazing Business Radio: Jason Bradshaw

ShepHyken

It’s All About CEX. Building a Community of Champions. Shep Hyken sits down with Jason Bradshaw to talk about his new book, It’s All About CEX: The Essential Guide to Customer and Employee Experience. They also discuss the compounding effect of being 1% better, how customers and employees measure success, and how to build a community of champions.

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Measuring First-Contact Resolution

Contact Center Pipeline

In an ideal world, first-contact resolution (FCR) metrics reflect the customer’s perspective. They capture the center’s ability to resolve the customer’s inquiry within each channel as well as track movement across channels. They establish links across multiple contacts if it takes more than one interaction to put matters to rest. And the underlying calculations are […].

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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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Is your Feedback System Convenient?

Customercount

Why We Shouldn’t Talk To Ourselves: Text Messaging is rising and rising and rising By Robert A. Kobek, RRP I read a press release the other day on LinkedIn and a national trade publication that claimed a resort company was … Continue reading → The post Is your Feedback System Convenient? appeared first on CustomerCount.

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7 Tips for Building a Memorable Customer Experience This Holiday Season

ProProfs Blog

Busy streets, decorated stores, crowded bars, and an atmosphere filled with laughter – it’s holiday season. And it’s just around the corner. Like every year, you’ve pulled your sleeves up to tackle all customer queries efficiently. You’ve got your support operators in place to ensure that no question goes unanswered. But how about making this holiday season a memorable one for your customers?

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Guest Blog: Five Star Hotel, Minus Five Star Service

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Tim Richardson who writes about a hospitality experience gone bad and then reminds us what must be done to provide a great guest experience. – Shep Hyken. Think about an incredible service experience you’ve had recently. What company or organization comes to mind? What about the service experience was extraordinary?

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Selecting the Right Technology Partner Should Be at the Top of Your Decision Criteria

Contact Center Pipeline

A CCaaS Solutions Provider’s CEO Offers His Thoughts on the 2018 Contact Center Technology Survey Findings As the second line of the 2018 Contact Center Technology Survey special report puts it, “Some things never change.” Every year, it is amazing to see an obvious disconnect between the way organizations select their contact center technology and […].

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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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Workforce planning in a Gig Economy

Aspect

While contact center agents might be ready to jump head first into the gig economy, contact center management is a bit more reluctant, and for good reason. Having on-demand customer service agents isn’t as simple as engaging drivers for Uber. Before making the transition to gig workers, it is important to explore the differences between managing employee-agents and on-demand agents.

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Creating the customer service agents of the future

Eptica

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Author: Anne-Claire Bellec - Marketing Director Creating the customer service agents of the future. Published on: October 24, 2018. Author: Anne-Claire Bellec - Marketing Director Customer service is changing dramatically, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation leading more and more consumers to interact with brands through technologies such as self-service.

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Amazing Business Radio: Jason Bradshaw

ShepHyken

It’s All About CEX. Building a Community of Champions. Shep Hyken sits down with Jason Bradshaw to talk about his new book, It’s All About CEX: The Essential Guide to Customer and Employee Experience. They also discuss the compounding effect of being 1% better, how customers and employees measure success, and how to build a community of champions.

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How to Create a Superb Customer Experience on the Web

CX Journey

Image courtesy of Pixabay Today I'm pleased to share another guest post by Lexie Lu of Design Roast. If you want customers to return to your site, you have to create an amazing customer experience (CX). People tend to remember how your site makes them feel over the specific elements of the site. Everything from the overall design of the pages to customer service to overall functionality plays into CX.

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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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Mega News Week in CPaaS and Messaging: Twilio, SendGrid, SignalWire

Fonolo

A year ago, the CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service) space seemed settled into comfortable middle-age. Twilio had won the game in terms of “API for sending messages and making calls” Nexmo had been acquired by Vonage. Tropo by Cisco. Zang by Avaya. But, it turns out that this was just a pause before the next verse in this tune. Twilio launched an ambitious expansion “up the food chain” with a call center platform in March (which went live this week), invested heav

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Use These Survey Questions to Predict and Increase Customer Retention

GetFeedback

When it comes to measuring the probability for a customer to return to a brand and make new purchases, many businesses rely on the typical customer satisfaction (CSAT) survey question: “How satisfied were you with your experience today?”. While it may seem that this question will determine customer retention , research on customer feedback tells a different story.

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Common Misconceptions About BPO Fulfillment

Ansafone

Despite being a $24.6 billion industry, few company leaders fully realize the power of business process outsourcing to propel growth. As you research potential risks and rewards of working with a BPO partner, you’ll want to reconsider these common misconceptions about BPO fulfillment: It’s a risky venture. There is a tremendous amount at stake when … Common Misconceptions About BPO Fulfillment Read More ».

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Alorica’s Contact Center Expansion in Jamaica Creates Thousands of Career Opportunities

Alorica

Applicants Benefit from a People-First Culture and Paid Training in Kingston and Portmore KINGSTON, Jamaica – (Oct. 23, 2018) – Alorica Inc., one of the world’s largest customer service providers, today announced it has expanded its flagship Jamaica contact center in Kingston and is hiring thousands of locals at both of its locations. This business strategy accommodates growing demand for business.

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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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Great News: Temkin Group Joins Forces With Qualtrics

Customer Experience Matters

I’m thrilled to announce that Temkin Group has been acquired by Qualtrics. Together, our goal is to create the world’s premiere center of excellence for all things experience management (XM). This new center––the Qualtrics XM Institute––brings together the industry’s foremost thought leaders to help shape the future of experience management, establish and publish best-practices, drive product innovation, and enable certification and training programs that further build a community of XM professi

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How to Successfully Implement Customer Self-Service Strategies

Fonolo

“I just want to speak to a real person” has become a token phrase used by people during almost any type of automated customer service experience. Even so, gone are the days when talking to ‘a real person’ is the customer’s preference: Today, 70% of customers expect self-service options and most brands are taking note. Customer Self Service, or CSS, is any type of electronic or automated support that allows customers to find answers or resolve problems without having to connect with a customer se

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Danger Points in a Client Journey and How To Mitigate Them

Amity

The lull after a successful onboarding. Quite correctly, many companies place a lot of emphasis on performing a timely and smooth onboarding. Getting the client set up correctly and ready to use your platform as soon as possible and ensuring they see time-to-value quickly is hugely important. For some platforms, onboarding can be quite a technical affair taking months to complete.