Sat.May 18, 2019 - Fri.May 24, 2019

Obstacles Contact Center Agents Come Across During Interactions

Jacada

There was a time when customers only had a single choice when it came to contacting a company's customer service department. They had to dial a number to reach the department by phone—and make sure that they did so during the company's customer service department's hours of operation. Read More.

Could Your Service Quality Really Just Be Random Chance?

Toister Performance Solutions

A customer calls in to customer service, desperate to get his problem solved. He's been a loyal customer for a few years, but lately there have been a few issues. Now he’s on the fence about whether this is the right company to do business with. Today’s call is a make-or-break situation.

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The worst question a service rep can ask a customer

Tethr

“Have I fully resolved your issue today?”. In the book, The Effortless Experience , my CEB (now Gartner) co-authors and I argue that this question is, hands down, the worst question a service rep can ask a customer.

Outsourcing Can Make Your Customer Experience Better. Here’s How.

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the Talkdesk blog on March 15, 2019. Click here to read the original post. Looking back a decade or so ago, I was a customer service manager at a small SaaS (software as a service) company feeling my way through the contact center.

3 Signs You Need A Self-Service Consumer Insights Solution

Understanding consumers can be a complex task. Consumer research can be a lengthy process–whether it’s manual research or configuring and training first generation AI machines on what to look for in consumer feedback.

The Customer Is Angry – And, It’s Not Your Fault

ShepHyken

Imagine this. The customer on the phone – or in person – is raging mad. You can hear it in their voice – or see it in their eyes. You brace yourself. You’re ready to take the lashing this customer is about to give you. You know you personally did nothing to offend and upset this customer.

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8 Practices to Increase Customer Lifetime Value of Your Business

ProProfs Blog

As a business owner, it is important to think beyond elevating your brand amidst the increasing competition. You may have set the foundation of your eCommerce business on a riveting marketing strategy, a robust customer service team, and brand new ideas for products and services.

Friction in CX: How To Avoid Getting Burned by Hidden Costs

Beyond Philosophy

I have been working as a global Customer Experience consultant for nearly twenty years. Never have I ever heard a customer say, “I just wish I could be hassled a little more.”. We don’t like it when things aren’t easy in a Customer Experience.

Amazing Business Radio: Nicolaj Sigglekow & Christian Terwiesch

ShepHyken

Connected Strategy. Predicting Your Customers’ Wants and Needs to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience (CX). Shep Hyken interviews Wharton School professors Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch.

Emotion Analytics is at the Heart of Customer Experience Innovation

TechSee

It’s no secret that emotions drive behavior. Happy people whistle. Angry drivers crash cars. And now, with the help of emotion analytics, more companies are tuning into their customers’ feelings in an attempt to learn what makes them tick.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

3 Tips for Embracing an Agile Approach to Digital Transformation

Contact Center Pipeline

While digital transformation and technologies like chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) remain top of mind for improving and innovating customer service processes, many companies approach transformation haphazardly without understanding how new technologies will impact the customer and the organization.

CSAT vs. NPS: Similarities and Differences

GetFeedback

CSAT vs. NPS is an inevitable comparison that surfaces whenever a company launches a Voice of the Customer (VoC) program to optimize their customer experience (CX) strategy. .

The Massive Importance of Memory in a Customer’s Experience

Beyond Philosophy

The Massive Importance of Memory in a Customer’s Experience. Customer loyalty is a function of customers’ memories. That is to say, customers don’t choose your experience over another; customers choose the memory of your experience over another. Therefore, we feel it is vital that you ensure your customers have an excellent memory of your Customer Experience.

97 Super-Effective Sales Tips From Top Sales Gurus

CrazyCall

You might be an expert, a professional, an intermediate, or a complete newbie. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes, we all need a little advice that will help us make the next decision. Especially when you’re working in sales.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Time to Create a Better Desktop

Contact Center Pipeline

It jumped out at me as big news: Lack of and/or bad desktop tools took the #1 spot on our challenges list for 2019. That data confirms what we see in countless projects. Centers have many applications and a plethora of communication tools.

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The Top 4 Causes of Customer Churn and How to Address Them

Totango

In the customer-centric economy, retaining current customers is a top priority. Not only are new customers expensive to win over, but loyal customers are more valuable in the long run. They trust your brand and are more likely to spread word-of-mouth advertising or accept an upsell.

AIC: 3 Critical Factors in Contact Center Network Design

Transparent BPO

The IT network, where the processing of sensitive data is done, and calls are being answered and initiated, is a crucial part of a contact center’s customers’ business model.

Net Promoter Score (NPS) Myths Debunked

GetFeedback

Net Promoter Score (NPS) is one of the most popular metrics being used in business today. And while NPS has many supporters to sing its praises, there seems to be an equal number of critics who have emerged to decry it, citing a number of reasons why it should be abolished.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

Guest Blog: A Radical Idea in Customer Service Surveys – The Solo Question

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Gaetano DiNardi who discusses how many customer service surveys are not giving you proper data and suggests how to improve them. Be honest – even if you are a customer service professional who relies on surveys for your data, when you see someone on the street asking survey questions, how many times do you cross to the other side? And when you are asked to stay on the phone to provide answers to a brief survey after a customer interaction, do you ever do it?

Customer Success and Upsells: How to Make the Most of Opportunities

Totango

When your goal is to grow your customer’s business, upselling becomes a means, not an end. That’s the advantage of working within a customer-centric environment. Your success depends on your customer’s success, so expansion becomes a necessity for both parties.

How Human Centered Design Improves the Digital Contact Center Government Experience

Taylor Reach Group

By Rosetta Lue. The government will better serve all stakeholders by establishing a focus to oversee the design and implementation of a human-centered design strategy that: identifies and responds to key touch points in a stakeholder’s journey.

Ecommerce Customer Experience: Why it’s crucial and tips for success

Lumoa

In this article, we cover why ecommerce customer experience is so critical and offer some tips on how to excel in an online environment. Feed generated with FetchRSS

How to Create Strong Community Personas

Speaker: Carrie Melissa Jones, Community Consultant

Ever wonder how to build effective community personas? Join Vanilla Forums on Tuesday, June 16th at 12 PM ET as Carrie Melissa Jones, Co-Author of Building Brand Communities, clears away the noise around community personas and gives you a method for doing member research to refine your personas.

How Call Center Services are Helpful for Small Businesses?

OctopusTech

Customers are the most focused trait for any small business. But it may be difficult for a tiny business to answering the phone calls while handling day to day office operations. On the same note, answering calls is important as with poor customer services there are more chances to lose business.

The View from Outside In: What Your Users Don’t Care About (and What to Do Instead)

Mindtouch

This post is based on my presentation at STC Summit 2019 , the annual conference of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and incorporates takeaways from Alan Porter and John Bowie. Customer interactions are becoming synonymous with content interactions.

Get to the Heart of the Sales Mindset and Increase Questioning Confidence

Integrity Solutions

If your employees struggle with a willingness to ask the questions that will deliver more client value, you need focus on shifting their mindsets and building their confidence.

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Call Center Customer Expectations: Delivering Value and Results

TeleDirect

What are your expectations with your own call center? Probably higher than you’d think. Your customer contact center requires next-gen technology, reliable infrastructure, professionally trained agents, and the flexibility to adapt with – and stay ahead of – an ever-evolving business environment.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.