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.

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.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

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.

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.

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.

3 Tips for Embracing an Agile Approach to Digital Transformation

Contact Center Pipeline

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

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.

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. .

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?

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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Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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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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.

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.

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.

The Changing Role of CX Testing in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Diego Lo Giudice and Chad Hendren

With new competition emerging every day, businesses are transforming themselves, and using software as a means to drive differentiation. Digital transformation has become a key initiative for businesses across the globe, and CX is ground zero. Register now for this webinar and hear from Cyara and their guest speaker, Diego Lo Giudice of Forrester, how testing and QA practices are changing to enable and accelerate digital transformation.

Students are the Absolute Best Sources of Information About Student Learning

FreshGrade

Article written by: Kathy Cote’ Rogers, and her 7th + 8th grade students Ava, Hayden, and Raven. . As a teacher, I have designed numerous formative and summative assessments attempting to measure student learning.

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.

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.

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.

Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

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.

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.

Are you making phone fraud a picnic for criminals?

TRUSTID

With so much personal data stored on the internet and corporate systems that are connected to the web, telephone fraud is on the rise.

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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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.

ICMI Expo 2019 Conference Roundup

Comm100

ICMI Expo 2019 took place from the 13 th -16 th May at the rather glamorous Diplomat Resort, Hollywood Beach, Florida. My time at the Expo was a breath of fresh air in more ways than simply letting me escape the heat outside.

In online chat, one size does not fit all

RapportBoost

Many of our clients describe a conundrum they face with their live chat team. While they want agents to represent the brand consistently and professionally, they recognize that these people must possess the latitude to show authenticity and go “off script” to build genuine connections.

What Does It Take to be a Qualified, Professional Interpreter? (Part 1)

Voiance

What does it take to be a great interpreter? According to the US Census Bureau , nearly 31 million US residents speak both English and another language "very well" - that's roughly 10% of the population. But being bilingual - impressive as it is - is just the beginning.