Sat.Feb 02, 2019 - Fri.Feb 08, 2019

Benefits of Artificial Intelligence in the Contact Center Industry

Fenero

Do you remember the last time you called an 800 number and experienced the run around you get when attempting to follow the prompts? Were the menus confusing? Did the speech recognition feature clearly understand your responses?

It All Begins with Good Health

Contact Center Pipeline

If you’re reading this article on the Contact Center Pipeline blog, chances are you are in management or an executive and that sufficient health care has never been an issue for you or your family.

5 Contact Center Tech Upgrades to Consider in 2019

Customer Service Life

The text of this article originally appeared on the ICMI blog on December 5, 2018. Click here to read the original and click here to watch a video where I discuss the content of this article. Hint: Focus on Agent Performance.

Reality Check: Are your customers channels or people?

Call Center Coach

I’m cursed. Are you? For years I fell into a trap that I see many in the contact center industry fall in to. It’s the trap of managing workflow for efficiency. I need to be careful not to manage queues of interactions because that’s how it’s always been done.

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To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

Customer Experience ROI: How You Prove You Understand Customer Experience Strategy

Beyond Philosophy

Customer Experience as an industry is at a crossroads. As I have written before , the results that we should be seeing are not there. It’s time to put up or shut up. If we as an industry do not turn it around, we might see our budgets and headcounts reassigned somewhere else.

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Are You Ready, Willing and Able for Digital Access?

Contact Center Pipeline

Ready, willing and able is a self-explanatory idiom that describes an enthusiastic, well-prepared and eager response to change. Changes are abundant as we continue to move from 20th century approaches to the 21st in contact center management, infrastructure and technology.

The Buck Stops Here: How to De-escalate Angry Customers and Control Conversations

Myra Golden Media

I’ve learned the most potent de-escalation tactics known from the martial art Aikido, trial lawyers, law enforcement, a former FBI hostage negotiator, and the greatest escalation agents in customer service. And on Friday, March 1st I’m hosting my refashioned De-escalation Training in a webinar.

How Successful Retailers Win in Endless Disruption

Beyond Philosophy

Organizations do not have the luxury of focusing solely on operations these days. Over the past decade, retail as an industry has changed. To survive, retailers must put the customer at the center of everything they do. That said, not everyone believes it yet. <!–more–> <!–more–>

Core Values are Decision Filters

ShepHyken

I’m honored to be the keynote speaker later this year at Office Pride , a franchisor of commercial cleaning service companies. All of the franchisees will be attending their annual meeting to network and learn about the latest and greatest opportunities happening in their industry.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our February 2019 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Please take a few moments and see what our February issue has to offer. We cover many of those topics that challenge us every day, like training, performance management tools, analytics, recruiting and staffing, conversational user interfaces, interview techniques, artificial intelligence and more.

6 Reasons Why You’re a Rookie At De-escalating

Myra Golden Media

Inflammatory words and an aggressive tone heat up an interaction like an oven heats up a room.

How to Create A Financial Times Award-Winning Consultancy from Scratch

Beyond Philosophy

Beyond Philosophy won an award named one of the Best Management Consultancy Firms in the UK, by the Financial Times (FT). This was voted on by clients and peers, we couldn’t be more honored or proud.

How the Most Important Touchpoints Get Ignored, And How to Fix It

360Connext

Touchpoints aren’t what they used to be. There was a time in our history when touchpoints were…finite. We could list them easily and agree easily to what they were. The list might have 5-6 things on it for a sophisticated organization.

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.

Forrester’s Latest Infographic: Consumers Don’t Believe the Chatbot Hype

Ian Jacobs

Consumers really don’t like your chatbot. It’s not exactly a relationship built to last – a few clicks here, a few sentences there – but Forrester Analytics shows us very clearly that, to consumers, your chatbot isn’t exactly “swipe right” material. That’s unfortunate, because using a chatbot for customer service can be incredibly effective when […]. chatbots customer experience customer service CX Forrester Analytics

Top 10 Tips for Gathering Event Attendee Feedback

GetFeedback

Event planning is an adventure, to say the least. Locking down the venue, getting people registered, promoting it across channels, working out the logistics… the list goes on and on. Before you know it, the day arrives.

How to Create A Financial Times Award-Winning Consultancy from Scratch

Beyond Philosophy

Beyond Philosophy won an award named one of the Best Management Consultancy Firms in the UK, by the Financial Times (FT). This was voted on by clients and peers, we couldn’t be more honored or proud. This bonus episode podcast explores how you can take your idea and turn it into an Financial Times Award-Winning consultancy, too. We share our 10-Step Plan for Success and ask our listeners, what would you do if you weren’t afraid? <!–more–> <!–more–>

Using Lean Management & Human-centered Design to Improve Government Customer Experience

Taylor Reach Group

Lean Management is a customer-centric methodology used to improve the current business process by using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) technique.

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.

Guest Blog: Improving Customer Experience Using Employee Feedback Data

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Christa Heibel who writes about how important employee feedback is to a successful customer service experience and high CSAT ratings. – Shep Hyken.

How Important Is Customer Loyalty?

Envision

Today’s best-in-class organizations know that delivering world-class customer service is no longer a value-add, but a must. After all, it’s impossible for a company to survive without its customers. Still, some believe that great service is just too costly, so they do the bare minimum.

How to Turn Survey Results Into Awesome Presentations

GetFeedback

One of the most exciting parts of conducting an online survey is showcasing the findings and results when data collection wraps up.

Press Release: Taylor Reach Group Selected to Optimize Vision Care Leader

Taylor Reach Group

The Taylor Reach Group, Inc., a globally-recognized call and contact center consulting and managed services firm focused on optimizing customer engagement, has announced that it is working with a worldwide leader in personal vision care.

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.

Amazing Business Radio: Brian Sprinkle

ShepHyken

Big Ass Fans. Growing Customer Service Alongside Your Company. Shep Hyken interviews Brian Sprinkle. They discuss his company, Big Ass Fans , and their approach to providing high-quality customer service to support their industry-leading products.

Latest Innovation Swings in Customer Service

OctopusTech

With the increased adoption of tech channels in our routine life, the innovating customer touchpoints also experience the digital transformations that change the consistency of human sales and service channels. But with new technologies, challenges come too.

How to Use Online Surveys to Re-Engage With Customers

GetFeedback

Are you struggling with the knowledge that there are many customers who have stopped engaging with your brand? Many businesses are. And they keep wondering what went so wrong that their once engaged customer completely stopped responding to their campaigns, emails and so on.

14 best customer service tools for a small business in 2019

HelpCrunch

If you have a small business, your perfect customer service tool is somewhere in the borderland between functionality and pricing. With that in mind, we compared 14 different customer service tools.

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.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of February 4, 2019

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.

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Sales Empowerment: Conversations That Matter

Guru

When it comes to sales enablement, at Guru we empower our reps to lead with conversations, not content. I recently participated in a webinar hosted by Instructure called Sales Empowerment: Conversations That Matter that focused on how to empower sales reps to have better conversations with prospects.

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Use Your Live Chat Survey Data to Improve CX

GetFeedback

You’ve completed your live chat survey implementation and now you’re receiving valuable live chat survey data. You want to put this feedback to good use, but you’re not sure where to begin.