Sat.Nov 21, 2020 - Fri.Nov 27, 2020

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Giving Thanks: 5 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Customers

TeamSupport

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in a year that has been fraught with anxiety and uncertainty, I thought we should pause and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Here at TeamSupport, we have had an exciting year of new product development, product enhancements, new and improved ways of communicating with each of you, and new members of our team that have come on board to help us grow and better serve our customers in the coming year.

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COVID is Creating a Surprising Contact Centers Trend

Fonolo

We spent the last couple of months asking influencers and industry leaders how they thought the pandemic had impacted customer service. Their insights were varied and detailed, but we kept hearing one word again and again: empathy. We had to listen to that. Read the Full Industry Report Here: Contact Center Trends 2021. The Crisis has Fostered a Sense of Empathy.

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Seeing Success Through the Eyes of Customers

Strikedeck

Vincent Manlapaz, in an interview with Jon Triggs talks about how CS has grown in alignment with sales, product, marketing, and engineering teams. This alignment involves strategic thinking, quantitative analysis, and a line of sight in improving the customer’s bottom line.

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Digital Transformation Didn’t Work: This Is What You Should Do Now

Beyond Philosophy

An organization’s digital experience is vital to their success. We have been getting a lot of clients asking for a review of their digital experience. Many recognize that their digital transformation hasn’t resulted in the experience that they hoped it would be. On a recent podcast, we had our lead on digital transformation Zhecho Dobrev, Principal Consultant for Beyond Philosophy, tell us why that might be.

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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: How To Improve the Customer Experience Starting Today

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article from Chelsea Lamb , co-founder and head tech writer at Business Pop. She provides multiple strategies to improve the customer experience in order to gain and retain repeat customers. It’s been said that customer service is dead. Unfortunately, for many businesses, this is true. We live in such an instant gratification world that customers will often simply seek the next best thing if they don’t get the desired outcome to start.

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The State of Remote Workforce Compliance

Callminer

Read this article to learn how organizations can achieve and maintain legal compliance with a remote workforce.

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Align Business, Contact Center and Technology Strategies

Contact Center Pipeline

I’ve been on my soapbox for years touting the importance of aligning the business strategy, the contact center operations strategy, and the contact center technology strategy. Strategies are aligned when: You can map the relationship between business and contact center goals. The center is equipped with (or pursuing) technology that enables both. Operational practices and […].

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Thanksgiving Week Special: A Recipe for Amazing Customer Service

ShepHyken

As we approach Thanksgiving, I can’t stop thinking about turkey and stuffing—and all the different ways to prepare them. Always thinking about how everything in life ties to customer service, I wondered, “What is a good recipe for customer service?” So, I’ve listed some of the essential ingredients. I’m sure you’ll have a few more to add to this list.

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Applying Leadership Intelligence Pyramid in CX

CX Global Media

Applying the leadership intelligence pyramid is one simple way to achieve effective leadership. Here are the basics of the concept. The post Applying Leadership Intelligence Pyramid in CX appeared first on CX Global Media.

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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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Digital Transformation Didn’t Work

Beyond Philosophy

Digital Transformation Didn’t Work: This Is What You Should Do Now. Experts estimate that companies wasted around $900 billion in 2018 on failed digital transformation projects. Nevertheless, organizations have spent upward of $2 trillion (with a t) on digital transformations in 2020. How do we know that this is not just a big waste of time and money this time around?

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2021 Outlook: AI, Knowledge Automation and the Evolving Role of Remote Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

Already experiencing pandemic change, contact centers can expect even more in 2021, at a more rapid pace. Call and ticket volumes continue to rise, and the remote workforce will remain, at least partially, distributed as the new norm. As CX organizations continue adapting, some are still second-guessing critical technology decisions, which can cause additional friction […].

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5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of November 23, 2020

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. 4 Things Your Contact Center Can Learn Now From Chewy on How To Improve Your Customer Experience While Still Keeping Your Agents Happy and Productive by Veronica Krieg.

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Why You Should Hire Agents Based on EQ Not IQ

Fonolo

When hiring new talent, it’s easy to get caught up in qualifications and work experience. However, customer service professionals need more than smarts to be successful — especially when working in a contact center. Empathy is one of the hottest topics in the industry right now, with the pandemic revealing how important genuine human connections are.

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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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The crucial new role of automation in healthcare CX

TELUS International

Automation is an invaluable tool for healthcare companies. Discover how mobile technology and chatbots can transform your customer experience.

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Secure at Home: Protecting Ourselves, Our Brand, Business and Customers

Contact Center Pipeline

During the summer of the COVID pandemic, sudden urgency emerged to get everyone home safely. Massive amounts of on-site agents were suddenly sent home to work remotely. However, the challenge is that not everyone has been set up in a safe, secure work environment. Now that more months have passed, we can reflect on what […].

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Taking Field Service Management to the next level with AR

TechSee

Now more than ever, many businesses are searching for effective ways to improve field service. Augmented reality (AR) has many applications in field service management; below we present four practical applications that align with the four main operating models outlined by Gartner. Augmented Reality and Field Services. Augmented reality (AR) has come a long way from its science-fiction origins.

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Creating A Customer-Centric Strategy

Integrity Solutions

A customer-centric strategy is about more than just a values statement or a directive to the team. Are your customers truly at the center of your business universe? A customer-centric culture is one that is relentlessly focused on putting what’s best for the customer at the core of everything you do. Culture isn’t just about one function or department or role.

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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12 Steps to Provide Five-Star Mobile App Support

HelpCrunch

Mobile developers usually think about mobile app support only when they start receiving negative feedback and smashing user reviews. That’s when they realize that their customers actually do have problems with the app and would [ … ]. The post 12 Steps to Provide Five-Star Mobile App Support appeared first on HelpCrunch blog.

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Wishing All of Our Readers a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Contact Center Pipeline

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to all of our readers for your time and support of our articles and blog posts throughout the years. Thank you—and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Guest Blog: Contact Center Talent in These Changing Times, Part 1 – Setting the Stage

Calabrio

This guest post is authored by Steven Kaish , SVP, Product Marketing & Technical Partners at Glia. The legendary Bob Dylan released his classic hit The Times They Are A-Changin’ back in 1964. More than half a century later, his lyrics couldn’t be more relevant. In fact, the pace of change is only accelerating affecting nearly every facet of our lives, from how we bank, shop and socialize to how we respond to a pandemic.

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Why creating empathy in your customer service is so hard

Eptica

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Author: Guest author: Adrian Swinscoe Why creating empathy in your customer service is so hard. Published on: November 24, 2020. Author: Guest author: Adrian Swinscoe Organisations understand the value of empathy to strengthening the customer relationship, boosting satisfaction, and increasing loyalty. But many still struggle to build empathy into their customer service interactions – why is this?

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ABM Success Recipe: Mastering the Crawl, Walk, Run Approach

Shifting to an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy can be both exciting and challenging. Well-implemented ABM motions build engagement with high-value accounts and drive impactful campaigns that resonate with your audience. But where do you begin, and how do you progress from crawling to running? Watch now as Demand Gen experts delve into the essentials of each stage of the ABM process.

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What is Customer 360 and How Does it Affect Customer Success?

Totango

Today’s consumers have higher expectations for the companies they work with than ever before. The digital business landscape has made it so competitors can easily reach out to prospective customers with offers of enticing deals and promises of attentive service. As a result, if a user isn’t fully satisfied with their service , switching providers can be done in a day’s time.

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Inside View: Sweetwater Founder & CEO Chuck Surack

Contact Center Pipeline

In 1979, when musician and entrepreneur Chuck Surack founded Sweetwater Sound, a mobile recording studio in the back of his VW bus, he never imagined that one day his humble venture would grow into one of the largest online retailers of musical instruments and audio equipment in the world. By the early 1980s, thanks to […].

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All-Star Acceleration – Experts Look at What’s Next for Contact Center Technology

Cisco - Contact Center

Hope and Hype for Customer Service and Support Solutions — Insights from Cisco and Gartner Research. Recently, Cisco partnered with Gartner Research to create a set of deep insights on five subject areas that contact center practitioners and customer experience experts can leverage to guide their planning for the year ahead. The resulting publication, Accelerating the Next Generation Contact Center , features five thought-provoking articles on matters critical to contact center decision makers.

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It’s more than customer appreciation

Talkdesk

Three years ago, I had planned a vacation with my entire family, our first-ever trip to Europe. It was a different time, I know. As a Delta frequent flyer, I’ve flown over 2 million miles. I’m a proud medallion member. The morning of the trip, I got the call that our flight was canceled. What a nightmare! Seven family members stuck and sad after all that planning, scheduling — and spending — for the trip of a lifetime.

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Customer Experience Management: Optimizing Your Strategy for Financial Success

Speaker: Diane Magers, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Experience Catalysts

In the world of business, connecting the dots from experience to financial impact is an essential skill. Transforming customer engagement, Voice of Customer (VoC) insights, and Journey Maps into tangible financial outcomes poses a significant challenge for most organizations. To gain buy-in from the C-Suite and key stakeholders, it’s crucial to illustrate how Experience Management translates into clear, measurable business results.

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Benefits of a Virtual Assistant in Real Estate

Ansafone

A virtual assistant can be a great asset to any busy real estate agent. Agents need to be available to their clients many hours of the day, taking care of contracts, making and accepting bids, and handling all the calls that come in. Doing this on your own can quickly wear down any agent. A … Benefits of a Virtual Assistant in Real Estate Read More ».

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How to Stay Close to Customers While Working From Home

CSM Magazine

The Institute of Directors (IoD) surveyed 958 British businesses and found that 74% plan to retain home-working for the foreseeable future. Four out of ten businesses reported that they had found working from home ‘more effective’. The IoD survey echoed the earlier findings of researchers from Cardiff and Southampton universities, who found that 90% of employees would also prefer to continue working from home.

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Journey to the cloud - contact center communications

Spearline

Contact centers continue to embrace cloud services and break free of their legacy on-prem infrastructures. Inbound voice reigns. Voice remains a preferred channel for customer communications. The Taylor Research Group highlights in their Contact Center Industry Stats that “although customers want multiple options when it comes to communicating with an organization, voice still remains the most critical and predominant channel” Contact Babel’s research indicates that telephone c