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3 Surprising Ways to Motivate Call Center Employees

Jive

Motivating employees is hard enough. Motivating call center employees? That’s even harder. Imagine a team of employees that deals with clients day in and day out. They typically work demanding hours and assist disgruntled customers. Agents are constantly on their toes. They have to know their product or service inside and out to intelligently and thoughtfully answer any questions customers have. Needless to say, it’s a difficult and exhausting job , but somebody’s got to do it.

4 Guidelines for Switching Channels Without Aggravating Customers

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the FCR blog on March 22, 2019. Click here to read the original. Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay. I recently contacted a company for customer service regarding a piece of software that was critical to me finishing a project.

6 Reasons Why Customer Support Is an Essential Part of Your Business

ProProfs Blog

It takes 12 positive interactions to make up for 1 negative interaction with a customer. The worst part is, 33% of customers don’t even return after 1 negative experience. They are now served by your competitor. In short, customer support makes all the difference.

Experiential Calluses Against Poor CX

ShepHyken

Last summer I played golf with a friend. At the end of the game, he had blisters. He didn’t play very often, and the golf clubs rubbed his skin raw. My hands were just fine. I’m fortunate to play several times a month and over time I’ve built up calluses that prevent those nasty blisters.

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.

Is Facial Recognition Creepy or Is It Just the Future?

Beyond Philosophy

Is Facial Recognition Creepy or Is It Just the Future? Technology can analyze people’s facial expressions and determine what emotion they feel. It’s called Facial Expression Analysis and it uses Facial Recognition technology.

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Start. Stop. Continue — three Powerful Words for Goal-Setting, Process Improvement, and Self-Improvement.

Myra Golden Media

I end all of my customer service workshops by asking participants to write down three words. Start, Stop, and Continue. Then I invite them to reflect on the day by jotting down: One thing they will START doing based on something they learned in the training.

Amazing Business Radio: Sandy Rogers

ShepHyken

Lead with Loyalty with Guest Sandy Rogers. Enhancing the Customer Experience Through Emotional Engagement. Shep Hyken interviews Sandy Rogers.

Why Too Many Choices Can Be Killing Your Bottom Line

Beyond Philosophy

If you give people the option to shop somewhere that only had a few choices or another venue with a wide selection, people almost always go for the larger selection. However, sorting through options can feel overwhelming. Too many choices in your Customer Experience are a terrible thing.

Customer Service – 9 Tips for Sales, Marketing, and Support

ProProfs Blog

Customer service is just a day in, day out, ongoing, never ending, unremitting, persevering, compassionate, type of activity. Leon Gorman. It needs no mention that buyers love excellent customer service.

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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!

Stop Trying To Replace Your Agents With Chatbots — No, Seriously!

Ian Jacobs

Customer service organizations have been looking for ways to cut costs for decades. Now that chatbot mania has taken over, many are jumping on the bandwagon and attempting to replace their human agents with chatbots.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of April 15, 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. 6 Customer Service Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them by Sam Del Rowe.

10 Things You Must Know to Establish and Preserve Your Customer Service Culture

Beyond Philosophy

Defining and managing your customer service culture is a significant issue for many organizations. Today we share some important considerations for establishing your customer service culture as well as the best practices of the leading customer service organizations.

5 Tips to Help You Host the Perfect Event

ProProfs Blog

Today’s generation looks forward to two things during the week: Spending the weekend in bed doing absolutely nothing or celebrating the weekend doing something they like. Millennials love events; I love events; more importantly, companies should also love events.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

It’s Time to Rethink Your Approach to Supporting Customer Service Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

Building powerful and engaging customer experiences through the contact center requires several important ingredients—just-in-time and in-context analytics, artificial intelligence for self-service and after-contact work, seamless omnichannel options for customers, and fair, accurate scheduling.

Guest Blog: The Art of the Survey – Why one question is more than enough

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Georgina Nelson who explains her approach to collecting customer feedback that will help you provide a better customer experience. One of the biggest misconceptions about collecting customer feedback is the idea that asking more questions provides more of the insights you’re looking for. Through our work with retail businesses across the world, we’ve found that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Call Center Culture of Excellence – How to Build it

TechSee

Many of us have worked in contact centers. It’s never been a particularly glamorous or well-paid job. And there’s now a serious talent shortage. Employers around the globe are facing the most severe recruitment crisis in 12 years, according to the latest Talent Shortage Survey , with 40% of companies surveyed reporting difficulties filling roles.

How to Boost the Customer Lifetime Value of Your Promising Startup?

ProProfs Blog

Young startups obsessively focus always on increasing the number of customers. Get more customers, we need more sales, connect with more leads, these phrases tend to be the most commonly spoken phrases during team meetings.

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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.

Voice of the Customer Survey: We Need Your Insights

Contact Center Pipeline

We need your help to better understand existing processes for gathering, processing and analyzing information about the customer experience. Give us your thoughts in this short Voice of the Customer survey. Results will appear in a future issue of Contact Center Pipeline.

7 Customer Experience Questions with Shep Hyken

Kayako

We had the pleasure of hosting customer service and experience expert, Shep Hyken earlier this month for a half hour Q&A session on why customer experience matters so much and what businesses must do to create the best experiences for their customers.

How Marketers Can Benefit From More Than Technology: Modern Marketing

C3Centricity

Just like most entrepreneurs and business people, I go to my fair share of conferences. One that stays in my memory for many reasons, was an event I attended in San Jose, California.

Why a Help Desk Software is Important for Your Business?

ProProfs Blog

Customer service is the driving force for any business. You may have a great product, the best marketing team, but still, fail to reach out to your target audience and retain customers. What may be the reason? A bad customer experience.

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.

How to Make Your Contact Center Digital Transformation a Success

Contact Center Pipeline

I recently had a conversation with Richard Antosik, Vice President, Digital Operations (Client Services) at Laurentian Bank regarding their contact center’s recent digital transformation. The following are the questions and answers regarding their lessons learned.

People Rise to Their Belief of Your Belief in Them

Integrity Solutions

Coaching Sales Teams and the Link Between Expectations, Beliefs and Performance. The truth is, all of us need coaches. Most people will not work, learn and extend themselves, by themselves, to the extent that they will with the help of a coach who sets high expectations for them. Think about it.

How to Improve Amazon Customer Satisfaction

CSM Magazine

Amazon is a customer-centric platform, and given its customer priority shopping service, it’s a popular first choice for online shoppers. To be a successful seller, your number one priority is to know how to please Amazon customers.

Different people value different things (gasp!)

Up Your Service

Heard on the Streets with Sean Brown. During 2018, I heard several service issues repeated in organizations across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. One common and concerning issue is differing service attitudes and mindsets of team members in different locations.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

Protecting Customer Data, Part 1: Balancing Customer Friction & Fraud Prevention

Contact Center Pipeline

Businesses are facing ever-increasing risks of fraud and cybercrime. Every day brings more reports of security breaches and compromised customer data. Cybercriminals are clever and quick to find new ways to steal customers’ and employees’ personally identifiable information, which can be used to commit fraudulent activities ranging from spamming to accessing online accounts to extortion. […].

A Future-Proof CX Approach to Leveraging Emerging Technologies

Upstream Works

In this episode of Natilik Live, Upstream Works’ Jeff Palmer discusses a future-proof CX strategy that protects brands from the potential pitfalls of silos –system, channel, or data – and highlights how choice and flexibility are key to a winning CX strategy.

What are the top ways we should use speech analytics to get the maximum benefits?

DMG

Question: We are just getting started with speech analytics. Aside from the tactical uses, what are the top ways we should use this solution to get the maximum benefits? Answer: Enterprise executives who are not thinking more broadly about the uses of solutions like speech analytics are leaving cost savings and valuable benefits on the table.