Sat.Dec 01, 2018 - Fri.Dec 07, 2018

Gamify Onboarding to Win the Battle Over New Hire Retention

Noble Systems

Starting a new position in a contact center can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. New employees want to get up to speed quickly on the company’s products, processes and people.

10 ways to use customer data to build a better customer support training program

UJET

Proper training gives your team the tools they need to provide an exceptional customer experience. When you incorporate customer data into training programs you're ensuring that every agent understands how customers actually interact with your team.

When it Comes to Contact Center Management, Keep Your Best Leaders Motivated

Taylor Reach Group

By: Peg Ayers. Are all the leaders on your team equally skilled? Who do you think of first when you have something critical that must be handled brilliantly and immediately? We all have our preferences as to who we trust when the pressure is on.

8 Key Stats to Prove Customer Experience Delivers ROI

Beyond Philosophy

James Carville, political commentator and media personality coined the phrase, “The economy, Stupid,” for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Carville was talking to the team at the time to help them focus on the key messages for Clinton’s campaign.

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.

What Causes Friction

ShepHyken

In the past few months leading up to my new book, The Convenience Revolution , I’ve focused on ways to be more convenient for your customers. I’ve shared six Convenience Principles and numerous examples and case studies. The goal is to eliminate friction.

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How to Get the Greatest Agent Training ROI

Call Center Coach

Contact center agent training can be a very big expenditure for a lot of organizations. For contact centers that experience higher agent turnover the expenditure is obviously much higher than for those with lower turnover.

Are You Making Intuitive Or Rational Decisions?

Beyond Philosophy

There are two key ways people make decisions: intuitvely or rationally. We discuss why this is important to designing your customer experience and how this can have a key effect on customer loyalty.

Guest Blog: How Texting Has Become An Essential Customer Service Tool

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Brian Elrod who discusses how texting has become an important customer service tool for any type of business. – Shep Hyken. Numbers show that customers enjoy text message communication. Here’s how some businesses are winning by texting.

Best Tips to Improve Customer Service This Holiday Season

ProProfs Blog

The holiday season has knocked your doorstep. And it’s time you gear up to tackle all customer queries and requests on time. Now, there are many online platforms that advice you on how to improve your customer service this holiday season. But not all of them point towards ‘the best tips’.

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.

How Top Brands Are Winning with Engaging Social Media Experiences

Call Center Coach

With social media your customers are having experiences on their own terms. They are in control. All of their experiences add up to their interpretation of your brand, product and service.

Customer Service Inspiration from my Bookshelf

Customer Service Life

This article was originally posted on the ICMI Blog during National Customer Service Week on October 2, 2018. Click here to read the original post. Can we all acknowledge that customer service is a hard job?

Amazing Business Radio: Nick Mehta

ShepHyken

Proactive Customer Service. How to Ensure You Are Delivering Success For Your Customers. Shep Hyken sits down with Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight.

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How to Handle Live Chat Customer Service During the Holiday Rush

GetFeedback

Ah, the holidays. It’s the time for sugar canes, delicious eggnog, and jolly parties with loved ones, right? Well, not exactly. For us customer service folks it’s the time of the year that we call: the not-so-jolly holiday rush.

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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.

17 Ways to Tell if Customer Service is Your Purpose in Life

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Our “purpose” is the thing, item, or person we keep coming back to even after we’ve lost our way. Through good times and bad, we find ourselves surrounded by thoughts of what makes us feel good, feel important, and feel fulfilled.

Four Corporate Customer Service Blogs Actually Worth Reading

Toister Performance Solutions

Many companies that sell a product or service to customer service teams have a corporate blog. It's part of a content marketing strategy that brings visitors to the company website, establishes some brand awareness, and hopefully generates sales. A lot of those blogs are hard to read.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of December 3, 2018

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. How the leader in the cockpit builds a brand by Alaina Love.

Podcast: The State of Customer Service Experience 2018 Report

The Northridge Group

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.

Emphasize Emotion In Your Holiday Customer Service

Ian Jacobs

This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2018 retail series. As the holidays approach and the post-holiday return rush quickly follows, a few things will occur simultaneously: hundreds of millions of customers will make purchases, total holiday retail sales will push the $720 billion mark, and millions more will send odd, ill-fitting, or unwanted gifts […]. customer emotion customer experience Holiday 2018 Customer Experience (CX) customer service emotion

The Proper Way to Ask for Customer Feedback

Kayako

When collected and implemented properly, customer feedback can help improve your product and the services that support it.

Inside View: Nate Brown, UL EHS Sustainability

Contact Center Pipeline

Some people know from a young age exactly what they want to do. They pursue a vocation with dedication and never waver from their target. For others, it is often a matter of chance.

Selling CRaaS Yet (Call Recording as a Service)?

OrecX

Cloud service providers (aka communication service providers) are becoming commonplace in business today as companies seek to migrate much of their data, storage and applications from premise to cloud.

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.

2019 Customer Experience Trends

The Center for Client Retention

Customer Experience trends are bigger and better for 2019. Artificial Intelligence (AI) tops the list, with a virtual army of app developers working around the clock to help us excite, entertain and educate our clients.

Resolving the Riddle of Retention

Taylor Reach Group

By: Colin Taylor. The downside of a strong economy is low unemployment and job shortages. A strong economy doesn’t directly cause contact center attrition, but it does provide employees and agents options that may not exist in a weaker economy.

Please Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Contact Center Pipeline

The origin of the phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” comes from ancient times when the only option for communication during wars between kingdoms was the use of human envoys. When one side or the other sought to initiate a negotiation it sent a “messenger.”

HubSpot Webinar Recap: How Customer Success is Key to Business Growth

Guru

On Tuesday I sat down with Michael Redbord, General Manager of Service Hub at HubSpot , to talk about the paradigm shift in customer service (CS) and how the function is becoming a key revenue driver for businesses.

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.

Are you underestimating the role of culture in digital transformation?

TELUS International

For digital transformation to work, corporate culture needs to be nimble, collaborative and open to calculated risk

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[Infographic] The Hottest Customer Experience Trend of 2018

Bright Pattern

AI and bots might have been the most talked about trend of 2018. You couldn’t go to a contact center or customer service event without noticing how many sessions were dedicated to the topic, or overhearing attendees talking about the abundant use cases for AI and self-service bots.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our December 2018 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for the happiest of holidays! It’s an exciting time of year—and an exciting time to be a part of the contact center industry!