2018

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Are You Protected? Why Every Contact Center Needs Social Engineering Training

Contact Center Pipeline

Imagine there is an angry customer calling your contact center. They threaten to cancel their service. They provide their name and mailing address, but cannot remember their account number or security password. However, they are shouting and threatening to complain on social media regarding supposedly unfair charges to their account. Eventually, your agent calms the […].

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20 Call Center Pros Share the Most Undervalued Call Center Metrics and How To Better Leverage Them

Callminer

From essentials like average handle time to broader metrics such as call center service levels , there are dozens of metrics that call center leaders and QA teams must stay on top of, and they all provide visibility into some aspect of performance. Given the sheer number of metrics and KPIs that call centers could track, it’s no surprise that some metrics tend to go overlooked.

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Should your Contact Centre join the Cloud?

Connect

In Contact Centres around the world, a battle is raging. The prize: the best customer experience, underpinned by efficient, scalable, and flexible technology. Many would have you believe there are only two contenders: the Cloud Contact Centre (Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS)), and the more conventional Contact Centre Infrastructure (CCI). The reality, however, is much more complex.

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Guest Blog: How Live Chat Can Improve Conversion Rate For Your Business

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by David Olson who shares tips on how to use live chat software correctly. – Shep Hyken. The modern marketplace offers many different ways to make your business and employees more productive. From automation to artificial intelligence, now is an exciting time to explore all the possibilities. One of the most promising methods for improving your conversion rates is through live chat software.

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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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How to Create Good Customer Service Goals

Toister Performance Solutions

Advertising disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. "I have six minutes to solve their problem, and it's not enough time." The technical support agent was sharing her struggle with her contact center's talk time goal.

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Do This Instead of Worrying About a Good NPS Score

Steve DiGioia

does your Net Promoter Score tell you enough to make a difference? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Net Promoter Score®, or NPS, measures customer experience and predicts business growth. This proven metric transformed the business world and now provides the core measurement for customer experience management programs around the world.

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Millennial Generation Customer Service – The Ultimate Guide

TechSee

A day in the life of a Millennial. Ashley rolls over, checks her Fitbit Ionic to see the quality of REM sleep she experienced last night, and reaches for her iPhone to scan her messaging apps and social networks. She tweets about her sleep quality and messages her roommate that her share of the rent has been paid with Venmo. On her way out, she checks with Alexa whether her shoes have been shipped by Amazon, grabs her ear buds, sets her smart home security system, and rides her electric scooter

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The key to helping customers in a market that values empathy

Liveops

Matching culture and language resolves customer needs faster. When the trend of U.S. businesses offshoring their customer service began a couple of decades ago, the opportunity to cut costs was paramount. Savings in the form of reduced labor costs were significant. However, they came at the expense of deteriorating customer satisfaction. Foreign-based agents, while often skilled and well-educated, present communication challenges which can hinder their ability to help callers in all the dynamic

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7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation

CX Global Media

7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation. Being a contact center leader has become more important in business transformation than being a CEO. After all, if you are going to transform, your outcome must be to be more customer-centric. From this perspective, the contact center has the ability to pinpoint the needs of your customer better than any other part of your organization.

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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The need for excellent customer service training

Peter Lavers

Amongst all the hype of customer experience, AI, chatbots and real-time personalisation, don’t forget that staff still need excellent customer service training – no matter how successful your company is right now! When customer support representatives start at a company, they usually get a bit of training upfront. They learn about a company’s support software, its products and services, and how to communicate and be empathetic in interactions.

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Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

Contact Center Pipeline

According to thefreedictionary.com, “onward and upward” is an expression that is defined as “something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead.” Ah, the future! It is always the place at which, when we arrive, everything will be all right. Or […].

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21 Call Center Leaders Reveal the Biggest Concerns Keeping Call Center Managers Up at Night

Callminer

Call center managers are tasked with myriad responsibilities, and they maintain responsibility for ensuring that their call center operation runs smoothly and efficiently. With managers often having large staffs of call center representatives to manage, regulatory compliance requirements to address, customer satisfaction to uphold, sales targets to hit, and more, it’s no surprise that call […].

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Five Low-Cost Ways To Improve Your Customer Service And Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. (Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). In honor of National Small Business Week ( #SmallBusinessWeek ), here are five highly effective, low- or no-cost ways to amp up the quality of your customer service experience. 1.

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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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How to Disrupt Your Competition

ShepHyken

Less than one week before the release of my new book, The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty , so I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on how being easy – or convenient – can give you a competitive advantage over your competition. When your customers can buy what you sell from others, that’s called competition.

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8 Interview Questions to Help You Hire for Emotional Intelligence In Customer Service Roles

Myra Golden Media

Too many hiring managers focus on candidates’ work history when filling customer service roles. They get excited when they read that the candidate has six-plus years working in customer service. But past work in customer service is not a reliable indicator of future success in serving your customers. To consistency deliver the best possible customer interactions, you need to hire for emotional intelligence —hiring people with empathy, friendliness, and connection, and then train those peop

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Make This Small Change For Big Results

Beyond Philosophy

We all have a Status Quo Bias when it comes to decision making. Also called Status Quo Inertia, the Status Quo Bias is our preference to keep things the same or maintaining a previous decision. Your customers have one, too, and you can use it to get them to do what you want in your Customer Experience. In the 80s, two professors, William Samuelson and Richard Zeckhauser wrote an article for the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty called, “ Status Quo Bias in Decision Making.

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The Best Advice for Contact Centers in 2018: The Experts Weigh In

Fonolo

It’s a noisy little planet we live on. In contemporary times, the deafening sounds of the outside world via the news, social media, the subway, the radio, the street, and even the phone lines can distract us from our long-term professional and personal goals. It’s simply become too loud. This is especially true for those of us involved in the cacophony of contact centers; we are essentially the appointed, trusted ‘brand listeners’ who hear many, many voices on a given day, including those of bot

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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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10 chat support job responsibilities: what you need to know about providing live chat support to your customers

UJET

It's Friday. You're queuing up emails for next week's big product announcement when all of a sudden your email service stops working.

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Taking Customers Beyond the Honeymoon Phase

bold360 Blog

Comparing customer acquisition to dating isn’t a huge leap – you bring someone in with attractive offers and witty repertoire, but are you thinking about how you keep them? Are you putting in the same level of effort after prospects become customers? It’s at the point of conversion that most companies turn their focus to their next objective: landing another customer.

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The Modern Call Center School for Supervisors | 12 Things to Know

CX Global Media

The world of talent development and adult learning has changed dramatically over the past few years. And leading contact centers are modernizing their learning to keep pace. They realize they must modernize or risk losing their next generation of frontline leaders to other opportunities. Get ready, because the modern call center school for supervisor skill development is much different than the old-school ways.

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Using AI To Enhance the Customer Experience in Call Centers

Etech GS

In the past Companies controlled the buying process and the customer journey, with the IoT that shift has moved to the consumer. If you really want to lead in the marketplace you must focus on customer experience. As customer service evolved, the consumers now do business based on customer experience. In this blog we will discuss how the greatest advantages technology can give us is access to this information.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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Now What? The Impact of Chaos on Contact Center Operations

Contact Center Pipeline

We have all at one time or another uttered the phrase, “Now what?” According to TheFreeDictionary.com, this phrase means, “What is going to happen now? What kind of new problem has arisen?” In these days, the question is asked frequently and not always as it relates to the contact center. For the purpose of this […].

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20 call center pros share the most undervalued call center metrics and how to better leverage them

Callminer

We asked 20 call center pros to share the most undervalued call center metrics. If you want to improve agent performance, check out their responses to find out if you’re overlooking important KPIs.

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10 Customer Service Transformations That Can Overhaul Your Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. (Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). Last week, I suggested quick wins that could improve your customer service and customer experience.

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Upgrade Your Customer Support Rep to a Customer Support Professional

ShepHyken

The other day I was talking with a gentleman who was as passionate about customer service and experience as I am. He had worked with support centers and we were discussing how important the team in a customer support center is to an organization. Yet, it surprised both of us just how low paid some of these support people are. That made me think about the teller at a bank, the person who is the “face” of the bank for all intents and purposes.

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The Innovator’s Guide to the Digital-first Contact Center

In the contact center industry, first-generation digital channels like email and web chat have seen significant adoption, along with video chat and co-browsing capabilities. However, customers are rapidly moving beyond these channels, seeking next-generation options. Social platforms are now becoming mainstream contact center channels. Download this guide today to learn how to help your business adapt to this evolving landscape and leverage the power of next-generation digital customer service.

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Free Call Control Online Training

Myra Golden Media

Studies show the average business call lasts 2 minutes longer than it needs to. Customer service employees struggle with call control for a variety of reasons, including they don’t want to be rude to the customer, they aren’t sure how to move to closure or because the customer is rambling or angry. Using the principles of harmony, assertiveness and leading from the martial art Aikido, Myra walks your employees through the steps to politely and confidently control conversations.

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Six Critical Principles Businesses Are Ignoring – Are You?

Beyond Philosophy

A theory is great. It gets you thinking, designing and planning. However, unless you take all the theory and the work you built around it and implement it, it is entirely useless. Today, I present six critical questions you need to ask when implementing Customer Experience theory in your Customer Experience reality. The concept of implementing the plans you make from theory is significant to me.

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The Incredible Power of Calling Your Customers Back

Fonolo

He-Man had the right idea when he held aloft his sword and transformed into his mightiest self. “I HAVE THE POWER!” he proclaimed with animated gusto. Although the cartoon is pushing 35 years old, it’s still an inspiring sight to see (and message to hear). While we’re not all Eternia-born superheroes like him, per se, as mere mortals we can still aim to be the masters of our own universes (contact center universes, if we’re being specific here) and harness the unshakable power to satisfy our cus