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The Importance of Context in Customer Service

Customer Service Life

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The Quest for Customer Loyalty

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Why We Think Things Are Good When They Are Bad

Beyond Philosophy

Human beings are magnificent at holding onto two contradictory beliefs in their minds. It’s a psychological phenomenon called Cognitive Dissonance, and it’s why we sometimes think that things are good when they are, in reality, bad. We discussed this phenomenon in a recent podcast and how we all do this. For example, I think the Luton Town Football Club is the best team in the world.

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Customer Experience: What B2B Can Learn from B2C

Education Services Group

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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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Drive Customer Engagement Results With Customized, Flexible Communications

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

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Instantly regain control of a conversation and de-escalate using this technique

Myra Golden Media

When customers are venting, they’re stuck in the right side of the brain. We’ve talked about the right emotional brain and the Communication Chain. Here’s a tactic you can use to move on. Ask your customer three closed-ended questions back-to-back. Closed-ended questions are questions that can be answered in one word: “Do you like Italian food?” is a closed-ended question.

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Address the Argument the Right Way

Steve DiGioia

Always address the point of the argument, NOT, the emotions attached to it. Example: John is upset that his suggestions for improvements to an upcoming project weren’t adopted, so he vents his frustrations about being overlooked or undervalued. He lashes out at those around him and storms out of the meeting. It’s easy to dismiss John as “having a tantrum” or “acting childish”.

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How to Write a Five-Star Response to a One-Star Rating or Poor Review

Contact Center Pipeline

Sometimes social media feels like the mean kids’ table in the lunchroom at middle school. Everybody’s talking dirt about someone else. And once the gossip is out there, it’s hard to get your reputation back! Wretched customer service! Stylist was running 30 minutes late. When I went to put more money in the meter, they […].

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Engaging owners through feedback tools

Customercount

View or download the presentation by Lisa Kobek from CustomerCount® on why resorts should be focusing on owner engagement with feedback tools at this difficult time for the hospitality sector. The post Engaging owners through feedback tools appeared first on CustomerCount.

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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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How to Calculate Your Net Promoter Score (NPS)

GetFeedback

NPS calculation formula and interpretation of data.

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50+ Customer Engagement Statistics for 2020

ProProfs Blog

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates. Elaborating on this maxim, I would also like to add that unhappy customers can ruin the brand value in minutes. It takes less than a minute for an angry customer to post their bitter experiences online. Type, type, click, and the damage is done! And we all know, what goes online, reaches everyone and hampers the brand image as well.

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Effective Strategies for Managing a Contact Centre

Call Design

Contact centres are the frontline of your customer service operation, which means that your contact centre must be operating at optimum capacity at all times. The management of your contact centre is an essential element to operating successfully and providing your customers with the very best customer service. The success of your contact centre relies on the strength of your agents and management teams.

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Reviews Completed on Your Phone Are More Emotional

Beyond Philosophy

How we share information is affected by the medium that we use to communicate it. We can see this concept manifest in customer reviews and advertising response behavior. The technology through which customers write reviews and interact with your organization influences the content produced and information shared. . We discussed the findings of the interface of technology and human beings with Professor Shiri Melumad on a recent podcast.

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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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Facemasks, safety signs, and hand sanitizers won’t keep your customers

Bill Quiseng

Facemasks, door signs, floor decals, partitions, and hand sanitizers won’t keep your customers. Such safety protocols in response to the pandemic are expected from your customers. While failing to implement them will cost you customers, maintaining those standards will not guarantee that you keep them. Your competitors are doing the exact same thing which means what you are doing is average, heightened like everyone else, but still average.

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APIs Can Offer a Frictionless Customer Experience Amid Crisis

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

The COVID pandemic has pressured businesses more than ever to communicate with and serve customers without needing physical interaction. This article looks at how with the right approach, APIs can transform the way companies interact with customers by creating one seamless chain of communication.

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Guest Post: How to Enhance Customer Experience Through Change

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Ricardo Saltz Gulko, managing director and co-founder of Eglobalis. He shares 5 habits of companies that went through dramatic transformation and still managed to improve the customer experience. Over the last few months, most businesses have had the opportunity to reconsider processes, products, and people. For some, it has been a monumental and frustrating struggle, while others have been able to plan and execute deep changes that have improved adoption, sati

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How to Give a Customer Bad News with Surprising Confidence (and without negative backlash)

Myra Golden Media

We have to give customers a lot of bad news these days. “No, we can’t cover your machine that is 12 years past warranty.” “We’ve temporarily closed a number of our call centers for the safety of our employees. As a result, we are no longer supporting customers over chat.” (True story). “I can’t let you board this bus without a mask.” “Due to our COVID-19 safety measures, we now have to push your service appointment out two weeks.”

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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How Businesses Can Put Their Customers at Ease During Covid-19

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service is comprised of many things. Besides policies and procedures which lead to a satisfied customer, your smile, positive words, and open body language are just as important – and many say even more important. Here are a few ways businesses can put their customers at ease. Since most open businesses now require customers to wear a facemask – as well as all employees – it’s almost impossible for your customer to see your smile.

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Leading in Uncertain Times: 10 Ways to Help Employees Cope with the Pandemic

Contact Center Pipeline

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, we’re all being impacted in various ways, many of them pretty dramatic. Everyone is feeling more than a little fear and anxiety about the future. If you’re a business leader, lots of people are looking to you for guidance—and you have a responsibility to help those around you cope […].

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On Being an Accountable Customer Service Leader

Customer Service Life

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay. I recently wrote an article about a new quality process where I coached my team without showing them a score. So far it’s going great and the team has been receptive to the coaching. The other day I was reviewing emails sent to our customers to make sure they were doing all of the following behaviors (Coincidentally, these are the behaviors on our quality form): Making a human connection.

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Customer experience in 2021: Which trends are here to stay, according to top CX leaders

GetFeedback

COVID-19 catapulted CX to the top of company priorities—but are these trends here to stay? Find out three top findings from our recent CX study and discussion with senior CX leaders.

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Maximizing Productivity in the Contact Center

In 2022, businesses recognized the value of optimizing their contact center operations to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and meet the rising expectations of their customers. However, only 10% of customers believe that experiences have significantly improved over the past year, making productivity a non-negotiable metric for success. To empower agents to do more with less, this report highlights the leading pain points that prevent efficiency and establish a framework for maximizing p

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The Complete Glossary of Common Customer Service & Support Lingos

ProProfs Blog

It’s not just great communication skills that make a customer support operator great at their job. 62% of customers say that a representative’s knowledge and resourcefulness play a key role in creating a good experience. That means being consistent at learning and acquiring knowledge can help you shape a customer’s journey better. But, where to start?

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Making Your Contact Centre Work Better

Call Design

Contact centre changes are never an easy venture, but it’s crucial to embrace an opportunity for change. While the world is slowly returning to normal after a global pandemic, now is the time to identify how your contact centre can be improved. For some organisations, there may be an influx of calls from customers asking about your services. Your team will need to be ready, so it’s essential to streamline your operations to address the needs of your customers and provide the touchpoi

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How will COVID-19 change customer behavior and habits?

Beyond Philosophy

Just over a decade ago, just as the world was coming out of the deepest recession since the Greatest Depression, we carried out significant research across the globe with the largest container shipping company in the world. We repeated the research a year later when the economy was in full speed recovery mode and while some key drivers remained the same we found a noticeable and consistent change in every model we ran.

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Contact Center Trends 2021: The CX Watershed

Fonolo

After assessing how the pandemic had changed the call center in 2020 , we decided to peek over the parapet at 2021. We asked the contact center industry’s top influencers and business leaders what they thought the most significant contact center trends in 2021 would be. Read the Full Industry Report Here: Contact Center Trends 2021. Here’s what they said.

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Get More Responses With Automated Voice Surveys

Get the masterclass for CX professionals on automated voice surveys by phone. This eBook from IVR Technology Group walks you through the basics of collecting fresh and accurate customer feedback in the most frictionless way possible. You'll learn about: Post-call surveys Outbound surveys Customer pulse surveys Qualtrics integration Voice survey ROI 6 CX case studies using automated voice surveys CX professionals need a current and accurate Voice of the Customer to provide the necessary insights

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6 Simple Tips For Customer Service Emails With A Personal Touch

Win the Customer

Customer service is one of the most important things to get right as a business – these moments of interaction with customers and clients leave a long lasting impression in individual hearts and minds. The sum total of these impressions is incredibly important to how your brand is perceived, and as people become more outspoken than ever on digital platforms, that counts.

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How Much Does It Cost to Give Great Customer Service?

ShepHyken

I recently wrote an article in Forbes about how to get customers to pay more. The focus, of course, was on customer service and experience. Research has irrefutably proven that customers will pay more for a better experience. Research also has irrefutably proven that customers will leave you for your competition if you don’t give them the service they expect.

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Customer Experience Indexes: Modern Thinking

ClearAction

Customer Experience Indexes: Modern Thinking Lynn Hunsaker. Why are customer experience indexes powerful? To paint a concise picture of growth strength. An index is like an executive summary of your voice of the customer research. It says: overall, our propensity to grow is increasing or decreasing. One size does not fit all. There are many types of customer experience indexes, and they each communicate something specific, based on certain assumptions, with greatest usefulness to one or more gr