2014

As the Economy Gets Better, Customer Service Gets Worse

Beyond Philosophy

This time of year always has me thinking about the next one. It could be because I am already scheduling into January, February and so on, making next year feel even closer than it already is.

James Clifton: Five Ways to Improve Customer Service

Bill Quiseng

This guest post is written by James Clifton , Social Media Manager at GetApp.com. This blog is all about Delivering the World’s Best Customer Experience. In my posts, I provide advice to improve face to face customer interactions.

5 Reasons Why Customer Feedback Matters More Than Ever

Win the Customer

So you’ve done everything possible to satisfy your customers. You’ve exerted all efforts to better your products and customer service. You treat customers like kings and queens, and provide everything to match their wants and needs all the time. Now how do you know if your strategies are working?

25 Influential Call Center Twitter Profiles to Follow

Callminer

Due to today’s rapidly evolving digital environment, the traditional contact center model is changing, because both the business behind it and the customers in front of it are changing. Indeed, predictions for the future of the call center include increased focus on the customer experience, omnichannel contact, mobile customer care, migration to the cloud, and […]. The post 25 Influential Call Center Twitter Profiles to Follow appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

The Difference Between Customer Experience and Customer Feedback

Managing the CX is vastly different from soliciting customer feedback. Here’s why traditional customer feedback approaches (CSAT, NPS) are not enough to affect positive, customer-centric change.

Shared Vision is Essential for Customer Experience Strategy

ClearAction

Shared Vision is Essential for Customer Experience Strategy.

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The magic of Disney – now that’s what I call a Customer Experience!

ijgolding

I have often said in the past how lucky I am to have so many people share their customer experience stories with me. Sometimes the stories are difficult to hear. Sometimes the stories are inspiring.

Want to build trust with your customers? Recommend a competitor.

Genroe

by kevin dooley . Amy Scott sent me through her Christmas article and I liked it so much I asked her if I could publish it on the blog. Luckily her answer was yes so everyone can benefit. Over to you Amy… Want to build trust with your customers? Recommend a competitor.

The Secret to Customer Retention

CX Journey

Image courtesy of featureset I originally wrote today''s post for InsideCXM. It appeared on the site on September 15, 2014. Want to know the secret to customer retention? I''ll tell you, but first a story. I grew up on a farm in Ohio and, as a young girl, had many horses over the years.

Lightweight Agent Scripting using Zendesk’s Sidebar App

Zingtree

Some of our customers have asked how to integrate Zingtree inside the Zendesk Agent interface. This can be really helpful for call centers especially, as an agent on the phone can go through a Zingtree script to help the customer on the other end of the call.

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.

17 Social Customer Service Reports You Can’t Live Without!

Chad Schaeffer

I have the best job in the world. I get to do what I truly love which is help clients improve their social customer service programs.

Do You Harness the Power of Habit in Your Marketing Yet?

Beyond Philosophy

“ Most of the time, what we do, is what we do most of the time”. This is former F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stopping in the wrong team’s garage to change tires.

Nick Goss: How the Customer’s Experience is impacted by ‘good intentions’

Bill Quiseng

This week’s guest post is offered by customer service expert Nicholas Goss. We both share a commitment to help small business owners Deliver the World’s Best Customer Experience. I connected with Nicholas first on Twitter and quickly began a fan of his customer service blog.

Using Social Media to Drive an Exceptional Customer Experience

Win the Customer

An American Express study showed customers on social media are willing to pay a 21% premium for an exceptional customer experience on social channels. Customer Experience Customer Service Social

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.

9 Effective Tips for Customer Service on Social Media

Comm100

The advent of social media has had a huge impact on the customer service industry.

Want to excel in customer engagement? Go “Dolly” in your contact center!

eGain

Those of you that are old enough like me might remember “Dolly,” the first-ever sheep to be cloned. Did you know that your best sales and service agents can also be cloned to maximize performance? We’ve perfected that process and it’s all legal and ethical, and it even benefits the business and society at large! Let’s go part by part. First, you need to clone the “face.” This has become important even for sales and service outside retail or the branch office.

Faces of Customer Experience: Becky Lollar

Customers That Stick

Meet Becky Lollar ! I grew up in Bartlett, TN and attended Union University in nearby Jackson where I earned degrees in elementary education. I taught Kindergarten for three years then chose to stay at home with my two daughters. After our first family trip to Walt Disney World, I was hooked!

Who will be the next ‘United Breaks Guitars’? Don’t let it be you!

ijgolding

In 2008, Dave Carroll’s guitar was broken by United Airlines.

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.

Net Revenue Score is not a new Net Promoter Score®

Genroe

I’m always open to a debate on the pros and cons of any business approach but it’s better if the person on the other side has done their research. That way we can have a thoughtful debate.

Do We Care About Brands?

CX Journey

Do customers really care about brands? A couple weeks ago, SDL shared a post of theirs that included 25 facts about customer experience, including a variation of this one: Most people worldwide would not care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow.

Zingtree for Call Center Scripting

Zingtree

An enterprising author has discovered another cool application for Zingtree: Scripting for call centers. A lot of companies – both big and small – need a way to have consistent customer interactions when handling inbound or outbound telephone calls.

Social Customer Service Rankings: Where Do You Stack Up?

Chad Schaeffer

It was May 2001 and I was just kicking off my first contact center software implementation as a project manager. Consumers were rapidly adopting email as an innovative communication method and big companies were trying to figure out how to manage this incredibly modern support channel.

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.

5 Facts to End the ROI Debate on Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

For many years, there has been a debate whether you could assign a dollar amount to determine the return on investment for any Customer Experience improvements.

Ben Puzzuoli: Improving Front Line Customer Service

Bill Quiseng

This week’s guest post is written by Ben Puzzuoli, Chairman of the Board at Cayzu Help Desk ( www.cayzu.com ). The real benefit of social media is in meeting people who share like interests. My very first management position was with Marriott Hotels. Back then, there were less than 35 hotels worldwide. Recently Marriott opened the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., its 4000th. I believe the growth and strength of Marriott’s success was based on J.W.

6 Ways to Make Customers Fall In Love With You Over and Over Again [INFOGRAPHIC]

Win the Customer

When you fall in love you gladly go the extra mile for that special someone every time. Everything you do, are, and want to be is what will make that special person truly happy. Culture Customer Service Infographic

5 Clever Ways to Use Your Thank You Page

Comm100

Thank you pages – pages that are displayed following the completion of a sale – are generally last on the list of content priorities for any brand or online retailer. After all, the sale has been made, the conversion is complete and it’s time to look for new customers and the next big sale, right?

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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.

No! No! No!

Contact Center Geek

I make calls to call centers nearly every working day. On purpose. And I enjoy it! Yes, you read that correctly. I actually go out of my way to call at least one call center each working day. I have been doing this for more than 15 years and I still get crazy looks when I tell people I do it.

A 3-Point Checklist for Reducing Customer Hassle

Customers That Stick

“First, do the customer no harm.”. The Hero-Class TM Oath. One of the interesting things about writing a book are the things you leave out.

What is wrong with Virgin Media? a story of pain, frustration and dreadful Customer Experience

ijgolding

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will be aware that I am regularly referred to stories of both great and not so great Customer Experiences.