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.

5 Customer Service Language Hacks

Customers That Stick

Language is important not just to how we communicate with our customers but to how we communicate with ourselves. The right words can put an irritated customer at ease and help you approach difficult situations with greater ease.

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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.

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

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

How to Build Customer Loyalty by Being Authentic

customer sure

Imagine if you had a giant fan-base of loyal customers – growing at an accelerating rate. What could you achieve? Here’s how one small online retailer inspires astonishing customer loyalty simply by being authentic.

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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.

Customer Service – Which Comes First – the Customer or Your Staff?

Kristina Evey

Which Comes First – The Customer or Your Staff? Customer service is an obvious and crucial focus for any company looking for sustainable financial success. You MUST focus on customers. You MUST value and appreciate the business, revenue, and referrals they bring you.

Learn from the Best: Tips on Being Customer Centric

PeopleMetrics

In an effort to discover the experts within our clients’ companies that truly understand customer experience, we used customer feedback to identify those individuals who consistently deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Shared Vision is Essential for Customer Experience Strategy

ClearAction

Shared Vision is Essential for Customer Experience Strategy.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

Large Company Customer Experience Battles

Andrew Mcfarland

Managing the customer experience in a large company requires a different set of core skills than in a small company. Large companies, focused on growth and Wall Street expectations on EPS, move all their investment into new products, cutting costs and acquiring new customers.

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.

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!

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.

Why Community is a Strategic Asset Against Your Competitors

Speaker: David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, and Adrian Speyer, Head of Community at Vanilla Forums

Join Vanilla Forums as Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, David Spinks, and Head of Community at Vanilla Forums, Adrian Speyer talk about how the best companies in the world are building strong cross-channel communities to successfully protect their most valuable assets: their customers, partners and stakeholders.

Why an 80/20 Service Level is Wrong for Your Call Center

Fonolo

In the world of contact center metrics, “service level” has always held a special place. It gives the industry a universally understood way to talk about how quickly customer calls are answered by support agents. Its origins go back over 5 decades, to the earliest days of call centers.

How to Master The Art of Storytelling Like Pura Vida

customer sure

Ever connected with a company you’re a customer of because of what they do? Who they do it for? Why they do it? It’s rare. Which is why it leaves a lasting impression when it happens.

Build a Strong Customer Service Team To Keep Your Customers Happy

Joe Rawlinson

The role of customer service manager means keeping both customers and employees happy. Having the right educational background and skills is a good start. But learning about your team and what makes them more effective is a priority. These suggestions will get you moving in the right direction to building an award-winning customer service team that consistently keeps their customers raving positively about them. Observe and Listen. Your approach to managing the team depends on the environment.

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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.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

Improving Customer Service: How to Handle Upset Customers Successfully

Kristina Evey

Improving customer service requires the fine art of working with frustrated and upset customers. We’ve all had them. We all know the principle that if you can successfully turn around an upset customer, they’ll be more loyal to your company than if they never had an issue at all. . .

Why Great Customer Service Isn’t Enough to Be Customer-Centric

PeopleMetrics

I recently sent out a pitch on HARO (Help A Reporter Out). If you haven’t gotten on the HARO bandwagon, you’re missing out. It is a fantastic network of news sources with journalists and expert opinions. And everyone’s technically an expert in something.

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?

For Greater Customer Satisfaction, Should Marketers Answer Their Needs or Desires?

C3Centricity

In 1943 Maslow proposed his theory about people’s needs in a paper entitled “A theory of human motivation” He used the terms Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence to describe the pattern of needs that motivate people.

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

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.

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.

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.

2014 Holiday Shopping Trends: The Early Returns Are In

ForeSee

In late October we started surveying Americans shopping online, via mobile apps, and in retail chain stores as part of our research for the Answers™ Experience Index (AXI): 2014 U.S. Retail Report , a multichannel, customer experience study that will be published in mid-December.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.