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.

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

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

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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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.

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.

Contact Center Cloud Migration Done Right

Speaker: Sheila McGee-Smith, Founder and Principal Analyst, McGee-Smith Analytics

Many companies are in the midst of migrating their contact center to the cloud. Understanding how best to execute the transition of premises to cloud is part of that process. Join contact center industry analyst and No Jitter blogger Sheila McGee-Smith as she discussed tried and true best practices for avoiding the potential pitfalls of CX migration.

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?

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.

Redefining Customer Experience Metrics for Better Performance

Speaker: Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction Continuum

Join us for this insightful webinar with Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction, who will show you how to zero-in on true leading indicators and describe how to connect business results metrics with employees’ workflow metrics.

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.

How to Master The Art of Storytelling Like Pura Vida

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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.

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.

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. . .

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.

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.

Is your value proposition this strong?

Joe Rawlinson

Every company, including your company, needs a strong value proposition. At the core, the value proposition is why a customer should do business with you and not somebody else. If you don’t have this differentiation, your business is doomed to struggle or die.

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.

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

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

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.

Five Essentials of Customer Service Excellence

C3Centricity

Recently, I took a very early flight with British Airways (BA) out of Geneva airport and once again, BA staff demonstrated their excellent customer service.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

4 Reasons Why Holstee Are Brilliant At Building Relationships

customer sure

Ever feel like some companies have an endless supply of outstanding relationships? With bloggers. Journalists. Celebrities. Influencers. And customers. Have you felt that pang of jealousy too? But really there’s no need for you or I to give in to envy. Instead – let’s be inspired.

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.

Never Under Estimate the Power of a Thank You Note to Boost Customer Loyalty

Kristina Evey

Thank You Notes Show You Care About Your Customers. Remember Thank You notes? The things that we encouraged to write as kids every birthday or holiday when we received gifts from relatives or friends? My own personal experience is that I didn’t enjoy writing them at all.