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Customer Experience (CX) Metrics in the Contact Center - Squelch

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Managing Different Personalities in the Contact Center: The Platinum Rule

Contact Center Pipeline

Early in my management career, I followed the Golden Rule: Treat others as I would want to be treated. I believed that if I treated everyone the way I would want to be treated, it meant I was a great manager. Yet, I had significant conflicts with some members of my team. Often, I felt […]. Communication call center coaching communication contact center employee incentives hiring performance management personality assessments personality testing

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A Tale of Two (Well, Three) Customer Experiences: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Call Center Weekly

By Erica Marois Two years ago, after an 18-month stint as Connecticut residents, my husband and I boxed up our belongings and made the journey back down south, landing in Richmond, VA. Unlike our move to Connecticut, we hit the road with significantly fewer belongings. If you’ve ever lived in New England, you might be able to guess why. The cost of living is high, and the closet space in the beautiful historic buildings tends to be rather sparse.

The Critical Skills that All Customer-Facing Teams Must Have

Beyond Philosophy

When I created Beyond Philosophy, I chose the name for a reason. I believe it is crucial to do more than discuss your theories about Customer Experience strategy. Sure, you need to think about it, understand the philosophy behind it as well as the science, but after that, you should go beyond the philosophy and do something. In other words, theories are fascinating but falderal unless you implement them in your Customer Experience.

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

Are Your Call Recordings Up-to-Snuff for AI-fueled Speech Analytics?

Callminer

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10 Tips for Retaining Your Best Agents

Talkdesk

Hire Right for the Role. When it comes to retaining your agents, you need to first make sure that the call center talent you hire is the right fit for the role, equipped with the right skills, experience, personality and temperament. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Handling those customer frustrations day in and day out can take a toll if you don’t have thick skin.

After Call Work – Why it Matters and How to Ensure it’s Done Right

TechSee

After call work (ACW) refers to the tasks completed by a customer service agent once the call with the customer has been completed. Also known as post-call processing or wrap-up, ACW includes tasks such as logging the call’s purpose and outcome, writing notes on actions taken, scheduling follow-up activities and updating the company’s internal knowledge base.

Robocalls’ Impact on the Digital Contact Center

Taylor Reach Group

By JD Fairweather. Hello! Please, don’t hang up. This is an important message from …” Click. Click. Actually, that clicking sound referenced in the opening sentence is an exaggeration as phones no longer “click” when you hang them up. But there is no exaggeration when I declare robocalls are a nuisance that may very well destroy the future of virtual agents and digital messaging.

Building a CX Dashboard

CX Accelerator

If you’re running a CX program, you need a way of communicating your progress to your superiors and the broader organisation. We are all guilty of not communicating enough on occasion.so what’s required is something that will break down the walls of the CX department allowing everyone in the business to see how the organisation is performing relative to customer expectations and its targets.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Mobile-focused Customer Support: Why It’s Important and Where to Begin

UJET

Retail Contact Center Best Practices

Ansafone

Whether your retail enterprise relies on outsourced support to assist customers with hassle-free refunds, provide quick answers about shipping status or reassure concerned callers about a product recall, following these four best practices in retail call centers will ensure that you have satisfied customers: A central focus on customer experience. Consumer buying behaviors are driven … Retail Contact Center Best Practices Read More ».

5 Best Practices for Handling Difficult Customers

ProProfs Chat

Generating new business and growing your company is surely a tough task. Winning new business and then providing world-class customer service is surely not without its ups and downs. You do your best to build out a team—inside sales, outside sales, customer success—to get them to work as an efficient, customer-focused unit. You train them in how to deal with customers as part of your employee onboarding program.

Customer Experience Management: Designing Better CX from the Top-Down

Relay Blog

Who’s responsible for creating amazing customer experiences? Marketing and sales? Or is it the support. The post Customer Experience Management: Designing Better CX from the Top-Down appeared first on Relay. Support Customer Experience customer journey metrics strategies

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The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Phone Etiquette 101: Essential Rules, Dos, Don’ts, and Tips

CrazyCall

Think of how you answer each of the calls you receive. When it’s your mom calling, you probably start with something like “Hey mom, how are you doing?”. If it’s your mate, most likely you answer with “Yo, dawg! What’s up?”. And when it happens that you get a call directly from your boss, I guess you go with something like “Yes boss? What’s the issue? hopefully, not me!)”. In everyday situations, we don’t need to follow any specific rules or tips on how to make and take calls.

How to Recruit and Retain Contact Center Talent

Pam Plyler

Ensure your contact center is equipped with the right recruiting, screening, and training processes to boost call center strategies with these three tips

4 Ways Agents Can Help Create the Ideal Customer Journey Map

TechSee

Customer Service: It’s the Little Things That Matter

CSM Magazine

It is often the small details that customers notice and remember more than the product they purchased. Pay attention to the little things and your customers will love you even more. The dinner meeting is off to a good start. You reserved the executive meeting room in your restaurant on your property. You know the one: dark wood-grained conference table, plush high-back chairs, and sleek, modern art adorn the walls. You check in to make sure everything is going well.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

How Call Center Services are Helpful for Small Businesses?

OctopusTech

Customers are the most focused trait for any small business. But it may be difficult for a tiny business to answering the phone calls while handling day to day office operations. On the same note, answering calls is important as with poor customer services there are more chances to lose business. So, what to do with these ringing phone bells? The answer is call center services.

15 Customer Service Psychology Tips to Master. Let’s Go!

Nextiva

Customer service is much more than a purchase and an exchange of pleasantries. What makes or breaks a relationship is the customer service psychology in play there. When you understand the psychology is when you achieve customer satisfaction. Your goal is for every customer to leave your place of business, feeling positive about the service […]. The post 15 Customer Service Psychology Tips to Master. Let’s Go!

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Predictive Customer Support

ShepHyken

In the old days – and even in modern times – if a customer wanted help or support, they picked up the phone and called for help. A (hopefully) friendly and competent customer service professional, also known as an agent or representative, would answer the question or resolve the problem. Today there are many ways to connect with a company. There’s the traditional phone call, email, messaging, instant chat, social channels like Twitter and Facebook, and many more.

Employee Happiness is the Key to an Excellent Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

What we know from early research on employee engagement is that if you have happy employees, chances are you’re going to have satisfied customers. My new ebook, Happy Employees Make Happy Customers , explores this concept in great detail. So how do you get happy employees and how does it affect Customer Experience? The answer is easy to say and harder to do. You must design an Employee Experience that enables the Customer Experience you want to deliver.

Customer Communities Elevate the Customer Experience

Speaker: Rachel Happe

An online community is an increasingly vital part of many leading companies’ support strategies. Creating a branded place where your customers can ask and answer questions, interact with each other, and search for the information they need is a great way to decrease the burden on your staff and allow them to focus on the customers that really need their help. Join us at 9:00 am EST on Nov 18th for this talk by Rachel Happe, founder of industry-leading strategists The Community Roundtable, you will learn the effectiveness of community in empowering your customers, and generating value for your business.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 2: Internal Use and Adoption

Contact Center Pipeline

Consumers are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to save time and effort in their personal lives. Similarly, chatbot technology offers considerable benefits internally to assist agents in delivering quick, accurate responses to customers, as well as streamlining followup tasks, communications, scheduling and HR requests. In Part 1 of this series, our experts discussed typical applications […].

4 Ways To Use Call Recordings for Better Contact Center Performance

Callminer

According to a recent survey by Contact Babel of contact center professionals, over 90% of businesses record their calls, but only 34% are analyzing them with a speech analytics solution. Even with 21% saying they were looking to implement a solution this year, this is leaving a lot of customer and agent insight data wasting away.Below are four ways that your call recordings can be used to better your agents, customers and company to contact center performance. Quality Monitoring Processes.

CEO’s Guide to Growth Through Customer Experience

Sampson Lee

Heads up! Expecting growth through CX-related programs, departments and tech is actually creating havoc in customer experience momentum. Here’s what’s happening

Declaring Victory in the War on Contact Center Agent Performance

Call Center Coach

Some wars seem to rage on forever. Whether you’re fighting the battle to stop eating that dessert you love that’s bad for you, or you continuously battle a war with contact center agent performance, it’s time for you to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. In more than twenty years in the contact center industry, improving agent performance has always been a major focus. I can’t remember at any point over that time when it was not included in reports that list executive top priorities.

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

3 Ways to Serve a Customer Even When We’re Not at Our Best

Steve DiGioia

As I lay in bed, coughing and sneezing from a cold, dreading even going to the kitchen for a glass of water because of aches and pains from my unseen tormentor, I’m comforted knowing, “boy, I’m sure glad I didn’t have to go to work today”. But what if I did? How would I be able to serve my customers with these rotten cold symptoms? That’s the question every service provider must answer on those days when we’re not at our best. Service doesn’t end when we’re sick or tired.

How to provide an effortless customer experience

TechSee

Imagine this scenario: It’s Amazon Prime Day and you’re thrilled to have snagged the limited-edition wireless streaming stereo system you’ve had your eye on. When it arrives, you open the box and see… a whole load of parts. There’s also a 126-page user guide that raises your blood pressure every time you turn a page, but you manage to set it up… after about an hour. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, the Bluetooth functionality isn’t working.

5 Ways Tomorrow's Contact Center Will Deliver Value

Call Center Weekly

By: Andrew Gilliam Imagine what the world will be like after you've checked off every box on your customer experience to-do list. Pre-purchase anxiety no longer exists, thanks to careful messaging and word of mouth. Product issues are eliminated at their root-cause, before goods leave the factory. Service failures are anticipated, and recovery is automatic. Customer journeys are frictionless and fault-tolerant, because they were meticulously studied, optimized, and fortified.