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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.

AI-Enabled Agent Quality Assessments Optimize Contact Center Performance

Quality Assurance is a major challenge for contact centers today. With up to 95% of customer interactions going unreviewed, many organizations are relying on a small sample of data to coach and evaluate their agents. AI-enabled agent quality assessments transcribe and analyze almost all agent-customer interaction recordings, leading to more comprehensive, consistent and unbiased agent evaluations and MUCH better CX. Find out how by downloading the whitepaper today!

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.

The Art of Community: Higher Logic & Vanilla Forums Super Forum!

Speaker: Keynote Speaker, Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva

In its 12th year? Super Forum is the largest and most comprehensive conference for executives, community managers, marketing, membership, and customer success professionals who want to connect, engage, and create better customer and member experiences. And this year, we’re going even bigger as we add Vanilla’s highly regarded Conversations conference into the mix. Register today!

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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Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

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.

Customer Perceptions of the Community Experience

Customer experience expectations are ever-changing so understanding what they are is crucial to the success of your brand. Get a copy of the free report from Vanilla Forums today to find out how customer expectations can be addressed through community and how community can affect your brand’s bottom line.

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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The Personality Of Customer Experience

CX Accelerator

When it comes to Customer Experience (CX) work, it takes a very special type of person to be successful. Consider all the skills required to thrive in the role.data crunching, storytelling, journey mapping, process improvement, change management, strategic thinking, influencing behaviors, project management.the list goes on. It's essentially impossible for any one person to be strong in all of these areas. Could this be part of the reason that a huge percentage of CX initiatives are failing?

When Things Aren’t Going Well, Will You Accept Blame?

ShepHyken

In a recent Shepard Letter, I wrote about the concept of giving recognition to the people who deserve it. Someone being recognized for what they bring to the organization is often overlooked. That’s a shame. People need to be recognized for their contribution to the team’s success.

How to reinforce IT service desk with AI-powered ITSM Chatbots

Learn Why Enterprise leaders need to build a road map that is based on best practices of ITSM and is also flexible to modify itself as per the changing industry trends/customer expectations.

The Fastest Way to De-escalate Is To Use Your Customer’s Last 3 Words

Myra Golden Media

When you have an enraged customer on the phone or in front of you, nothing threads the needle like mirroring the customer’s words. Copying the customer’s angry expressions makes the customer feel heard and understood. When the unreasonable customer feels like you’re listening is when they go from a boil to a simmer. There are only three things you have to remember to do with mirroring. Copy the last three words the customer mouths. Pause for a beat. Repeat.

7 Questions That Reveal Whether Your Company is Committed to CX

Beyond Philosophy

When I started Beyond Philosophy back in 2002, I could ascertain whether a company was customer-focused or not right away. I wondered how I did that. When I thought about it, there were some common telltale cultural signs organizations share that indicate where their focus lies.

The Making of a Contact Center Superagent

Contact Center Pipeline

The universal agent is certainly not a new concept for contact centers. Next-available agent routing models have long relied on the use of experienced agents who have been cross-trained to handle a wide variety of call types, from technical support to billing to sales.

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.

Workstreams Affected by Work@Home - Moving From an Emergent WAH to Best-in-Class

Speaker: Eric Berg, CEO, ContactCenterPro Consulting

In 2020 we all had to move fast in order to ensure our customers received the level of service they needed. Now that things have leveled off, many companies are looking at their long term plans and realizing they need to review all work streams affected by moving to a work from anywhere model and modify or improve their technology and standard operating procedures. In this discussion we will provide an overview of all work streams affected by a work from anywhere model, and talk through how you can move from emergent to best in class with your remote workforce.

Declaring Victory in the War on Contact Center Agent Performance

CX Global Media

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.

What is Employee Experience? Definition & Best Practices

Callminer

Most business invest time, effort and scrutiny on the customer experience. However, its internal equivalent – the employee experience – receives far less attention than it deserves in many organizations.

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.