2017

The 3 Trends Customer Experience Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore

Beyond Philosophy

. The Three Trends You Can’t Ignore in CX Today. As a Customer Experience professional, understanding three trends today is imperative. Without accepting these tenets, you are thwarting your success before you even begin.

4 Characteristics of Best-in-Class Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

What does it take to deliver standout customer service? It’s a question on the minds of many business leaders since customer experience trumps price as the number one competitive differentiator in today’s economy.

20 Call Center Leaders and QA Pros Reveal the #1 Problem Keeping Call Center QA & Monitoring Teams Up at Night (and How to Solve It)

Callminer

Call center QA and monitoring teams are responsible for ensuring the quality of interactions between call center representatives and consumers. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly complex undertaking, particularly in large organizations with thousands of call center agents having many thousands of interactions with consumers every day. The problems that plague the […].

This is How to Ask Your Customer Questions

Myra Golden Media

Questions are a double-edged sword for customer service professionals. You have to ask questions to get to the root of the problem, log issues, and in general, to help customers. But, often a series of questions can sound like an interview.

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.

Avoiding Bot Biases in Customer Experience

Taylor Reach Group

By: JD Fairweather. How pervasive is the impending impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the customer experience (CX)? Well, to join a discussion on the topic, I’d be willing to traverse a room full of telemarketers pitching the latest timeshare deals in Orlando.

Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions?

Call Center Coach

When you’re thinking about making the decision to implement chatbots in your contact center, how should you start? A very important thing to think about is your desired business outcome. Doing this helps you to set a target to reach.

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Provide Alternative Solutions to Create a Better Customer Experience

Peter Lavers

When you think of your ideal customer experience, does it include someone telling you, “no,” or “I can’t”? Companies need to train their staff to provide alternative solutions and avoid the easy “no” response in order to create a better customer experience.

Amazing Business Radio: Doug Bell

ShepHyken

Doug Bell Discusses Improving the Customer Experience. Would you like every employee to know how they fit into your company’s customer experience? Shep Hyken interviews Doug Bell, founder of The Experience Manager , a system that helps manage and unify the entire customer experience.

How to Train Outbound Call Center Agents [Comprehensive Guide]

Convoso

Agent training is a huge part of call center life. In fact, in an industry that suffers the most from agent turnover, agent training should be viewed as everything. call center solutions

Putting Humanity in Contact Centers

Customer Relationship Metrics

You’ve tried numerous tactics to improve your agent performance and to put your attrition problem to rest. You’ve conducted surveys, created committees, put in recognition programs, and still you struggle.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

Unbelievable! Walmart Shopping Just Got Better!

Beyond Philosophy

Walmart is debuting a towering new kiosk that makes it easier to pick up online orders in your local Walmart store. Early reviews of Walmart’s “pickup tower” give it a thumbs up.

The Secret to Training Seasonal Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

“They are just temps,” said one contact center manager describing his seasonal agents. They will be gone in a couple of months!” That condescending attitude was reflected in the seasonal team’s environment. They were crammed into an abandoned conference room filled with computers, phones and wires.

25 Call Center Leaders Share the Most Effective Ways to Boost Contact Center Efficiency

Callminer

Most call centers struggle with efficiency at one time or another. And because efficiency is directly tied to minimizing overhead costs in the call center, it’s a prominent challenge.

4 Things Every Employee Needs to Consider with Vacation Time

Myra Golden Media

Today I delivered a customer service workshop in Chicago. When we broke for lunch, three of the attendees invited me to a vegan bistro. Of course, I was thrilled to join them! Over lunch, one of the ladies told me, “I almost never take my vacation time.

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.

Q & A with Customer Experience Futurist Blake Morgan

Bill Quiseng

I had the great opportunity to interview Blake Morgan , customer experience futurist about her new book, More is More: How the Best Companies Go Farther and Work Harder to Create Knock-Your-Socks Off Customer Experiences.

Brett Brosseau shares insight into Call Center Gamification

Call Center Coach

Gamification in customer experience has been used for several years. The concept of using game mechanics to attract and retain customers in the consumer space is commonplace and many tools have been developed.

5 Tips for Adding a New Service Channel

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the ICMI Blog on August 22, 2017. Click here to read the original post. I have to admit; it’s awfully cool to work at FCR , a company where we observe the support channel mix for dozens of different companies.

Credit Crunch 10 Years On – Four Seismic Changes in Customer Experience Management

Peter Lavers

This blog coincides with the 10 th anniversary of the first signs of the Credit Crunch, which has impacted and continues to affect all our lives.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.

Charging More for a Better Customer Service Experience

ShepHyken

It’s almost a given that every company has some form of a customer service department. Even the smallest companies – with just one solo entrepreneur – will act as if they have a customer service department. Why do people reach out to the customer service department?

Bradley Lead Group Finds a Blend of Success with Convoso (Case Study)

Convoso

Client : Bradley Lead Group is a lead generation group that focuses its efforts on qualifying extremely high quality leads in numerous financial sectors. call center solutions

Customer Service and the Golden Rule

Call Center Weekly

By Erica Mancuso Treating others as you would want to be treated is a practice of empathy. The golden rule is such a simple, timeless principle, and yet I’m constantly amazed at how little it’s practiced any more.

Amazing! The Feelings That Drive An Economy Might Surprise You!

Beyond Philosophy

Consumer confidence is a funny thing. It is little more than a feeling, and yet it drives millions of dollars in business—especially around this time of year. A recent JLL Retail survey revealed that consumer confidence is high, making the outlook for the holiday season holly jolly.

Study: The Health of the Contact Center

What does it take to engage agents in this customer-centric era? Download our study of 1,000 contact center agents in the US and UK to find out what major challenges are facing contact center agents today – and what your company can do about it.

Surprising Ways to Motivate Your Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

I love movies. So, I was thrilled to win movie tickets as part of a contact center sales campaign back when I was an agent. However, the coworker sitting next to me hated movies and was not motivated at all by this contest. Everyone is different. What motivates one person may demotivate another.

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Top Call Center Conferences 2017: 49 Must-Attend Events to Learn the Latest Trends and Technologies for Boosting Call Center Performance

Callminer

Delivering Bad News to a Customer

Myra Golden Media

My course, “Delivering Bad News to a Customer” for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning is now live! If you struggle with how to deliver bad news to customers, you’ll want to take this class.

Mastering the Public Apology: The Most Epic Apology Letters of Our Time, and What Your Business Can Learn from Them

Comm100

rawpixel.com. From Papa John’s NFL apology to Louis C.K.’s s apology (or non-apology ) for sexual assault; brands in every industry are learning that the apology letter is an extremely difficult art form to master.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

How Dumb is it for Your Supervisors to Support Agents?

Call Center Coach

It’s simple. Your agents need help with a customer, all they have to do is raise their hand. But how dumb is that in today’s omnichannel and remote agent world? Okay, just raise a flag then. That’s not much smarter. How dumb is it for your supervisors to support agents? Click to Tweet.

How to Help Customers Recover From Nasty Surprises

Toister Performance Solutions

A Customer Service Tip of the Week subscriber recently wrote to ask for some advice. She explained that production problems at her company were delaying deliveries. Her customers were understandably upset and she wondered what could be done to help them feel better. Here's the advice I shared.

8 Ways to Refresh Your Support Teams’ Customer Service Training – Part 2

Peter Lavers

In our new guest blogger Jason Grills ’ first instalment of this blog , he shared four great customer service training ideas that will refresh your support service and take it to a higher level. Here are the remaining four! #5 5 True or False Quiz.

Guest Blog: How Does AI Marketing Help Drive Customer Engagement?

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Lindsay Tjepkema who writes about how artificial intelligence marketing (AIM) is becoming more important to our success in engaging with customers.

How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.