2017

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. Recently I have read and written a lot about AI and as technology improves and acceptance grows AI will have a strong role in customer service. – Shep Hyken. Artificial intelligence (AI) and all of its many uses have seen massive amounts of growth throughout the last year.

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 […].

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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. I am […]. Agent Motivation call center contact center employee engagement morale motivation

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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. However, if you can accept them, you are poised not only to deliver an excellent experience, but you will also position yourself to move it to the next level of greatness. What are these 3 remarkable trends with so much power and clout? .

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!

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. I prefer just to cash out and get a lump sum payment.” ” The mother in me couldn’t keep quiet. I had to offer this young lady advice. There’s nothing wrong with a cash payout, for sure.

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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. I have been a big fan of her customer experience articles that regularly appear in Forbes. Her book is a must-read resource for those intent on delivering an exceptional experience for their customers. You can find out more about Blake at the end of the interview. .

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. On my recent family vacation, I encountered two situations where simply putting this into practice would have resulted in entirely different outcomes. First, my family’s luggage didn’t make the connecting flight. No big deal, I understand this happens.

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. It can take some effort and imagination, but it is worth it. Problem Solve for a Better Customer Experience.

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. And it would be worth it, as there are just so many possibilities to explore when pondering the ultimate takeover of the Contact Center by androids. Robot-led workforce automation is not going away.

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!

Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions?

CX Global Media

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. More importantly, doing this helps you to make the right technology decision. Then, analyze backwards. What technology will get you there? Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions? Click to Tweet. Avoid Temporary Chatbot Decisions.

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. Featured Interview: Shep and Doug discuss the importance of unifying the customer experience throughout an entire company. Every employee must understand how they fit into the customer’s journey.

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. Coping with unanticipated upticks in demand, staff turnover, and other common call center challenges only further complicate matters for managers working to create an efficient, productive, and effective team.

Differentiator Series, Part 5: Selling and Promoting the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Our final installment of the differentiator series is perhaps the most important for customer service leadership. Our topic is selling and promoting the contact center. This activity starts at the highest levels, and the objective is to help all key decision-makers understand how valuable a contact center is to a successful enterprise. Getting to this […]. Executive Support call center contact center customer analytics demonstrating value executive buy-in

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.

Exposed: The Anatomy Lesson For Business!

Beyond Philosophy

It is critical to consider the “anatomy” of an interaction in a Customer Experience. The sheer number of things that occur in an interaction at the same time can seem astonishing. Understanding what happens when your team interacts with a customer and why it is an essential element to taking your Customer Experience to the next level. The Anatomy of a Customer Interaction can make or break your Customer Experience.

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. If we aren’t careful, back to back questions can come across as an interrogation. Years ago, when I managed a small call center, I realized that my team had to ask our customers seven questions. Seven questions is a lot.

Black Friday Shopping Brings Out The Worst In Us

Steve DiGioia

…no wonder why customer service is so bad – my rant! This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. We have turned into a group of inconsiderate, rude, thoughtless, disrespectful and egocentric miserable people. The worst traits of one’s personality show when presented with a “great deal” on a TV, toaster oven or pair of sneakers. Surely, Black Friday shopping brings out the worst in us.

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THE MUSIC OF CONVERSATION

Victor Midgley

Over the many years of my teaching compelling conversation skills, I have come to appreciate that an effective conversation is much like an inspiring song. We all have favorite songs that we enjoy listening to. if you have heard a cover to that song performed by a “less than” talented or skilled singer, you might … Continue reading "THE MUSIC OF CONVERSATION". Compelling Conversation Training Call Center Leaders Call Center Agents

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.

Technology and Digital Media Driving Consumer Experience- ‘What was’ Versus ‘What is’ of Customer Service

Call Center Weekly

By Rinku Basu Over the past few years, customer services have been taken to astonishingly new heights. Meeting expectation’ is no good anymore, surpassing expectation is the only modus operandi for existence. To our advantage, with the advent of digital technologies and social media, reaching out to the consumer market and creating a positive brand experience has become less strenuous. Gone are the days when customer service was about greetings and saying nice words. It is a passé and redundant.

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. Readers in their mid-thirties and under may not have experienced anything in their professional lives that hasn’t had an ‘austerity’ cloud hanging over it, and I’m sure that a lot will be written in the coming days, weeks, and months to mark the sad occasion.

Purposeful People Are More Loyal Customers and Employees

Experience Matters

Temkin Group has labelled 2017 The Year of Purpose, so we have been examining the topic of purpose across many different angles. One of the areas we are interested in is the impact that a person’s level of purpose and meaning has on how they behave as an employee and customer. It turns out that it has a pretty significant impact in both of these areas. In our latest U.S.

Listening to Customers Tells You Everything You Need to Know… - Transforming the Customer Experience

Kristina Evey

LISTEN to your Customers. Listening. We all know how to do it… but few know how to do it well … and it could be driving your customers away if you don’t do it well. Listen well and you’ll increase sales and customer loyalty. Even though communication involves two parts – speaking and listening – I believe that listening is actually 2/3 of successful communication. Someone can speak all they want.

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.

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? Because they need help, have a question, or want to make a complaint. So, understanding that, why would a company choose to deliver an amazing customer service experience to just some of their customers and not to every customer?

What is Sentiment Analysis? Examples, Best Practices, & More

Callminer

A Definition of Sentiment Analysis Sentiment analysis is a method for gauging opinions of individuals or groups, such as a segment of a brand’s audience or an individual customer in communication with a customer support representative. Based on a scoring mechanism, sentiment analysis monitors conversations and evaluates language and voice inflections to quantify attitudes, opinions, […]. The post What is Sentiment Analysis? Examples, Best Practices, & More appeared first on CallMiner.

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. This “seasonal contact center” was separate from the “normal […]. Training & Development call center contact center seasonal staff seasonal training staffing temporary staff training

CHANGE – For Better Or Worse? Read this First!

Beyond Philosophy

Back in April 1985, the Coca-Cola Company introduced a product that became one of the biggest flops in modern history. New Coke” had a sweeter taste that was so widely reviled that Coke brought back its old formula less than three months later. Coke says now that it learned a valuable lesson –their research and development didn’t anticipate their customer’s deep emotional attachment to the brand and the taste of the original.

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.

Make Customers Feel Smart and Good: 3 Keys

Myra Golden Media

I recorded this video last week for a client. It’s part of a full 16-module customer service training. As a special treat for you, I’m sharing one module from my client’s course. This video is about giving customers an experience that makes them feel good and maintains their esteem. Viewers learn 3 Keys for a Friendly Customer Experience: Never Correct a Customer, Pacing a Customer’s Sense of Urgency and Acknowledging Concern. Was This Helpful?

What Happened To The Dining Experience We Used To Receive?

Steve DiGioia

do you still care about customer service or is it all about the money This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Being in the hospitality business for over 20 years, I have seen some of the best and worst at their trade. But the dining experience sure has changed….

The Three C's For Meaningful Performance Reviews

CX Accelerator

Of all the things employees despise, end of year performance appraisals (PA’s) are at the top of the list. The Washington Post has research to support that “basically every single person hates performance reviews.” Regardless of how we arrived here, leaders are no longer bound to the mistakes of the past. When conducted well, the end of year review is one of the most powerful tools in your quiver.