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Yikes! Rental Car Horror Stories

Beyond Philosophy

Whenever I rent a car, I dread the moment when the agent asks if I want collision damage waiver insurance. I don’t want it, but the way the question is asked always makes me second guess myself for a moment.

11 Call Center Best Practices You Need to Be Doing Right Now

Callminer

As recent research shows, the U.S. call center industry is alive and well. According to the data, the industry saw a total of 22,265 new positions added in Q3 2015, minus 5,678 jobs that were cut due to force reductions and closures.

Rebuilding Supplier Trust – Lessons From Tesco

Peter Lavers

Supermarket giant Tesco has been ordered to make “significant changes” in the way it deals with suppliers after the Groceries Code Adjudicator found that the supermarket had deliberately delayed payments to boost its profits.

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Customer Satisfaction Is the Enemy of Exceptional Customer Service

ShepHyken

Jim Collins, author of the bestselling business book, Good to Great said, “Good is the enemy of great.”. A twist on this excellent concept is that, “Good is the foundation of exceptional.”. A good customer service experience is doing what you are supposed to do. That’s expected.

Onwards and Cloudwards! Explore your options for moving towards the cloud

Hear from independent research analyst Jon Arnold and our very own Barbara Gonzalez, VP of Global Business Consulting, on this topic as they discuss the forces driving the move to the cloud and the options for businesses when change becomes mandatory.

5 Reasons Why Social Media Is Critical for Great Customer Service

Win the Customer

Whether it’s Snapchat’s GeoFilters or Facebook’s 360 Photos, more businesses are finding that social media is one of the most powerful tools available today. Whatever industry you’re in, you simply must have a social media presence these days.

Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Customers That Stick

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Instant Satisfaction: How to Meet Rising Customer Expectations

Return Customer

As Internet speeds increase and technology becomes more sophisticated, customer expectations of companies’ online performances have also risen. In 2015, 47 percent of U.S.

When Salesforce® Lightning Strikes! The Top Three CX Improvements

inContact

Have you ever wondered what happens in your Contact Center when lightning strikes? No, this blog post is not about inContact Disaster Recovery (even though that would certainly also be an interesting topic).

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 2)

Envision

Every business leader should tell you that honesty and integrity is vital for success. In Part 1 of this series, we explored how contact center managers can promote a culture of transparency and trust via quality monitoring.

Disrupter No. 7: Social Profiling

HGS

Disrupter No. 7: Social Profiling. By Lauren Kindzierski, HGS VP of Solutions and Capabilities. Earlier this year, HGS released a white paper on this year’s top 10 customer experience disrupters—those that are sure to alter the CX landscape this year.

3 Vital Trends For Your Mobile Experience

Beyond Philosophy

How much time did you spend on your mobile today? Are you reading this article on it right now? When you misplace it or forget it at home, be honest: Do you feel naked without your phone? Smartphone users love their phones. I know I do (my answers are 2.5

How Do You Define Call Center Adherence Best Practices?

Callminer

New data shows that 45 million hours a year are wasted on inadequate customer service. The fact of the matter is this: Companies simply can’t afford to waste time or money when brand and budgets on the line.

Peter Lavers makes the Top 20 Customer Experience Influencers to follow in 2017

Peter Lavers

CustomerGauge has listed Peter Lavers on the The Top Customer Experience Influencers to to follow in 2017! View the list on CustomerGauge.com . Tweet to @PeterLavers. The post Peter Lavers makes the Top 20 Customer Experience Influencers to follow in 2017 appeared first on Think CX. Latest Thinking

The Customer Experience Is Your Best Marketing

ShepHyken

What is marketing? A quick Google search on the word marketing reveals this from the American Marketing Association (And, they should know!):

Road to Success: The Secrets to Giving your Business a Competitive Edge

Win the Customer

One of the best ways to keep up with the competition – and even edge out in front of them – is to be flexible when it comes to your business strategies. Are you feeling a push to move ahead of the competition?

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Exploring Hospitality Customer Service (Video)

Customers That Stick

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2017 Customer Experience Resolutions

ClearAction

2017 Customer Experience Resolutions Lynn Hunsaker. What’s new in 2017 customer experience management? Like most resolutions, what’s new is less about shiny objects and more about mastery of down-to-earth principles. It’s all about keeping your eye on the prize with a sensible plan.

Be a Difference Maker!

Olympia Consulting

Great customer service is not delivered by a “company,” but by individual team members who understand what it means to be “Difference Makers.” Yes, it is important to create a culture within a company where customer service is valued and modeled by leadership.

inContact Recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s 2016 Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) Magic Quadrant

inContact

For the 2 nd year in a row, inContact was positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s annual Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) Magic Quadrant. Positioning in the Magic Quadrant is based on two criteria: Ability to Execute , and Completeness of Vision.

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 1)

Envision

We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “Honesty is the best policy.” We live in a world, however, where the truth is that honesty isn’t always promoted. Just consider the U.S. presidential candidates this election season.

Disrupter No. 7: Social Profiling

HGS

By Lauren Kindzierski, HGS VP of Solutions and Capabilities Earlier this year, HGS released a white paper on this year’s top 10 customer experience disrupters—those that are sure [.]. The post Disrupter No. 7: Social Profiling appeared first on Team HGS Blog.

Another Amazing Mistake – Customers Revolt!

Beyond Philosophy

Toblerone fans got a nasty surprise when they bought their favorite treat recently. The chocolate bar got a makeover, losing volume and a noticeable gap between the triangles. Customers noticed the change, but not in a good way.

Why You Should Add Predictive Analytics to Your CEM Toolbox

Callminer

You’ve no doubt heard this statistic before: It costs 5X as much to attract a new customer as it does to retain one.

Winning in a digital-first omni-channel world

Peter Lavers

Steve Dennis of Sageberry Consulting spoke to the final forum of The Customer Council in November in Johannesburg on the subject of “Winning in a digital-first, omni-channel world”.

Customer Loyalty Lessons from Mama Louise

ShepHyken

The other night I had a wonderful meal at Mama Louise , an Italian restaurant in Orlando on Florida’s ever popular “Restaurant Row.” I ordered Mama’s Stuffed Chicken, and it was delicious. But, good food isn’t what this is about. It’s about the experience that Joe Esposito and his staff created.

Do Consumers Prefer Live Chat over Other Customer Service Methods?

Win the Customer

Great customer support has one goal; to make it easy for customers to get their problem solved painlessly and quickly. Out of all of the customer service methods available, email, phone or chat, live chat is by far the simplest, fastest and least obtrusive.

What Is an Internal Customer?

Customers That Stick

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How to Get In-Tune for Customer Experience Success

ClearAction

An out-of-tune piano or violin may be one of your most vibrant memories of a poor user experience. Every one of the strings and keys must be in-sync, no exceptions. And so it is with every one of the groups in your company that is managing part of the end-to-end customer experience.

5 Secrets of Accurate Scheduling in Today’s Contact Center

Brad Cleveland

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2016 IDC MarketScape Identifies inContact as a Cloud Contact Center Leader

inContact

Last month, IDC released the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Hosted and Cloud Contact Center 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc #US40732515, February 2016 ). In the report, the research firm presents an assessment based on quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain success in the market.

Three Ways to Promote Transparency and Trust in the Contact Center (Part 3)

Envision

If you’re just checking in now, Parts 1 and 2 of this series explore specific areas where contact center managers can embrace openness and honesty with customers and employees.

3 Ways the Cloud Opens Horizons for CX

HGS

3 Ways the Cloud Opens Horizons for CX. Posted by Subramanya C, Chief Technology Officer, HGS. Cloud technology is revolutionizing the way today’s companies do business.

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Teams Score Big With Fans And Franchises!

Beyond Philosophy

Dunkin’ Donuts, Honda, and McDonald’s are all gigantic brands with huge reputations. However, each of them has something else in common. They have each partnered with a sports franchise in a brilliant play to boost the emotional engagement with the team’s fans.

7 Tips for Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Callminer

If your company isn’t taking the customer experience seriously, you should be. Research shows, by 2020, the customer will manage 85% of his or her experience with an enterprise without interacting with a human.

Lighting a CX fire in the heart of others

Peter Lavers

Andrew Hargreaves, Director of Customer Experience, Marketing and UCAS Media at UCAS, spoke to the third forum of The Customer Council in September in Cape Town on the subject of “Lighting a CX fire in the heart of others”.

There’s Very Little Loyalty When You Compete On Price

ShepHyken

It doesn’t matter if you are in retail selling to consumers, or in a business that sells to other businesses, it is virtually impossible to create customer loyalty by being the lowest price provider. Consider this. Low price shoppers are loyal to their wallets and purses, not to the business.