2016

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.

5 Secrets of Accurate Scheduling in Today’s Contact Center

Brad Cleveland

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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.

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.

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.

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10 Silos Impact Customer Experience

ClearAction

10 Silos Impact Customer Experience Lynn Hunsaker. Does your business have a silo detective? This might be the highest-ROI effort of your customer experience council, chief customer officer, chief operating officer — or better yet, every employee.

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.

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.

For People on the Verge of Tripping on the self-service Line

Customer Relationship Metrics

Is it possible for self-service to trip up your customer experience? So how can you prevent your customers from falling down? In his interview at the Contact Center Demo & Conference (CCDemo) with our Jim Rembach , Chris du Toit of Jacada made me think about the best of both worlds.

Expert Forum: Choosing the Best Path for Transforming a Legacy Contact Center

The world’s most influential and customer-centric firms lead with technology, but do not let technology lead their customer relationships. Iconic firms – as such firms are labelled – recognize that providing exceptional customer experience is a key driver of increased revenue and brand loyalty. Register now to learn what strategies differentiate an iconic firm from other businesses

Nancy Friedman: 7 Steps to Satisfied Customers

Bill Quiseng

This week’s blog post is contributed by a very special guest, actually more like a guest star, Nancy Friedman , better known as “The Telephone Doctor.”

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

Educate and Engage: Strong Relationships Matter

Brad Cleveland

Gina Szabo once relayed this story to me and gave permission for it to be published in Call Center Management on Fast Forward. Although certainly not a recommendation, it is a good reminder that communication is a key first step to contact center success.

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!):

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

7 Top Tips to Create a Customer-Centric Culture 

ijgolding

As customer experience has become increasingly recognised as a thing of tangibility, so has the need to adopt and embed the skills and competencies that make managing it (customer experience that is) a reality.

How many chat sessions can agents handle?

Customer Relationship Metrics

Ever since Chat became a customer service communication channel people have wondered how many Chat sessions can agents handle. You’ve experienced the Chat channel as a customer of some other company so you know the difference between a satisfying customer experience and one that left you frustrated.

“I sent you a message!” “Really? Where? Facebook, SMS, Whatsapp, Gmail or Snapchat?”

Altitude

Calls over Skype and Whatsapp. Messages over Google Hangouts and Facebook. Posts and Tweets. It really can get confusing sometimes, can´t it?

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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.

Focus on the Next Three Hours

Brad Cleveland

Recently, I was invited to participate in Jim Rembach’s FastLeader Show Podcast. It was a great experience and gave me the opportunity to reflect on what has mattered most over the years. One bit of advice that has made an impact on my career is to focus on the next three hours.

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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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.

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.

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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.

Customer Experience: The Differentiation Battleground

ijgolding

The Golding family car – a Renault Grand Espace we affectionately call ‘the beast’ – is reaching the end of its life.