2016

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.

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.

Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Customers That Stick

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How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

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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Forgotten Facts & Fantasies of Customer Delight

C3Centricity

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve just returned from a three-week visit to Peru. I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at IIEX-Latam in Lima and decided to take time off to visit the country after the conference.

What 1000 Consumers Say About Bad Customer Service

Kayako

CONTENTS. Intro: Word of mouth marketing. 1: The importance of getting it right first time. 2: Our experiment. 3: The results. 4: What this means for your business. 5: Is it too late to win the customer back? What you can do to rectify bad customer service. Takeaways. Intro: Word of mouth marketing.

Inside Customer Success: Typeform

Amity

Launched in 2014, Typeform has already reached over 1.5 million users worldwide and is not planning on slowing down anytime soon. The Southern European startup based in Barcelona is on its journey to making things a little more human with game-changing forms, surveys, and more.

NPS and the Digital Transformation of CX

CustomerGauge

Has anyone else ever heard the term “digital transformation” and let loose one of the longest eye rolls of their life? Don’t worry, I was in your shoes once.

The Evolution of Support: How to Manage Customer Support in an Era of Self-help

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Expert and Consultant

As self-service as a customer preference continues to grow, it's more important than ever that we assess the amount of support being given to our customer service reps. Is there a way to find the right balance between self-service and support?

5-Minute CEO Hack For Creating a Customer-Inspired Culture

AskNicely

How can the CEO of a major organization change the company culture in just five minutes a day? A few years ago, I found that I was asking myself the same question.

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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!):

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

7 Call Center Best Practices from Industry Experts

Callminer

It goes without saying there is no one-size-fits-all solution for how to run an efficient call center.

Good, Better, Best: Three Ways to Calculate the ROI of CX Initiatives

Speaker: John Joba and David Robbins

Customer Experience is at a tipping point. Despite increasing investment in measurement platforms, executives still struggle to demonstrate the impact to the bottom line—and the value these bring to customers and the organization as a whole.

Exploring Hospitality Customer Service (Video)

Customers That Stick

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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

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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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.”

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

The Subtle Differences Between Customer Support and Customer Service

Kayako

The term ‘customer service’ evokes nostalgia for sales clerks in long aprons in country town emporiums. Some see it as the old-fashioned version of customer support. Many people can’t distinguish between terms ‘customer support’ and ‘customer service’. It’s confusing!

How to Get Inside The Mind of Your Customer

Amity

The key in building a successful product is about building the right thing for the right target audience. If you think it’s all about the product you are selling, you’re missing the point. It’s about creating the product your users need and want.

How to Calculate the Net Promoter Score: The Easy Way to Create Customer Loyalty

CustomerGauge

How can you discover the health of your customer experience? The Net Promoter Score® (NPS) and its expanded version the Net Promoter System are metrics proven to measure customer loyalty. The Net Promoter Score gauges how loyal your customers are, by conducting short 2-minute surveys.

Dashboards: Driving Your Business Like a Sports Car, Not a School Bus

AskNicely

Having the right dashboard can revolutionize your business in terms of success and your own enjoyment. A dashboard is meant to give you vital information and data at a glance, with users able to access everything from sales and marketing data to finance, inventory reports and website analytics.

Building a Successful Community Superfan Program

Speaker: Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist, Community5

Every social group is made up of members who are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more dedicated than others. In the online community space, we call these people Superfans. But the million dollar question…how can you attract these powerful and necessary people? Join Vanilla Forums for a discussion with Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist at Community5, as he shares ideas and insights on how to best build and execute formal Superfan programs.

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.

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.

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.

What Is an Internal Customer?

Customers That Stick

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Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

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”.

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.

Use of Live Chat or Social Media for Customer Service: One More Way to Make or Break Your Brand!

Bill Quiseng

In 2011, An American Express survey found that Americans tell an average of 9 people about good experiences and 16 people about poor experiences.

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