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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. In other words, it meets basic expectations. It’s satisfactory. It’s just good. Beyond satisfactory – and beyond good – is an exceptional customer service.

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 hours; no, but if it weren’t mine I would be; and yes.) Over two billion people use them two hours a day.

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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. What this means is there’s an imperative for call centers to drive operational performance excellence […]. The post 11 Call Center Best Practices You Need to Be Doing Right Now appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

5 Ways to Improve Engagement

Contact Center Pipeline

Universities, consultants, authors and experts all have a lot to say about employee engagement. The attention paid to this topic is encouraging, as it is a critical ingredient in a high-performing company. The best insight, though, does not come from the experts. It comes right from the source—the employees themselves. Agents in contact centers have […]. Agent Engagement call center contact center employee empowerment employee engagement recognition training work-life balance

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

7 Guaranteed Ways to Lose a Customer

Steve DiGioia

because my loyalty does have limits This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You failed them again. Be honest – face the facts! You worked hard for years to build a loyal customer base and now look at you. Your customers are leaving in droves. What happened? Sales are down, bills now pile up. Employee morale is low and coming to work is no longer fun. When business was good you thought it would last forever.

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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. CEO Dave Lewis accepted the report, apologised, and promised to “reenergise” supplier relationships. Watch his response by clicking on the image, left).

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. How glad I was that I took that decision, because I discovered that Peruvians are experts in customer delight! Peru is an understated yet remarkable country that deserves a more amazing reputation than I believe it has today.

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. Word of mouth marketing is one of the most valuable forms of marketing with 92% of consumers believing recommendations from friends and family over all forms of advertising.

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.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

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. Before I worked in marketing, I was a development editor at a technical publication for software books (I know, I know, I’ve gone to the dark […]. The post NPS and the Digital Transformation of CX appeared first on CustomerGauge. Blog Customer Experience Digital transformation Featured NPS Customer experience cx

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!): Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. Great definition, but marketing has changed. Some say it’s about lead generation, creating demand, building relationships and engagement.

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. And then there is the confusing array of refueling options, and the half dozen clauses I have to initial on the application. By the time I’ve got the keys, I’m never entirely certain what I’ve signed up for. And I’m slightly worried that it’s more than I thought.

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. While solutions such as speech analytics technology, agent scorecards, and social monitoring can help to improve agent performance and provide for a better customer experience, the fact of the matter is that each individual call center will need […]. The post 7 Call Center Best Practices from Industry Experts appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

The Digital Workplace

Contact Center Pipeline

No one can deny the remarkable impact that mobile technology has had on consumer behavior. Texting has displaced phone calls and email as the preferred communication channel among millennials, and social media has emerged as their top choice for obtaining information and content. Our employees are also consumers of the latest cool tools and applications. […]. Work environment BYOD call center contact center digital transformation digital workplace employee engagement

11 Industry Experts Discuss “What’s More Important: Customer First or Profit First?”

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Businesses across the land champion their great service and the positive experience given to their throngs of loyal customers. They tout the benefits of their product and how they tend to the specific needs, wants and desires of their customers. But as time passes many forget their original stated intent and lean more toward reducing payroll, lowering operational/product costs and finally to increasing profit as their primary goal.

What Is an Internal Customer?

Customers That Stick

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“Customer Experience and Innovation” blog published on #ThinkMarketing

Peter Lavers

Peter Lavers’ blog on the “Forging the link between customer experience and innovation” has been published on IBM #ThinkMarketing. Read it here. Tweet to @PeterLavers. The post “Customer Experience and Innovation” blog published on #ThinkMarketing appeared first on Think CX. Latest Thinking

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

How Many of Your Customers Have Suggestions for Improving Customer Experience?

PeopleMetrics

As a customer experience company, we field a lot of questions from prospects about customer feedback. In fact, it’s common for prospects to have a system for collecting feedback—from rudimentary snail-mail surveys to online survey platforms. But it’s uncommon for them to have a system for acting on that feedback. Here's the thing: If you’re not acting on customer feedback, then there’s not much reason in collecting it. Well, unless you’re after another pointless meeting or two.

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! Some businesses have rejected the term ‘customer service’ – in a bid to modernize an existing department – in favor of ‘customer support’ which sounds contemporary or even call it ‘customer success’.

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. Listen to your users, but really listen. That way, you’ll be able to fine-tune your product into something they will want to use and be willing to pay for. You need to get inside the mind of your customers.

How the “Internet of Things” Will Revolutionize the World of Customer Experience

CustomerGauge

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is easily the biggest buzzword in the tech sphere to break out into the mainstream in 2016. Just check out the search volume in that Google Trends data! We’ve seen smart home devices, one-button product purchases, and even the prospect of an employee-less supermarket (Amazon, take a bow). Rather than questioning whether […]. The post How the “Internet of Things” Will Revolutionize the World of Customer Experience appeared first on CustomerGauge.

Customer Communities Elevate the Customer Experience

Speaker: Rachel Happe

An online community is an increasingly vital part of many leading companies’ support strategies. Creating a branded place where your customers can ask and answer questions, interact with each other, and search for the information they need is a great way to decrease the burden on your staff and allow them to focus on the customers that really need their help. Join us at 9:00 am EST on Nov 18th for this talk by Rachel Happe, founder of industry-leading strategists The Community Roundtable, you will learn the effectiveness of community in empowering your customers, and generating value for your business.

Five Ways to Create Customer Loyalty

ShepHyken

It’s been a while since I approached the topic of customer loyalty. All of the tips, ideas, tactics, and techniques I write about are about driving a better customer service experience, which can (and hopefully will) lead to customer loyalty. The concept of repeat business, and ultimately customer loyalty is huge. A small increase in loyalty, just as little as one or two percent, can have a dramatic positive impact to your top and bottom line numbers.

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. Toblerone, a chocolate bar known for its triangular shape and unique packaging, reduced the size of their 170-gram (Almost 6 oz.) candy bar to 150 (5.291). Their 400-gram (14 oz.) candy bar lost 40 grams (1.4 The price, however, remains the same.

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. But the question is: How can you ensure your contact center is best utilizing the scarce time […]. The post How Do You Define Call Center Adherence Best Practices? appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

Getting Closer to the Customer

Contact Center Pipeline

One of the best things to happen to the contact center in the last 10 to 15 years is the attention placed on customer feedback. Surveying customers used to be an informal activity done by a small minority of centers; today, it is a best practice followed by the vast majority of us. Customers now […]. Customer Feedback calibration call center call monitoring contact center customer feedback customer satisfaction surveys focus groups sampling bias survey fatigue

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

Enriching the Customer Experience Works in Any Industry

Steve DiGioia

Guest post by Ben Motteram This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Today’s guest post is by Ben Motteram , the Principal at CXpert, a customer experience consulting company. Ben has over 20 years’ experience in customer service, and is a recognized CX thought leader. Thanks Ben! As someone deeply involved in customer service and the overall customer experience, I am interested in identifying companies that share my love of service and how they tend to the customer’s needs.

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