2021

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How to Improve Brand Reputation with a Telephone

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

Telephone answering services do more than answer calls. At least, they should. When an agent answers a call, you want them to be an extension of your business. A good agent answers any questions that come in the way you prefer.

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Zero Cost! How to Use Behavioral Science to Improve Your Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

I recently received a letter from a listener on our podcast asking us to cover how a small business with limited resources can improve their Customer Experience using the behavioral sciences in their business. We took on this topic in a recent podcast by offering tips and tricks that are either free or not an additional expense for a fictional restaurant we created.

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How to Care More About the Customer Than the Sale

ShepHyken

It seems that most of the companies that customers love to do business with have something in common. They focus more on the customer than they do the sale. Sure, they want to make the sale, add more revenue and get higher ratings. What company doesn’t want that? But when they focus on the customer’s needs, the rest seems to fall into place. A great example of this comes from Dawn Mushill, one of our Shepard Letter subscribers.

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5 Rules That Absolutely Build Customer Loyalty

Beyond Philosophy

Loyalty is one of the most overused phrases in business today. To most companies, it invariably means “customers give us all their money.” But that is not what loyalty is. So, today we’re going to talk about the five rules that will build customer loyalty. Or you can listen to the latest episode of my podcast here. Before we get into the rules, let’s talk about what loyalty is.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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And the winners are…congratulations to our LISTEN 2021 Award recipients!

Callminer

We recently announced our LISTEN 2021 Award winners, including seven LISTEN 2021 Analyst Award winners, and Top Partner and Top Customer of the Year. Read the blog to learn about the recipients.

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What Can the Mandalorian Teach You About Your Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

The Mandalorian. The blockbuster hit on the Disney Channel. A keen and faithful observer can see many takeaways that relate to the way we offer service. I’ve already written about Bigfoot Customer Service and Landscaper Customer Service. Those two articles highlight the unique aspects of service the two groups offer and how they hurt or help our service efforts.

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The Role of Contact Center Agents in Product Innovation

Contact Center Pipeline

As we turn the page to a new year, and in the spirit of new beginnings, I’d like to challenge managers and leaders to consider alternative approaches to drive innovation and business change. Change must bubble up from within an organization, not merely cascade down from above, because in the next two years we’ll witness […].

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Wow Your New Employees

Bill Quiseng

It is really disappointing to new employees that the first day of orientation is spent on defining the rules and restrictions, usually required by the legal department, that, if not followed, will result in termination. At the end of the day, someone is asking, “How was your first day at work?” You don’t want their answer to be, “Well, all I learned was what will get me fired.” While that information is important, consider the overall message you are giving new empl

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Five Overlooked Moments that may be Wrecking Your Customer Journey

360Connext

This article is sponsored by PayPal. ne·glect /n???lekt/. verb: fail to care for properly. noun: the state or fact of being uncared for. from Oxford Languages. Neglect can feel like a harsh word. It’s easy to think that if we’re neglectful toward our customers, it must be through some negative action. But the most common type of customer neglect we see is simply the lack of attention paid to putting the customer first.

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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Best Technologies for Small Businesses

Win the Customer

Running and maintaining a small business is a challenge. Because of limited personnel and limited financial resources, small business owners often need to wear multiple hats to keep their business afloat like the use of another address for their mailbox company. The Importance of Using a Secure Fax and a virtual office address where the service provider will forward all of your mail, this is a really good one for Modern technology has made it easier for small business owners to manage and trac

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HVAC Answering Service Benefits

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

HVAC companies are the superheroes we never knew we needed. Whether doing a routine maintenance check or answering a desperate call in the middle of the night, they are essential.

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How do you train artificial intelligence?

TELUS International

Every AI and machine learning project requires training in order to excel. Learn what AI training is, how it works and discover some tips for success.

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The Shortest Customer Service Keynote Speech Ever!

ShepHyken

I’ve written about today’s topic before. The idea I’m about to share is really common sense. Even if you didn’t read my past articles or watch my videos about this, you still know and understand it. Yet, it’s worth bringing up again, as I have a new twist on it. In my latest book, I’ll Be Back: How to Get Customers to Come Back Again and Again , I share a story about the shortest customer service keynote speech I’ve ever delivered.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Is This One of the Most Important New Jobs in Business Today?

Beyond Philosophy

In job descriptions and resumes, there are new required skills for candidate’s resumes in Behavioral Science. These jobs might be the most important new jobs in business today. But why? Behavioral science and the scientists that use it will tell you that understanding the “why” of what customers do has become table stakes in some industries today.

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8 Simple Ways to Improve Agent Performance in the Call Center

Fonolo

Ready to level up your call center team this year? Improving agent performance can seem overwhelming at first, and you may find yourself wondering, “Where to start?” Don’t fret — these eight simple methods are all you need. With some hard work and a little luck, your team will be reaching new heights of operational efficiency ! Set your KPIs. You can’t change what you don’t measure.

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Don’t Apologize to Customers!

Myra Golden Media

It might surprise you to know I don’t want customer service specialists to apologize to customers. Before you respond to that, let me say that I see apologizing and saying “I’m sorry” as two different things. Today, I’m breaking down what the research says about apologizing, and I’m giving you phrases for expressing “sorry” and empathy.

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What Does an Allergy Have To Do With Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

Those of us in the customer service industry focus much on procedures, ease of use, product availability, and the steps of service, to name a few, all in the hopes of providing our customers the best overall experience. When we have these processes down pat, we believe that’s “all we need” to ensure a steady stream of satisfied customers. But we’re leaving out a significant aspect of service and something very valuable for a customer in need.

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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Three Ways to Future-Proof Your CX

Contact Center Pipeline

Workplace trends come and go. From the hierarchical corner office setups and cubicle rows that dominated most of the 1900s to open-plan campuses with free lunch and foosball that came with the internet boom of the mid-1990s and early 2000s. From “we need to concentrate more” to “we need to collaborate more.” From IBM calling […].

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Be the Customer

Bill Quiseng

As a customer service professional, you have been told by your supervisor to interact with all customers as if they are the customer persona. Of course, it is easier to have one of your customer personas. A persona is the general image of customer personalities. A persona is many customers wrapped all in one. But a customer is just one individual. Unlike a customer persona, each customer is different from the other.

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Protecting your name, privacy, and identity online.

NameShouts

Not so long ago, the Internet seemed like a vast, endless landscape, where one could rejoice in connecting with like-minded folk. Security and privacy were concerns, of course, but they were concerns you could handle. That Internet seemed like a place of possibility. But it seems further and further away from reality today. Today’s Internet is a scary place.

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Changes in Attitudes…

Taylor Reach Group

By Colin Taylor. Last spring when the Covid19 pandemic began, companies were forced to make many changes to how they operated. With the offices closed, they sent their agents to work from home. This was a learning experience for the center leadership, the company, and the agents. According to the research we completed in May 2020, only 15% of contact centers had active and existing remote or agents working from home.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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BPO Call Center: 6 Questions & How-To Implement

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

BPO is a common acronym in the call center world. It stands for business process outsourcing, a term used to describe the hiring of a third-party to complete a business operation.

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New Customer Acquisition Strategies: Techniques & Process

LiveVox

Because of the events of 2020, many companies have been forced to reassess their customer acquisition methods to stay afloat and win customers’ hearts. Customer priorities have changed, challenging businesses to rethink acquisition tactics and retention strategies. The post New Customer Acquisition Strategies: Techniques & Process appeared first on Livevox.

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Stop Reading From The Script!

ShepHyken

This is why some companies get a bad rap! Our colleague here at Shepard Presentations, Nate Jones, shared a story about something that recently happened to his father. This is a great customer service training lesson. He bought a new car. About a month later he’s in a parking lot and the car won’t start. So, he calls the dealership’s customer service number, which was actually a support center for all of that brand’s dealerships in the U.S. – maybe even the world.

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5 Rules For Changing Your Customer Habits

Beyond Philosophy

A lot of the behavioral sciences can feel intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. The Five Rules Podcast Series is our attempt at giving you an easy entry point into the complex and messy world of Behavioral Science. Customers buy habitually, and that’s great when their habit is to buy from you. The problem is sometimes they aren’t buying habitually from you, but instead from your competition.

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The Innovator’s Guide to the Digital-first Contact Center

In the contact center industry, first-generation digital channels like email and web chat have seen significant adoption, along with video chat and co-browsing capabilities. However, customers are rapidly moving beyond these channels, seeking next-generation options. Social platforms are now becoming mainstream contact center channels. Download this guide today to learn how to help your business adapt to this evolving landscape and leverage the power of next-generation digital customer service.

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6 Important Soft Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs

Fonolo

Call center employees wear many hats! Agents are tasked with providing customer service, solving customer problems, and conducting research — all with a smile and a positive attitude. While call center agents rely on hard skills — or technical skills — to handle contact center technology, call center soft skills are just as critical for success.

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How to Celebrate Customer Service Week (3 Steps)

Myra Golden Media

Download agenda, themes, certificates and more here! Are you still trying to figure out how to celebrate Customer Service Week? After the year and a half your team has pulled your company through, don’t let National Customer Service Week pass without an epic celebration of your front line! Here are three steps to easy National Customer Service Week planning!

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Top 10 Customer Service Acronyms to Use Every Day

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service. That’s what our customers want and that’s what we wish to provide. But it’s difficult remembering all the different steps to take to provide it. Thankfully, many have developed useful acronyms to help. In today’s post, I compiled my list of the top 10 customer service acronyms to use every day. Store these in your CS toolbox to use as needed. 1.