2022

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5 Call Center Metrics to Optimize Agent Performance

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

Choosing the right call center metrics is just as important as operationalizing them. Here're five key call center metrics you should keep an eye on.

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Identify Your Team's Motivation to Unlock the Secret of Creating High Achievers

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

For years, effective knowledge management programs have stressed that employee engagement is important, but for more reasons than you may think.

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It’s time for a Customer Service Culture Transformation to Customer CARE

Bill Quiseng

Is customer service the frontline? Really? Are we called to duty on the frontline battling customers? Doctors and nurses don’t serve their ailing patients. They care. So shouldn’t customer service be customer care? Or even better …. We are the Customer CARE team. We CARE for each member of our team: We COMMUNICATE with each other. We listen to our team’s questions, concerns, and complaints with empathy and compassion.

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What are the changes to customer service? | Vocalcom

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

Digitalization shuffled the cards, giving power back to customers. Companies must therefore adapt themselves and create seamless 360° customer journeys if they wish to earn customer loyalty.

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The State of Customer Experience 2023 Report: Part 2

JUST RELEASED! The Northridge Group’s State of CX 2023 Part II research report reveals that nearly half of consumers surveyed had knowingly spoken to a customer service associate working from home—and almost 75% of those respondents felt the associate's location did not impact the service or experience. So why do more than ⅓ of business leaders want contact center associates back in the office?

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How to Be Funny and Use Humor in Business to Your Advantage

Beyond Philosophy

When I was ten, the teacher wrote on my school report, “Colin is the clown of the class.” To this day, I am still proud of that report card. Humor matters and can provide business benefits. Today we will talk about how to be funny and use humor to your advantage. When we make people laugh, it’s disarming. People are often more willing to listen after someone makes them laugh, making way for us to be more persuasive.

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What is customer journey analytics?

Callminer

Customer interactions don’t exist in a vacuum, and neither should your data. Find out how customer journey analytics break down data silos to provide better insight throughout the customer journey.

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De-escalation Q & A Day!

Myra Golden Media

Did you miss my latest Live Q & A? You’re in luck. Here’s a replay of our conversation. 3:29 How do you deal with an angry customer because we won’t give in to their demands? 5:31 Do you have a list of negative priming words and positive priming alternatives? 6:41 What are some warning signs that a call will be escalated? 11:38 How do I make soft sales when my customers are angry over a billing issue?

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10 Smart Ways to Cater to Your Local Customers

Steve DiGioia

You may work for a giant worldwide conglomerate that maintains a core set of values, standards, and practices, but can each of these standards be maintained in every venue? Well, if you’re the Ritz Carlton or McDonald’s , you can. (NOTE: McDonald’s has regional variations in their menu to accommodate local tastes). But what if you work at a location that is having difficulty maintaining the corporate standards because your venue doesn’t conform to the design that the standards

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Transforming Talent Management at Home

Contact Center Pipeline

Organizations are now well in their third year of operation in the remote or at-home/work-from-home (WFH) contact center environment. And they are working to devise sustainable workforce management (WFM) strategies. In today’s challenging job market, it’s crucial for organizations to attract, nurture, and retain quality talent. Paul Stockford of Saddletree Research had stated: “The effective […].

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How Government Services Can Provide Better Citizen Satisfaction & Experience

Attention government agencies and BPO partners! CXperts is your go-to solution for improving citizen experience. Our omnichannel and digital contact center solutions are designed to supply superior CX, reducing costs and maximizing efficiency. Plus, we are a Minority Owned Business (MBE). With our certifications, we are the perfect partner to help government agencies meet their CX goals and fulfill federal deal requirements.

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Reshaping The Future Of Digital Customer Service: 22 Influential Leaders to Watch in 2022

TechSee

Customers expect better and faster pre and post purchase services. Whether they need help setting up a new device or to repair a damaged product, the way in which these interactions are handled are at the heart of customer satisfaction. As companies embrace the digitization of customer support, the new standard is much more than a phone conversation with a call center representative or a visit from a field agent.

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6 Benefits of Real-Time Speech Analytics Contact Centers Cannot Ignore

Provana

Real-time speech analytics technology has tremendous potential to transform any collections-focused call center from the inside out. Read all benefits here

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Your 2022 Customer Experience Plan: Strategies, Videos, & Resources

360Connext

Imagine yourself a year from today. Your company has surpassed its annual goals for customer retention, referrals, and satisfaction. C-level leadership is thrilled, and the customer experience program you helped develop was instrumental to this success. How did this happen? It started with a plan – including immediate foundational steps to take, secondary growth, and longer-term strategies for continued success.

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QUI QUOTE: Nobody raves about a company that meets customer expectations.

Bill Quiseng

QUI QUOTE: Nobody raves about a company that meets customer expectations. When you are working in customer service, you have been happy that your customers leave satisfied. You have sold them a product or service that meets their wants or needs. Or you solved their problem for them. You were happy because, in the end, you met their expectations and they were satisfied.

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Improve Contact Center Outcomes with Key Insights

Contact center leaders are skilled at balancing competing day-to-day priorities. They help others make informed business decisions, all while working to keep agents and customers engaged in positive experiences. Rapid access to the most relevant and actionable information is critical to managing agents, supervisors, and communicating with executive leadership to improve efficiencies and business outcomes.

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How to transform Customer Service Experience with Speech Analytics?

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

Improving customer experiences is one of the important areas of focus for leading brands. While it is the responsibility of the entire organization to ensure quality customer experiences for sales and support services, the team contact center agents is the front line for quality interactions.

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Why Your Measurement is Killing Your Customer Experience And What to Do About it

Beyond Philosophy

I am surprised daily about how many organizations can’t articulate how their improvement in various experience measures, like Net Promoter Score® , will benefit the organization. This connection is essential to understand to create a winning customer strategy. . The same is true for customer data. Too often, an organization is excellent at collecting data to measure the effects of their efforts but has no idea how they will use it.

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The Best Social Media Channels for Customer Service

ShepHyken

Social customer care may not be the most popular channel to deal with customer issues for most businesses, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. More and more customers are turning to social media to get help. More on why in just a moment. For now, let’s address why companies aren’t using social channels. . When a company tells me they don’t want to participate in social media customer care, I ask why.

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Recession-Proof Your Contact Center: How to Navigate a Downturn

LiveVox

During a recession, contact centers and call centers are still in high demand. But how does an economic downturn effect the industry?

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The Complete Guide to Conversational AI for Your Business

In this eBook, you’ll learn how companies are using advanced conversational AI solutions, like Verint Intelligent Virtual Assistant, to deliver actionable service and assist their contact center agents in both voice and digital channels. You’ll also see how our easy-to-use, low-code bot-building environment makes for quicker and more flexible conversational AI deployments that deliver an immediate ROI.

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How to Control Calls

Myra Golden Media

Customer service calls can sometimes get out of control. Upset and overtalkative callers take time and energy away from other customers and tasks. This is where practical call-control strategies come into play. In this course, I explain why customer calls get out of hand and introduce a simple process to get you back in control. Learn how to use a limited response, take control with close-ended questions, assert your way out of a bad conversation, and practice proactive call management, so custo

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7 Customer Expectations and Why I Shouldn’t Have to Ask for a Napkin

Steve DiGioia

We all speak about expectations, customer expectations. They can be reasonable or extreme, and sometimes achievable or bizarre. But usually, they are appropriate. As a customer, I expect a basic minimum such as: The product or service should work as expected. The product or service should be reasonably priced and in line with similar products. The product or service should be safe to use.

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Evolving the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

The disruption never stops. Between supply chain issues, workforce shortages, natural disasters, and whatever is about to hit us next, disruption is everywhere – and it’s causing an abundance of unhappy customers. The worst part: disruption typically causes a spike in customer service needs, which magnifies customer experience (CX) issues for brands that are not […].

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Helping AI Help Agents: A Better Way to Use AI Applications in the Contact Center

Upstream Works

By: Rob McDougall, CEO, Upstream Works Software. I’ve been reading This I Know: Marketing Lessons from UNDER THE INFLUENCE by Terry O’Reilly, and something he said really stuck with me. When talking about a company’s mission – its reason for being – he said that you need to go back in time to when you first started the company.

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Using AI to Empower Contact Center Agents and Improve CX and EX

For years now, contact center admins and supervisors have leveraged bots to improve customer and employee experiences but we are at the beginning of a completely new paradigm regarding increased speed and efficiency. Implementing a modern contact center solution, powered by AI, can give contact centers a competitive advantage. While integrating AI is necessary to provide high-quality digital customer service, it is only a piece of the communication platform puzzle.

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3 Call Center Monitoring Best Practices You Must Know

Provana

With call recording and call center monitoring in place, you can identify areas where your teams are doing well and where you need improvement

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10 Effective Strategies to Reduce Call Center Demand

Fonolo

High call volumes are three words that can strike fear into the heart of any call center professional. Without the right preparation, even the most established operations can find themselves struggling with call demand, and trying to stay afloat when faced with an onslaught of customer queries. The occasional call spike is hardly cause for concern — however, if your call center agents are struggling to manage daily volumes , you risk a lot more than a few abandoned calls.

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When It All Comes Down to Business, It’s “People First”

Bill Quiseng

For many years, there has been a stranglehold of the “Profits over People” mentality on business. Senior executives care about revenue dollars, market share, the stock price, bottom-line profits, even their competitors, more than their people. Listening to the sweet cha-ching sound of profits, these bad bosses do not hear their grumbling employees and complaining customers many hierarchical rungs below.

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What omnichannel in Customer Service is all a-bot

Customer Contact Central Submitted Articles

If you spent any time at all online today, chances are you encountered a chat bot. Bots are a cost-effective, frontline customer service mechanism, the first channel in omnichannel customer service.

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Ramping-up Your Digital CX Strategy: Adaptation of Omni Channel and Conversational Support

Speaker: Michael McMillan - Customer Experience Expert, TEDx Speaker, and Author

Are you looking to elevate your CX support strategy? Customers who have a seamless buying experience, from speaking with sales and purchasing the product to easily finding support, are more likely to return to your organization and recommend it to others. With the numerous changes in the market, it is critical that your CX strategy can evolve and better support your customers regardless of where they are in their journey.

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As Brick & Mortar Retail Bounces Back Where Does The Future Lie?

Beyond Philosophy

The Future of Brick and Mortar. One of the features of The Intuitive Customer podcast is “I’m in a Pickle,” where listeners come to us with business problems that they would like our advice on solving. We had a pickle about the future of brick-and-mortar after the pandemic that I thought I would share with you, too. Here’s what Bjorn had to say: Hello, Ryan and Colin, and thanks for a great show.

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Guest Post: Find Ways for Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Customers

ShepHyken

This week, we feature an article by David Meerman Scott adapted from the new 8th edition of The New Rules of Marketing and PR to be released on May 3, 2022. He shares how organizations can use data and AI-powered tools to benefit customers. As I write this, I’m using web-based artificial intelligence (AI) transcription software called Otter to help me turn recorded audio interviews into a text transcription.

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How to Measure the Return On Investment (ROI) Of Your Contact Center Solution?

NobelBiz

NobelBiz | Blog. How to Measure the Return On Investment (ROI) Of Your Contact Center Solution?