January, 2019

Is CX Dying? 7 Ways to Save Customer Experience at Your Organization

Beyond Philosophy

I am concerned. I recently read two pieces of research about Customer Experience that worried me. The first was from Nunwood , a UK-based research company with a Customer Experience index, and it showed that improvements in Customer Experience were not happening.

Declaring Victory in the War on Contact Center Agent Performance

Call Center Coach

Some wars seem to rage on forever. Whether you’re fighting the battle to stop eating that dessert you love that’s bad for you, or you continuously battle a war with contact center agent performance, it’s time for you to enjoy the sweet taste of victory.

How to Prepare for 5 Customer Service Trends in 2019

Contact Center Pipeline

As organizations plan for success in 2019, emerging trends will influence how customer service is delivered. The evolving landscape will drive changes in how customer service representatives are utilized, trained and even compensated.

You Get What You Tolerate (From Employees)

Myra Golden Media

You get the behavior you tolerate. So, if your employees aren’t friendly, helpful, and showing empathy, you have to ask yourself, Have I been tolerating poor performance? Are you having conversations with your people about unacceptable performance? Are you coaching and holding employees accountable?

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

No Toilet Paper – Is Customer Service Getting Worse?

ShepHyken

Some people claim that customer service is getting worse. I disagree. Customers are getting smarter and expecting more. The customer service “bar” is raised by great companies who teach us what good customer service should be.

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How Does Mental Accounting Influence Customer Experience

Beyond Philosophy

Understanding Customers’ Mental Budgets. I won some money at a Casino recently, an unusual outcome for me. It wasn’t a huge amount, but it was a nice windfall. Did I spend it on something practical? Save it? Give it to charity? Not a chance.

Contact Center Technology Finally Enables You to Be Customer Centric

Call Center Coach

Do you remember that joyous feeling when the thing preventing you from having an easier life was removed? Can you remember what it feels like when the elephant that was sitting on your chest finally gets up?

Are You Sure Your Contact Center Is on Solid Ground?

Contact Center Pipeline

Like the pilings of the Brooklyn Bridge or the steel and concrete foundation of a building, organizations need to rest upon solid ground. That means a solid foundation and one that drives management practices, technology acquisitions, and customer relationships.

Behind The Scenes Look at My Filming at LinkedIn Learning

Myra Golden Media

For two years I’ve partnered with LinkedIn Learning to create courses to help employees be more assured and skilled in their ability to handle demanding customers. Here are some fun behind the scenes photos from last week’s visit to film two new training courses.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

A Doctor’s Prescription for Good Customer Service

ShepHyken

Here’s another great story we can learn from. This reminds us that having a good system with good people who understand how to take care of their customers is the backbone of a good service experience. My friend, Dr. Neil Baum, the world-renown urologist, was speaking in Las Vegas at the Wynn resort.

My Understanding of AI in CX so Far. Things Could Change!

CX Accelerator

I’m not known for being quick on the uptake by those closest to me. A couple prime examples include long division and driving a stick-shift.

4 Easy Ways To Get Started Using Behavioral Economics

Beyond Philosophy

There is an abundance of theory in behavioral economics which can seem overwhelming. How can Marketing and Customer experience teams start using it today. In this podcast we give you an overview of the big ideas.

Contact Center Supervisor Training – Contact Center Fitness Boot Camp

Call Center Coach

Supervisor training with Call Center Coach’s virtual boot camps can take on a variety of developmental areas.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

Inside View: Gopher Sport

Contact Center Pipeline

Anyone who manages, or has managed, a school or community athletic program no doubt is already aware of Gopher Sport’s products and their reputation for exceptional customer service.

Three Preparations You Should Make Before Talking to Your Employee About a Problem

Myra Golden Media

One of the things I’m working on for 2019 is giving you tools to help you coach your employees and hold them accountable so that they are positioned to deliver the best possible customer experience. The way YOU do that is, you go into discussions with your employees with a plan, and with confidence.

Amazing Business Radio: Claire Boscq-Scott

ShepHyken

The Culture of Caring. Creating an Unforgettable Customer Experience Every Time. Shep Hyken interviews Claire Boscq-Scott. They discuss the importance of a workplace culture of caring and how it can positively impact the customer experience. Shep’s Opening Monologue.

Live Chat Customer Service: Top 5 Challenges

GetFeedback

Live chat customer service has become an expectation to the modern customer—more than half of all customers prefer chatting with someone in real time via chat rather than picking up their phone. As a result, live chat is expected to grow by as much as 87% in the next 12-18 months.

How to Optimize CX Through the Voice of the Customer

Speaker: Faith Adams, Analyst at Forrester

Join Intouch Insight and special guest, Faith Adams with Forrester Research, on November 8 at 1 PM EST and learn how you can act on VoC data

Are You A Risk Taker?

Beyond Philosophy

Are You a Risk Taker? We all have varying levels of risk tolerance. When we shy away from risk, we call that risk-aversion. This episode of The Intuitive Customer discusses the concept of risk aversion and how it affects customers’ behavior in your Customer Experience.

Tell me how you address burnout with your customer service team

Customer Service Life

Telling your boss that you are burnt out seems like it might just be the end of your stable paycheck. Can you actually look your boss in the face and admit that you’ve been unable to keep up with the amount of work on your plate?

Handling Irate Customers in the Financial Services Industry

Contact Center Pipeline

“How dare you call my employer to confirm my job status!” “The The mortgage broker said my house was worth more than you think!” “My My credit rating shouldn’t change because I quit my job and started my own business!” Do these customer complaints sound familiar?

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Addressing Unacceptable Performance

Myra Golden Media

Talking to employees about problem performance, and getting them to change is hard – unless you do four things very well. Here’s what I wish everyone knew about addressing unacceptable employee performance.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

Amazing Business Radio: Skip Prichard

ShepHyken

The Nine Mistakes. Finding Your Purpose to Achieve Success Sooner. Shep Hyken interviews Skip Prichard. They discuss Skip’s new book, The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future , which details the most common mistakes people make in their professional and personal lives.

When and How to Develop Customer Service Material

GetFeedback

As a customer service leader, you want to make sure your audience is supported at all times. Customers should have access to the information they need–whether it’s from a member of your team or from a robust knowledge base.

13 Call Recording Reports You Should Be Generating

OrecX

It's a new year and that means new opportunities! Put your call recording system to work for you. Here is a list of potential call recording reports to consider generating in your contact center to garner the customer intelligence you need.

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Hiring Trends That Will Shape 2019

Branch Mesenger

The world of work is changing very quickly. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be examining some of the trends that are currently impacting the workforce, from hiring to the impacts of artificial intelligence. Every Thursday, we’ll be publishing a new article on a different workforce trend.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

Would You Do That to Your Mother?

Contact Center Pipeline

A Q&A with author and customer experience pioneer Jeanne Bliss. In her latest book, Would You Do That to Your Mother?

4 Facts That Nobody Told You About Coaching Employees

Myra Golden Media

We coach employees to make them better, and to correct unacceptable performance. In both cases, there are four things you, as a “coach” must do to make coaching bring out behavioral change. The Four Things Coaching Must Be. Immediate – You can’t put off coaching discussions.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of January 7, 2018

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service and customer experience articles from various resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too. What’s in the box?