September, 2018

Guest Blog: How Live Chat Can Improve Conversion Rate For Your Business


This week we feature an article by David Olson who shares tips on how to use live chat software correctly. – Shep Hyken. The modern marketplace offers many different ways to make your business and employees more productive.

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Why Don’t People Say What They Mean?

Beyond Philosophy

People do not say what they mean or, it seems, what they are thinking. If we aren’t saying what we mean, then what are the implications for our Customer Experience? Honest communication can not only improve communication, but it can also enhance workplace quality and Customer Experience.

5 Teams Coca-Cola Created That Blows the Top Off Employee Engagement

Call Center Coach

Contact centers are built on processes and systems that need to be managed and led. Because of the rapid pace of work and unforgiving workloads that come, they need to be effective and high-caliber, including employee engagement.

Customer Health Solutions: Accurately Monitoring Your Customer Relationships

B2B Customer Service Blog - TeamSupport

A new term, customer health, is all about monitoring the customer relationship to ensure it remains in a vibrant state.

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Onwards and Cloudwards! Explore your options for moving towards the cloud

Hear from independent research analyst Jon Arnold and our very own Barbara Gonzalez, VP of Global Business Consulting, on this topic as they discuss the forces driving the move to the cloud and the options for businesses when change becomes mandatory.

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How Does Time Of Day Affect How Much We Sell?

Beyond Philosophy

Does the time of the day that you sell or deal with your customers affect how much they buy or how they see your customer experience. The answer is yes, but why is this the case and what should you do about this? The post How Does Time Of Day Affect How Much We Sell? appeared first on. Podcast

What is your top customer service tip?

Call Center Coach

Top Customer Service Influencers Give Top Customer Service Tips. Recently Fit Small Business asked a group of the top customer service influencers about their top customer service tips. I was fortunate enough to be chosen and among a list of people I admire.

Recipe for coaching agents in 30 minutes per day


The key ingredient to a top-performing team of agents is an all-star coach. They’re the coaches who know that actionable and relevant feedback have a profound impact on their team, so they make it their priority. Yep, even above all. Read More.

Why It’s Time for Your Contact Center to Embrace Omnichannel

Contact Center Pipeline

In today’s digital era, customers expect the same level of service no matter how they contact you. They don’t view your brand as a series of channels, rather they see it as one single cohesive unit.

AI is Not Reducing Call Center Agent Employment


You know when you’re listening to a podcast interview and the guest says something and you literally smack your head, pause the podcast, and start tweeting? Happened to me last week.

4 Ways Smarter Ticketing Solutions Drive Better Support Experiences

Relay Blog

In a perfect world, we’d all be working smart instead of working hard. But what. The post 4 Ways Smarter Ticketing Solutions Drive Better Support Experiences appeared first on Relay. Support channel collaborative customer experience multi Omnichannel smarter solution ticketing

How Telecom Can Set Themselves Up to Fail at CX at 5G Speeds

Beyond Philosophy

I have a real problem with patience as far as my network is concerned. When the internet is slow, I throw all my toys out of the crib. It’s maddening. The good news for me is that the 5G network is coming. The bad news is that the 5G build-out is lagging behind many other countries in the U.S.,

Forgotten Yet Key Source for Contact Center Best Practices

Call Center Coach

I’ve been very fortunate to have gained different perspectives in the contact center industry. I’m so grateful for my frontline experience, but I also realize that since those days, I’ve been able to experience a significantly broader perspective on the entire industry.

3 Reasons Why Customer Satisfaction Should Not Replace Quality Assurance

Customer Service Life

This article originally appeared on the CustomerThink blog as part of my monthly column on June 12, 2018. Click here to read the original. Not long ago I saw a demo of a cool product for gathering customer feedback called Stella Connect.

Turn Your Order Desk into an Inside Sales Team

Contact Center Pipeline

Imagine you are a frontline employee at a company’s order desk. For years, you answered the inbound phone queue and took orders from vendors. Your job success was measured by input accuracy and talk time. Then your manager says, “Congratulations. You are now inside sales reps!

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Top Concerns of Cloud Adoption: Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid

Bright Pattern

Last week we posted a blog "Enabling A Great Experience Is Now Imperative: The Cloud Is the Key Enabler" to discuss benefits of the cloud. But d espite an industry-wide understanding of the benefits of the cloud, adoption remains low. Of our survey respondents: cloud adoption

Convenience is King for Millennials in Customer Service


Millennials often get saddled with a negative reputation. But now that this generation has become the single largest age group in the U.S. workforce, and is projected to spend $1.4 trillion annually by 2020, they are a force that businesses can’t afford to overlook.

How To Measure Customer Emotions

Beyond Philosophy

How do we measure a feeling? What emotions should we be measuring? Where and when should we be measuring them? Colin and Ryan discuss what is best practice and what you should be doing. The post How To Measure Customer Emotions appeared first on. Podcast

Don’t Waste Your Money on Empathy Training

Call Center Coach

Don’t Waste Your Money on Empathy Training! Empathy training is a waste of time and will have little to no effect on the customer experience in your contact center. If you want to build empathy skills in agents, you need to have the right mindset and take the right actions.

Sometimes It’s Just the Right Thing to Do


We can train people on how to deliver good customer service. We teach people how to greet customers when they walk in the store, how to properly answer the phone when customers call the company and much more. It’s easy to teach the basics. They are part of the operation and the process.

Enhance Contact Center Engagement and Performance with Meaningful Recognition

Contact Center Pipeline

In the contact center, recognition for a job well done does wonders for boosting morale and motivation.

4 Ways Contact Centers Make Successful Direct Response Campaigns

Outsource Consultants

Direct response marketing has been very popular for many years. There’s a good reason for this popularity: these kinds of marketing campaigns generate a ton of leads and sales.

The Incredible Power of Calling Your Customers Back


He-Man had the right idea when he held aloft his sword and transformed into his mightiest self. “I I HAVE THE POWER!” he proclaimed with animated gusto. Although the cartoon is pushing 35 years old, it’s still an inspiring sight to see (and message to hear).

5 Common Mistakes in the Small Contact Center

JM Robbins & Associates

Life in the contact center can be rough. It’s a volatile business that relies on a perfectly blended combination of people, processes, and technologies to ensure success every single day.

The Residual Benefits of Working With a Call Coach

CallSource Insights

Sure, call coaches help you improve phone skills – but the lingering effects can also make it well worth your time, too. If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, you know we truly believe in the benefits of your business working with a third party call coach to improve call handler phone skills.

Never Take Your Eyes Off the Customer


One of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis, where I live, is Tony’s. You may be familiar with Tony’s if you have been following my articles and videos for a while. They are an outstanding example of a great product – their food – and amazing service.

Ready to Promote Your Star Agent to Supervisor? Not so Fast

Contact Center Pipeline

Heather had been working as a contact center agent at ABC Electric for almost 18 months when her boss approached her with exciting news. He wanted to promote her to a supervisor! A standout performer, Heather’s Csat and FCR scores were consistently some of the highest on the team.

Workforce Management's Impact on Customer Service

Call Center Weekly

Workforce Management drives CX A biker friend of mine recommended a book to me called “Freedom” written by Sonny Barger – yes “that” Sonny Barger – a founding member and former Oakland Chapter President of the Hell’s Angels.

10 Ways to Reduce Call Center Attrition and Improve Agent Engagement


By Francis Cyriac. Cramped in a cubicle for 9-10 hours a day, leashed to a desktop, answering calls of angry and frustrated customers, and getting paid $10/hour is not exactly a lucrative profile. While not every call center fits the description above, many do.

How to Use Social Media to Support Your Customers


Tweet. As early as the 19th century, “tweet” was a charming term in the English language, evocative of the gentle vocal stylings of small birds. Now it refers to the music of a rather different beast , one that, at its loudest, can deafen and defeat businesses. Twitter, among other social platforms, has in recent years become a mighty digital megaphone for many frustrated (or conversely, happy) customers.

Do's & Don'ts for Selecting a Call Recorder


Organizations of all sizes today employ call recording software to help optimize sales, service and compliance; and when chosen and managed correctly, these solutions can be invaluable in this regard.

Amazing Business Radio: Kim Tucci


Bend Over Backwards For Your Customers. How to adopt a hospitality mentality within your organization. Shep Hyken sits down with his friend and restaurateur Kim Tucci. They discussed “the hospitality mentality,” how to hire good people and ways to reduce employee turnover. ??.

Take Action on the Customer Journey for Enhanced CX Satisfaction and Loyalty

Contact Center Pipeline

Mapping the customer journey is not a new concept. In fact, within the contact center world, it’s quickly become a critical part of delivering a solid omnichannel CX. After all, that journey has become increasingly complicated, spanning social media, phone, chat, self-service, email and more.

How to Scale Your Culture as Your Contact Center Grows

Contact Center Geek

This article originally appeared on What is culture? In my mind, it is the principle that will guide employees to behave in a certain way - the operative term being, guide, not force. Culture is also the sum of all behaviors of all employees. It is intangible.