July, 2019

Proactive Customer Support

ShepHyken

Just last week I wrote about the concept of predictive customer support. Now, we take a slightly different angle with the concept of proactive customer support. The concept is simple. The company reaches out to the customer before the customer has a chance to reach out to the company.

How to Boost Your Quality Monitoring with Calibration – And Why You Must

Myra Golden Media

When my daughter was 13, we re-did her bedroom to give her a teenage look. She picked out modern furniture from Ikea, lovely bedding and fun art that perfectly matched her style. Six years later my teenage son, now 16, pointed out, “You guys owe me a new room.

Ask the Expert: Your Topic Modeling and Machine Learning Questions Answered

Callminer

Our ongoing AI webinar series has been full of great audience questions on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. We wanted to highlight some from our most recent How to Use Topic Modeling to Extract Conversational Insights.

The Surprising Effect of Choice Architecture on Your CX

Beyond Philosophy

I live in Sarasota, Florida, and recently, there have been some interesting changes to the public benches. Halfway along the seat, there are armrests. At first, I thought it was to make them more comfortable than they were without an armrest in the middle.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

Engage Your Agents to Turn Around an Underperforming Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

When the team is not performing at expected levels, the troops are gathered together, a rallying speech is given by the supervisor, and after cheerful, optimistic group chatter, everyone breaks and heads back to their assignments.

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What Signals Are You Unintentionally Sending Your Customers?

ShepHyken

I first came across this idea in the book Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon , which I consider one of the most important books written on customer service.

How to Get Angry, Irate or Unreasonable Customers to Back Down (3 Steps)

Myra Golden Media

Imagine your next phone call is from an angry, irate customer, and you’ve only got a few seconds to gain control. Are you 100% confident you can handle it? If not, I’ve got the perfect program for you.

Join Us This Summer for WebinarStock!

Callminer

This year CallMiner is presenting our first annual WebinarStock, July 23rd through 25th. This virtual conference will cover a ranging of topics, expert speakers, partners and customers about better customer and agent experiences through speech analytics.

Memory Cues – Excellent CX Is Useless If No One Remembers It

Beyond Philosophy

When we buy things, our memory generates the choice set that we have under consideration. It is essential for your Customer Experience strategy that you understand how customers create memories and how to ensure your brand is included in that set of recalled choices. .

The Evolution of Support: How to Manage Customer Support in an Era of Self-help

Speaker: Kristina Evey, Customer Experience Expert and Consultant

As self-service as a customer preference continues to grow, it's more important than ever that we assess the amount of support being given to our customer service reps. Is there a way to find the right balance between self-service and support?

Contact Center Hiring & Retention: Using AI to Predict Which Job Candidates Will Be Successful

Contact Center Pipeline

Do you have trouble hiring quality agents? Retaining the superstars? You’re not alone. Surveys suggest agent attrition is a top concern year after year. And no wonder: the ramification of bad hires is expensive. The average cost to recruit, hire and train each new agent starts around $6,500 depending upon vertical. Poor hires mean higher […].

The pros and cons of remote customer support

UJET

Support teams are arguably the most important part of the customer experience. Agents become the voice of the company when they interact with customers. These experiences can lead to repeat sales or a loss of a customer depending on that single interaction. customer service Customer Support Agent

Get Over It and Move On

ShepHyken

Something bad happens. There’s nothing you can do about it. It happened—and now you have a choice. You can let it bother you. Let it fester inside of you. Let it impact your mood. Let it ruin your day or your week. Make you irritable and not pleasant to be around. Or… you can get over it and move on!

This Will Be the Year of (Really) Building Rapport with Customers

Myra Golden Media

For all of my onsite customer service workshops and keynotes, I arrive at least 45 minutes before we start so I can meet and talk to the people who’ll be spending several hours with me. Now I didn’t always do this.

Good, Better, Best: Three Ways to Calculate the ROI of CX Initiatives

Speaker: John Joba and David Robbins

Customer Experience is at a tipping point. Despite increasing investment in measurement platforms, executives still struggle to demonstrate the impact to the bottom line—and the value these bring to customers and the organization as a whole.

Customer Service Success Stories: Visual Assistance Saves the Day

TechSee

Customer service calls are usually pretty routine: customers can’t log in, something isn’t working, they need help setting up a device, or they need clarification on a bill.

How to Manage Company Politics

Beyond Philosophy

When I worked in the corporate world, people often asked me what I did all day. Facetiously, I would say that I played chess. While it was meant to be cheeky, the joke was not far from the truth. I spent my day navigating company politics.

Contact Center Vendors: A Memo About Your Demo

Contact Center Pipeline

Memo to the Vendor Community: We work with many clients that are interested in acquiring new technology. It is always a good sign when investments in technology are being made. As we work through the acquisition process with clients, technology providers are asked to deliver a system “demo.”

Unleashing Agent Retention in Contact Centers: Top Experts Reveal Secrets

Call Center Coach

The fifth step ( Step 1 , Step 2 , Step 3 , Step 4 ) in the contact center agent journey is about agent retention. Retaining contact center agents has always been a significant focus area in contact centers.

Training for Lead Generation, Customer Onboarding and Support

Customer lifecycle training gives customers the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. As customer success and satisfaction grows, so does retention and repeat business. This eBook can help training teams improve or expand their customer training programs.

5 Top Customer Service Articles for the Week of July 1, 2019

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. Is Customer Service The Same As Customer Experience?

Four Ways to Get Utility Customers to Cut to the Point On Customer Service Calls (These Tips Help Control Calls In Any Industry)

Myra Golden Media

I’m working with a utility company in the northeast. All of my customer service workshops begin with what I call a Discovery Discussion – a video conference where I discover the problem my client needs me to solve.

10 Call Center Mistakes to Avoid when Striving for Effortless Experience

TechSee

According to Gartner , organizations should strive to deliver low-effort customer experiences because simplicity is the most significant driver of loyalty. In fact, 96% of customers who experience a high-effort interaction become more disloyal compared to just 9% who have a low-effort experience.

How Choice Architecture Can Revolutionize Your Experience

Beyond Philosophy

Choice architecture is a significant factor in buying decisions you make every day. From how they stock the buffet line to how likely you are to donate your organs after you die, the psychology of choice is influencing your decisions every day.

Building a Successful Community Superfan Program

Speaker: Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist, Community5

Every social group is made up of members who are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more dedicated than others. In the online community space, we call these people Superfans. But the million dollar question…how can you attract these powerful and necessary people? Join Vanilla Forums for a discussion with Jake McKee, CEO and Lead Strategist at Community5, as he shares ideas and insights on how to best build and execute formal Superfan programs.

Making AI Work in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

In the late 2000s, right around when videosharing platforms were really coming into their own, there was a curious trend among marketing executives.

Leadership that Engages in Contact Centers: Top Experts Reveal Secrets

Call Center Coach

The fourth step ( Step 1 , Step 2 , Step 3 ) in the contact center agent journey is about leadership that engages agents. Employee engagement has always been a problem in contact centers.

Amazing Business Radio: Michelle Hayward

ShepHyken

The Five Core Values of Company Culture. Creating Amazing Customer Experiences From the Inside Out. Shep Hyken interviews Michelle Hayward. They discuss how to create and cultivate the core values and culture that keep companies strong.

Six Common Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes In Quality Monitoring In Contact Centers

Myra Golden Media

After I deliver a customized, engaging customer service workshop, I help my clients reinforce the main ideas. One way I do that is by teaming up with the company’s Quality Assurance team.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

Turning your contact center into an insight center

Tethr

Recently, I had the opportunity to moderate a fascinating discussion at the ICMI Expo in Ft. Lauderdale with Tim Donchez, Continuous Improvement Director at Lutron Electronics.

The Vital Art of Creating Memorable Messaging

Beyond Philosophy

The Vital Art of Creating Memorable Messaging. When we make buying decisions, we usually are choosing from a short list of options. Our memory assembles these options.

Revisiting Contact Center Schedule Adherence

Contact Center Pipeline

When you find someone in a contact center who is passionate about schedule adherence, it’s a good bet he/she is (or once was) a member of a workforce management team (WMT).