March, 2020

Guest Post: 5 Ways a Ticketing System Empowers CS Teams to Build a Delightful Experience

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Dwayne Charrington , a technical writer currently associated with ProProfs Help Desk. He shares the benefits of incorporating a help desk ticketing system into your business. Experience-led businesses have 1.7x higher customer retention, 1.9x return on spend, and 1.6x

Covid-19 Mask Sewing Kits

Myra Golden Media

Are you interested in making and donating masks for Covid-19? Here are some resources to get you started. link]. link]. Customer Experience Design

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Emerging Trends Revealed in Unique CX Research

Beyond Philosophy

We encourage clients to research their customers all the time. Late last year, we decided to take our advice and study our customers and prospective customers, and well, anyone. Some of the research told us what we expected to hear, but some of the revelations might surprise you.

Scheduling Software for Call Centers: Buying Tips & Best Practices

Callminer

Scheduling forms the foundation of every successful call center operation. Ensuring your organization has enough hands on deck at all times keeps callers from waiting too long or abandoning calls altogether before their questions can be answered.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Top 5 Posts in March

Contact Center Pipeline

What a difference a month can make. In February, we were looking at topics like growth and development, aligning strategy and technology, and tools for delivering an exceptional customer experience. We’ve now entered the strange new reality of the COVID-19 era.

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The Employee Experience Starts with the Hiring Process

ShepHyken

Every company wants to have good employees. More importantly, they also want the right employees. There’s a difference. The smartest person in the world may not end up being a good cultural fit for a company.

Working Remotely: How to Build a Team and Communicate with Your Team From Anywhere

Myra Golden Media

How to work remotely with a team is the most trending topic right now. Here’s precisely how you build a team and communicate with your team from anywhere. Customer Experience Design

Are You Using This Valuable Marketing Tool For Growth?

Beyond Philosophy

People are way more afraid of shark attacks than we should be. The reason we are is the same reason branding works for your organization to attract customers. However, before we get to that, consider the following statistic.

37 HR Professionals & Hiring Managers Share the Most Useful Customer Service Interview Questions for Managers

Callminer

Managers play an integral role in ensuring high quality customer service, from hiring and training call center agents to monitoring performance, keeping tabs on vital call center metrics and keeping agents motivated every day.

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

Use Agent Voice DNA to Improve Contact Center Hiring Results

Contact Center Pipeline

Providing a good customer service experience is more important than ever. One bad experience over the phone can lead to bad reviews, criticism on social media, and—the worst scenario—loss of business.

Remote assistance: protecting customers and employees from coronavirus

TechSee

To mitigate the impact of crises such as natural disasters, epidemics and terror attacks, leading companies are adopting innovative remote assistance methods to address the safety concerns of their employees and customers.

The Problem Didn’t Start When Your Customer Told You About It

ShepHyken

The phone rings. A customer service representative answers the phone and hears about a problem a customer is having. It may be the first time the company hears about this particular problem, but it isn’t when the problem occurred. It occurred before the customer called.

Leading virtual meetings

Myra Golden Media

With Covid-19, most meetings will be virtual. Learn how to make your virtual meetings productive and engaging in this short course. Customer Experience Design

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Controlling the Controllables with COVID-19

Beyond Philosophy

We are living in troubling times fraught with uncertainty. There are many questions about what comes next in the COVID-19 outbreak. We talked about this in a recent podcast. Many of our clients have been calling us about what to do. Here are ten things we have been telling them.

37 HR Professionals & Hiring Managers Share the Most Useful Customer Service Interview Questions for Managers

Callminer

Managers play an integral role in ensuring high quality customer service, from hiring and training call center agents to monitoring performance, keeping tabs on vital call center metrics and keeping agents motivated every day.

Are Microskills the Key to Surviving the Bots?

Contact Center Pipeline

As the next decade is upon us, we should all take a minute to understand the big trends that are going to impact our contact centers. Do you have anxiety about the bots? More broadly, are you thinking about how technology will impact how business is conducted in the contact center?

Every Great Leader Has an Experience Book. Do You?

Steve DiGioia

The actions of leaders should focus on common-sense decisions. A good “business-sense”, extensive life experience, having a good judge of character, and the ability to see-through-the-fog towards the intended goal will help most people make the “right” call as needed – when needed.

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Why Community is a Strategic Asset Against Your Competitors

Speaker: David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, and Adrian Speyer, Head of Community at Vanilla Forums

Join Vanilla Forums as Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, David Spinks, and Head of Community at Vanilla Forums, Adrian Speyer talk about how the best companies in the world are building strong cross-channel communities to successfully protect their most valuable assets: their customers, partners and stakeholders.

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of March 9, 2020

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.

COVID-19: At-Home Customer Service Classes (MyraGolden.com & LinkedIn Learning)

Myra Golden Media

If you and your customer service employees are stuck at home like most of us, it can be a fantastic time to jump into the professional development training you’ve been putting off. We have some free and low-cost ways to improve the sound, flow, and feel of your customer interactions.

How will COVID-19 change customer behavior and habits?

Beyond Philosophy

Just over a decade ago, just as the world was coming out of the deepest recession since the Greatest Depression, we carried out significant research across the globe with the largest container shipping company in the world.

First Call Resolution Ideas

Callminer

Solving a caller’s problems quickly can significantly improve their perception of your organization’s overall quality and competency. However, achieving the fastest possible resolution speed – over the course of a single call – can prove to be more complicated than it seems.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

How to Implement CCPA Without Impacting Customer Service

Contact Center Pipeline

One of the realities of working in customer service today is that you probably handle a significant amount of customer data on a daily basis. Personally identifiable information (PII) is any piece of data that can be tied back to a person’s identity.

The Artificial Intelligence Field Service Revolution

TechSee

In today’s customer-centric and highly competitive marketplace, field service organizations must meet the growing expectations for shorter waiting times, quicker resolutions, and better overall customer experience.

Amazing Business Radio: Rupesh Patel

ShepHyken

The Secret to Getting Customer Reviews. The Strategy Behind Getting and Utilizing Customer Feedback. Shep Hyken interviews Rupesh Patel. They discuss the importance of customer feedback and strategies for getting positive reviews.

Master The Skills Of De-escalation While Your Agents Work From Home with our 30-Minute Online Class

Myra Golden Media

My first job was at Kmart. I was 16. One night I stood less than two feet away from an angry customer who slapped my co-worker during a Blue-light Special. Kmart showed me how quickly situations can escalate, and in a lot of ways, my work in retail taught me what not to do in intense interactions.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.