February, 2024

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The Ethical Roadmap: 5 Rules for Business Ethics from Academia

Beyond Philosophy

Exploring ethics is challenging. Given its abstract nature, it is a tough subject for learning and discussion. That said, we never falter in the face of a challenge. We developed five principles of professional ethics we believe are vital to revisit periodically. Are they rigid guidelines? Do they offer absolute answers? Are they timeless? Not quite.

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Unlocking Next-Level Customer Service with Gen AI Technology

CCNG

Your customers already want AI Customer Service. Artificial intelligence (AI) and Generative AI (GenAI) have created a new era of automating the most vital aspects of customer service. The leaders of this space have already explored how AI can improve your organization’s customer service (or support center). The results have shown boosted employee productivity, enhanced accuracy, and improved self-service containment rate.

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Three Customer Service and CX Metrics Every Employee Needs to Understand

ShepHyken

Many of you who read my articles or watch my videos may not have jobs related to customer service or CX measurement, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to what I’m about to share. I recently wrote an article that included 14 customer service and CX metrics that CX leaders should consider, and today, I’m going to cover three of them that anyone who has any interaction with a customer, whether in sales, support or just might happen to answer a customer’s call, should pay attention t

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Maximizing customer experience in the omnichannel era

Callminer

Uncovering channel-specific insights can ensure a seamless customer journey, as well as driving business improvements that make a difference in EX and CX. Read more in our blog.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Is LLM-Powered CX Automation Ready for Prime Time?

TechSee

Customer experience automation is rapidly evolving, reshaping how companies engage with customers and clients. LLM-powered virtual assistants, chatbots, and virtual agents promise to become the new faces of customer experience automation. Are LLMs the right way approach to CX automation? What other infrastructure and investments are required? We will have to dive a bit deeper to understand if LLMs are truly capable of CX automation in your business.

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How to Create Unbreakable Brand Loyalty through Emotional Connection

Beyond Philosophy

Learn more about Colin Shaw : Join over 80,000 people on our LinkedIn Newsletter list or visit our website for more great podcast episodes. Listen to the podcast: Bob Black, one of our podcast listeners, loves our ideas about evoking specific customer emotions. However, he hasn’t the faintest idea of how to do it from a practical sense. As someone who appreciates the practical application of an excellent theory, Black’s pickle stood out as one I wanted to address here with you reader

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THE KNOWLEDGE (R)EVOLUTION: IS YOUR CONTACT CENTER BURNING LABOR DOLLARS?

CCNG

Customers want service when they want it, the way they want it, and in the channel that works for them. In response, contact centers have been forced to evolve operationally. Recently, it became obvious to me that the definition of knowledge management has also evolved—and in a big way. The question is, have our contact centers kept up with this knowledge evolution?

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The Human Touch in a Tech-Driven World

ShepHyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: How is artificial intelligence used to improve customer interactions in contact centers? What are the challenges in finding the right balance between technology and human support in customer experiences? What frustrations do customers face when dealing with customer service, and how can AI address them?

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What Do Medical Answering Services Cost? The 2024 Comprehensive Guide

Ambs Call Center

Today’s medical practices are swamped with more calls than ever. Practice managers handle these callers, along with patients and doctors, while trying to ensure patients maintain their satisfaction and safety. This can get overwhelming.

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The Open CCaaS Advantage Report

Over the next 12 months, what do you think will have the biggest impact on your CX automation efforts? When asked the same question, only 10% of CX leaders surveyed by Verint chose telephony. It’s no longer the engagement channel leading CCaaS conversations. The customer engagement challenges facing organizations have changed – so a new approach is needed.

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AI in CX Success: Finding Your Ideal Starting Point, Scaling Up

TechSee

Artificial intelligence (AI) can potentially revolutionize how businesses interact with their customers. However, many enterprise leaders struggle to balance the long-term transformative value of AI with the need to deliver practical first steps that will demonstrate real-world AI in CX success. This post will explore how enterprise leaders can find the optimal first initiative for using AI to augment or automate their customer experience or service.

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Gross Retention vs. Net Retention: What’s the Difference?

Totango

To make it to the Super Bowl, a football team must have two things: a strong defense and a strategic offense. The defense maintains a good field position and prevents the opposing team from scoring points, while the offense orchestrates smart plays to gain additional yards and score points. Similarly, to be successful, an enterprise needs to be able to prevent churn and increase revenue growth.

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The Ethical Compass: 5 Rules on Navigating Business Ethics from Academia

Beyond Philosophy

Learn more about Colin Shaw : Join over 80,000 people on our LinkedIn Newsletter list or visit our website for more great podcast episodes. Listen to the podcast: Ethics can be a tough thing to think about. It’s abstract, making it difficult to learn or discuss. However, we did just that on a recent podcast. As an important subject that we all need to revisit from time to time, Professor Ryan Hamilton, my co-host on the podcast shared the five rules of professional ethics that we discusse

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Welcome to CX 102: Advanced CX.

Bill Quiseng

Welcome to CX 102 or Advanced CX. This course is a prerequisite for business professionals in the B2C or hospitality industry. It’s an elective for the B2B or the online/digital industry. English writer Samuel Johnson said, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” With that in mind, today’s lesson will be a future reminder for you.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Ford Versus Ferrari: A Lesson in Customer Experience?

ShepHyken

Functionality versus customer experience: Do they belong together? Yes! And here’s a story to make the point:  Two guys are buying new cars. One buys a Ford EcoSport, and the other buys a Ferrari Roma. The Ford costs about $25,000. The Ferrari costs about $250,000 – 10 times more! Both guys live in the same neighborhood. They both drive downtown to work.

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The Power of Service: How Two Customer Service Leaders Fueled Remarkable Financial Achievements

CSM Magazine

John Tschohl of the Service Quality Institute takes a look at the results of some of the leading customer-centric companies of 2023. Amazon I believe is the most customer-driven firm in the world. They are Relentless. Net sales increased 12% to $764.8 billion. A $60.8 billion increase in revenue. AWS sales increased 13% to $90.8 billion. Net income was $30.4 billion.

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Active Listening In Sales: the Missing Element To Selling Success

Integrity Solutions

Is sales still a viable profession today? Is it something needed or that people even want to do? Many who are currently in sales positions or are considering a role in sales are beginning to question what the job really means today and whether it’s one they can be proud of — especially when it feels like their whole purpose can feel like it’s to pressure or coerce buyers into doing something.

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Social Justice: a global perspective

Cisco - Contact Center

Today, we commemorate World Day of Social Justice and honor those across the globe who stand for the equitable access to opportunities within societies where individuals’ rights are recognized and… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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How to Connect With Your Customers on an Emotional Level and Drive Brand Loyalty

Beyond Philosophy

Practicality is essential. Great ideas you can’t do anything with in the real world are a waste of time. Bob Black, one of our avid podcast listeners, likes our concepts about eliciting particular customer emotions. But he doesn’t know how to do that in practical steps. So, this episode gives them to him. Bob isn’t alone. Numerous organizations struggle with eliciting specific emotions in their customers.

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Code Llama 70B is now available in Amazon SageMaker JumpStart

AWS Machine Learning

Today, we are excited to announce that Code Llama foundation models, developed by Meta, are available for customers through Amazon SageMaker JumpStart to deploy with one click for running inference. Code Llama is a state-of-the-art large language model (LLM) capable of generating code and natural language about code from both code and natural language prompts.

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Rip the Band-Aid Off Communication

ShepHyken

It’s time to come back to a very important topic in customer service and customer experience. It also falls under leadership and management. The topic is communication and transparency. I was recently interviewed by Megan Jones, an editor for Call Centre Helper magazine. We were talking about how to turn Moments of Misery™ into Moments of Magic ™. Her story is an interesting one.

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Top Call Center QA Challenges and how AI-Powered Solutions can really help

MiaRec

Are you facing difficulties in managing the quality assurance (QA) processes of your call center? Do you find it hard to keep track of the performance of your agents, scale up your operations, and engage your agents effectively? If yes, then you are not alone. Many contact center managers encounter these challenges regularly, which hinders their ability to provide excellent customer service.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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First 60 Days in the C-suite: How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Totango

The elusive C-suite is a powerful and exciting place to be. It’s a difficult level to reach and perhaps even more difficult to remain at – especially in the role of a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). According to research by SpencerStuart , CMOs have the highest turnover rate in the C-suite, remaining in the role for only 3.3 years on average. Counteracting this stigma and laying the foundation for a successful and long-lasting tenure as CMO starts with the first 60 days.

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Cisco Secure Access Accelerates SSE Innovation with AI, User Experience Monitoring, and Identity Intelligence

Cisco - Contact Center

In a blog post last December, I said that the business and IT leaders with whom I meet always ask: How can I secure my highly distributed workforce, who gets more varied and decentralized all the… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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How Your Language Dramatically Shapes People’s Opinions of You, for Better or Worse!

Beyond Philosophy

Have you ever heard the following? Then, Bob’s your uncle. It’s the difference between chalk and cheese. On your bike, then. If you haven’t and you don’t live in the UK, Colin wouldn’t be surprised. They are British idioms and when he employ these expressions with his American pals, they usually don’t know he is talking about. However, his friends and family on the other side of the pond do.

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How to Upgrade to an Advanced Customer Experience Strategy

Lumoa

The internet has no shortage of platforms for consumers to share their unfiltered opinions about businesses. From social media posts to Google and Yelp reviews, every buyer can recount their customer experience with your company to a global audience. It is no wonder, then, that businesses have started paying much closer attention to their customer experience (CX) strategy.

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The Innovator’s Guide to the Digital-first Contact Center

In the contact center industry, first-generation digital channels like email and web chat have seen significant adoption, along with video chat and co-browsing capabilities. However, customers are rapidly moving beyond these channels, seeking next-generation options. Social platforms are now becoming mainstream contact center channels. Download this guide today to learn how to help your business adapt to this evolving landscape and leverage the power of next-generation digital customer service.

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How to SEDUCE Your Customers

ShepHyken

This episode of  Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken  answers the following questions and more: What role does employee experience play in customer experience? Why is paying attention to market and competition crucial for businesses? How can companies improve employee experiences for better customer experiences? How can companies design experiences to enhance customer retention and acquisition?

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Automate mortgage document fraud detection using an ML model and business-defined rules with Amazon Fraud Detector: Part 3

AWS Machine Learning

In the first post of this three-part series, we presented a solution that demonstrates how you can automate detecting document tampering and fraud at scale using AWS AI and machine learning (ML) services for a mortgage underwriting use case. In the second post , we discussed an approach to develop a deep learning-based computer vision model to detect and highlight forged images in mortgage underwriting.

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Identifying And Cultivating Top Talent In Your Contact Center

Playvox

In an economy that’s pitched more than a few curveballs over the last five years, retaining and growing a loyal customer base is consistently a winning business strategy. As a contact center leader, the top agents you hire, train, and manage are the clutch players. They are among your organization’s most valuable assets, and you depend on them to deliver loyalty-building customer experiences every day, with every interaction.