2019

Nobody Goes There Anymore… It’s Too Crowded

ShepHyken

The other day I was driving by a Chick-fil-A restaurant at lunchtime. I was blown away by how many people were in the drive-through lane. There had to be at least 20 cars. I thought to myself, “That’s a long line. You really have to love Chick-fil-A to brave that line at lunchtime.”.

The Fastest Way to De-escalate Is To Use Your Customer’s Last 3 Words

Myra Golden Media

When you have an enraged customer on the phone or in front of you, nothing threads the needle like mirroring the customer’s words. Copying the customer’s angry expressions makes the customer feel heard and understood.

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.

All About the Feels? Why Emotion Plays a Critical Role in CX Success

Call Center Weekly

By Cohan Daley “Feel the feels”, “all about the feels”. Whether you love it or hate it, this phrase highlights a key point about digital communication.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica whitepaper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

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.

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Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 2: Internal Use and Adoption

Contact Center Pipeline

Consumers are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to save time and effort in their personal lives.

Top Themes from Think 2019

Peter Lavers

What were the key themes coming out of my coverage of February’s IBM’s showcase global conference Think 2019 in San Francisco? I was delighted to be invited by IBM Watson to Think 2019 in my role as an IBM Futurist.

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5 Trends Set to Define Next Generation Customer Experience in 2019

TechSee

If 2018 was a year when customer experience professionals came under intense pressure to map out tangible results from heavy investment, 2019 is shaping up to be the year when next generation customer experience will deliver on the promise of a wide range of new technologies.

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Client Success Video:  Pac-Biz

Convoso

Pacific Business Services (Pac Biz), a call center based in the Philippines, gives businesses in several countries around the world an efficient, professional option for outsourcing call services.

The Changing Role of CX Testing in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Diego Lo Giudice and Chad Hendren

With new competition emerging every day, businesses are transforming themselves, and using software as a means to drive differentiation. Digital transformation has become a key initiative for businesses across the globe, and CX is ground zero. Register now for this webinar and hear from Cyara and their guest speaker, Diego Lo Giudice of Forrester, how testing and QA practices are changing to enable and accelerate digital transformation.

Creating a Customer-Centric Culture with Shep Hyken

ProProfs Blog

We at ProProfs bring to our readers a thought-provoking conversation we had with Shep Hyken , the Customer Service and Experience Expert. He is the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations.

The Power of a Smile

ShepHyken

“Smile and the world smiles with you.” That is part of a longer quote attributed to Stanley Gordon West. It became the topic of conversation while on a New York subway with my daughter, Alex, when I noticed her smile at someone who, in turn, smiled back.

Three Ways To Fix the Escalation Problem

Myra Golden Media

Escalated calls are frustrating for everybody – the employee who knows she could’ve done the exact same thing the supervisor did, the supervisor whose hair is on fire, and for the customer who has lost time. It’s time to fix the escalation problem.

Reality Check: Are your customers channels or people?

Call Center Coach

I’m cursed. Are you? For years I fell into a trap that I see many in the contact center industry fall in to. It’s the trap of managing workflow for efficiency. I need to be careful not to manage queues of interactions because that’s how it’s always been done.

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Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

5 Ways Tomorrow's Contact Center Will Deliver Value

Call Center Weekly

By: Andrew Gilliam Imagine what the world will be like after you've checked off every box on your customer experience to-do list. Pre-purchase anxiety no longer exists, thanks to careful messaging and word of mouth. Product issues are eliminated at their root-cause, before goods leave the factory.

When It Comes To CX, Sweat The Small Stuff

Beyond Philosophy

In our customer experience consultancy, clients tell us customers make decisions based on price or features. However, in our research, we never find price or features are the most important things.

What is Voice of the Customer? 25 Experts Give Best Practices

Callminer

Voice of the Customer (VoC) is a type of market research which aims to better understand current and prospective customers. Essentially, the process of finding the voice of the customer can be done a number of ways, using many different methods.

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.

The Path to Journey Management

Speaker: Kerry Bodine and Lindsay Sykes

The practice of journey mapping has reached fever pitch. But your mapping efforts are only effective if the resulting maps help you drive organization change — and then measure the results of your efforts. Join Intouch Insight and Kerry Bodine, CX expert and co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, as she shares Bodine & Co.’s latest research on this topic.

The Personality Of Customer Experience

CX Accelerator

When it comes to Customer Experience (CX) work, it takes a very special type of person to be successful.

How to solve customer billing and payment problems with visual engagement

TechSee

Billing and payment issues represent a top driver of inquiries to customer service centers. Some issues repeat themselves over and over and are simpler to resolve, such as customer profile changes or subscription cancellations.

Convoso Client success story: VSA

Convoso

VSA searched for a single contact center platform that would eliminate the inefficiencies created by using various CRM systems and dialer capabilities not at all suited for a unique client this company needed to support.

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CX Specialist Ben Motteram Divulges Upcoming Trends in Customer Support

ProProfs Blog

The promise of a delightful customer support experience comes with the responsibility of actually delivering it consistently. Just buying and installing the latest customer support software onboard does not automatically mean that you will provide a great experience to your customers.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar 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.

Leadership Sets the Tone of the Culture

ShepHyken

One of our Shepard Letter subscribers, who asked to remain anonymous, recently shared a story worth telling. To protect him from the backlash he’s concerned about, we’ll change his name to “protect the innocent,” as the saying goes, just in case someone from his company reads this.

3 Useful Tips for Talking to An Employee About a Problem

Myra Golden Media

Label the Employee’s Emotional Reaction. When you merely label what you think your employee is feeling, you show your understanding while at the same time expressing empathy. Labeling is just naming what you observe. Don’t judge or harp on the issue. Here’s what labeling looks like.

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Tear Apart and Put Together Your New Contact Center

Call Center Coach

Flexibility is often an innocently misunderstood element in the contact center technology evaluation criteria. Afterall, unless you’re evaluating and implementing a wide-array of contact center technology as part of your everyday job, it’s just impossible to keep up with.

Why We Need Less Leadership

Call Center Weekly

By Kathryn Frankson Ok, ok so we still need leadership. But, as someone who just wrapped an Experienced Manager training I'm now convinced that we actually need more management.

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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.

Are You Ready for Facial Recognition Technology in Your CX?

Beyond Philosophy

Brands have already begun using facial recognition technology in their Customer Experience. Walmart and KFC use facial recognition technology. Passengers on Delta check in for flights in the Atlanta airport using facial recognition. Even my phone password is my face.

The Call Center Can Be a Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Callminer

I was prompted by a BBC.com articled entitled ‘ Which banks do customers love or hate? ’ to think about the impact of a call center on the emotional divide the article highlights.

High Absenteeism? Consider Your Agents’ “Breaking Point”

Contact Center Pipeline

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty frustrated by clients, prospects and some contact center managers who think that the only reason agents are absent from work is because they are lazy.