December, 2023

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Build vs. buy: Leveraging generative AI for conversation intelligence

Callminer

Generative AI is extremely powerful, but when it comes to TCO it’s important to understand the implications of building your own AI-powered conversation intelligence solution vs. licensing one.

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How to convince managers to reinforce customer service training

Inside Customer Service

You're a customer service trainer. You care deeply about helping employees develop customer service skills. It bothers you when employees' managers aren’t nearly as invested. These managers take a "fix my people" approach. The manager delegates customer service training to you and expects you to do all the work. They fail to reinforce the training and employees quickly go back to their old habits.

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Transforming MR and Insights teams into active participants in Customer Experience processes.

Futurelab

The Shifting Landscape In the not-so-distant past, market research teams were perceived only as information providers, distanced from the whirlwind of business-generating processes. Generating data and offering recommendations was their main job; the responsibility of actively driving change was outside of their scope. Whether core business would decide to act on the data or not, didn’t impact the KPIs of the ones who delivered the reports.

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The AI agent revolution: Changing the dynamics of customer service

Adrian Swinscoe

This is a guest post by Jeanicka Rhey, a content writer. Quality customer service holds immense importance for businesses, impacting customer satisfaction and loyalty significantly. In […] The post The AI agent revolution: Changing the dynamics of customer service first appeared on Adrian Swinscoe.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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QUI QUOTES Reminders about Leadership and Employee Engagement.

Bill Quiseng

English writer Samuel Johnson said, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed”. So, I encourage you to remind yourself and your colleagues every day about each one of these fifteen QUI QUOTES about leadership and employee engagement. ASSETS Your employees are not your most important assets. It is about how your employees FEEL about you and your company.

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Unleashing the Power of AI vs. Human Touch: Which Delivers a Superior Customer Experience?

Beyond Philosophy

Unleashing the Power of AI vs. Human Touch: Which Delivers a Superior Customer Experience ? I often say, “None of us are as clever as all of us.” However, sayings are more useful when they can spur action. So, we have a proposition for you: If you have something you want to say about experiences or technology, statistics, or reports, feel free to share them via video.

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Best Customer Experience Books 2023 in Digital Data, Design and Centricity

eglobalis

Best Customer Experience Books 2023 in Digital Data, Design and Centricity The post Best Customer Experience Books 2023 in Digital Data, Design and Centricity appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Touchpoint Personalities: Why classic personas are not (anymore) sufficient for personalized experiences

Futurelab

When I was on vacation in Cuba a few years ago, I had an interesting conversation with the bartender at my favorite bar on the beach. He asked me where I was from and what I did. When I explained what I do as a “CX consultant” – helping companies understand and better serve their customers – he said, “Oh, the exact same thing I do!

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Three trends reshaping the customer experience outsourcing market

Adrian Swinscoe

The contact center space is under a lot of pressure right now. As things stand, the status quo doesn’t look sustainable. Business Process Outsourcers (BPOs) play […] The post Three trends reshaping the customer experience outsourcing market first appeared on Adrian Swinscoe.

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4 Ways Companies Sabotage Customer Loyalty

Customer Think

Short-Term Strategies With Long-Term Consequences After a recent keynote session on customer experience, I led a breakout group with 30 business leaders in a spirited discussion on the many ways companies sabotage customer loyalty. The insights that emerged were a harbinger that companies everywhere should heed.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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Totango recognized as CS leader in G2 Winter 2024 reports

Totango

We are delighted to share that Totango was recognized in the G2 Winter 2024 reports for its exemplary performance in the customer success software category. These awards reflect superior engagement and commitment from our users, who continue to highlight and share the key aspects of Totango and our software they find most beneficial. The best of both worlds: unmatched enterprise-grade implementation and usability The G2 Winter 2024 reports ranked Totango as the number one customer success softwa

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Leveraging product intelligence to improve customer experience

Callminer

Understanding how customers use and feel about the products they buy is critical. This blog looks at how product intelligence can help companies make better decisions about products and improve CX.

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True Personalisation is Unworkable for Customer Experience

eglobalis

True Personalisation is Unworkable for Customer Experience The post True Personalisation is Unworkable for Customer Experience appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Response Etiquette for Public Customer Comments

Customer Service Life

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Nothing can derail a perfect day in the contact center like a public comment from a customer calling your company out for a feature or service that you lack or something you failed to do. Whether it’s on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube, Instagram, or some other public forum, a good public rant is almost sure to get the attention of everyone in the company.

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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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Customer service: How to get the right balance between digitalisation and the human touch

Adrian Swinscoe

This is a guest post from Janine Hunt, Client Partnership Director at customer service outsourcer Kura. According to new data, half of adults who have used […] The post Customer service: How to get the right balance between digitalisation and the human touch first appeared on Adrian Swinscoe.

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The Impact of LLMs on Enhancing Customer Experiences

Customer Think

In the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), Large Language Models (LLMs) have emerged as game-changers, wielding a profound impact on how businesses interact with and enhance the experiences of their customers. From personalized interactions to advanced language understanding, the capabilities of LLMs are reshaping the customer experience landscape.

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Communicating CX: 15 Tips for Talking About Customer Experience

Experience Investigators

Customer experience is not a fad or a trend or a buzzy phrase. And yet, organizations often treat it like it is. They hang a banner, then ignore it. They announce it as an annual theme, then forget it by February. Or they simply talk about it without actually putting any rigor or discipline or even real goals to it. That’s why the foundational work of defining CX at your organization — through a CX Mission Statement and CX Success Statement — is so critically important to accomplishing real ch

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Elevating your customers’ contact center experience

Callminer

The experience your customers have with your customer service center can have positive and negative impacts. Read this blog to learn how what customers expect our of their contact center experience.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Elevating Customer Support: Five Goals to Strive for in 2024

TeamSupport

As 2023 comes to a close, now is the time to reflect on wins and losses from throughout the year. Maybe you had a banner year—or maybe you’re celebrating just getting through turbulent times. Either way, before you pop that bottle of champagne, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions for your customer support team. In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, people—particularly those in customer support—are key to setting your company apart from the crowd.

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135: Live No TMRW

The DiJulius Group

When the chips are down, what can wrestling teach us about life, entrepreneurship, and the art of excellent customer service? On this episode of The Customer Service Revolution, John and his son, the dynamic wrestler-turned-entrepreneur Johnni DiJulius, explore what the wrestling world can teach us. We meander through Johnni’s wrestling journey, his transformation into an.

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Fin is now in the inbox: Meet your support team’s new AI assistant

Intercom

Customer service is undergoing rapid change as customer expectations rise, placing higher and higher demands on your team. But meeting these expectations without modern technology is incredibly difficult and comes at a high price: your team’s time. Time spent gathering customer context, tailoring replies, and completing repetitive tasks is costing your support team precious hours that would be better spent helping your customers.

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Google is Deleting Dormant Accounts. How to Handle the Gmail Purge and Avoid Bounces

Customer Think

Image source: Canva free It began on the first of December. Google started its purge of inactive Gmail accounts to improve security and combat ongoing issues like phishing, hacked accounts, and ever-present spam. Like many things with good intentions, there is likely collateral damage. If you’re an email marketer, can you expect “business as usual”?

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7th Annual CX Report by The Northridge Group Uncovers Priority Training Focus

JUST RELEASED! New research reveals 92% of business leaders would like to provide additional training to their customer service representatives. Soft skills training stands out as a priority area of investment and/or improvement. Check out The Northridge Group’s latest CX research report —the 7th annual CX survey of 1,000 customers and 250 business executives—to see additional statistics as well as insights that businesses can use to benchmark their customer service and improve the overall exper

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[Experience Action Podcast] 5 Must-Do’s to End the Year Strong

Experience Investigators

Are you ready to end the year with gusto, and enter the next with a customer-centered game plan? This special episode will guide you through five essential actions every customer-focused leader must take to finish the year strong. Join me, Jeannie Walters, as we reflect on the highs, lows, and even the whimsical customer requests of the past year. We’ll discuss how to gather, categorize, and utilize feedback to identify areas of improvement and celebrate successes.

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6 Incredibly Important Learnings from 2023 Critical to Apply in 2024

Beyond Philosophy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time for one of our favorite traditions: looking back on what we learned. Each of us has three things we learned in the past year that we think can help all of us moving forward into 2024. Reflection is a key part of the growth process. That’s why we are excited to continue our tradition of reflecting on the past year and what we learned during it.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Customer Support Software

TeamSupport

In today’s customer-centric market, providing exceptional support is non-negotiable. According to research by Microsoft, 59% of consumers have higher expectations for customer service than they did the year prior. As customer expectations continue to rise, businesses must invest in robust customer support software to streamline interactions, enhance efficiency, and ultimately build lasting relationships.

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5 Creative Ways to Use AI for Sentiment Analysis

Lumoa

Have you ever thought about how some businesses manage to analyze thousands of customer reviews and feedback quickly? The secret lies in the capabilities of AI and its proficiency in conducting sentiment analysis. Customer feedback is a precious resource for understanding what’s effective and what needs improvement. However, manually sifting through and evaluating this feedback can be incredibly time-consuming.

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When Customers Win, You Win: How to Deliver Value That Transforms Your Customer Experience

Speaker: Donna Weber - Customer Onboarding Expert

Customer onboarding is so much more than going live with your product and driving adoption. The truth is, onboarding is the most important part of the customer journey. When you set positive first impressions, establish trusting relationships, and quickly deliver meaningful outcomes, you create customers for life. Invest an hour with Donna Weber to learn why your customer onboarding is critical to your success.

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Response Time: Vol. 20

Intercom

You satisfy your customers, but can you satisfy our curiosity? With Javier Muñiz , Customer Success Lead at Bookinglayer. Please tell us a little bit about your company and what you do there. Bookinglayer is a booking software for businesses with complex booking needs, offering packages that usually combine accommodation, activities, and/or services.

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Ten of my favorite phrases from Customer Experience in 2023

Customer Think

We all know empirically, the truth and power of words in life. A quick Google search will reveal dozens of blogs, companies, and social media posts espousing the benefits of positive affirmations, and the power of positive and encouraging words.

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The Impact of Generative AI Chatbots on Customer Satisfaction

CommBox

In the dynamic landscape of today’s fast-paced digital world, businesses are in a perpetual pursuit of cutting-edge solutions to elevate customer satisfaction. One technological innovation that has emerged as a pivotal player in revolutionizing customer service is Generative AI-powered Chatbots. These AI-powered conversational agents are reshaping the very fabric of how companies engage with their customers.

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How Implementing AI in CX Can Be the Good, Bad, and Ugly

Beyond Philosophy

This year has been the year of AI. We hosted the Global Customer Service Experience Director of Alvarez & Marsal Alex Mead ( alexmead@sky.com ) recently to talk about it, and I wanted to share what we discussed here with all of you, too. One thing I appreciate about Mead is how his opinions make me think. For example, I asked him about the short-term implications of AI, meaning in the next one to five years.

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The Hidden Costs of Poor Customer Onboarding

Churn starts within the first 30 days of customers purchasing a product. A lot of it comes down to the first impression customers get through the onboarding process. A poor experience can result in losing current and future customers, and unnecessary overhead. It’s important to know what a poor onboarding experience looks like, the associated hidden costs, and how to build a top-tier onboarding experience for your customers so you can avoid losing hard-earned revenue.