2023

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Customer service is a performance art. Are you Oscar-worthy?

Bill Quiseng

QUI QUESTION: Customer service is a performance art. Are you Oscar-worthy? Movie actors like Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, and Keanu Reeves act to be happy, sad, scared, scary, or angry. Yet, we, as the audience, believe they are genuinely real. The actors may “act their part”, but they are so good that we, as the audience, believe they are real.

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How To Spot a Workplace Power-Up

The Belding Group

How to Spot a Workplace Power-Up Those shining stars that make work better I have a confession. I’d been struggling to write this for several weeks, trying to find a suitable alternative for the over-used term ‘superstar’ to describe someone who stands out and energizes the people around them. It was my 7-year-old granddaughter […] Shaun Belding | www.shaunbelding.

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Why Call Center Retention Matters

Fonolo

If call center retention keeps you up at night, you’re not alone. In the era of the “great resignation” and in an industry with record staff turnover, employee retention is on every manager’s mind. The numbers are sobering. According to the 2021 ICMI report, a contact center’s average employee turnover rate was 58% per year. This figure is about 10 percent higher than the US average employee attrition rate of 47.2%.

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The beauty (and challenges) of European cultural differences in CX

eglobalis

The beauty (and challenges) of European cultural differences in CX The post The beauty (and challenges) of European cultural differences in CX appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Manual Call Reviews? Theres a Better Way!

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 If so, this webinar is for you! What was once a common practice in the call center is now a barrier to success. Manual call monitoring is no longer an option if you want to proactively coach your agents to ultimately improve the customer experience using data-driven insights. Join this webinar with Angie Kronlage and April Wiita of Working Solutions to discuss how you can modernize outdated, manual call review processes through the power of autom

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing CX in the Contact Center

Fonolo

If there’s one thing managers need to understand about digital transformation, it’s how artificial intelligence is changing CX in the contact center. The cost savings AI offers makes the move to more automation inevitable. Gartner reports that AI chatbots alone can save the contact center industry up to $80 billion in annual labor costs by 2026. By 2031, the savings could grow to $240 billion.

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Why employee experience is the missing link in Europe’s CX plans

eglobalis

Why employee experience is the missing link in Europe's CX plans The post Why employee experience is the missing link in Europe’s CX plans appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Are you ready for MadTech? 3 tips to help you prepare

ECXO

Image source: SAS If you’re a marketer, chances are you’ve heard about MadTech. But if you haven’t, don’t worry – it’s never too late to join the party. So let’s dive into what MadTech is, why it’s important, how we got here and three tips you can use to get ready for marketing in a world driven by MadTech. What is MadTech? The term “MadTech” was coined in 2015 by David Raab, founder of the Customer Data Platform (CDP) Institute.

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CallMiner Product Innovation Series: September 2023

Callminer

Bruce McMahon, VP of Product Management, shares updates from the 2023.09 release including enhancements to bulk export API capabilities, giving customers even more control over their data.

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My favourite customer experience metaphor ever: The Oxpecker and the Rhino

Steven Van Belleghem

In my last book, The Offer You Can’t Refuse, I described how companies ought to invest in three different axes – on top of offering a great product or service, obviously, which is a given – in order to be able to react in an appropriate manner to the new generation of customer expectations: Ultimate Convenience : this is the use of new technology in a smart way in order to make interfaces ever more automated, so that the customer needs to make no effort to do business with your

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4 ways AI is set to change contact centers

CX Network

How chatbots and large language models are providing automated customer contact resolution, empowering businesses and agents with the tools and data they need

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The Pragmatic Path to Composability: Creating Efficient Commerce Systems

Speaker: Jason Cottrell and Brian Walker

Brands used to look for a commerce platform that could do everything. But over time, one vendor was no longer enough to meet a brand’s needs, so they added, and added, and added— and now it's essential that these vendors work well together. That’s composable, and it’s important to get it right. Customers and your board expect you to be in new channels and to adapt quickly to market change.

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Be Magnificently Boring to CARE!

Bill Quiseng

Business leaders are happy because customers were satisfied with their product or service. But that’s not good enough. Satisfied customers feel that their experience was good, not better, just average. Nobody raves about average. And satisfied customers will not return as soon as they find an experience that is better or a price that is less expensive.

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Want Your Leaders To Be More Successful? Encourage Them To Fail More

The DiJulius Group

At most companies, policies and processes are put in place to deal with employees who exhibit sloppy, unprofessional, or irresponsible behavior. But if you avoid or move these people out, you don’t need so many rules. If you build an organization made up of high performers, you can eliminate most controls. The denser the talent, Read Full Article The post Want Your Leaders To Be More Successful?

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Introducing Fin: Intercom’s breakthrough AI chatbot, built on GPT-4

Intercom

The arrival of OpenAI’s ChatGPT transformed everything – the huge implications for customer service were immediately obvious. We quickly launched a collection of AI features for our Inbox, applying this technology to deliver efficiency gains. But the number one thing we were asked was “Can ChatGPT just answer my customer questions?

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Top Ten Customer Service and Customer Experience Predictions for 2023

Shep Hyken

Happy New Year! We have an exciting year ahead of us. So much has changed in just the past three years. And in the world of customer service and CX, there is much to be excited about. Last month I released my annual Top Ten Customer Experience Predictions in my weekly Forbes column. I don’t often repeat content, but I’m going to share those predictions and trends here, in a revised and shorter format.

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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CX4Now: Contact Center KPIs that Matter

Fonolo

Your contact center may run like clockwork, with engaged agents answering calls quickly, solving problems, and creating satisfied customers in record time. But without the contact center KPIs and metrics that managers use to measure the effectiveness of their operations, you’d never know for sure. KPIs matter. And they’re changing quickly. We asked contact center industry influencers to share their insights into the changing role of KPIs and shine a light on new metrics to watch.

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Transforming Call Center Experiences: How AI-Powered Solutions Can Reclaim $250 Billion in Wasted Investments

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Transforming Call Center Experiences: How AI-Powered Solutions Can Reclaim $250 Billion in Wasted Investments The post Transforming Call Center Experiences: How AI-Powered Solutions Can Reclaim $250 Billion in Wasted Investments appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Revolutionizing Customer Experience with Digital Transformation

Customer Think

The era has turned digital. So, enterprises around the globe are using digital transformation to drive business success. With the advancement in technology, companies can now engage with customers in more ways than ever. Digital transformation has become the key to improving customer experience.

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Effective real-time marketing

ECXO

Real-time marketing is about engaging with the customer whenever and wherever they are in their buying journey. Making the most of customer data by using analytics to better understand who your customers are (and what they want) can help you create better real-time customer experiences. Harvard Business Review Analytic Services surveyed more than 500 leaders to help determine how fast and far along the real-time analytics maturity scale businesses are moving.

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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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Considering a homegrown generative AI solution for conversation intelligence? Here’s why it’s harder than you think

Callminer

Today's conversation intelligence solutions are applying GPT and LLMs, and organizations must carefully evaluate building in-house solutions. Read this blog to learn why.

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Why the “Peter Principle in Technology” is crucial for building great CX

Steven Van Belleghem

The 90% tech experience You may remember that I wrote about the 90% tech experience in one of my former pieces: about technology that’s really cool, but that is not (yet) good enough to create breakthrough evolutions in CX. At the end of the day, CX is a 100% human matter. With the stellar rise of breakthrough technology like big data, machine learning, voice recognition, sensors and everything AI and IoT, some of us made the mistake of thinking that CX was mostly about efficiency and reducing f

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5 Customer Experience Predictions for 2023  

Comm100

2023 looks to be a year of great change in customer experience (CX). With economic uncertainty ahead, some organizations are asking employees to make do with fewer resources, while others are increasing CX investment. This is all occurring against a backdrop of incredibly high CX expectations across industries and ever-developing technology. To help make sense of the year ahead and plan for the ever-shifting CX landscape, we’ve asked five experts in the field for their CX predictions for 2023. 1

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This is our time for a Patient CARE Revolution!

Bill Quiseng

For many years, there has been a stranglehold “Profits over People” mentality for healthcare leaders. These “Profits over People” traditionalists care about their hospital’s labor, research, and equipment costs, Medicare reimbursements, pharmaceutical companies’ payments in cash and in-kind gifts, and their patients’ payments more than they do their patients.

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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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Keeping Lost and Former Customers on Your Side

Experience Investigators

How do you treat your customers after they leave? Customers appreciate being treated like loyal customers. In fact, organizations that invest in successful customer loyalty programs increase revenue up to 2.5 times faster than their competitors , according to Harvard Business Review. So why should customer experience leaders care about customers who are no longer customers??

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Podcasting Power: Elevating Brands & Speakers

Doing CX Right

Why does podcasting matter? Award-winning podcaster, Stacy Sherman, highlights its role to amplify speakers, boost brands, and enrich customer engagement. The post Podcasting Power: Elevating Brands & Speakers appeared first on Doing CX Right.

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Hi, Robot: Intercom interviews ChatGPT

Intercom

With 100 million users since being unveiled last November, ChatGPT is certainly the chattiest chatbot in the long history of conversational bots. Indeed, it’s already being talked about in the same terms as the most transformative communications innovations ever invented. Sure, Gutenberg’s printing press or Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web changed the course of human history, but nothing has ever had quite the immediate impact of OpenAI’ s groundbreaking ChatGPT.

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Our Top 6 Picks for Call Center Automation Software

Fonolo

Call centers have always relied on different forms of automation to provide swift service to their clientele. And in today’s market, there’s no shortage of solutions to choose from. As technology gets smarter and more intuitive, so does the contact center that benefits from it. But how do you know which solutions are best for your operation? To find the answer, you need to evaluate your current call center workflow and identify opportunities for automation.

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

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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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7 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2023

Customer Think

Contact center leaders, your time is now. Customer service and customer experience analysts and thought leaders are suggesting that the contact center is “the next big tech frontier.” Investment in the contact center is increasingly—finally.

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Designing a differentiated B2B experience – a 22 step challenge

ECXO

CX design is no longer just about aesthetics. It’s a strategic tool that helps B2B companies create meaningful difference in saturated markets. But, many European firms still have a long way to go to reach the levels of CX maturity seen in B2C. A maturity driven by hyper personalisation, empathetic human relationships and intuitive digital experiences – all accelerated by the pandemic.

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What Most CEOs Get Wrong About Customer Experience

The DiJulius Group

If your employee disappoints your Customer, whose fault is that? Typically, the blame is placed on the employee for using poor judgment or being indifferent to the Customer. However, ninety-nine percent of the time blame should be placed on the company or supervisor for putting someone in a position they were not qualified to handle. Read Full Article The post What Most CEOs Get Wrong About Customer Experience appeared first on The DiJulius Group.

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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