2016

What is the Most Important Contact Center Metric?

Heart of the Customer

I presented at the ICMI CC Expo last month in Long Beach. It’s always a great conference, and I look forward to it each year. In the afternoon after my journey mapping workshop I attended a Justin Robbin’s session on metrics. Justin began by asking attendees the most important metric they tracked. Think about it […]. The post What is the Most Important Contact Center Metric? appeared first on Heart of the Customer. Culture Employee Engagement

11 Call Center Best Practices You Need to Be Doing Right Now

Callminer

As recent research shows, the U.S. call center industry is alive and well. According to the data, the industry saw a total of 22,265 new positions added in Q3 2015, minus 5,678 jobs that were cut due to force reductions and closures. What this means is there’s an imperative for call centers to drive operational performance excellence […]. The post 11 Call Center Best Practices You Need to Be Doing Right Now appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

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The Advantages of Omni-Channel Retailing

Jacada

The emergence of liberalisation, privatisation & globalisation coupled with thriving population, climbing GDP growth, rising disposable income & increasing consumer expenditure across different economies of the world have fueled the growth in global retail industry & created numerous opportunities for all kinds of players in retail segment. Read More. Jacada Blog

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Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Customers That Stick

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Do Customer Journeys Drive Your Content Strategy?

Kerry Bodine

This journey map for the Exploratorium , a science museum in San Francisco, is one of my favorites. That’s because the folks at the former design agency Adaptive Path (which was acquired by Capital One back in 2014) did a great job of highlighting two key things: 1) The entirety of the customer experience.

Nancy Friedman: 7 Steps to Satisfied Customers

Bill Quiseng

This week’s blog post is contributed by a very special guest, actually more like a guest star, Nancy Friedman , better known as “The Telephone Doctor.” ” The author of the recently published book, Customer Service (finally) Defined – Ideas, Tips, techniques & Skills You Can Use Now and Forever , and eight other books, Nancy is simply one of the best keynote speakers on customer service. Can you tell I’m a big fan?)

How Many of Your Customers Have Suggestions for Improving Customer Experience?

PeopleMetrics

As a customer experience company, we field a lot of questions from prospects about customer feedback. In fact, it’s common for prospects to have a system for collecting feedback—from rudimentary snail-mail surveys to online survey platforms. But it’s uncommon for them to have a system for acting on that feedback. Here's the thing: If you’re not acting on customer feedback, then there’s not much reason in collecting it. Well, unless you’re after another pointless meeting or two.

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10 Silos Impact Customer Experience

ClearAction

10 Silos Impact Customer Experience Lynn Hunsaker. Does your business have a silo detective? This might be the highest-ROI effort of your customer experience council, chief customer officer, chief operating officer — or better yet, every employee. Things that don’t make sense in the way business is done can almost always be traced to silo-ization. And the pain of business silos is well-known to everyone, whether employee or customer. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

5 Ways to Improve B2B Customer Engagement Through Omnichannel Tactics

Customer Bliss

Guest Post by Robert C. Johnson: Robert is co-founder and CEO of TeamSupport.com , a cloud-based, B2B software application built to help customer-facing support teams serve clients better through stronger collaboration, superior teamwork, and faster issue resolution. Over the years, the B2B (business-to-business) industry hasn’t exactly taken to adopting the latest customer engagement technology as quickly as its B2C (business to consumer) counterparts.

5 Reasons Why Social Media Is Critical for Great Customer Service

Win the Customer

Whether it’s Snapchat’s GeoFilters or Facebook’s 360 Photos, more businesses are finding that social media is one of the most powerful tools available today. Whatever industry you’re in, you simply must have a social media presence these days. For one, it offers an easier way to connect with customers and keep abreast of what’s happening in your marketplace. Of the 60 million internet users in the UK, over 38 million of them are active social media users!

Eight Ways to Build Customer Empathy

Heart of the Customer

Customer empathy is absolutely critical to a company-focused culture. Without empathy, employees focus on their own problems, rather than your customers’. They build overly-complex products based on what they want to buy, rather than starting with customer needs. And they certainly don’t understand the emotional context of your customers. Both Forrester and the Temkin Group […]. The post Eight Ways to Build Customer Empathy appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

7 Call Center Best Practices from Industry Experts

Callminer

It goes without saying there is no one-size-fits-all solution for how to run an efficient call center. While solutions such as speech analytics technology, agent scorecards, and social monitoring can help to improve agent performance and provide for a better customer experience, the fact of the matter is that each individual call center will need […]. The post 7 Call Center Best Practices from Industry Experts appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

"Know Your Customer" Just Got Easier

Jacada

by Karnail Jita Recent research found that banking through mobile apps is the number one way to bank. Another fact is that apps are by no means the only way customers get in touch with an organization when they have a query. Customers are now more connected and knowledgeable than ever before, using a number of channels to get answers. Indeed, technology-savvy customers, coupled with greater awareness of digital options are shaping up to be defining features of the Know Your Customer era.

What Is an Internal Customer?

Customers That Stick

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10 Steps To Mapping Your Current Customer Journey

Kerry Bodine

Of the four types of customer journey maps , the current-state map is the most ubiquitous. That’s not surprising, given how many organizations are trying to understand their customers’ current pain points and improve the customer experience. Wondering how you can get started mapping your own organization’s current-state journey map? Follow these 10 steps: 1. Identify an important problem area through existing (mostly quantitative) data.

Use of Live Chat or Social Media for Customer Service: One More Way to Make or Break Your Brand!

Bill Quiseng

In 2011, An American Express survey found that Americans tell an average of 9 people about good experiences and 16 people about poor experiences. Today, just five years later, people may still tell an average of 9 people about good experiences, but if they have a bad experience, they can now tell the entire world via social media. We have all seen the word “viral” tagged to a personal story about bad customer service more often than a good one.

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Excellent Customer Service

Provide Support

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Excellent Customer Service. These days, the phrases “go above and beyond for the best customer service experience”, “the customer is always right” and “the customer is king” have become one of the most cliched and repeated in marketing. Business owners, marketing directors and managers across-the-board keep on being focused on delivering over-the-top customer service experience. And yet, poor customer service still exists and unfortunately seems all too common.

Another Amazing Mistake – Customers Revolt!

Beyond Philosophy

Toblerone fans got a nasty surprise when they bought their favorite treat recently. The chocolate bar got a makeover, losing volume and a noticeable gap between the triangles. Customers noticed the change, but not in a good way. Toblerone, a chocolate bar known for its triangular shape and unique packaging, reduced the size of their 170-gram (Almost 6 oz.) candy bar to 150 (5.291). Their 400-gram (14 oz.) candy bar lost 40 grams (1.4 The price, however, remains the same.

5 Ways to Make Marketing More Strategic

ClearAction

5 Ways to Make Marketing More Strategic Lynn Hunsaker. As Marketing departments take a bigger role in customer experience management, a more holistic perspective allows your company rise to the top of the field.

Instant Satisfaction: How to Meet Rising Customer Expectations

Return Customer

As Internet speeds increase and technology becomes more sophisticated, customer expectations of companies’ online performances have also risen. In 2015, 47 percent of U.S. corporate executives said their customers’ service expectations were higher than three years ago, while 35 percent said they were much higher.

7 Tips for Success from Experienced Call Center Professionals

Fonolo

Operating a successful contact center is rarely a simple undertaking. As any customer support manager knows, there are a number of crucial factors that come into play when looking to succeed in the call center world. We often hear from call center managers who are trying to improve their call metrics with our solutions. But, we wanted to go one step further and pick the brains of some of the most successful contact center leaders for some tips on how to match their success.

Creating a “Heart-Wired” organization – an interview with Chrisie Scott, VP Marketing at Meridian Health

Heart of the Customer

While all customer experience strategies are important, healthcare brings it to a whole new level. Patient experience, and the potential for harm, amps up the significance of customer experience principles, creating literally life-changing outcomes. That’s why I really enjoyed working with Chrisie Scott, VP Marketing at Meridian Health, a leading and still growing integrated health […].

How Do You Define Call Center Adherence Best Practices?

Callminer

New data shows that 45 million hours a year are wasted on inadequate customer service. The fact of the matter is this: Companies simply can’t afford to waste time or money when brand and budgets on the line. But the question is: How can you ensure your contact center is best utilizing the scarce time […]. The post How Do You Define Call Center Adherence Best Practices? appeared first on CallMiner. Call Center Best Practices

"Know Your Customer" Just Got Easier

Jacada

by Karnail Jita Recent research found that banking through mobile apps is the number one way to bank. Another fact is that apps are by no means the only way customers get in touch with an organization when they have a query. Customers are now more connected and knowledgeable than ever before, using a number of channels to get answers. Indeed, technology-savvy customers, coupled with greater awareness of digital options are shaping up to be defining features of the Know Your Customer era.

Exploring Hospitality Customer Service (Video)

Customers That Stick

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Customer Experience Best Practices: Thoughts on Mobile Design

PeopleMetrics

My wife and I recently had a baby, and as a new parent, my smartphone quick-draw has gotten snappier. You see, things come up while you’re holding a newborn—things that must be Googled, ordered, photographed. And time (as they say) is of the essence. In these past weeks, I’ve been able to confirm my suspicion about a lot of mobile customer experiences. Which is this: They’re irritating. Customer Experience Best Practices: Remember Context.

Don’t Confuse Customer Services with Customer Service

Bill Quiseng

This was originally published as a guest post on Shep Hyken’s customer service blog. . There are only two ways to make a profit in business. One way is to increase sales. The other is to reduce costs. Companies have relied on technology to reeduce one of the most expensive costs in any business – human labor. Banks have replaced tellers with ATM’s, direct deposit and internet banking.

The Power of Positive Thinking in Customer Service

Provide Support

The Power of Positive Thinking in Customer Service. It’s no secret that customer service jobs are often associated with negativity. Dealing with customer complaints, negative feedback and frustration on a day-to-day basis can be a pretty stressful experience. You’ve probably heard that negativity tends to spread like wildfire. Once you let negative thoughts come into your mind, they attract more negative situations, triggering a vicious circle of bad feelings and outcomes.

Yikes! Rental Car Horror Stories

Beyond Philosophy

Whenever I rent a car, I dread the moment when the agent asks if I want collision damage waiver insurance. I don’t want it, but the way the question is asked always makes me second guess myself for a moment. And then there is the confusing array of refueling options, and the half dozen clauses I have to initial on the application. By the time I’ve got the keys, I’m never entirely certain what I’ve signed up for. And I’m slightly worried that it’s more than I thought.

Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s

ClearAction

Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s Lynn Hunsaker. What happens when the Chief Marketing Officer doubles as Chief Customer Experience Officer? Is it as natural and advantageous as the C-team expects? It all depends on motives and perspective. How Marketers Think of Customer Experience. Marketing professionals think of customer experience in terms of their deliverables: the user experience of websites, campaigns, events, research, content, social media, and so forth.

Why Metrics Aren’t Everything for Delivering Exceptional Customer Service

Return Customer

In the last decade, there has been an influx of customer experience platforms that all offer the ability to capture data and give actionable insights to deliver exceptional customer service. Without a doubt, these platforms provide metrics that produce valuable guidance when it comes to customer retention, average handle time, first call resolution , service levels, response times, and even customer churn.

How To Become The Head Of Customer Experience

Customer Bliss

There has been much talk in recent years about a C-Suite role for head of customer experience, or CCO — Chief Customer Officer. Even B2B brands, which traditionally focuses on sales rather than organic customer growth, are starting to adopt this head of customer experience role in droves. But how does someone become a head of customer experience? What makes them ideally qualified for the role? Head of Customer Experience Trait No. 1: They have led a successful operation.

How To Build Stronger Customer Relationships & Why It Matters

Heart of the Customer

Guest post by Brooke Cade. The way we communicate with each other has changed. Digital marketing and social media has transformed our world, the way we gather information and how we engage with each other. Because of this, businesses have had to reevaluate the way they communicate and market to their customers. Millennials are a […]. The post How To Build Stronger Customer Relationships & Why It Matters appeared first on Heart of the Customer. Customer Experience

Why You Should Add Predictive Analytics to Your CEM Toolbox

Callminer

You’ve no doubt heard this statistic before: It costs 5X as much to attract a new customer as it does to retain one. Yet research shows that the majority of organizations are still prioritizing customer acquisition over retention, with fewer than half of survey respondents citing customer satisfaction as a key goal. In today’s consumer-driven […]. The post Why You Should Add Predictive Analytics to Your CEM Toolbox appeared first on CallMiner.

Robotic Process Automation and Evolving the Customer Experience

Jacada

The Robots are coming for our jobs! There’s been a lot of recent alarmist press about robots and automation that feeds into the dystopian point of view so prevalent in popular culture these days. Rather than zombies and killer viruses we’re looking at the era of smart machines, drones, autonomous cars, and even self-service kiosks at McDonald’s now dispensing all you can eat fries in some markets – now that’s something to worry about! Read More. Jacada Blog

5 Expert Tips for Customer Service Recovery

Customers That Stick

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How to Improve the Customer Experience: Closing the Loop on Feedback

PeopleMetrics

Improvement is a relative concept. To improve, a thing must be measurably better than it once was. For example, this morning, I felt fatigued. And a coffee (or seven) improved my energy level so much I can now bench press a Honda Odyssey. It's nice to experience such clarity in cause and effect: my taking an action (i.e., drinking coffee) led to an improvement (i.e., a minivan-chucking amount of energy).