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

The Advantages of Omni-Channel Retailing

Uniphore

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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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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Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Customers That Stick

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How to Work with Your Customer Success Team to Create a Great Product Feedback Experience

Speaker: Rebecca Notté, Product Operations Manager and Hannah Chaplin, Director of Product Marketing at Pendo

In this session, Hannah Chaplin and Rebecca Notté will detail the challenges of managing feedback between product and customer success teams and share their best practices on how to combat these challenges.

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?)

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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.

3 Vital Trends For Your Mobile Experience

Beyond Philosophy

How much time did you spend on your mobile today? Are you reading this article on it right now? When you misplace it or forget it at home, be honest: Do you feel naked without your phone? Smartphone users love their phones. I know I do (my answers are 2.5 hours; no, but if it weren’t mine I would be; and yes.) Over two billion people use them two hours a day.

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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.

The Importance of Having Strong Decision Agility in Your Product Development Process

Speaker: Emily Tate, Managing Director at Mind the Product

In this talk, Emily Tate, Managing Director at Mind the Product will unpack how we can quickly make deeply-researched decisions on multiple topics that will positively influence your product development process.

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.

"Know Your Customer" Just Got Easier

Uniphore

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.

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

How Customer-Centric Feedback Loops Can Evolve Your Product Process

Speaker: Nickey Skarstad, Director of Product at Duolingo

Join Nickey Skarstad, Director of Product at Duolingo, as she discusses why it’s important to actively gather customer feedback, how to build customer feedback loops into your product planning, the best ways to decipher different types of feedback, and different frameworks for how/when to apply feedback processes.

What Is an Internal Customer?

Customers That Stick

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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 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.

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.

Roadmaps Are Dead! Long Live Roadmaps!

Speaker: Bruce McCarthy, Co-Author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched and Founder of Product Culture

Join Bruce McCarthy, co-author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched, as he discusses the best ways to innovate your product roadmap. So that it reflects your customers’ needs while simultaneously and accurately communicating your products strategy and vision.

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.

The proactive approach to customer complaints

Customer Bliss

Customer complaints are everywhere, and happen all the time. The word “complaints” is a bad word, yes — on the surface. But there’s power in customer complaints, just as there’s power in any feedback. Quickly, before we get to the action items on this post: think of your favorite brands. Consider brands that you love. You buy from them all the time. Or consider a restaurant/bar in your neighborhood that you adore.

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.

Feedback: The Secret to Innovating Your Product Development Process

Speaker: Liz Love, Chief Commercial Officer at ProdPad

Join Liz Love, Chief Commercial Officer at ProdPad as she details how product feedback can improve your product development process while mitigating stakeholder conflict, constant feature requests, failed launches, unexpected outcomes, unhappy users, and complexity.

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 […].

"Know Your Customer" Just Got Easier

Uniphore

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.

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

Exploring Hospitality Customer Service (Video)

Customers That Stick

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How a Strong Customer Engagement Strategy Can Improve the Usability of Your Product

Speaker: Hannah Chaplin, Director, Product Marketing at Pendo and Esther Edel, Product Operations Analyst at Pendo

Join Mobile expert Hannah Chaplin as she shares best practices and real examples to help you improve your mobile apps with in-app guides.