2017

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20 Call Center Leaders and QA Pros Reveal the #1 Problem Keeping Call Center QA & Monitoring Teams Up at Night (and How to Solve It)

Callminer

Call center QA and monitoring teams are responsible for ensuring the quality of interactions between call center representatives and consumers. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly complex undertaking, particularly in large organizations with thousands of call center agents having many thousands of interactions with consumers every day.

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Crafting a customer experience roadmap

Uniphore

Delivering exceptional customer experience is the holy grail of modern business, but like King Arthur’s knights, you are unlikely to find what you seek without an effective map. Read More.

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Avoiding Bot Biases in Customer Experience

Taylor Reach Group

By: JD Fairweather. How pervasive is the impending impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the customer experience (CX)? Well, to join a discussion on the topic, I’d be willing to traverse a room full of telemarketers pitching the latest timeshare deals in Orlando. And it would be worth it, as there are just so many possibilities to explore when pondering the ultimate takeover of the Contact Center by androids.

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The 3 Trends Customer Experience Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore

Beyond Philosophy

. The Three Trends You Can’t Ignore in CX Today. As a Customer Experience professional, understanding three trends today is imperative. Without accepting these tenets, you are thwarting your success before you even begin. However, if you can accept them, you are poised not only to deliver an excellent experience, but you will also position yourself to move it to the next level of greatness.

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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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8 Things About the Voice Channel We’re Tired of Hearing

Fonolo

Since the inception of the voice channel, businesses have faced and overcome many obstacles to improve the experience for customers. Yet, this channel continues to be the bane of many customers’ existence. Are businesses not sick of hearing the same complaints over and over again? Are consumers not tired of complaining about the same things? If your call center still makes customers cringe when they dial into support, it’s time to take action.

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Contribute to Journey Mapping Body of Knowledge

Heart of the Customer

Last year, Heart of the Customer and the CXPA partnered to discover the state of the art in journey mapping in our first “Journey Mapping Best Practices” survey. We’re now launching our second annual survey. Whether you’re a practitioner, vendor or thought leader, we’d love to hear your experience in journey mapping. Please take our […].

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Why Are Customers So Rude, Stupid, Entitled? (Or Important!)

Comm100

Many of you will be familiar with Google’s autocomplete feature – the suggested phrases which pop up when you start to type in a word or phrase, based on phrases other people have searched for. Google’s autocomplete suggestions can be pretty telling in what people around the world are thinking about their customers – and as well as Google itself, there’s some great tools out there to help curious customer service professionals see all of the questions people are asking about customers all around

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5 Tips for Adding a New Service Channel

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the ICMI Blog on August 22, 2017. Click here to read the original post. I have to admit; it’s awfully cool to work at FCR , a company where we observe the support channel mix for dozens of different companies. As an outsourcer, about 60% of our support volume is still phone, with chat and email making up most of the other 40%.

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This is How to Ask Your Customer Questions

Myra Golden Media

Questions are a double-edged sword for customer service professionals. You have to ask questions to get to the root of the problem, log issues, and in general, to help customers. But, often a series of questions can sound like an interview. If we aren’t careful, back to back questions can come across as an interrogation. Years ago, when I managed a small call center, I realized that my team had to ask our customers seven questions.

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5 Major Reasons Why Unhappy Customers Don’t Complain

Provide Support

5 Reasons Unhappy Customers Don’t Complain. The times when customer complaints were seen as a distraction that should be eliminated are over. Most businesses today understand that complaints are a valuable source of information. In fact, there might be no better way to collect direct feedback from your customers. A complaint not only shows what and where went wrong, whether it’s a problem with your product, service, customer support or internal processes.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib

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25 Call Center Leaders Share the Most Effective Ways to Boost Contact Center Efficiency

Callminer

Most call centers struggle with efficiency at one time or another. And because efficiency is directly tied to minimizing overhead costs in the call center, it’s a prominent challenge. Coping with unanticipated upticks in demand, staff turnover, and other common call center challenges only further complicate matters for managers working to create an efficient, productive, and effective team.

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Communication: The Most Important Skill in Customer Service

Customers That Stick

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Two Questions Every Customer Service Manager Should Be Asking Everyday

Bill Quiseng

Your most important assets are not your customers and your employees. It’s how your customers and your employees feel about your company. Your success as a customer service manager is directly proportional to your ability to drive simultaneously customer satisfaction and employee engagement. Happy employees are inclined to go above and beyond for your customers.

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Exposed: The Anatomy Lesson For Business!

Beyond Philosophy

It is critical to consider the “anatomy” of an interaction in a Customer Experience. The sheer number of things that occur in an interaction at the same time can seem astonishing. Understanding what happens when your team interacts with a customer and why it is an essential element to taking your Customer Experience to the next level. The Anatomy of a Customer Interaction can make or break your Customer 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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Avaya Shakes Off Debt, Heading to Public Market

Fonolo

10 months ago, Avaya filed for chapter 11 protection kicking off the largest bankruptcy event in the history of the call center industry. Avaya faced a tough challenge to reach a restructuring agreement with their many debt holders, and to have it done quickly in order to minimize the damage to the brand, and the slow bleed of customers to competitors.

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Four Common Journey Mapping Mistakes

Heart of the Customer

Journey mapping isn’t easy. That’s why almost 2/3 of journey maps fail to drive change. A failed journey mapping project is a huge waste – not just because of the dollars and energy that went into it, but also because one failed journey mapping project makes it less likely that your company will try again. So here are four […]. The post Four Common Journey Mapping Mistakes appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

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Is Operations Involved in Customer Experience?

ClearAction

Is Operations Involved in Customer Experience? Lynn Hunsaker. How would you like to reduce customer churn by 27%, increase Net Promoter Score TM by 65%, and outperform competitors by 20% in sales, purchasing, ordering, installation, billing, service inquiry, maintenance and account management processes? This progress was achieved by engaging employees company-wide in coordinating customer-focused improvements across Operations, Marketing, Service and other functional areas.

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Mastering the Public Apology: The Most Epic Apology Letters of Our Time, and What Your Business Can Learn from Them

Comm100

rawpixel.com. From Papa John’s NFL apology to Louis C.K.’s apology (or non-apology ) for sexual assault; brands in every industry are learning that the apology letter is an extremely difficult art form to master. Whether it’s due to not wanting to admit fault, fear of losing fans or investors, or simply not knowing how, corporations and public figures often fall short of what people want and expect out of a public apology.

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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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Develop and Commit to a Set of Core Values to Elevate Customer Experience

Customer Bliss

Last month, Forrester released a new report, “ Predictions 2018: The Crisis Of Trust And How Smart Brands Will Shape CX In Response, ” and it was a great read – it confirmed many of the things that myself and other CX experts alike have been touting for years. There’s an increased focus on customer experience these days, and many companies are just beginning to implement a customer experience process.

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4 Things Every Employee Needs to Consider with Vacation Time

Myra Golden Media

Today I delivered a customer service workshop in Chicago. When we broke for lunch, three of the attendees invited me to a vegan bistro. Of course, I was thrilled to join them! Over lunch, one of the ladies told me, “I almost never take my vacation time. I prefer just to cash out and get a lump sum payment.” The mother in me couldn’t keep quiet.

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How Customer Service and Marketing Can Intensify Each Other

Provide Support

Customer service and marketing can intensify and strengthen each other. Customer service and marketing are often seen as completely different processes by most companies. Strategies for each of the process are planned independently; employees of these departments take separate trainings and sometimes work in different buildings or even countries. Indeed, differences are obvious – marketing is about getting new clients while customer service is about making them happy.

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What is Sentiment Analysis? Examples, Best Practices, & More

Callminer

A Definition of Sentiment Analysis Sentiment analysis is a method for gauging opinions of individuals or groups, such as a segment of a brand’s audience or an individual customer in communication with a customer support representative. Based on a scoring mechanism, sentiment analysis monitors conversations and evaluates language and voice inflections to quantify attitudes, opinions, […].

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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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5 Qualities of Great Customer Service Managers

Customers That Stick

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12 Reasons to Invest More in Customer Experience

PeopleMetrics

It’s the age of the customer and the world’s biggest brands are duking it out every day for a greater share of our hearts, minds, and wallets. Customers hold more decision power than ever in an era where information about any company’s products and services is just a mobile search away. Where does the Voice of the Customer (VoC) land in the priorities for your company’s overall strategy?

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What the Best Companies Do That Yours Doesn’t!

Beyond Philosophy

Many companies seeking to improve their Customer Experience (CX) understand the importance of putting the customer at the center of everything they do. Doing it, however, flummoxes them. Not all companies have this problem though. Those that have excellent experiences, the kind that makes their brand name a household one, demonstrate actual customer-centricity in their CX.

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Top 10 Angry Tweets from Customers Waiting On Hold

Fonolo

Onholdwith.com is a community-driven platform that aims to end hold time for customers. The website tracks companies who are experiencing the most complaints on Twitter from people waiting on hold. It’s our way of recognizing which businesses need to improve their call center hold times, and could benefit from a call-back solution like Fonolo’s. But the most interesting part of onholdwith.com are the tweets themselves.

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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.

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Bringing the Voice of the Customer into CX Design – and Interview with Beth Berg

Heart of the Customer

I met Beth Berg—a customer experience researcher—at a journey mapping round table at this year’s CXPA Insight Exchange, and really enjoyed her approach. So, I invited her to get together and discuss her approach, and she agreed. First, tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. My area of expertise is bringing the […]. The post Bringing the Voice of the Customer into CX Design – and Interview with Beth Berg appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

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B2B Voice-of-the-Customer: Integrating Decision Influencers’ Views

ClearAction

B2B Voice-of-the-Customer: Integrating Decision Influencers’ Views Lynn Hunsaker. Picture this: in deciding whether to rebuy from your company, the customer’s general manager and purchasing agent are neutral, the end-users are supportive, the safety department gives their approval, but the facilities manager rejects it. Your company loses the sale. Because your team was focused on the end-users and general manager, everything looked like it was on-track for renewal, yet one influencer of the buy

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How to Set Goals & Build a Strategy to Drive Customer Experience Improvement

Comm100

Every company out there is trying to be more customer-centric, and the race for an excellent customer experience is heating up. Nowadays, having competitive prices and bombarding customers with advertisements and offers is not enough. Customers are smarter than before, and most of them already know your products and services intimately, based on online research or referrals, before making a purchase.

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The Omni-Channel Agent Experience

DMG Consulting

Thank you for your interest in DMG Consulting’s publications. Please complete the registration form below. First Name * Last Name Email Address *. Monthly DMG Newsletter. I would like to receive the monthly DMG Newsletter. Name This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Close. The Omni-Channel Agent Experience. 7/27/2017.

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Ramping-up Your Digital CX Strategy: Adaptation of Omni Channel and Conversational Support

Speaker: Michael McMillan - Customer Experience Expert, TEDx Speaker, and Author

Are you looking to elevate your CX support strategy? Customers who have a seamless buying experience, from speaking with sales and purchasing the product to easily finding support, are more likely to return to your organization and recommend it to others. With the numerous changes in the market, it is critical that your CX strategy can evolve and better support your customers regardless of where they are in their journey.