2017

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. The problems that plague the […].

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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. Jacada Blog

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Q & A with Customer Experience Futurist Blake Morgan

Bill Quiseng

I had the great opportunity to interview Blake Morgan , customer experience futurist about her new book, More is More: How the Best Companies Go Farther and Work Harder to Create Knock-Your-Socks Off Customer Experiences. I have been a big fan of her customer experience articles that regularly appear in Forbes. Her book is a must-read resource for those intent on delivering an exceptional experience for their customers. You can find out more about Blake at the end of the interview. .

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. Robot-led workforce automation is not going away.

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.

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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The Three C's For Meaningful Performance Reviews

CX Accelerator

Of all the things employees despise, end of year performance appraisals (PA’s) are at the top of the list. The Washington Post has research to support that “basically every single person hates performance reviews.” Regardless of how we arrived here, leaders are no longer bound to the mistakes of the past. When conducted well, the end of year review is one of the most powerful tools in your quiver.

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Companies showing great CX in the wake of natural disasters

Customer Bliss

Last week, we highlighted what Southwest Airlines was doing for those displaced by Hurricane Harvey , and now we have a few more examples to share: Mattress Mack: This story has gotten some attention , and “Mattress Mack” (real name is Jim McIngvale), who owns several Houston-area furniture stores, has opened his doors to those displaced by Harvey. He told NPR that between his two locations, 400 people were residing there — and might be for weeks.

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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.

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. What are these 3 remarkable trends with so much power and clout? .

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 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%. We have a small contingency of social media, SMS, and other messaging channels, like Facebook messenger in the mix.

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.

The Customer Experience Manager

Uniphore

Who wants to be a customer experience manager? A relatively new job title in the customer service space, customer experience manager is more than just a fancy title – it is the glue that holds the customer service center together. Read More. Jacada Blog

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.

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.

Communication: The Most Important Skill in Customer Service

Customers That Stick

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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. Most of the process happened out of the public view, but in the last month, three announcements have revealed the status.

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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. Customer Experience Customer Journey Map

Carvana: CX And Car Buying Finally Meet!

CX Accelerator

How Carvana is leveraging customer experience principles to revolutionize the process of buying a car. Last night began in standard fashion…I consumed a spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A and wandered around the kitchen for a bit. Things took a turn for the crazy, however, when we headed out to buy a new car out of a giant vending machine. Yes, I’m speaking of Carvana, “The New Way to Buy a Car” as their tagline says.

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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.

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. I had to offer this young lady advice. There’s nothing wrong with a cash payout, for sure.

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 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. But why is that?

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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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Celebrating One Year in Business

Lumoa

On 14 November 2016, exactly one year ago, Lumoame Oy was registered in Helsinki. This year has been an amazing journey for us and we wanted to share this important moment with you. No surprise, the main discussion topic at #LumoaAnniversary was Customer Experience. We celebrated our first year with our supporters, friends, and customers. Customers have been at the center of all our operations since the very beginning.

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.

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, […]. The post What is Sentiment Analysis? Examples, Best Practices, & More appeared first on CallMiner.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Customer Experience Management

Uniphore

The customer experience manager is key to delivering the kind of service offering that can truly differentiate an organization. Here are some of the most important things that a CEM should (and should not) do. Read More. Jacada Blog

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.

5 Qualities of Great Customer Service Managers

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.

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.

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.

Fostering Loyalty With Customer Services Professionals

CX Accelerator

Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to keep great talent in a customer support environment? You’re not alone! Leaders all over the globe have been wrestling this issue since the invention of the telephone. The good news is it can be done! With a fresh outlook on employee engagement, you can create a working environment worth sticking around for.