2015 Customer Service Trend: Effortless Self-Service

The new year is officially in full swing, bringing with it a flurry of predictions and trends for just about every industry and sector, including customer service. In 2015 customers will become even more connected (to brands and each other), and their expectations for customer service will be higher than ever. The increased demand for instant, effortless service and the growing popularity of mobile devices look to dominate the ever evolving customer service landscape this year.

A recent survey by...

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10 Tips to Improve Your Contact Center Sales Contests

Examining data from their most recent 164 games, FantasySalesTeam uncovered interesting trends.  Below are 10 tips for increasing results and engagement through your sales incentive programs.  You can also read the full analysis ,including data.

• Leverage Team Competition: Games/incentives which use teams and get players (reps) pushing and relying on each other, are  more effective than individual-based contests.

• Create Multiple Ways to Win: When you only have one way to win the incentive,...

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Reel in the Connected Customer

Attracting the connected customer is one of the most important business opportunities of today. A connected customer is one who uses their smartphone to monitor and even control a brand’s products. According to Forbes, the benefit of having a connected customer is greater lifetime value - they’ll buy more products, be more loyal, and engage more than traditional, “disconnected” customers. According to Gigya, 40% of customers buy more from retailers if the shopping experience is personalized.

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What Is the True Value of Customer Experience?

For the customer, experience is about developing trust in a brand; feeling like needs were met; benefiting from a developing relationship with a company. For company executives, though, customer experience has to be quantified, measured, presented in numbers and graphs. Luckily, the Harvard Business Review performed a study that showed two things: it is possible to measure the effect of customer service, and that effect is enormous.

The Study

- Two companies with different revenue models were...

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Habits of Companies That Deliver High-Quality Customer Experience

In the midst of analytics and stats, it’s easy to forget that consumers aren't facts and data; they’re people. According to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, a loyal customer is worth as much as 10x their original purchase. Today, companies that provide humanized customer service surpass the competition. Top companies practice these three habits of customer service.

1. They Combine Online and Offline Customer Experience

According to a Competitive Enterprise Institute survey, 86%...

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2015 is Going to be a Great Year for Contact Centers

The article below is a reprint from the December DMG Consulting, LLC The Real-Time Contact Center Newsletter.

"Here are 4 hot contact center trends that are expected to attract substantial investments during 2015. All of these trends will make substantial contributions to their enterprises, customers and employees.

1.Cloud-based contact center infrastructure solutions - The contact center infrastructure (automatic call distributor (ACD) and dialer) market has changed dramatically. Companies are no...

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Knowledge Management for Customer Service: Get it Right with Unified Search

There’s a major disconnect between the perceived value of knowledge management and the current state of KM at most companies, as evidenced by findings from the annual State of Knowledge Management report from TSIA, an association of support leaders from top-tier companies.

Just take a look at some of the findings from the report:

79% of customer self-service channels don’t recommend help or content 70% of companies have not made their support knowledge mobile-accessible 30-35% of contact center... continue reading this post »

Ovum Report: 2015 CRM Trends to Watch

Jeremy Cox, principal analyst in Ovum’s Customer Engagement practice and author of this report, says that, “underpinning successful CRM is strategy that is informed by deep insights into the customer and all the forces shaping their expectations, behaviors, wants, and needs.”

Successful organizations develop a coherent underlying sense of purpose that has the customer at its heart. This spans and impacts the entire organization, creating and delivering value to customers in order to earn their...

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Tips for Call Center Planning

Creating a schedule for your contact center is akin to putting together a puzzle - if all of the pieces don’t fit perfectly together, scheduling can be thrown off completely. With the following tips, you can create a contact center schedule that has the appropriate number of people on at the right times to handle the workload.

1. Set Service Level Goals

Establish a service level of answering a certain number of calls (X) in a certain number of seconds (Y). High-end contact centers have a 90/15 or...

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Guidelines for Managing Customer Experience

Ad you know, costs more to acquire new customers than to retain the ones you already have. The easier it is to do business with a company, the more likely it is that a customer will stick around. in addition, brands that excel in delivering great customer experience are ones that customers will recommend to their friends and family. The following best practices will help your contact center agents deliver an excellent customer experience every time.

1. Build Relationships, Don’t Just Solve...

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4 Tips for Hiring Contact Center Agents

According to Customer.Think.com, once a job is posted, most responses from job candidates occur within 48 hours. On average, candidates who are qualified for a contact center position receive an average of two job offers and they stay on the job market for a max of five days. Employers have to filter out quality applicants quickly. (If you’re not seeing an influx of candidates, expand your reach - use additional resources to put the job posting in front of a broader audience.) Some people won’t...

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ICMI Contact Center Demo and Conference - Product Review

 

The ICMI Contact Center Demo and Conference, one of the industry’s leading fall events, took place at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency from November 3-5.  The conference included more than 50 sessions with a roster of influential speakers from leading end user companies, as well as analysts and suppliers.  We caught up with a few of the solution providers demonstrating their latest products on the exhibit floor.

acisionoffers a  suite of smart communication solutions designed to help contact centers...

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Tips to Improve First Call Resolution

According to the Service Quality Measurement Group, first call resolution (FCR) has the largest affect on customer satisfaction. FCR should be one of your contact center’s top priorities - according to Customer Relationship Metrics, caller satisfaction rate drops by 35-45% when a second call is made concerning the same problem. These four tips will help your contact center solve each customer’s problem the first time you speak with them.

1. Educate Contact Center Agents

Provide agents with the...

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Contact Center Tips for Working With Cloud Technology

When it comes to choosing the right cloud technology for your contact center, which factors should you take into consideration? The last thing a company wants to do is work with cloud technology that over-promises and under-delivers. In order to choose the best, features and customer experience should be evaluated.

7 Facets to Consider When Looking for a Cloud Provider

1. Does the cloud offer a consolidated, beginning-to-end customer service solution? Which channels are supported? Everything from...

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How to Avoid Repeat Calls: 5 Mistakes That Call Centers Make

Sometimes, repeat phone calls are unavoidable - the customer may have not listened thoroughly to the agent or maybe they didn’t apply the recommended steps in order to solve the problem. Other times, the call center is responsible for repeat calls. Call center agent error that leads to repeat calls can cost a business millions of dollars every year. Limiting the number of repeat calls a center gets can mean huge savings. Which agent errors can be avoided?

1. Improper Transfers

Transferring a...

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