Customer Service Strategies for New Managers

Customer service isn’t a one-way street. Instead, it’s a conversation between your business and those who make your business successful: your customers. The people who buy your products and services are the ones who keep your company profitable, which is why it’s so important to involve them in your business processes. New managers should follow these tips for getting off on the right foot.

Define Business Values

Most business owners and managers wouldn’t dream of launching something without it...

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Lose a Customer, Keep a Customer - Real Life Experiences with Good and Bad Customer Service

The difference between losing a customer forever and gaining their loyalty can be as simple as the service they receive. Within just a few days, I experienced both terrible and stellar customer service. Here are three examples of extreme customer service.

How to Lose a Customer

Reports about poor airline service aren't rare. I'm generally of the mind that a flight that gets you from point A to point B safely is a good flight. However, a couple of recent experiences with United and Frontier made me...

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Solution Providers Take a Closer Look at the Key Factors Governing the Adoption of Cloud Contact Center Technology

For most organizations, the key questions about moving their contact centers to the cloud are “When can we do it?” and “How can it best be accomplished?” as opposed to “Is it the right step?” But even in a business environment where companies are striving to meet rising customer expectations for responsive service on any channel they choose and looking to increase flexibility and agility, practical questions on logistics, costs and capabilities must be addressed before organizations make a...

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Customer Retention Through Your Contact Center Agents

The best customers you can find are the ones you already have. Customer retention should be a top priority in your company. According to Forrest Research it costs 5 times more to acquire new customers than it does to keep current ones. Unfortunately, many companies fail to make customer retention a priority. Satisfied customers not only increase sales through repeat business, but also help to expand the customer base through referrals.

Improving your customer retention plan should start in your co...

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Tools for Improving Workforce Optimization

In order to achieve and take your business to higher levels, you need to improve workforce optimization. What is workforce optimization? It is the compilation of workforce management, quality, and performance using management tools to benefit your business. So how do you do this within your business? Here are a few ways to start:

Gamification-  the use of games and a "fun environment" to create an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm among workers. Google does this best. They have an environment that... continue reading this post »

Retention and Growth Based on Omni Channel Customer Service Improvement

Organizations must stay ahead of the curve by improving upon the different layers of the customer experience. From the call center, to social media, to web sites - customers interact with a firm on several different channels. Each level must be maintained and structured in order to encourage growth and garner current customer retention. The quality of omni channel customer service is essential to ensure a firm's success.

In order to keep up with ever changing trends and...

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5 Steps to Starting Social Customer Service

Portions of this article were originally posted on the @SoCoCare blog by Sarah Rolfing. View the original blog here.

Your customers are increasingly turning to their favorite social channels to give praise, offer feedback, ask questions and post criticism about your brand or service.  With that, comes new risk. (Who can forget stories like the PR nightmare United Airlines experienced after Dave Carroll turned to Youtube to post his “United Breaks Guitars” songs?)

But with the right strategies and...

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Your Personal Interaction Analytics Dictionary

Have you ever needed to buy a new computer, and thought you were pretty confident you could select one because you knew you wanted a 17” laptop, preferred a PC over a Mac, needed it to be compatible with a certain type external hard drive and would use it to suit your work and your kid’s gaming needs? So you march into your nearest electronics store sure that information would be enough to make the choice clear. However, when you get there, that isn’t the case. No problem, you’ll seek out the...

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Quality Assurance For Contact Centers Improves Customer Outcomes

Quality assurance is a significant component of every product and service to ensure continuous success of the business.  However, ensuring that customers are receiving outstanding service from contact center agents can be a cumbersome responsibility.

The first step begins at the hiring and training stage. Evaluating potential candidates for essential customer service skills can be assessed through a readiness questionnaire or workforce tools to ensure interviewees are highly motivated and...

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The Challenge of Maintaining PCI Compliance in the Customer Contact Center

 

September 6, 2013

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Council (PCI DSS) is an open standard established to protect consumers against fraud when electronically transmitting personal information. Contact centers of all sizes and across multiple industries use PCI DSS certification to ensure a safe cardholder data environment.

Compliance is Sometimes Easier Said Than Done

For enterprises, however, compliance is sometimes easier said than done. This is due to the fact that many...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review- Part IV

In this final wrap-up of the New York events, we look at important product upgrades, find out how the latest co-browsing technology is impacting contact center efficiency and customer satisfaction, explore evolving customer preferences in mobile customer service and virtual assistants and delve into the latest progress in knowledge base solutions.

Infor announced its next-generation Infor Epiphany Digital Multi-channel Marketing Solutions 10.0.3.  The business application software supplier is...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part III

Are businesses doing all they can to ensure that their technology investment is well spent? How can virtual agents become important contributors to voice-of-the customer feedback? Is visual IVR the future of customer engagement? What speech, language and voice technology solutions are making a difference in the marketplace? Find out answers to these questions as we continue to review companies who were making news at the New York event.

Empirix At a time where companies are making major...

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SpeechTEK/CRMEvolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part II

While some companies made major product announcements during the event, some made announcements prior to the conference, while others are waiting until Fall before rolling out new platforms, fine-tuning their brands and making internal changes.

Several conference sponsors discussed their plans and reported on their progress:

Five9 is coming off a record second quarter in 2013, having raised $34.5 in private funding and increasing revenue to new levels. The high-profile cloud contact center...

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Helping Companies Meet the Challenge of Providing New Ways to Connect with Customers

SpeechTEK/CRMEvolution/Customer Service Experience Review #1

In an effort to better communicate with attendees of their multifaceted event held August 19-21, 2013 in New York, InfoToday took a new direction to summarize the diverse products and services being showcased on the exhibit floor. While SpeechTEK, CRM Evolution and Customer Service Experience retained their identities as separate educational programs, the organizers rebranded the exhibit hall under the umbrella title “Customer...

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Large Enterprises May Have Most to Gain From The Cloud

 

July 19, 2013

While we can appreciate conclusions from various consultants and bloggers on No Jitter that many cloud-based vendors have an “emerging-technology premium price” for their services, we think the hypothesis that all cloud services have a higher TCO is far too broad (see Total Cost of Ownership in 2013). Dave Michaels recently followed up and does an admirable job of addressing many of the issues with TCO comparisons (The Pitfalls of TCO).  While UCaaS and disparate configurations...

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