It’s Time to Work Smarter, Not Harder

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘work smarter, not harder’, but when it comes to customer experience strategy it often seems impossible to put in action. Faced with disconnected contact channels, internal information silos and growing customer expectations (to name just a few obstacles), many organizations are struggling to provide true omnichannel engagement no matter how hard they work. And in turn, their customers are faced with hard work to receive reliable, accurate and consistent information...

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5 Reasons Your Contact Center Needs Speech Analytics

When asked about their experience with the customer service of companies, only seven percent of consumers responded that they have received service that surpassed their expectations. Meanwhile, 26 percent report having had to deal with being passed between agents with ultimately no resolution to their original problem.

That is abysmal.

It is also perilous, considering that it takes 12 positive service experiences to compensate for just one negative experience, and is 6 to 7 times more costly to...

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Predictive Analytics and Omnichannel Solutions

One prediction that’s easy to make is that interest in predictive analytics and omnichannel solutions will continue to increase exponentially in 2015. Businesses are more aware of the need to understand what drives customer behavior across all touch points and be proactive in their response. We caught up with two solution providers to find out how their products help improve customer engagement.

SAP offers choices for companies that want to think beyond single transactions and engage customers...

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The 6 commandments of an exceptional customer experience

This post was written by Idit Aloni-Halfon, a passionate Customer Experience professional, at NICE Systems. Idit has spent the last decade consulting and leading CX initiatives in large organizations. As she works with industry influencers, her passion is finding new ways to build exceptional Customer and Employee Experiences.

Managing the customer experience across multiple channels is one of the more complex challenges many companies face. But it’s also the path to customer loyalty and...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review: Part 4

In this final wrap-up of the New York events, we review new developments from several key solution providers.

CorvisaCloud is within a few weeks of releasing its cloud contact center platform as a standalone solution. It has been part of the CorvisaOne suite, but will now be available as a “true PaaS (platform as a service) which offers an infrastructure and testing framework that will enable companies that use it to write their own code and be done,” according to Matt Lautz, President and CIO of...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review, Part 3

Some companies made major product announcements during the event, while others are integrating new acquisitions, fine-tuning their brands and making internal changes. Several suppliers discussed their plans and reported on their progress.

Inforannounced the acquisition of CRM software specialist Saleslogix prior to the New York conference. Saleslogix’s CRM product will become Infor CRM, giving Infor added presence in the cloud-based CRM market. The integration will also provide greater sales...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review, Part 2

When customers anywhere in the world want to know more about a product or service or are simply seeking general information, they now expect accurate, detailed answers almost instantaneously. Many of the innovative solutions on display on the exhibit floor offered businesses new ways to respond to the non-stop flow of questions without increasing their call volume. In addition, suppliers also provided new tools for better employee communication.

Inbentaoffers semantic search capabilities for...

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SpeechTek/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part 1

Improving Customer Service by Looking at it From the Customer’s Perspective

At the heart of the customer experience is the actual customer and everything he or she encounters in trying to find information, complete a transaction or resolve an issue. At the 2014 SpeechTEK, CRM Evolution and Customer Service Experience event, which was held in New York August 18-20, one common theme was the need for organizations to better understand the customer journey from the customer’s point of view. Companies...

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Solving the Customer Experience Puzzle

When it comes to solving the customer experience puzzle, there’s always the difficult question: How do you create the best customer experience model?  Most businesses strive to deliver a great customer experience, but it’s often hard to define how to put the pieces together.   In an article in CMS Wire, Amith Parameshwara proposes a solution that’s represented via a pie-shaped diagram divided into six pieces that work together to not only improve the customer experience but also to provide...

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Growth Through Customer Service

On my way to meet some friends recently, I was stopped at a traffic light behind a company truck that immediately caught my attention. Written across the tailgate was what I assumed to be the company tagline, ‘Growth Through Customer Service’. While I can’t comment on whether or not this company lives up to that motto (I wasn’t able to catch a glimpse of the company name on the truck), there’s no doubt that this really should be a goal of every company.

I'm sure you've read a lot about customer...

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Faster, Smarter, Safer: Revolutionize Service in Real Time

This post was written by Miki Migdal, President, Enterprise Group, at NICE Systems.

If you’re anything like me, you love the way digital technology has made our lives so much easier. Remember the days when you actually had to look in a phone book to get someone’s number? Or even a year or two ago when you had to phone a cab company instead of just pressing a button on a Smart phone app?

The thing is, as technology gets smarter and faster, customers get used to instant services and information....

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The Circle of Power - The Top CMO Influencers (Part 2)

This post was written by Idit Aloni-Halfon, a passionate Customer Experience professional, at NICE Systems. Idit has spent the last decade consulting and leading CX initiatives in large organizations. As she works with industry influencers, her passion is finding new ways to build exceptional Customer and Employee Experiences.

CMO is a standard title, but is far from being a standard job function. Although the role of CMO differs between industries and organizations, one common factor is that...

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7 Ways to Reduce Call Volumes with Self-Service

Customers do not like waiting long periods to reach a customer agent.

When larger corporations such as Verizon, Sprint, Kmart, Walmart and others place their customers on hold, the one hour and more wait times cause distress. Many customers are impatient and will not even wait for more than five minutes on the phone.

When this happens, there is a large risk of losing customers. Adding and encouraging your self-service portal can help reduce call volumes drastically. The more accessible you make...

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The Outcome-Focused Future of CRM

CRM evolves over time, along with the company, its customers and the industry’s technologies. The real question isn’t, “What should CRM do?” We know that answer: it should collect data, analyze it and focus on what consumers want. CRM should also have its hands in sales, marketing and customer service. Instead, the question should be, “How can CRM do it all?”

Is CRM Dying?

The “death” of CRM rumor has been circling for awhile, but in our opinion, it’s exaggerated and not something to worry...

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5 Tips for Gathering Helpful Customer Feedback

Gathering and organizing customer data and feedback is crucial to making better business decisions. Below are five ways to get that vital information your business needs.

1. Determine What You Want to Know

Any time you survey consumers, you need to gather actionable data. This means being specific. “How did we do?” is too general a question and it most often does not result in anything useful to act on. Asking about specifics is better. “How did [specific feature] work for you?” is much better,...

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