Enabling the Contact Center Agent: Red Lines, Gray Areas and Upholding Brand Standards

Virgin America is an airline on the cutting edge of the industry, offering fleet-wide WiFi before all other airlines and adding touch-screen entertainment to flights. They even mood-light some of their planes. Richard Branson, the Founder of Virgin, is known for empowering his employees to solve problems and create memorable customer experiences.

Allowing agents to have more independence produces a happier team. Increasing your agents’ job satisfaction will, in turn, increase customer...

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ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference Summary (Part 4)

With expectations constantly rising, companies are seeking service options that allow companies to learn more about their customers to help them resolve issues and complete transactions quickly and efficiently.  Innovative solutions abounded at ICMI Contact Center Expo with updated multichannel customer experience measurement tools, versatile contact center management solutions and advanced support applications. In this final report, we review some products presented on the exhibit floor.

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ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference Summary (Part 3)

Beyond the opportunity to get product information from approximately 70 suppliers, professionals at the ICMI Contact Center Expo in Orlando, FL (May 4-7) were able to take advantage of a number of educational and social events in and out of the exhibit hall. The show floor included book signings, Solution Spotlight sessions focusing on the benefits of specific products, an opening night reception, an Awards Party, as well as external site tours of the Disney World Reservations Center, Jet Blue...

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The Banking Industry Challenges the TCPA

Blog contributed by Gryphon Networks

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s rules under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), particularly those regulations around automated dialers, are some of the most contested issues facing the financial services industry today.  Unlike other regulations bankers face, the TCPA does not regulate industry but behavior; therefore, blanket regulations are impacting all businesses across all markets regardless of how each organization...

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ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference Summary (Part 2)

There was a buzz on the show floor during exhibit hall hours at the ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference. The organizers kept the hall open during times when there weren’t any formal conference sessions scheduled. This concentrated timeframe gave exhibitors greater access to the contact center professionals in attendance, keeping them constantly busy discussing their solutions. In this second part of our coverage, we examined the perspectives of PSS Help, Salesforce Service Cloud and TCN.

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Increasing Sales with Omnichannel Strategy

Consumers want brands to support them no matter where they are - in an actual store, online, on social media, or on their mobile device. This new way of shopping has forced retailers and service providers to implement omnichannel strategies so as not to miss out on sales opportunities. Today’s savvy e-commerce companies are integrating online and offline shopping into one seamless experience.

That experience could look something like this: you decide to purchase a new laptop after seeing a...

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ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference Summary (Part 1)

The 2015 ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference brought executives,  managers and supervisors together at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL from May 4-7. The event provided diverse educational and networking opportunities, a comprehensive exhibit hall displaying the latest products and services, case studies, and site tours.

After an opening night reception on Monday, ICMI Contact Center Expo kicked off with a Tuesday keynote address by Dennis Snow, a long-time Disney executive...

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Creative Virtual Designated a “Cool Vendor” in Gartner’s 2015 Smart Machines Report

By Chris Ezekiel, Founder & CEO, Creative Virtual

On 10 April 2015 Gartner released their Cool Vendors in Smart Machines, 2015 report from analysts Tom Austin, Kenneth F. Brant, Magnus Revang, Earl Perkins and Brian Manusama. In the report, Gartner takes a look at the present and future of smart machine technologies and explores five Cool Vendors in the space, including Creative Virtual.

The vendors selected for the ‘Cool Vendor’ report are described by Gartner as “innovative, impactful and...

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PACE National Convention & Expo Summary

PACE, the Professional Association for Customer Engagement, is a non-profit industry trade organization dedicated to helping companies that take a multi-channel approach in engaging their B-to-B and B-to-C customers. PACE held its annual national convention and expo at the Atlanta  Marriott Marquis from April 19-22, 2015. Delegates from the full spectrum of contact center operations and businesses turned out to gain insight on the latest evolving technologies, and to stay on top of...

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Our Choice of Metrics Can Lead to Operational Dysfunction

by Ric Kosiba, Vice President, Bay Bridge, Interactive Intelligence

When you spend a lot of time on the road talking to customers and prospects, you start collecting stories, and the stories I’ve gathered usually come from the mouths of contact center planners and workforce managers.  And these stories are often about how things in call centers can get messed up.

Organizations and operations can become dysfunctional for a lot of reasons. I’m always fascinated when the dysfunction is brought about...

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Improving Cusotomer Experience with Self-Service Options

Self-service options give customers the chance to fulfill their needs through their preferred channel. According to NewVoiceMedia.com, 60% of customers will change their contact channel based on what they’re doing and where they are. Consumers who would normally call for help may opt for self-service troubleshooting if they’re watching TV or at work, for example. Thanks to location features, language can be adjusted to suit the user’s geographical area, making self-service solutions even more...

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Callback Queuing: Features and Benefits

At first, callback queuing (CBQ) sounds counter-intuitive: why would a customer call a company just to talk to them later? Nobody wants to wait in a queue. 

Actually, this type of “return later” queuing has been used for years. This is the same idea as taking a number at the DMV and passing time in the lobby, sipping a cocktail at a restaurant bar while waiting for a buzzer to alert you that there’s a table, or having fun in a theme park until your scheduled time to ride a popular attraction.

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Why You Should Make It Easy for Customers to Complain

Every contact center needs a complaint management strategy. The truth is that you have fewer satisfied clients than you may think. Many of those customers are keeping quiet despite having something to say, which is troublesome for everyone. If you don’t hear the complaint, there’s no way you can fix it; if customers aren’t satisfied, they’ll take their business elsewhere.

According to Entrepreneur, there’s a simple reason why many customers don’t complain: griping is hard on everyone,...

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Understanding Empathy and Your Brand

Today, many businesses operate under the “If we build it, they will come” marketing strategy. Although this may have worked in the past, the most successful business are those who are actively engaged with their customers. At InMoment, a customer service software provider, they believe the key to developing strong relationships with customers is through empathy.

Not to be mistaken with sympathy, empathy is described as the act of projecting one’s self into another’s point of view to gain greater...

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Handling Customer Complaints

Customer complaints are par for the course when you run a business. Though it may sound bad, this can be good news. Ultimately, customers understand that mistakes are inevitable. Every complaint is a key to creating a better way to do things.

According to SalesVantage.com, companies without quality customer service skills will sometimes focus too much on the process. The complaint is pushed through quickly so that the next complaint can be heard. However, the customer never feels that their...

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