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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How To Provide Technical Support Without Engaging Live Help & By Using Your IVR?

For most web, mobile, TV and cable users, encountering the “No reception – please contact your service provider for further assistance” message or having to reset a model or configure a product is a matter of contacting tech support. 

More frustrating than being deprived of your favorite TV show or social media is the daunting experience of trying to reach the technical support department via the company’s IVR system. Listening to multiple and confusing options, and finally, after pressing the...

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Offering Mobile and Social Support for Increased Customer Engagement

By Chris Ezekiel, Founder & CEO

It’s impossible to have a comprehensive discussion about customer engagement without raising the topics of mobile and social. Customers are on the go and expect in-the-moment service, literally at their fingertips. They are increasingly taking to social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and community forums to seek support and air their complaints. Organizations that ignore these channels are missing out on prime opportunities to engage with customers and risk...

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The multibillion dollar cost of poor customer service in Australia [INFOGRAPHIC]

Today’s customer is changing the world of customer service. They’re using more channels of communication, will switch businesses following an inadequate experience, and even take their revenge online.

Check out this infographic to discover the real impact of poor customer service in Australia, taken from independent research NewVoiceMedia carried out recently. Then download our report, ‘Australia: A Nation of Serial Switchers’ for all the facts and figures.

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How to Eliminate Hold Time

Ask someone what they hate the most about call centers and their answer could very well be this: holding. Waiting on the phone wastes the caller’s valuable time! Other grievances could include navigating unclear, lengthy phone menus and having to constantly repeat information to agents. Many call centers have unnecessarily complicated practices, which takes a major toll on customer service. Varying communication options, like call-back technology and live chat, provides a better call center...

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7 Annoying Aspects of Social Media Customer Service

While some businesses have a natural flair for social media, others sink more than they swim. Here are 10 habits to avoid if you’re trying to attract customers instead of annoy them.

1. Constantly patting your own back doesn’t convey quality work - it conveys egomania and maybe even a touch of delusion. Saying that you have the best products on the market doesn’t go far online; showing it is a much better use of your time.

2. When a customer goes out of their way to mention you in a post,...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part VI

For most businesses that haven’t already migrated their contact center to the cloud, the ultimate decision that needs to be made is not “whether” to take the step, but “why” and “when.” While continuing to acknowledge the cost and productivity benefits of making the transition, solution providers can also provide a plethora of additional incentives, including dramatically enhanced flexibility, creating a competitive advantage and increased functionality. As always, cloud solutions were plentiful...

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Pay Attention to Your SuperConsumers…it's best for your brand

The article written by Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales  Quaero

I just went back and reread this March article in the Harvard Business Review, “Make Your Best Customers Even Better.”  It’s a thoughtful piece that does a good job of defining the “superconsumer,” those customers who are, for myriad reasons, your best.  Note, superconsumers are not necessarily your “heaviest users or most frequent purchasers,” as the article points out. In fact, as you’ll read,...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part V

With customer expectations constantly rising, companies are seeking service options that allow people to get information, resolve issues and complete transactions more quickly and efficiently.  Innovative solutions abounded at Call Center Week with enhanced chat, co-browsing, click-to-call and IVR front and center. In this report, we review a few of the more interesting products presented on the exhibit floor.

Connect First From the customer perspective, the ongoing issue with IVR systems is that...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews- Part IV

Businesses are seeking innovative contact center solutions that enable them to engage customers via an expanded range of functionalities. Companies want their multichannel campaigns to deliver a consistent yet individualized message across every touch point, and even have the capability to bridge the gap between digital and print media.  Organizations also wish to be able to track calls, send out SMS and voice broadcast messages and deploy predictive dialing solutions that offer...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews Part III

Keeping employees engaged and motivated are the most important factors in establishing and maintaining a productive, effective contact center workforce.  Intelligent onboarding and consistent leadership are critical elements in the process. Some people in the industry also think of gamification as a powerful set of solutions to decrease turnover and improve productivity while others remain skeptical. In the next in our series of reports from Call Center Week, we offer perspectives from a pioneer...

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Meeting the Challenges of Omnichannel Customer Experience Requires the Marriage of People and Technology

By Chris Ezekiel, Founder & CEO, Creative Virtual

I have yet to have anyone involved with customer service and support try to convince me that providing successful omnichannel customer engagement is easy. The fact of the matter is that it can be extremely difficult and full of challenges. Even organisations with the best intentions can struggle without the proper strategy in place.

This was a common theme that ran through CRMXchange’s Tech Tank Roundtable on IVR and Self-Service held on 17 June....

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part II

One of the key measurements of success in any contact center environment is achieving a higher level of customer satisfaction. Businesses are increasing their use of sophisticated knowledge management tools, behavioral analytics, and contact center technologies to better engage their customers while improving agent performance and productivity.  Companies are seeking solutions that offer ease of implementation, flexibility and the potential for rapid ROI.  In this report on emerging...

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Call Center Week - Review and Interviews - Part 1

Call Center Week, widely recognized as one of the industry’s most comprehensive educational and product information events, continued its pattern of growth in 2014.  The event took place in Las Vegas June 9-13, with approximately 1,500 call center professionals, including experts from more than 150 exhibitors gathering at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to exchange ideas, explore emerging technologies, hear from leading authorities, and discuss what’s working in contact centers across a broad...

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