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Blue Ocean Promotes Sean Miller to Director of Workforce Management

BlueOcean

Sean Miller, Director of Workforce Management. Blue Ocean, an award-winning provider of customer care solutions, announces that Sean Miller has been promoted to Director of Workforce Management.

Are You Ready for the Future of Customer Service?

BlueOcean

Did you know that 32% of customers worldwide will quit doing business with a brand – even if they love it – because of just one bad experience? This statistic from a PwC survey is an eye-opener for any organization that interfaces with customers on a regular basis.

Secrets to Incredible Customer Service with Paul R. Jones

BlueOcean

When it comes to customer experience, there’s a lot of cross-over between the hospitality industry and the contact center industry. We’re both in the business of earning a customer’s repeat business through the quality of the experience we deliver.

Building the Contact Center SOW: The Framework for Success

BlueOcean

You’ve heard it before – stress is the outcome of reality not aligning with expectations. And nothing takes a toll on relationships quite as quickly as stress. When outsourcing your company’s customer support – whether for the first time or the fifth time – the relationship is understandably complex.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

5 Most Critical Elements of a Successful Contact Center Launch

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Contact center implementation is an art and a science, and over 24 years in business, we’ve learned exactly what it takes to make the smoothest transition possible.

Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible? [eBook]

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Your company is quick to outsource a handful of operational functions without a second thought – think: maintenance and cleaning crews, office supplies and equipment, and coffee and catering, among many others.

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4 Essential Resources to Read Before You Craft Your Contact Center RFP

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You’re no stranger to RFPs. Love them or hate them, the undeniable truth is that they’re crucial to making informed business decisions about future vendors and partners. The purpose of a contact center RFP is no different: it’s an essential process to use when choosing an outsourcer.

The Fundamental Guide to the Contact Center RFP

BlueOcean

Planning for 2019 already? You’re in good company. Contracting a new contact center outsourcer may be one of the most impactful decisions you make all year (no pressure, right?)

5 Insights About Sourcing and Developing Strategic Partnerships

BlueOcean

If your company is beginning the fiscal year in April, you likely have a stream of questions flowing through your mind. Are your goals for the fiscal year lining up with long-term priorities? Will your target budget support those goals?

The 3 Hottest Trends Impacting Outsourced Customer Care

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The only constant in the customer care world is change, and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. That’s why we’ve compiled these must-read articles to keep you updated and give you some food for thought as you think about the future of your outsourced customer care.

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The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

The Evolution of Self-Serve Customer Service

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Ever have one of those days when you simply don’t want to talk to anyone? That day inevitably coincides with the renewed urgency of the task you’ve been procrastinating over: calling customer service to fix your computer/check your warranty/renew your membership/reset your password.

Is Your Social Customer Service Already Stellar?

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If you answered the headline with a yes – give yourself a major pat on the back. You are out there setting the standard for others to follow (And please, get in touch so we can get you signed on for a guest blog spot).

Get The Ball Rolling – Motivating Staff After The Holidays

BlueOcean

It was the most wonderful time of the year and although some staff members are ready to get back into action straight away for the new year, some staff members need a little nudge.

Live Chat Best Practices

BlueOcean

In a world fueled by technology and a culture plagued by busy-ness, where many people turn to texting and instant messaging as their first and fastest route of communication, it makes sense why live chat is a growing channel for customer support.

Can You Train Contact Center Agents in Empathy?

BlueOcean

We already know most people hate calling tech support and even in basic customer service scenarios, consumers prefer to use self-serve options over contacting a customer service agent directly.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

The Truth About Attrition in the Contact Center

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At first glance, attrition seems like a chink in the armor for contact centers. Across every industry, the fact that people leave their jobs and move on is a basic truth, but in the contact center, the attrition metric receives quite of a bit of negative attention.

Evolving Customer Service to the Next Level in 2017

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The evolution of the self-serve customer service solution isn’t exactly headline news as we enter this new year. We all know that many, if not most, consumers today prefer to avoid interacting with a live customer service representative if a self-serve option is available.

The State of Social Customer Support in 2018

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Remember when social media was the young upstart of the customer care channels and voice was still king? Way back in the good old days of the early 2010s… It seems like a lifetime ago that we were asking ourselves how to handle customers in such a public forum.

Is It Time to Outsource? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Every day, we interact with executives who are in the early stages of discovery, looking for ways to improve their customer experience and/or drive cost out of their customer care model. The conversations often revolve around whether the time is right for them to consider an outsourced model.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

Navigating Generational Differences in the Contact Center Workforce

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What makes a great contact center agent isn’t as easy to define as you might expect.

AI and Customer Care: The Future is Here

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Siri, Alexa, and OK Google… these are the virtual interactions that Sci-Fi movies have portrayed for decades past. The future is, it seems, here at our fingertips. These technologies are sparking new expectations in today’s consumers on an almost daily basis.

Ready or Not: AI Customer Service Will Change Your Business and Brand

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Say hello to the future: the robots are right here. Artificial intelligence is flipping all kinds of traditional business models on their heads. In the customer support space, AI is changing the customer experience for better or for worse depending on the elegance of your deployment.

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What’s the State of Work-at-Home in Customer Care in 2017?

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About five years ago, we entered a discussion with a prospective client. They had been outsourcing their customer service to a call center with a predominantly “work-at-home” (WAH) model and one of the first questions they asked us was about work-at-home agents.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Cross-Trained Contact Center Agents

BlueOcean

One of the fundamental questions that gets asked in the call center services procurement process is: will we have a dedicated team of agents or will they be shared? It’s a great question and seems pretty straightforward, right? A dedicated team is always the best solution … or is it?

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Hiring Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

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Are you exploring outsourcing for the first time? Or perhaps you’re looking for a better alternative to your current contact center vendor? Either way, the idea of trusting someone else to take care of your customers can be overwhelming.

Here’s an Idea: Put Millennials’ Needs First

BlueOcean

The oldest Millennials are now hitting their late 30s (gulp… really?) They make up more than 30% of the workforce with a cohort that consists of 75 million people. What does that mean for outsourced contact center employers?

Is the Customer Really Always Right?

BlueOcean

It may seem outrageous to those in the customer service business, but the answer is most definitely “no.” Nowhere in the call center industry is this more evident than in insurance claims support scenarios.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.

IVR Custom Integration for a Multinational Communications Corporation: A Case Study

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The Client. This multinational communications, electronics and IT corporation has a health solutions arm delivering connected devices for which Blue Ocean provides both sales support and customer service support. The Challenge.

What You Need to Know When Looking for a New Contact Center Outsourcer [Slideshare]

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Looking for a new contact center outsourcer is rarely as simple as it sounds. That’s why we’ve pulled together our top “How To” procurement tips so you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the resources.

New Year, New Contact Center RFP? 10 Mistakes to Avoid

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If enhancing your customer experience is a strategic priority over the next 12 months, you might be looking at putting out a contact center RFP or RFI early in the new year.

5 Top Procurement Tips for Seeking an Outsourced Contact Center

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Looking for an outsourced contact center partner is one of the most complex undertakings for any strategic sourcing professional. It requires a thorough understanding of the contact center world as well as the inner workings of your organization’s processes, business objectives, and brand promises.

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.

How Does Customer Experience Impact Angry Customers?

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We don’t want to ruin your good mood, but humor us for a moment and think back to a time when a company made you angry. Specifically, remember that moment you contacted customer service because of some error, mishap, or malfunction, only to hang up the phone feeling even more irritated.

Customer Journey Mapping in the Contact Center

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Think back, for a moment, a time when you made a purchase of a product, service, or membership that has, for any number of reasons, caused you stress. Maybe the payment didn’t go through, maybe something was broken or malfunctioning, maybe it’s just not what you expected.

7 Crucial Questions to Ask in the Contact Center Procurement Process

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Some of our most popular blog posts are the ones that help potential clients navigate their way through the procurement process for contact center services – especially content that looks at what questions to ask potential vendors.

Improving Customer Access to Tech Support: A Case Study

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The Client : A young, dynamic company founded seven years ago and headquartered in Canada’s “Silicon Valley,” our client is a tech company established with the goal of disrupting the mobility sector.

How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.