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The Customer-First Experience: Are Brands Really Prepared to Deliver?

Calabrio

It’s no secret that smart businesses are prioritizing customer needs above all else, and putting the customer first is imperative for them to compete.

Contact Centers aren’t Ready for Omnichannel

Calabrio

The potential of “omnichannel” when it comes to contact centers is undeniable.

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4 ways to keep your contact center agents engaged

Calabrio

To the outside observer, advancements in modern technology have diminished the importance of contact agents. The telephone is no longer the only way to contact a company, and email and social media options are more appealing to a lot of people.

CMO, meet your new best friend: The contact center

Calabrio

5 Tips for Hiring a Great Customer Support Team

Customer support is the most important job in your company, so it pays to hire right

3 Customer Engagement Trends to Watch in 2017

Calabrio

With 2016 behind us, we’re wondering what we can glean from the flurry of predictions, prophecies and prognostications for 2017. Here are three key trends to watch: 1. CMOs will spend more on tech than CIOs.

To Bot or Not to Bot?

Calabrio

Recently, Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference that it would allow businesses to build “bot” technology for Facebook Messenger. Chatbots are equipped to answer basic questions from customers, accept orders, and provide general customer assistance.

Customer Experience Nightmares: Get Ahead of Issues with Topic Modeling

Calabrio

Companies often take a reactive approach to important decisions about their customers because “hindsight is always 20/20.” The problem with hindsight is that it doesn’t always help brands fix issues until it’s too late.

3 Ways Integrated Analytics Can Solve Your Data Nightmare

Calabrio

When it comes to making operations more efficient, most executives know they need to leverage data to identify areas of improvement. Data collection and storage is manageable, but executives can easily find themselves with a mountain of information and more questions than answers.

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The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

This cheat sheet covers ten fundamentals of customer service to help your business excel.

Three Reasons Your Contact Center Needs to Go Digital

Calabrio

When you close your eyes and imagine a contact center, what do you see? Is it a dim and dusty room filled with rows of headset wearing agents, half-heartedly responding to customer complaints?

Speech Analytics: Five Ways to Set Your Company up for Success

Calabrio

Speech analytics is a huge opportunity for brands. If you aren’t at least considering speech analytics for your contact center, you risk missing out on valuable information that can improve the entire customer experience. While many companies know that speech analytics is something they should do, the question we hear most often is: where do I start? Recently, I co-hosted a webinar with Donna Fluss, President of DMG Consulting, titled “Speech Analytics: Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid.”

Why Random Sampling Alone is Not Enough to Ensure Contact Center Quality

Calabrio

Having worked in the contact center industry for many years, I’ve become very familiar with how important random call sampling is to quality assurance. It’s a practice that most, if not all, contact center leaders rely on to measure agent performance and ensure quality customer service.

Breaking down silos in the multichannel contact center

Calabrio

One of the most confounding challenges for modern contact center leaders is reporting on any performance metric that requires information from more than one system or application, each of which is a self-contained silo of data.

The Top Trend to Change Our Industry in the Next Five Years

Calabrio

We think about analytics frequently at Calabrio. We think about how to improve the use of data, how best to implement analytics strategies, and how to make that data work in meaningful ways for businesses like yours. It’s not just because we’re data lovers (we are!), it’s because we know analytics is the key to unlocking what’s been so close yet so out of reach for so long—the voice of the customer.

What Makes a Successful Voice of the Customer Program

Learn how to build, maintain, and sustain an effective results-driven VoC program.

7 Top Priorities for the Future of Customer Engagement

Calabrio

CEO of Calabrio shares his predictions for the Contact Center, for 2016 and Beyond. The “smart” technology that revolutionized our cell phones is finding its way into just about everything: medical devices, baby monitors, smoke detectors, thermostats, running shoes, even cows. Yes, cows: A company in the Netherlands developed a sensor that attaches to a cow’s ear, monitors its vital signs and transmits the data to a computer, which reports back to the farmer via email or text.

Nine Myths to Debunk for a Data-Powered Contact Center

Calabrio

As customers become more empowered through technology, so must the organizations that serve them. Analytics in the data-powered contact center are proven to drive KPIs across key metrics, including first contact resolution, cross promotions and overall customer satisfaction.

Your Contact Center is a Hotbed for Customer Engagement: Here’s Why

Calabrio

We know that when a brand delivers great customer experience, customers are more likely to establish a positive connection and long-term loyalty towards that brand. Given this, most companies, including your own, spend countless hours and resources looking for ways to improve customer experience strategies. However, the customer experience is only a part of the equation.

Guest Post: Springtime Renewal in the Contact Center

Calabrio

Springtime is traditionally a time of renewal, refreshment and rebirth. We think about spring cleaning our homes, offices, cars and anywhere else we have spent a lot of time during the long and often gloomy winter days.

How to Build Great Customer Journeys

Make Each Touchpoint a Meaningful Experience

Top 3 Insights from the 2016 Global Contact Center Benchmarking Report

Calabrio

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in this industry for more than a decade, it’s that when things change, they change very quickly. At Calabrio, we like to stay ahead of the curve so we can meet our customers where they want to be tomorrow, instead of where they were yesterday. We do this in many ways, one of which is staying up to date on industry research.

Your Contact Center Superhero

Calabrio

Your contact center is a superhero? You might be surprised—after all, contact centers are often: Under-valued by the larger organization. Under-funded. Viewed purely as a cost center. The first place budget is cut when the need arises. And staffed by entry-level employees.

How Analytics Technology is Changing the Contact Center

Calabrio

The contact center as profit driver: it keeps popping up on lists of top business trends for 2016. Surveys show 3 in 4 organizations now view the contact center as a key differentiator—no longer just a cost center. Despite this big talk, most organizations are doing a terrible job of extracting business value from their contact centers. In the last year, U.S. contact centers racked up more than 200 billion minutes of inbound calling.

Top Eight Reasons to Catalyze Your Customer-Conscious Corporate Strategy

Calabrio

Sure, we have a bias, but our belief that Calabrio ONE is the most innovative and visionary customer engagement and analytics technology available today is based on eight solid reasons.

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

News Flash: The Next Generation Wants Digital Communication

Calabrio

Our world is digital and there’s no getting around it. We trip over it everywhere—people are on their laptops, phones and tablets searching the web, surfing social networks and downloading apps, all while walking down the street. This digital generation is also making strong judgments about the quality of service they’re receiving from brands on these channels. So, any organization whose bottom line is directly impacted by customer experience must go digital, too.

Top 5 Tips to Motivate Contact Center Agents

Calabrio

Your contact center agents are your company’s face to the outside world. They’re your frontline to your customers, the ones you trust to maintain those critical buyer relationships. But their jobs aren’t easy ones. And those roles are vulnerable to high turnover.

Bringing Customer Experience into Higher Focus

Calabrio

Last month, Adobe Marketing VP, John Travis, shared insights from Adobe’s 2016 Digital Trends report, including which opportunities businesses are most excited about this year. The number one response? Customer Experience. “In In 2014, it emerged as a top priority for marketers.

3 Reasons Contact Center Analytics Fails

Calabrio

Timely insights about customer behavior. Better understanding of what your customers experience. Happier contact center agents. More loyal customers. Sounds great, right? The potential for contact center analytics is high. But reality often falls short. Here are three main reasons why.

How Does Customer Experience Impact Angry Customers?

Let's look at how the customer experience of an angry customer informs strategy, and how companies can transform frustrated customers into delighted ones.

Three Ways to Ramp Up Contact Center Quality Assurance

Calabrio

Smart contact center leaders know that the benefits of a strong quality assurance program stretch far beyond the walls of the contact center. By continually assessing agent performance and call quality, organizations can protect their bottom line by pinpointing areas to improve the customer experience. This ultimately leads to increased customer retention and loyalty.

Omnichannel is Here: The Case for a Digital Contact Center

Calabrio

Many of us rely on GPS navigation while driving to avoid getting lost on our way to a destination. However, a good GPS isn’t static; it will offer up alternate routes depending on things like traffic and road closures. Essentially, it knows that there is never just one way to get somewhere and it adjusts its strategy accordingly. In the same way, customers choose to use different channels to meet specific needs they have (conflict avoidance, convenience, speed/immediacy, etc.),

Building a Business Case for Customer Analytics

Calabrio

If you are in a product or service-oriented industry, it should come as no surprise that the way you engage with your customers means everything. How well you know them, whether you can provide personalized service, and if you can earn their trust and loyalty can all mean the difference between your customers spending their money with you or with your competitors. In a high stakes competition for customers, it’s important to ask yourself: Are you doing enough?

Why Self-Service is the Future of Customer Engagement

Calabrio

As consumers, we all love the convenience of online self-service. We can buy products or find information online, 24/7, in our PJs, from our patio, if that’s what we want do. We’ve come to expect immediate gratification via electronic service delivery.

Are Your Technology Decisions Killing Your Customer Experience?

Read this eBook to learn how your database technology decisions can affect your ability to deliver either a transformational customer experience or a lackluster, dissatisfying encounter that benefits your competitors, not your bottom line.

Business FOMO: You Might Have the Data, But is Your C-Suite Missing Out on Profitable Insights?

Calabrio

Most executives know that collecting data is central to making operations efficient. However, the typical data collection systems don’t allow companies to extract the full value from that data. Companies have to stop thinking that collecting and storing data is enough. Whether structured or unstructured, the purpose of data is to extract insights to support more accurate decision making.

What Cable Providers Can Teach Your Business About Customer Service

Calabrio

When it comes to delivering excellent customer service, most people would say the cable industry isn’t exactly a shining example of customer satisfaction. Historically, their reputation in this arena has been acceptable at best, and more often described as “nightmarish.”

Align CX to Drive Tangible Business Results

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Depth of Insight + Breadth of Influence = Speed of Success Register Now – June 22, 2017 Based on the 2016 CXEvolution Survey by MaritzCX, only thirty-eight percent of customer service (CX) professionals say their programs are successful.

Hypothesis Journey Maps: Necessary AND Dangerous

Kerry Bodine

I recently received this question from a reader in the UK: Which is more effective, creating journey maps based on actual customer stories or creating journey maps based on stories created (imagined) by employees? That’s a great question.

5 Customer Satisfaction Templates You Can Use Right Away

Begin or improve your customer satisfaction program with these 5 ready to use templates.