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Why You Need to Treat Your Business Relationships Personally

The Upsell

Relationships: Personal, business and customer are all the same. Sure the intent is different but when it comes down to how we make those connect, it doesn’t really matter the situation, because people are people.

How to Remove a Bad Customer Service Tattoo

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How can a business who has completely, though unintentionally, disappointed their customer, turn it around? It can happen. A bad experience can be permanent mark on a customer’s perception of a brand.

21 Customer Relationship Quotes that Will Warm Your Heart

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A good relationship is a good relationship. Whether it’s in your personal life or at work, the same advice around empathy, trust, compassion and effort all apply. Especially in the customer relationship. Look at your strongest and most long-standing friendships. What makes them work?

How to Answer an Angry One Star Review

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Online Reviews. Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Facebook, Local Search Directories like City Search…there are lots of opportunities for your customers to share their first, 3rd or last impression of your business. These can be extremely helpful for a few reasons: Correct misinformation.

Expert Forum: Choosing the Best Path for Transforming a Legacy Contact Center

The world’s most influential and customer-centric firms lead with technology, but do not let technology lead their customer relationships. Iconic firms – as such firms are labelled – recognize that providing exceptional customer experience is a key driver of increased revenue and brand loyalty. Register now to learn what strategies differentiate an iconic firm from other businesses

Equifax Breach Response Not So Customer Friendly

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A couple of days ago, Consumer Credit Report Agency Equifax, revealed that they had been breached, exposing personal information of about 143 million people in the U.S. and an undetermined number of Canadians and UK residents. Full disclosure: I used Equifax a few years ago to check my credit score.

How to Turn Loyal Customers into Brand Advocates

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What are your tips on transforming loyal customers into brand advocates? That was the question posed to me by Ashley Kaczmar, Community Manager at MartechExec, for the “advocacy, loyalty and referrals” area of their website.

How to be a Leader Every Day for your Customers

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I recently did a motivational customer service workshop for Quilchena Hotel and Douglas Lake Ranch where the focus was all about employee empowerment and being a leader. It was a great day, being surrounded by a great group of people.

What Happens When You Ruin Breakfast for Your Customer

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Breakfast is your first and most important meal of the day, and the experience can have a pretty big impact on your travel adventures. On a recent road trip, we took an unexpected pause in a cool little city that’s really defining its personality. Welcome to Olympia, Washington.

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.

4 Reasons Love Letters Make Your Customers Swoon

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What better way to show your customers you care than with a love letter. And it doesn’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day. Oh hello Valentine’s Day. That day when lovers demonstrate their affection with gifts, words of love or events to mark the occasion…or all three.

Twitter is Dead, Long Live Twitter (Ask your Customers)

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Twitter is dead. No one is on Twitter. Sound familiar? I’ve heard a lot about how Twitter is dying as a social media platform lately. Apparently no one is on it and we are wasting our time. The truth is, Twitter isn’t dead, it’s just changing.

How to Not Make Your Customers Feel Special, Courtesy of Canva

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Full disclosure: I used Canva to craft the header for this post. Dear Canva, I really do love your product and rely on it every day but your customer relationship building could use some work.

How Airlines Handle Trump’s Surprise Travel Ban

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Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a travel ban to the United States for citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for 90 days. This ban also seems to include legal U.S. residents like green card holders and dual-citizens, from re-entering the country. But to be honest, it’s all a. The post How Airlines Handle Trump’s Surprise Travel Ban appeared first on The Upsell.

Getting to Iconic – How leading brands balance technology and human talent to deliver exceptional CX

The world’s most influential and customer-centric firms lead with technology, but do not let technology lead their customer relationships. Iconic firms – as such firms are labelled – recognize that providing exceptional customer experience is a key driver of increased revenue and brand loyalty. Register now to learn what strategies differentiate an iconic firm from other businesses

Improve Customer Experience with the Help of These 4 Teams

Kayako

When we talk about customer experience, many of us think about support. We think about the touchpoints between customer and business when the customer needs help buying or using a product. These interactions make up part of the customer experience, but not all of it.

Listening to Customers Tells You Everything You Need to Know… - Transforming the Customer Experience

Kristina Evey

LISTEN to your Customers. Listening. We all know how to do it… but few know how to do it well … and it could be driving your customers away if you don’t do it well. Listen well and you’ll increase sales and customer loyalty.

How to Start Improving CX in the Real World

360Connext

I’m often asked how or where a company should start improving CX. While the answer may be a little different for everyone, it’s critical to start out right! However, very few leaders take a realistic approach.

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Mastering the Public Apology: The Most Epic Apology Letters of Our Time, and What Your Business Can Learn from Them

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rawpixel.com. From Papa John’s NFL apology to Louis C.K.’s s apology (or non-apology ) for sexual assault; brands in every industry are learning that the apology letter is an extremely difficult art form to master.

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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.

You’ve Got Data? Well Don’t Start There!

C3Centricity

Did the title about data make you curious? Great! Of course, in today’s data-rich environment I’m not really suggesting that you actually ignore it!

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Why Are Customers So Rude, Stupid, Entitled? (Or Important!)

Comm100

Many of you will be familiar with Google’s autocomplete feature – the suggested phrases which pop up when you start to type in a word or phrase, based on phrases other people have searched for.

Teleflora Business Blossoms with Consistent Customer Experiences

inContact

Who hasn’t been thrilled to receive a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers on a special occasion? A lot goes on behind the scenes to make that happen, and Teleflora® is a major driver of that process, connecting customers to more than 33,000 member and affiliated florists all over the world.

Do You Need to be Assertive to Provide Great Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

…here’s 7 ways to get you started This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You still haven’t learned how to speak up, huh? Maybe you’re just afraid of confrontation? I know, you don’t want to offend anyone, right?

Get the Stats- Don’t Become a Tragic Customer Experience Statistic

The results are in: only 2% of customers prefer chatbots. Yet 66% of businesses plan to use a chatbot this year, with the intention to improve customer satisfaction. Are you surprised? If so, you’re not alone. Understanding customer expectations is key to your CX strategy. But technology and consumer preferences change so fast. How well do you really know what your customers want?

What a Customer First Strategy Is (And what it’s not!)

C3Centricity

Everyone is talking about customer first strategies and why they are important. However walking the talk is a different matter! An interesting article on NewMR by Ray Poynter prompted this post.

Is it Time to Do Away with Market Research Departments?

C3Centricity

What’s your gut response to the title question about eliminating Market Research Departments? It depends? I am probably in the third camp. No, if it is a department that integrates and analyses information from multiple sources, and then delivers actionable insights and recommendations.

How to Use Continuous Improvement Strategies for Customer Experience Improvement

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In this day and age, all companies who want to get an edge over the competition must embrace customer experience continuous improvement as a strategy to ensure their customers receive great customer experiences.

Companies that Cheat are Dull: How to Ensure That You Shine!

C3Centricity

Why do companies still try to cheat their customers? There have been a lot of articles recently exposing the behaviors of organisations who clearly haven’t adopted a customer first strategy.

How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

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

5 Most Critical Elements of a Successful Contact Center Launch

BlueOcean

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.

Complaining Customers Are Your Best Customers. But Why?

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Introduction. If you work in customer service, chances are you know the signs of a complaining customer. You might recognize them by their pointed tones, their defensive, often raised voices (over email or live chat, this may present itself as all caps writing), and their creative use of insults.

Win the Customer Experience (CX) Game in Your Contact Center

inContact

We are moving from a service economy to an experience economy. Today’s customers are not just looking to get the right service at the right time at the right channel. They are looking for an experience that is immersive, engaging and proactive.

Uncovering the “why” delivers higher research ROI for CX leaders

Vision Critical

Note: This article is part of our ROI Matters series , which explores the value of research ROI to C-suite executives and leaders in product innovation , customer experience, marketing and customer insight. . It’s not enough to treat the symptoms of an illness—you need to understand the cause.

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Study: The Health of the Contact Center

What does it take to engage agents in this customer-centric era? Download our study of 1,000 contact center agents in the US and UK to find out what major challenges are facing contact center agents today – and what your company can do about it.

How to Set Goals & Build a Strategy to Drive Customer Experience Improvement

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Every company out there is trying to be more customer-centric, and the race for an excellent customer experience is heating up. Nowadays, having competitive prices and bombarding customers with advertisements and offers is not enough.

Never, Never, Never Give Up: How to Succeed When All Around You are Failing

C3Centricity

I heard a famous quote this morning from Winston Churchill’s address to Harrow School in the UK in 1941. It was certainly one of his shortest speeches but probably also his most quoted.

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How to Create the Perfect Customer Satisfaction Survey: Questions, Tips & Templates

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Running a successful business requires more than just a great product — it also means that you need to please your customers and ensure their satisfaction. However, knowing whether or not you are delivering service that meets their expectations can be difficult if you don’t reach out to them.

Christmas Gifts For Customers: 7 Thoughtful Ideas To Say Thank You

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Christmas is coming, and in the spirit of the season of giving, it’s a great time to show your customers how much you care about them with a gift or token of your appreciation.

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Best Practice Webinar: Conquering Attrition in the Contact Center

3 Imperatives to Engage and Retain Employees. Your frontline employees make or break your customer experience. Yet, attrition can mean delivering customer service with fewer and less-tenured employees, directly affecting your quality of service and forcing you to rethink your customer experience strategy. Join industry expert Lori Bocklund and Genesys experts to examine the root causes of contact center turnover. Learn how to conquer attrition with a hyper-focus on these key areas: Increase focus on coaching and development. Become more strategic in hiring and training. Discover new ways to engage your employees. Presented by. Lori Bocklund, President, Strategic Contact Inc. Cameron Smith, Global Director of Solution Strategy, Genesys. Steve Kosiba, Product Marketing Manager, Decisions & WFO, Genesys. March 21st, 2018 11 AM PST, 2 PM EST, 7 PM GMT. This webinar will be presented LIVE in North America! Not sure you have time to join the live session? Register anyway and we'll send you the recording afterward!