Remove Contact Center Remove Customer Service Remove Multi-Channel Remove omnichannel

Scaling a Customer Centric Culture in Your Contact Center

NICE inContact

Contact centers of today are not just customer service centers. They are the epicenters of lasting customer experiences (CX) that help brands differentiate and compete better. Get ready for digital-first customers.

Text / SMS in the Contact Center – Inbound, Outbound, Omnichannel

NICE inContact

Fast forward to 2017: an astounding 15 million plus text messages are sent every minute of the day across the globe, but only a fraction of all those texts are customer service related. Customer expectations are fairy straight forward, as they use SMS / text on a daily basis.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

5 Key Technologies for the Future of Digital Customer Service

NICE inContact

It’s an important concept for any company considering digital customer service integration. You don’t simply want to plan for your current customer service needs. Most customers expect a self-service option on websites, and they want speed combined with personalization.

Text / SMS in the Contact Center – Inbound, Outbound, Omnichannel

NICE inContact

Fast forward to 2017: an astounding 15 million plus text messages are sent every minute of the day across the globe, but only a fraction of all those texts are customer service related. Customer expectations are fairly straight forward, as they use SMS / text on a daily basis.

The History of Customer Service in 500 Words

NICE inContact

And as long as there have been customers, there has been customer service. Even as professional merchants began to flourish about 3,000 years ago, every exchange of goods and services remained face to face. That meant customer service was tailored to each individual.

Why Digital Customer Service Depends on Software and Soft Skills

NICE inContact

If delivering extraordinary digital customer service were as simple as following a formula, everyone would be doing it. In fact, 89% of tweets from customers to businesses still go unanswered, and poor customer service is one of the main reasons for customer churn. Clearly there’s plenty of room for improvement in customer service. When most customers are expecting a response in under an hour, agents really must be on point.

3 Ways to Streamline Digital Customer Service Integration

NICE inContact

Digital customer service and business both move at the speed of now. This is why digital customer service is such a good fit for business and why integration needs to be seamless. The case for digital customer service integration is clear: Companies using digital channels for customer service can increase customer engagement and answer more customer queries without any additional resources.

Omnichannel Customer Experience = Omnipresent + Omniscient Agents

NICE inContact

Digital is the new norm, and it’s disrupting the way customers communicate with brands. With the proliferation of newer digital devices and channels, customers prefer to reach brands through digital channels rather than voice channels. But companies deploying and promoting digital customer service channels, like chat or SMS, are not seeing the results with NPS, containment, and agent efficiency. Building omnichannel experience is not easy.

Why Great Digital Customer Service Needs Vision and Commitment

NICE inContact

Great things require patience and development, and the same goes for digital customer service. It’s easy to integrate the right digital customer service solution, but taking full advantage of it requires a real adaptation to communicating with digital customers on social channels. It’s a long-term process that isn’t just about changing software, but about changing the way marketing and customer service teams talk to customers.

Why Digital Customer Service Depends on Software and Soft Skills

NICE inContact

If delivering extraordinary digital customer service were as simple as following a formula, everyone would be doing it. In fact, 89% of tweets from customers to businesses still go unanswered, and poor customer service is one of the main reasons for customer churn.

Digital Omnichannel: Most Businesses Aren’t Where They Need to Be

NICE inContact

The line between traditional and digital communications has blurred, and savvy customers are demanding more from the companies they do business with. One top demand is for true omnichannel customer service , no matter the channel. We reported in the 2018 NICE inContact Customer Experience (CX) Transformation Benchmark that 91% of consumers expect a seamless omnichannel experience. To find out, we surveyed over 900 contact center decision makers.

Make Chat a Success in Your Contact Center – 5 Best Practices

NICE inContact

Are you looking into implementing chat as a new channel in you contact center? Or are you already using chat, but looking into how to improve the way you manage the channel? Here are some best practices that may help make chat a success in your contact center.

How Businesses Can Create Incredible CX

NICE inContact

Whether it's candle fragrances, ice cream flavors, or shoe colors, businesses have to cater to their customers' demands for options. Customer service is no different. Consumers value choice.

5 Key Technologies for the Future of Digital Customer Service

NICE inContact

It’s an important concept for any company considering digital customer service integration. You don’t simply want to plan for your current customer service needs. Digital customer service is evolving quickly, and this change hopefully comes in tandem with important developments in your business — namely growth. Most customers expect a self-service option on websites, and they want speed combined with personalization. 2) Omnichannel Coverage.

Are You Meeting Your Customers’ Expectations for Omnichannel Service?

NICE inContact

How often do you actually ask customers how they feel about the service they receive, what their expectations are, or how they would prefer to contact your business? If you’re like most customer service organizations, probably not as much or as often as you’d like.

The Digital Revolution: Best-in-Class Digital Experiences

NICE inContact

1) Centrally managing next generation digital interactions in the contact center. Today in most company’s ownership of digital channels is siloed outside the contact center, typically in marketing. 2) Adding support for digital messaging and real-time channels.

5 Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

NICE inContact

At NICE inContact, we’re always thinking about digital customer service. We love finding ways to make customers happy and helping businesses raise the bottom line while doing it. We’ve looked at the trends, we’ve listened to customers, and now we’ve put our key learnings together. So here are 5 ways to improve your customer service. Following these tips will cut costs and increase revenue — all while making your customers happier and more loyal.

The History of Customer Service in 500 Words

NICE inContact

And as long as there have been customers, there has been customer service. Even as professional merchants began to flourish about 3,000 years ago, every exchange of goods and services remained face to face. That meant customer service was tailored to each individual. Until relatively recently a merchant knew all his customers and therefore had a personal interest in taking care of them. From phone service to digital.

Make Chat a Success in Your Contact Center – 5 Best Practices

NICE inContact

Are you looking into implementing chat as a new channel in you contact center? Or are you already using chat, but looking into how to improve the way you manage the channel? Here are some best practices that may help make chat a success in your contact center. In other words: more customers are using chat to interact with more companies. If you already support chat, we have some suggestions that help you make even better use of the channel.

Not Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket – How Businesses Are Allocating CX Funds

NICE inContact

The next year should be one of substantial investment by businesses in their service channels, and that’s great news for their customers. The latest results and analysis appear in the 2019 NICE inContact Customer Experience (CX) Transformation Benchmark.

5 Ways That Digital Customer Service Is Influencing Customer Expectations

NICE inContact

It’s common for blogs related to customer service and customer experience to talk about how the increasing ubiquity of social media requires fundamental changes in the way that brands should conceive of customer service. Social media is a relatively new medium of communication, and brands certainly must tailor their tone of voice and style of interaction to social channels. We can’t say it enough: Customer service needs to be personalized.

Why Multi-Touch Matters more than Multi-Channel

Avaya

When it comes to customer service, it seems that change is the only constant. I know you’ve heard it all before; how single channel service evolved into multi-channel service evolved into omni-channel service. The Multi-touch Difference.

Are Your Customers as Satisfied as You Think They Are?

NICE inContact

We live in an omnichannel customer service world now. Emerging technologies and changing consumer demands fundamentally have shifted the way businesses interact with their customers. This dynamic has created a scenario in which organizations have to offer many more service channels than in the past in order to address the wide spectrum of preferences and capabilities of their customer base.

How Businesses Can Create Incredible CX

NICE inContact

Whether it’s candle fragrances, ice cream flavors, or shoe colors, businesses have to cater to their customers’ demands for options. Customer service is no different. Much has been written about the growth of self-service technologies, like mobile apps and chatbots. Customers still value the option of interacting with agents. We asked them about a number of key CX-related topics, including plans to invest in their service operations.

Cheat Sheet for Building the Best Chatbot

NICE inContact

The chatbot revolution is here, and having a bot that can talk to your customers online is key to your brand’s success and future growth. Don’t try to fool your customers into thinking your chatbot is a human agent. 5) Specify your customer’s interests.

Advanced Chat for CXone: Vera Bradley’s Journey to Excellence

NICE inContact

Vera Bradley’s customers reflect the colorful vibrance of this popular accessories brand. It’s all part of a robust customer experience , a central focus for a company that’s grown over the years by not only listening to but delighting its customers. When Vera Bradley introduced web chat in 2011, customers embraced it wholeheartedly. Customers were sending an important message.

5 Reasons Customers Love Chatbots

NICE inContact

Chatbots are a kind of silver bullet to fulfill the needs of today’s demanding digital customers. Let’s take a closer look at 5 reasons customers love AI-driven chatbots. 1) Customers expect self-service options. While customers still like talking to human customer service agents when they have complicated issues that need real interaction, these days most customers also expect websites to provide self-service options.

The Digital Revolution: Best-in-Class Digital Experiences

NICE inContact

1) Centrally managing next generation digital interactions in the contact center. Today in most company’s ownership of digital channels is siloed outside the contact center, typically in marketing. Marketing staff assigned to monitor these channels lack all the necessary skills to provide timely and complete answers The focus of marketing when monitoring digital channels is for brand reputation, not service.

3 Reasons to Focus on Your Weakest Customer Service Channel

NICE inContact

“You are only as good as your weakest channel.” – Nancy Jamison, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. This is one of our favorite quotes from a leading analyst in the contact center space. It speaks to the changing customer landscape and the importance of staying up-to-date on what technology customers actually want to use – not the technology you think they want to use. See if it sparks you to rethink your weakest channel.

Answers to Some of Your Most Pressing CX Questions Are Just a Download Away

NICE inContact

Does your company have a true understanding of what your customers want, need and think? Specifically, how do your customers feel about your customer service? How about the latest digital channels? Are you being realistic about whether your customer service really satisfies your customers? Are you delivering seamless omnichannel customer experiences and creating promotors rather than detractors?

Honeywell Transforms Its Business with the CXone Solution

NICE inContact

As a multi-industry manufacturing company, Honeywell develops solutions around energy and efficiency. The company determined that customer experience excellence could be the catalyst for many of the business transformations it wanted to achieve. Honeywell not only established customer experience as a top priority but made it a corporate initiative. However, moving to NICE inContact — and the cloud — has enabled Honeywell to elevate its customer service to a whole new level.

Carlson Rezidor Delivers More Exceptional Customer Experiences, Even during Holidays

NICE inContact

For hospitality leaders like Carlson Rezidor, this last push of the season brings high volumes of reservations across its properties along with high expectations for exceptional customer experiences. Because our customers are no longer waiting on hold.

What You Need to Know About Omnichannel

NICE inContact

Today’s customers expect omnichannel. customer service. How is omnichannel customer service different from (or: better than?) multichannel customer service? Here’s the basics on what’s what between “multi” and “omni” – and why you should care. That is not surprising because the number of channels we use to interact with family, friends or colleagues in our personal life has been growing steadily, too.

5 Ways to Become an Omnichannel Customer Experience Pro

Avaya

Consider how much has changed over the last decade in terms of technology and the customer experience (CX). At the time, sophisticated interaction channels like social media, web chat and presence were available to enhance the CX. Take your Contact Center to the Next Level.

Which Channels do Customers Trust the Most?

NICE inContact

If you’re in Customer Service, you’ve heard of “omnichannel”. The challenge is the human interface, both the consumer wanting (or not wanting) omnichannel integration , and the agent actually incorporating all channels in the right way. Omnichannel is a nice buzzword, and many corporations will invest in it, but it will be a long time before everyone is doing it well. Do certain channels illicit more honesty? Customers Text Honestly.

Carlson Rezidor Delivers More Exceptional Customer Experiences, Even during Holidays

NICE inContact

For hospitality leaders like Carlson Rezidor, this last push of the season brings high volumes of reservations across its properties along with high expectations for exceptional customer experiences. During this “low season,” many hospitality contact centers evaluate previous high season performance and customer satisfaction levels in order to address and improve key performance indicators (KPIs) like call abandonment.

4 tips to make multiple channels work for your business

NewVoiceMedia

That’s why savvy companies need to ensure they have a seamless, integrated omnichannel solution to offer truly competitive customer service. The best way to keep customer interactions streamlined is to use a single, centralised platform to track and assign incoming queries.

Tips 208

Article on Customer Service Trends

Brad Cleveland

Sam Del Rowe recently wrote an article for www.destinationcrm.com titled “The Top Customer Service Trends: Building Better Service Beyond Voice.”

Get out of the Queue: Drive Your CX with Attribute Matching

Avaya

At this point, nearly every company is working overtime to realign around two simple words: customer experience (CX). Just consider that 70% of buying experiences are now based on how customers feel they are being treated. Every customer is familiar with the call queue.

WebHelp and Swedish Rail — Customer Experience on the Right Track

NICE inContact

NICE inContact research confirms this trend: Agent-assisted digital channels are gaining ground, with the largest growth in the agent-assisted web chat. SMS and mobile apps also have made gains, though less than chat channels (find more details here ). Companies face growing customer expectations — they want a true omnichannel experience supporting more and more digital channels.