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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

9 Ways Millennials Have Transformed Contact Center Customer Experience

NICE inContact

Years before this generation’s full influence will be felt, however, millennial preferences have already changed how contact centers think about customer experience. Read on to learn the 9 things that millennials are expecting from the organizations they buy from and interact with, and how you can adjust your contact center to exceed their customer experience expectations. Proactive Rather than Reactive Customer Service.

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.

Are You Prepared to Offer Customer Service via Text/SMS?

NICE inContact

This flexibility of communication is precisely why it continues to amaze me how slow businesses have been to adopt text/SMS as a channel for communicating with their customers. . Consumers want SMS as an option to communicate with customer service/support.

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.

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.

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.

Meeting and Exceeding Millennial Demands: A Lesson from Mortgage Customer Service

NICE inContact

Internet, personal computers, and even phones have evolved to unimaginable capabilities, transforming the contact center industry, and for that matter the business world. When we engage a company we want to communicate on the channel that is most convenient for us. Social media.

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.

Can Social Media Generate Revenue?

Brad Cleveland

Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has been interacting with customers through social channels since 2010. They currently have a team of 150 agents dedicated to social interactions, operating 24/7 and supporting 14 languages. You bet.

Is Social Media a Risk?

Brad Cleveland

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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. With the addition of more channels and pseudo omnichannel service, companies should be asking questions like: Which channels do customers prefer to use most often? Do certain channels illicit more honesty?

Contact Center Trends and Predictions 2018

CSM Magazine

The customer experience industry is changing at an unprecedented pace and businesses must prepare for dynamic developments throughout the coming year. At Echo-U, our customer service advisors engage best with intuitive and flowing technologies. Open all hours (and all channels!).

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.”

Top Priorities in Customer-Centric Contact Centers

RapportBoost

Did you miss this Customer Experience Update Webinar from the end of November? Read the transcript below: Nicholas Rodriguez: …the highest priorities for Contact Centers that focus on the customer. There are many channels and customers often have strong preferences.

Multichannel Contact Centers, by the Numbers

Brad Cleveland

How many organizations are using various contact channels? Recent research (Understanding the Customer Journey, a study conducted by ICMI and LiveOps, 2015) explored channel usage in service settings.

GM Leverages AI in Social Customer Care

Brad Cleveland

GM, America’s largest automobile manufacturer, has more than 17 million social brand mentions and engages in more than 400,000 customer care conversations each year. GM set (and met) two aggressive goals to support their customer-centric vision.

Social Media Presence vs. Social Media Customer Care

Brad Cleveland

According to ICMI’s recent research report The Normalization of Social Customer Care, 73% of organizations report having a social media presence, but only 39% formally support it as a customer care channel. That leaves 34% of organizations with a presence, but without customer care for social media. … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Multi-channel Support Research/Statistics Social Media customer access strategy

Q&A on Social Media Customer Support

Brad Cleveland

Is your organization waking up to the complexities of providing social media customer support? An interview that I did with Salesforce.com provides answers to many common questions about social media customer support. Call Center Contact Center Customer Access Strategy Customer Service Multi-channel Support Social Media customer access customer access strategy strategy

Communicating Access Alternatives to Customers

Brad Cleveland

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The Essential Guide to Customer Service Outsourcing

Magellan Solutions

Customer support outsourcing services help in responding immediately to your customers. So you do not have to worry if you are losing money on unattended customers. It is for this reason that companies invest in customer service. .

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). Social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram wouldn’t be released until three or four years later. Take your Contact Center to the Next Level.

Measuring Social Interactions

Brad Cleveland

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The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 20: TEDx: Thriving in an Always-On World

Brad Cleveland

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 20: TEDx: Thriving in an Always-On World Being always connected…is it a blessing or a curse? Are we in charge, or are we slaves to our smartphones?

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.

Recent WebTV Interview on Customer Service Trends

Brad Cleveland

In this 12-minute interview, we discuss the trends shaping service and how to meet today’s fast-evolving customer expectations. Earlier this week, I joined Laura Sikorski on the WebTV show, Sikorski’s Think Abouts.

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 12: The Keys to Social Customer Service

Brad Cleveland

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 12: The Keys to Social Customer Service Being part of “the conversation”—listening to customers and interacting with them where they are—was until recently a powerful differentiator.

Social Customer Care: Listen, Learn, and Dialogue

Brad Cleveland

Let me give you three steps that are absolutely fundamental in delivering services through social channels. You don’t just walk into a room and start talking, and that’s just as true in the social world.

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 11: A Multichannel World

Brad Cleveland

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 11: A Multichannel World If you were to walk into an Amazon.com customer contact center, you’d see desks turned sideways so that Fire tablet support agents have a neutral background for video calls (one-way, agent-to-customer).

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Customer Service Trends 2017: An Effortless Customer Experience is Vital for Loyalty

Kayako

“In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. Customers expect top-notch service, with no patience or loyalty for companies that don’t provide it. Your customers want to help themselves.

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