Wanted: Customer Service Change Agents for Contact Centers

Tricia Morris

Customers are changing the game when it comes to customer service, by changing the channels they use most. For the first time in the history of Forrester Research’s North American Consumer Technographics Customer Life Cycle Survey , respondents now say they are using self-service FAQ pages on a company’s website more often than speaking with a live agent on the phone. Contact centers are working to address this growing and changing channel use.

Four Best Practices in Mobile Customer Service

Brad Cleveland

Mobile is developing at lightning speed—literally by the day. It represents a serious threat to organizations that don’t evolve their services—but is a significant opportunity for those who shape strategies that meet or redefine customer expectations.

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.

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 15: Getting Mobile Customer Service Right

Brad Cleveland

The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 15: Getting Mobile Customer Service Right There are an estimated 7 billion active mobile phone subscriptions today—one for every living person on the planet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Shaping Your Mobile Customer Service Strategy

Brad Cleveland

Mobile is developing at lightning speed—literally by the day. It represents a serious threat to organizations that don’t evolve their services, but is a significant opportunity for those who shape strategies that meet or redefine customer expectations. Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Mobile ICMI mobile customer service strategy

Creating Mobile Services? Get the Contact Center Involved Early

Brad Cleveland

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Mobile Customer Support

Brad Cleveland

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Developing a Mobile Customer Access Strategy

Brad Cleveland

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Staffing for Mobile Services

Brad Cleveland

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For the First Time Ever, the Customer Is in Control

Brad Cleveland

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Staffing for Mobile

Brad Cleveland

The Magnitude of Mobile

Brad Cleveland

Need a reason to refine your mobile strategy? Here are some statistics that remind us of how ubiquitous mobile devices have become. There are now 8 billion active mobile subscriptions – more than the population of the planet.

Mobile Customer Support – It Takes a Cross-Functional, Unified Strategy

Brad Cleveland

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How’s Your Mobile Customer Support?

Brad Cleveland

Here’s a number that should encourage all of us to take another look at our mobile customer service strategy. Call Center Contact Center Customer Access Strategy Customer Service Mobile Multi-channel Support Brad Cleveland idc mobile customer service strategy

Developing a Mobile Customer Access Strategy

Brad Cleveland

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Cell Phone Inventor Predicts the Next Big Thing

Brad Cleveland

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Smartphone Growth

Brad Cleveland

mobile subscribers aged 13 and older owned a smartphone. The highest adoption rates belong to mobile subscribers aged 25-34 (88.9%), and 18-24 (88.6%). As of December 2014, nearly 75% of all U.S.

Are Your Mobile Apps Ready for Prime Time?

Brad Cleveland

In results that were probably no surprise, a Compuware study found that customers have little tolerance for glitchy or unstable mobile apps. Get your apps in good shape and, by all means, don’t dither—get them out there.

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Smartphone Statistics

Brad Cleveland

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A Fundamental Shift in Customer Service

Brad Cleveland

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Best Practices in Mobile Customer Access Strategies

Brad Cleveland

Mobile is often referred to as a “channel” in contact center circles… but it’s, of course, much more. So, how do you get started? Let’s begin with a short note on definition.

Get It Right with Mobile Apps

Brad Cleveland

Mobile apps are an important part of the emerging customer service landscape. In results that are probably no surprise, a recent Compuware study found that customers have little tolerance for glitchy or unstable mobile apps.

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The Channels of Service Organizations Provide

Brad Cleveland

Here’s a snapshot of how many organizations currently provide the following service channels for customers, according to a recently-released report from the International Customer Management Institute: Phone, inbound 98% Email … Uncategorized Contact Center customer access strategy Customer service statistics mobile customer service Social Media

Consistency Across Channels: We've Got a Long Way to Go

Brad Cleveland

A recent report from Gartner highlights the following insights about customer support – one about the past, one about the future. Both remind us that we must work hard to create consistency across customer contact channels, especially emerging mobile channels.

Forecasting and Staffing for New Channels

Brad Cleveland

As mobile and social open up new channels and new types of contacts, it’s critical to forecast and staff for evolving workloads. Mobile and social impact staffing resources, and different types of interactions each require a specific approach to resource planning. The five most common examples include: • Real-time, with single response.

Customer Surveys Are Going Mobile

Brad Cleveland

“Consumers have already decided for us: If you want to connect with them, mobile is the way.” As mobile soars, mobile-based surveys are taking flight, optimized for preferred channels, smartphone (small) screens, and succinct question sets. Mobile is also opening up opportunities for feedback that goes beyond text and … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Mobile consumers customer surveys mobile customer service

Dr. Natalie’s Research Agenda and Published Research

Natalie Petouhof

The As-a-Service Economy: CX and IOT Mean You Have to Deliver Great Experiences- Upcoming. Customer Experience IOT in the Automotive Industry-Upcoming. **. Digital Transformation: Customer Engagement, CRM, Innovation, Customer Experience, Customer Service, The Cloud and Analytics. • ROI Of Customer Service & Customer Experience. • How to Measure Customer Experience: Performance Management Maturity-Upcoming.

New Year, New Resolutions: Four Brand Strategies that Will Increase Customer Satisfaction in 2017

Calabrio

At Calabrio, we know that to achieve those goals, successful companies are constantly analyzing what is and is not resonating with customers and driving those insights back into the business. More and more companies are realizing that the key to happy customers is happy employees.

Customer service in a mobile-first world

Eptica

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 Customer service in a mobile-first world. Author: Steve Nattress For increasing numbers of people mobile is their preferred means of connecting to, and communicating with, the outside world.

Why email is more important than ever for customer service

Eptica

Date: Friday, August 19, 2016 Why email is more important than ever for customer service. Author: Neil Cox While it is widely considered a mature channel, email is becoming more, not less important when it comes to customer service.

16 Statistics Shaping the Future of Customer Service

Tricia Morris

Customer expectations are changing and growing just as rapidly as the channels and technology consumers are empowered with to engage, encouraging (if not demanding) that brands and organizations embrace a strategy of non-stop, customer-centric adaptation.

SalesForce, Hubspot, Zendesk and More — Which Customer Engagement Software is Right for Me?

Comm100

Out of all the customer engagement software tools that are out there, which one is right for your company? Different companies have different needs, and a very diverse number of customer engagement tools are waiting to fill those needs. Service Cloud ranges from $75-$300/user/month.

Cloud-Based Customer Service and Customer Experience: Verint’s Acquisition of Contact Solutions

Natalie Petouhof

Tweet Cloud-Based Customer Service and Customer Experience. announced its acquisition of Contact Solutions , a leading provider of real-time, contextual customer care solutions. The combination of Contact Solutions advances the Verint Customer Engagement Optimization ™ portfolio with the addition of cloud-based solutions that enhance voice and mobile self-service through automation and analytics-driven personalization.