March, 2016

2016 IDC MarketScape Identifies inContact as a Cloud Contact Center Leader

NICE inContact

Last month, IDC released the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Hosted and Cloud Contact Center 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc #US40732515, February 2016 ). In the report, the research firm presents an assessment based on quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain success in the market. We are proud to be placed in the Leaders category with the following strengths: Functionality. Delivery Model. Scalability. Portfolio of Benefits Delivered.

Report: 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings

Experience Matters

We published the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, the most comprehensive benchmark of customer experience. In the sixth year of the Ratings, we analyze feedback from 10,000 U.S. consumers to rate 294 organizations across 20 industries. Here’s the executive summary: 2016 marks the sixth straight year that we’ve published the Temkin Experience Ratings, a cross-industry, open standard benchmark of customer experience. This year, […].

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Why You Aren’t Getting Responses With Survey Monkey


Are you sending surveys with Survey Monkey? Getting a single-digit response rate? Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Actually, it’s not Survey Monkey’s fault either. A sub-ten-percent response is pretty typical with conventional web-based surveys. I don’t mean to pick on Survey Monkey but, as the 800-pound gorilla, they’re a serial offender in creating surveys that people ignore. Here’s the thing. Surveys suck. Come on, we all know it.

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The Ultimate Guide to Customer Support Metrics


When it comes to customer support, the ability to experiment, tweak, and improve your service is a huge part of making your customers’ experience great. In order to see what impact any changes you make to your support processes have, you need to be able to observe trends, set goals, and measure the results. We have put together a list of key customer service metrics, so you can be sure that your support team is doing the best it can to help your customers.

The History of the Word "Hacker"

According to one of the best English etymological dictionaries available, the word "hacker", with the sense of evil/good and brilliant computer programmer, was born in the halls of MIT. This fact alone reminds us that culture and words begin in actual places. At that time, to hack code, or hack out code, had a negative connotation. Where did this come from? Read this eBook to learn how the word "hacker" has evolved.

No Culture, No Customers


How many times have you seen the quote “Culture eats strategy for lunch” (or breakfast, as the original Peter Drucker quote reads)? I’ve seen it everywhere for years. On more presentations that I care to remember, on more blog posts that I care to admit I’ve read. It seems to be the rally cry to. View Article

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14 Critical Call Center Metrics You Should be Tracking

NICE inContact

As a contact center manager, you’ve got a lot of metrics to choose from as your key performance indicators (KPIs). In this blog, we help narrow down this long list to help you focus on the metrics that, when improved upon, will really help your contact center thrive. So, what are the top metrics you should be looking at? Check out our list below of the most critical call center metrics and KPIs for both inbound and outbound contact centers. Service Quality.

Make More Human Emotional Connections (Video)

Experience Matters

In a recent speech I gave at the Customer Experience Professionals Association ( CustomerSpark event in Dallas, I talked about the importance of focusing on emotion. Give that we’ve called 2016 “The Year of Emotion,” this will be a popular topic for Temkin Group this year. Here’s a short snippet from my speech where I discuss the […]. Customer experience Emotion

The British Airways pilot who got off his bum! How to wow customers with the unremarkable


Last week I witnessed something that I consider to be incredibly unusual. In a world where it is more uncommon than not for consumers to have their expectations exceeded, I was actually bowled over by what I experienced. ‘Bowling over’ a career Customer Experience ‘nut’ is not that easy to do! What makes the experience all the more amazing, is that what actually happened is not really anything that remarkable!!

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3 Leading Companies’ Method for Listening to Customers

Customer Bliss

In order to understand how customer-focused companies design processes for listening to customers, we need to start by thinking about the three types of listening: Unaided or volunteer listening. Aided listening. Experiential listening.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Banks: CXEvolution From a Customer Experience Perspective


Banks have been focusing on the customer experience for more than 20 years. So, one has to ask “How far have banks come?” One way to answer this question is to look through the lens of CXEvolution. The CXEvolution framework gives bankers the ability to gauge how well their organization is delivering on the Customer. View Article

What do Trends from SXSW 2016 Mean for Customer Experience?

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

It was my 7th? year attending the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, and yet again, it didn’t disappoint. The old-timers will lament the days of easy navigation and fewer crowds, and I’m certainly one of them. But I also walk away with my wheels turning about what the future holds for […]. The post What do Trends from SXSW 2016 Mean for Customer Experience? appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

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Avoid These Roadblocks to Achieve a High Performing Contact Center

NICE inContact

Every day we go to work with the objective of helping our companies improve. Each day is shaped by the goal of success. As we all know, high performance of employees is what makes this goal a reality. If there is low performance, improvement is scarce. Listed below are five roadblocks that impede the road to success by hindering high performance. The first roadblock is disparate data or data that is low quality, defective, irrelevant, missing or disconnected.

Off Topic: Young Adults Turn Off Baseball, Turn On Soccer

Experience Matters

One of the things I noticed at this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is that teams were not as focused on the issue of losing younger fans. So I decided to see if there’s anything to worry about. While we don’t have data on kids, we do have lots of data on young adults. I tapped into our 2012 […]. Sports MLB MLS NASCAR NBA NFL NHL PGA USTA

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The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

Customer intelligence in the mobile world: How to achieve mobile-first research


At Vision Critical, we’ve been focusing on the challenges created by the central role that mobile devices, both smartphones and tablets, now play in people’s lives. While the shift to mobile has created challenges for marketers and researchers, we believe the opportunities are even greater. It’s hard to deny the impact the mobile revolution has had on business. Customers today lead a great part of their lives on their mobile devices.

One Word That Will Improve The Customer Experience

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Too many people that are in the position to “greet” people never actually do that. They may say hi or hello but that’s nothing more than an acknowledgement that someone has entered your space. That’s it! Our customers wish to be part of a team and treated warmly like you do at a gathering of friends and associates. Think of how you feel when you enter a room, already full with a group of people, and they smile when you appear.

CXEvolution: Implement CX Measurements While There is Still Time


Does your CX program deliver timely feedback to the people who are empowered to take action? My husband and I recently splurged to stay at a high end hotel while attending Austin City Limits. Given the steep nightly rate, we were surprised at the incredibly small room we were given with a clear view of. View Article

5 Ways One-on-One Customer Communication Builds Loyalty

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

Consumers have power. In the old-school approaches to business, companies thought they were essential if they sold goods and services people wanted. Nowadays, the abundance of competition means that no single company can afford to become complacent. For long-term success, they need to focus on making their customers return. To ensure such loyalty, companies must form healthy […].

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

One-Page Journey Mapping for Contact Centers

NICE inContact

I recently did a webinar with CRMXchange on one-page journey mapping for contact centers. With over 230 people in attendance, there were great conversations and a lot of interest on this topic. In today’s hyper-modern world, understanding and managing the customer journey is a best practice for staying competitive, yet journey mapping can be time-consuming and complex and overwhelming at first.

The Emotional Decline From New Purchase To Customer Service

Experience Matters

How do consumers feel about their purchases and subsequent customer service interactions? To find the answer, we asked 10,000 U.S. consumers about those experiences across 11 different industries. We used their responses to calculate the Temkin Emotion Ratings. As you can see below: Across all industries, purchasing provides a more positive emotional response than customer service. The […]. Customer Connectedness Customer experience Emotion

G2 Crowd names AskNicely as High Performer in Enterprise Feedback Software category


Business software review platform G2 Crowd recently named AskNicely as a “High Performer” in the Enterprise Feedback Software category where it topped competitors on every measure of customer satisfaction. The latest G2 Crowd report on Enterprise Feedback Management software ranks the best software platforms against satisfaction (based on reviews from authenticated customers) and market presence (based on factors like employee count and market share). Read more AskNicely reviews.

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Like Change

Steve DiGioia

you've got big shoes to fill if you want to be the boss This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. They just hired some hotshot new manager…thinks he’s going to shake-up the place. Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell. He lines his office walls with photos, awards and commendations from local newspapers and businesses. His desk is covered with assorted trinkets and babbles. The place looks like a shrine to himself. What’s with this new guy?

Leadership Panel: Lessons Learnt from a Global Support Community

Speaker: Panel hosted by Adrian Speyer, Head of Community, Vanilla Forums

Are you struggling to support your global community? Or, are you not even sure where you should start. Establishing a global support community comes with many many questions. How do you encourage your customers to help others? What are the key metrics to measure? What are the biggest challenges? Our super panel consists of community leaders from around the world, each of whom, have experienced and overcome the challenges of a global support community. They are ready to share the trials and triumphs, and everything in between, on the road to a successful community.

CXEvolution Stage 1: Don’t Hide From Your Customers


“Ma’am, I don’t know who the owner is,” the pool construction company representative said. My wife paused, looked at me briefly, and took a deep breath. Sir, who signs your pay check? It’s probably that person.” When we moved to Arkansas from the Beach Cities of Southern California, we moved away from the ocean. View Article

What is customer intelligence? How a deeper customer understanding drives revenue and sales


The following is an excerpt from The Enterprise Guide to Customer Intelligence , an ebook that explores the different tactics companies use to gain a deeper understanding of the customer. Get your copy of the ebook to learn more. The balance of power has shifted from companies to their customers. Your customers now have constant access to a world of information about both your company and your competitors, and they’re putting that information to use.

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This Week in Enterprise Tech with inContact

NICE inContact

Rajeev Shrivastava, Chief Strategy Officer at inContact, recently sat down with Fr. Robert Ballecer for This Week in Enterprise Tech at Enterprise Connect 2016. Hear what Rajeev had to say about inContact’s cloud contact center solutions , our strategy for leading the market in cloud technology, and how customers can properly deploy our solutions to meet their business needs. “If If you think about the whole contact center market, there is a big market out there for contact center seats.

Examining Massive Decline in Customer Experience (Ratings)

Experience Matters

In the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR), we found that the average ratings for all 20 industries declined between 2015 and 2016 (see graphic). Here are some observations: Across the 20 industries, TxR dropped by an average of 5.2 points between 2015 and 2016. Three industries dropped by less than 4 points (banks, software, and wireless carriers), while […]. Customer experience

Customer Engagement Is a Two-Way Street

Two-way engagement means creating opportunities for conversation. Go beyond the obvious step of responding to complaints and comments; your customers want and deserve more than that. Implement these four tips to boost your two-way engagement.