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Empower Your Team with Better Customer Data Quality


Your customer database is the foundation for the work that you do. Whether you’re building marketing campaigns, testing and improving the product experience, handling customer support tickets, or running predictive analytics queries, you’re likely leveraging customer attributes, insights, and engagement history when making decisions. Given the importance of customer data, therefore, you’d think that many […].

Customer Service vs. Customer Experience: What is the Difference


Customer service and customer experience are vital for long-term business success. Customer service is an important piece of your overall customer experience, and customer experience is the key driver of customer loyalty. Feed generated with FetchRSS

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The Power of Successful Conversation (Within a CX Role)

Horizon CX

This blog is about human to human interactions and emotions—you know, the kind of interactions that those of us within the Customer Experience discipline profess to know the most about and have spent the most time mastering the art of conversation. So, let’s begin with a definition to get us all grounded. Wikipedia: Conversation is an interactive communication between two or more people. That’s a straightforward concept.

Q&A From My CXPA Webinar: From Journey Mapping To Journey Management

Kerry Bodine

On Wednesday I presented a webinar with the Toronto Customer Experience Professionals Association. We got a ton of great questions about the content I presented. So many, in fact, that I didn’t have time to answer them all on the webinar itself.

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

I am Generation Z and I Don’t Want to Talk to You

NICE inContact

Generation Z can barely remember a world pre smartphone and are thus more likely to quickly adapt to digital changes, especially when faced with a major disruptor like COVID-19, compared to their older counterparts. The pandemic has forced everyone to go completely digital but for those in school the difference is even more stark. Digital First Omnichannel Customer Experience Call Center Best Practices

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Celebrating Sharon Jones, National Debt Relief—SWPP’s WFM Professional of the Year!


Last week, we announced two Calabrio customers were named finalists in the Society of Workforce Planning Professionals’s (SWPP) “2020 Workforce Management Professional of the Year Award” program. And one of them— Sharon Jones of National Debt Relief (NDR)—WON!! According to Sharon, “I’ve had the opportunity to review the resumes and write-ups of my fellow nominees, and I can’t believe I was named—they all represent the best of workforce planning!

Bridging the Gap Between Human Resources and CX


Top three ways CX and HR can collaborate for better results on customer and employee experience. Articles

Effective Customer Service Can be the Key to Small Business Growth

NICE inContact

It won't help your small business if you're pulling in new customers through the front door while losing the same number of existing customers out the back door. That's not growth, it's just replacement. To experience sustainable growth, shut that back door by taking care of your customer base with effective service. Customer Experience Agent Engagement Call Center Best Practices CRM Omnichannel

What Do You Do With Deadwood Employees? – Tip #11

Steve DiGioia

Great employees are the heart and soul of any business, especially a successful one. Their efforts cannot be understated enough. But there are always one or two poor performers or “deadwood employees” – those who contribute little to the company’s success and at times undermine it. And they hang on year after year. They never seem to get fired and amass a laundry list of disciplinary actions with little substantive repercussions. Why is that?

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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.

Getting Started with a Customer Success Program at Lucid


In our latest installment in the CXO Series , we sat down with Stephanie Comardelle, Vice President of Customer Experience, Success, and Solutions at Lucid to discuss what it takes to implement a stakeholder engagement plan at a time when there is so much going on as well as how they are managing their new customer success program. .

How The Financial Industry Should Use Digital Feedback to Boost Customer Loyalty


This guide covers how financial institutions can collect feedback to improve the digital experience and build long-lasting relationships with customers. Guides

4 Essential Contact Center Improvements In A Year of Uncertainty

NICE inContact

If you’re tasked with achieving more results with fewer resources, optimizing your contact center can deliver far-reaching results, having a streamlined ripple effect across your organization. SMBs and enterprises alike can overhaul their ROI with 4 approaches. Call Center Best Practices Contact Center Trends & Insights Customer Experience Digital First Omnichannel Advantages of the Cloud

How Would a 100% Satisfied Customer Service Guarantee Change Your Business?

Wired and Dangerous

Lifetime warranties are a common feature of the product world. They essentially say “we guarantee that the object you bought will work as long as you own it. If the product ever fails, we promise to replace it or repair it to your satisfaction.” Lifetime warranties, as opposed to limited warranties, are designed to be bold statements communicating confidence in a product. What would a lifetime warranty look like for a customer service experience? Customers today have changed.

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!

Guest Post: 5 Inevitable Tips That Can Ensure a Superb Customer Experience


This week we feature an article by Rakshit Hirapara , a content marketer at PeddleWeb. He writes about the importance of ensuring a positive customer experience, especially during a world crisis. The customer experience (also referred to as CX) seems like a simple concept.

The Central Role of Computer Vision in Multiexperience


The ongoing quest to enhance customer experience has birthed a new buzzword: multiexperience (MX). This emerging trend has companies seeking to provide their customers with seamless, native experiences on any channel or device, via voice, video, or text.

Inform Your Decision to Move to Cloud Contact Center Technology – Latest Analysis from Omdia

NICE inContact

Moving to cloud contact center technology is not a question of if, but when. In 2020, 66% of companies are accelerating their move to the cloud as a result of the pandemic. When your contact center is ready for this transformation, Omdia has provided an important resource to help. The recent Decision Matrix – reviewing prominent cloud contact center providers - can help build a business case for moving to the cloud.

Business Success Tips Based On 25 Yrs Of Marriage

Doing CX Right

Today is my milestone 25th wedding anniversary. Having come from divorced parents, it’s a big deal for me.

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Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

4 Ways to Bring a Human Touch to Contact Center CX

Upstream Works

The difference between good and excellent contact center CX is providing customers with a human touch. As digital channels and AI become more prevalent in contact centers, customers are looking for more in their experiences with human agents, something they can’t receive from bots and self-service channels — a sense of humanity, empathy and having their feelings and frustrations validated. This becomes especially important during times of crisis.

Be Nice—It Doesn’t Cost You Anything


What does it cost to be nice? Some would say, “Nothing.” When it comes to people interacting with people, that’s probably true. It’s a smile, a wave, a head nod or some other gesture. It’s a genuine “thank you” or another comment to share your appreciation for your customer. None of that has any cost associated with the idea of being nice. I’m in the process of writing a new book. I’ll share more about that another time, but one of the chapters is entitled, “Be Nice.”

Workforce Engagement Management 101 - The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Contact Center WEM

NICE inContact

What's a good way to improve customer experience (CX), satisfaction, and loyalty? Start by increasing employee engagement. Organizations with highly engaged employees can typically expect higher productivity, quality, and employee retention. And when those employees are customer service agents, it can positively impact a business's relationship with their customers. Agent Engagement Call Center Best Practices Advantages of the Cloud Customer Experience CXOne

How to Make Your Experience Easy and Gain Growth

Beyond Philosophy

Do you know what annoys me? When I go into an organization, and they say their goal is to delight customers at every moment of contact. Honestly, it sounds exhausting, for both the team and your customers. After all, how much joy do you need to buy paper towels? Another area exists to channel all that enthusiasm instead. There is a significant connection between successful Customer Experiences and the amount of effort they require from customers.

The 5 E's of Community: Support Forums and Beyond

Speaker: Angelica Coleman, Community Lead, Snowflake

In order to establish a robust community, you need to have strong community objectives in place that are supported with the proper types of programs; programs that will help your community succeed. But narrowing down on your community objectives can be difficult, let alone knowing how to structure your community programs and offerings in a way that supports them. Join Vanilla Forums on Friday, October 8th at 12 PM ET for a webinar led by Angelica Coleman, the Community Lead at Snowflake, as she walks us through the 5 E's that are essential to establishing your key community objectives: Education, Enable, Expand, Engage and Evangelize.

How Should You Define Customer Success?


In customer success, your customers define their own victories. No one-size-fits-all finish line exists that clients must strive to cross, and there is no Harvard Business School concept of accomplishment you can award your customer before resting on well-earned laurels.

CX Leadership Lessons Based On “The Four Agreements”

Doing CX Right

Leadership Article Originally Featured in Forbes August 3, 2020 . Many self-help books drive positive changes and personal growth. My all-time favorite is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Checking In: How Consumer Behavior Looks, Five Months into the Pandemic

Brandwatch CX

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Great Examples of Word-of-Mouth Marketing


For many companies, word-of-mouth marketing is all about using natural conversations to show off new products or services. Data from Hubspot shows that consumers talk about brands 90 times a week and 90 percent of customers will also trust brand recommendations from friends. This is even more effective with millennials, who rank word of mouth as the top influencer in their purchasing decision.

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!