How To Bolster Customer Experiences With Business Agility
Aug 11, 2020
Forbes - Agility and continuous improvement have long been defining attributes of successful businesses. Typically powered by the immediate access of data, organizations can quickly identify, understand and act upon opportunities and challenges in near-real time. In today's world of constantly shifting customer expectations, that agility is vital for achieving consistent, sustainable growth.
Reopening Plans Must Look Forward, Not to The Past
Jul 27, 2020
ICMI - Throughout the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has played a considerable role in minimizing disruption and maintaining continuity of customer service. Amid widespread self-isolation and quarantine, contact center leaders ensured that agents and other staff still had access to vital customer information and were able to transition to full-time remote work. Customer service teams relying on modern cloud platforms had the agility to move around teams and work within hours, while those using legacy tech often required more creativity, compromise, and patience to get the job done. Working conditions look vastly different than they did just a few months ago, and many contact centers have settled into this new normal without sacrificing the needs of the customers they support.
Focus on Goals and Training to Aid Clients and Teams
Jul 27, 2020
MyCustomer - Consumer-facing businesses live or die on the experiences they provide. Those that can provide consistent and engaging experiences will improve customer satisfaction and retention, while those that provide a below-par customer experience (CX) will quickly find themselves on their back foot.
Case Study: How MoneyGram Maintained CSAT During COVID-19
Jul 23, 2020
Call Centre Helper - The traditional workplace environment has changed drastically in 2020 across all sectors due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, customer support has remained as important as ever. Those serving customers have had to adapt to large-scale change throughout this ‘new normal,’ while remaining agile and flexible to the ever-shifting needs of customers.
Cloud The Essence of the Contact Center
Jul 21, 2020
Toolbox - Today, every story about cloud computing is in some way a story about survival. Sometimes it’s about the cloud helping a company grow at scale. Sometimes it’s about leveraging the cloud to weather a difficult storm, such as a global pandemic or a local disaster. For the past few months, every company and government entity has had to quickly adapt to a public health crisis that has affected both their core constituencies and their employees. A large number have been able to maintain consistent contact by rapidly scaling their operations to handle more interactions. The organizations using cloud technologies were equipped with the necessary flexibility and elasticity to assist customers expecting the same level of support and care they received pre-COVID-19.
Support Remote Agents with Empathy and Data
Jun 22, 2020
ICMI - For contact centers, one of the earliest and most essential rapid-fire policy changes due to COVID-19 was transitioning entire agent staffs to work from home. While some organizations used remote agents to augment staff for scenarios like seasonality, most contact centers had no real-life experience managing virtual teams prior to the pandemic. Never had the industry experienced such a fundamental change in so short a time frame. Basic organizational processes like service hours, training and development, and other workplace norms had to be reestablished virtually, while ensuring the minimal disruption to the business.
Small Contact Centers Have an Advantage
Jun 22, 2020
- It would be difficult to find a small business that has not been adversely impacted by the current pandemic. And to say that most small businesses have been negatively impacted is putting it mildly. Recent findings from National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) show that the three leading causes of small business decline is due to lost sales, disruption in supply chain and disruption in workforce due to employee illness. Furthermore, nearly 70 percent of surveyed businesses say that, unaided, they do not have the financial resources to survive more than four months.
Overcoming Remote Contact Center Agent Challenges
Jun 22, 2020
no jitter - Much of the overall success of contact centers’ shift to work-at-home (WFH) agents has been attributed to improvements in contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) features and better agent desktop software and CRM integrations. The biggest challenge, for many contact centers, has been in the physical relocation itself, and the impact this shift has had on agents and managers.
Assessing COVID-19’s Enduring Impacts on Contact Centers
Jun 18, 2020
- From personal experience, we all understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected work life. In March, Global Workplace Analytics estimated that just five million employees (3.6% of the U.S. employee workforce) worked at home at least half of their time. By the beginning of April, 42 of the 50 states had instituted shelter-in-place orders.
Contact Centre Onboarding How to Create a Great First Impression
Jun 16, 2020
Call Centre Helper - It’s well established that the agent experience (AX) is a key component of any successful contact centre. A positive agent experience leads to increased engagement, promotes agent loyalty and reduces attrition – all of which have a long-term impact on the customer experience.
Turn Window Shoppers Into Loyal Customers with Digital
Jun 8, 2020
TotalRetail - Customer experience without digital is pure window dressing. NICE inContact’s Chris Bauserman has data that demonstrates why retailers must start meeting customers across their favorite channels through omnichannel functionality.
May 29, 2020
Engage Customer - Today our Editorial Director Steve Hurst is joined by Koby Amedume, International Marketing Director at NICE inContact.
Koby is an exceptionally focused marketing director and leader with considerable experience across UK, EMEA, APAC and LATAM. Koby’s an expert across a wide range of marketing disciplines (from Digital Marketing, Demand Gen, Analyst and Media Relations), and is action orientated with a strong reputation for delivering results and building high performing teams. Skilled in creating effective metrics driven marketing strategy, customer acquisition, media communications & marketing programmes to drive revenue.
Companies Fast Tracking Move to the Cloud Amidst COVID19
May 29, 2020
callcentre helper - NICE inContact has released the results of a survey conducted in April 2020, showing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on contact centres over the last weeks.
Moreover, the expert for CCaaS asked contact centre decision-makers which trends they recognize will shape the future work in the contact centre.
If You Do Any of These 3 Things Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than Those of Most Managers
May 27, 2020
- Good leaders have adjusted to the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic by leaning on their human and emotional intelligence to tackle challenges -- it's in their DNA.
But when things return to the "old normal," I'm less optimistic for many so-called "leaders," because many will revert to doing things that weren't working before and certainly won't work post-pandemic.
3 Signs That Instantly Identify a Boss With Great Leadership Skills
May 27, 2020
Inc. - A global crisispresents unique opportunities for leaders to pivot and meet new demands. Luckily, the best leaders continue to rise up and model the behaviors we clearly need now, and will need in a post-pandemic era.
I've featured scores of them in previous articles and podcasts: They model altruistic behaviors to inspire and motivate people, communicate with certainty and confidence, and act with care and compassion to bring people together to produce results.
Contact Centers Value AX Its Time Contact Center Executives Do Too
May 14, 2020
customer THINK - Experience is the oxygen of organizational success. On one hand, you have customers, who hold businesses to the highest standard when it comes to every point of contact with your business. On the other hand are your contact centers, agents – who work with your customers nearly every minute of every day. Despite this, if customer experience (CX) and agent experience (AX) are two sides of the same coin, rarely does the C-Suite treat them equally in practice.
RingCentral and NICE inContact Join Forces
Apr 28, 2020
UC Today - Leading cloud communications company, RingCentral, and NICE inContact, an expert in cloud contact centre technology, have announced that they’re now working together on a new solution. The two cloud-focused companies have created a special offer designed to support businesses that need to rapidly transition their entire workforce into a remote environment. Since the rise of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, companies around the world have been forced to transition their entire communication strategy into a work from home landscape. This includes moving contact centres out of the traditional office too.
Advice from a Call Center Geek
Apr 24, 2020
Advice From a Call Center Geek - In this conversion, we talk not just about COVID-19 in the call center space, but a behind the scenes look at what NICE inContact has done not just to provide customers with continuity, but the actions they have taken internally with their global support centers.
WFO Bridges the Customer and Agent Experience
Apr 23, 2020
no jitter - Today, every piece of information needs to work together seamlessly. A comprehensive understanding of disparate metrics helps brands and employees stay ahead of evolving needs. Otherwise, they risk stagnation. This philosophy has driven a renaissance in customer experience (CX), with more and more businesses relying on it as core differentiator. In fact, research firm Gartner found that 74% of leaders expected a budget increase for CX initiatives this year.
The age of agent-centric empowerment: Using the right tools to drive agent and customer satisfaction
Apr 22, 2020
customer THINK - The heartbeat of every contact centre is its agents. Contact centre agents are on the front lines interacting with customers on a daily basis, getting to know their most pressing needs and solving their core issues.
Empowering Humans to Be Human
Apr 7, 2020
ShepHyken - Shep Hyken interviews Vit Horky. They discuss his book, Customer Service in the Transhuman Age, and ways AI and other tech can support customer service agents.
Contact Centers Value AX. It's Time Contact Center Executives Do, Too.
Apr 1, 2020
ICMI - Experience is the oxygen of organizational success. On one hand, you have customers, who hold businesses to the highest standard when it comes to every point of contact with your business. On the other hand are your contact centers, agents – who work with your customers nearly every minute of every day. Despite this, if customer experience (CX) and agent experience (AX) are two sides of the same coin, rarely does the C-Suite treat them equally in practice.
Transform Your CX from Good to Great by Treating Your Agents Right
Mar 3, 2020
Contact Center Pipeline - Sitting on the front lines of the contact center, agents are the personification of your brand. They provide the human-to-human connection that makes lasting impressions and supports more engaging customer experiences (CX). But, while CX continues to play an outsized role as a competitive differentiator, best-in-class contact centers are increasingly replicating the same type of customer-centricity to the agent experience. Contact centers make significant investments in process and technology to power seamless, effective engagements with customers. However, without also focusing on reduction of agent friction their ability to bring those exceptional customer experience to life can fall flat.
4 Customer Service AI Applications That Work Today
Mar 1, 2020
CRM Buyer - The concept of artificial intelligence improving emotional intelligence might sound like a paradox. A coded algorithm is not the most natural supplement to human empathy, after all. However, customer experience (CX) leaders understand that AI-powered technologies can transform the way businesses understand core audiences.
Want to Accelerate Your CX? Look at the Agent Experience
Feb 13, 2020
customer THINK - In the Experience Economy, brands survive and thrive on their relationship with customers. Long-term growth hinges on exceeding rapidly growing expectations, and meeting core audiences across a growing list of digital channels. That said, best-in-class experience strategies do not rest entirely on strategies for customers themselves – they are but one-half of the equation. Equally as important are contact center agents, who sit on the front line as powerful brand ambassadors. If agents don’t have the tools and training to be the best resources to customers, how can customer experience (CX) be effective?
Embracing private mobile messaging in customer service
Feb 5, 2020
CUSTOMER - The importance of meeting and exceeding customer expectations is crucial to being successful in business. With customer demographics constantly evolving, it’s vital for businesses to keep up with changing demands and attitudes to understand what really matters in the customer experience journey.
Three Major Predictions for the 2020 Contact Center
Jan 22, 2020
Contact Center Pipeline - In today’s highly dynamic digital economy, there is no set safeguard against uncertainty. We live in an era where a single tweet or photo can completely reshape a brand’s perception—for better or worse. And at the same time, businesses are striving to meet and exceed a moving goal post of customer preferences, influenced by a wide array of competitors.
But it isn’t just shifting customer expectations that’s concerning contact center leaders—it’s also economic uncertainty just as businesses are entering 2020 planning. It begs the question, how can contact centers ensure sustainable growth through CX when there are so many unpredictable variables in store during the coming year?
It's Time For Businesses To Communicate Like People
Jan 21, 2020
Forbes - Between texts, messaging apps and other forms of social media, the web of communication people use to connect with their friends and family around the world is growing ever wider. There’s an effortless navigation of channels, especially among digital natives like millennials and members of Generation Z, that’s reshaping the very way interpersonal connections are built and maintained.
As technology continues to infuse itself throughout our personal lives, it’s having an irreversible effect on the way we view consumer-to-brand communication. But why do we as business owners and entrepreneurs often lag behind consumer trends? Why don’t we talk like consumers to consumers?
Where Voice Experiences Fit in Customer Service
Jan 14, 2020
CMS WiRE- As companies look to provide customers with better customer experience (CX), an increasing number are turning to voice solutions to provide quicker and better service in their contact centers.
The popularity of voice response has grown thanks in large part to the commercialization of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and similar technologies as well as customers' desire to contact companies while driving or at other times when using touchtone interfaces aren’t possible, said speech technology consultant and DMG Consulting CEO, Donna Fluss.
Three Reasons to Transition to a Cloud-based Contact Centre
Jan 10, 2020
In 2019, cloud technology is an enterprise mainstay, deployed in hundreds of different contexts. Recent research shows that 96 percent of organisations are using cloud computing in some form or fashion.
For contact centres, cloud is being deployed to not only address the increasing customer expectations, but also to achieve greater business agility, in turn empowering the entire landscape from IT to the agents. Moving from on-premises to cloud contact centre technology provides greater flexibility, scalability and efficiency.