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How Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life May Affect Your Contact Center

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
3/26/15 10:51 AM

Microsoft recently announced that after July 14, 2015 they will no longer issue support or security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

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Three Common Contact Center Annoyances (and How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
3/24/15 9:00 AM

When it comes to customer service, consumer expectations are higher than ever. Today’s buyers expect consistent excellent service and when their needs are not met they may take their business elsewhere and influence others to do the same. To ensure your representatives aren’t irritating customers with preventable mistakes, your supervisors need tools that can help make call center coaching more efficient and effective. Envision’s Click2Coach software can ensure your agents stop the following common annoyances in their tracks before they began to affect your business negatively:

Poor agent phrasing

Customers do not want to hear condescending phrasing such as, “if I were you” or “what you should have done” from contact center agents. With Click2Coach, agents can monitor every aspect of customer interactions and provide training materials right from their desktops, including:

  • On-demand, personalized training sent to agents at their desktops
  • Short video clips on the fly, or training clips that have already been created and delivered to agents
  • Evaluations of recorded customer interactions (including voice and screen) sent directly to agents, along with supervisor annotations and training as a complete coaching package
  • Examples of “great calls” sent to agents so they can use them as a guide
  • Motivational recognition and team or individual incentives delivered to agents’ desktops
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Word of Mouth: Worth More Than Its Weight in Gold

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
3/20/15 3:28 PM

People love to talk, especially when it comes to customer service. Today’s consumers are flocking to the web to discuss their experiences with companies—good and bad. In fact, 46 percent of American consumers say they always tell others about good service experiences; however, an even greater number (60 percent) say they talk about poor service experiences, according to the American Express 2014 Global Customer Service Barometer.

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Turning One-Time Customers Into Loyal Fans by Improving Customer Service

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
3/16/15 9:00 AM

It is much less expensive to retain customers than to onboard new ones. And a loyal customer is worth his or her weight in gold. In fact, while only 12-15 percent of customers are loyal to a single retailer, they represent between 55-70 percent of sales in some verticals, according to the Center for Retail Management, Northwestern University.

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Tips on How to Become a Data-Driven Contact Center

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
3/13/15 1:03 PM

Companies have become obsessed with customer service. After all, it’s now seen as a major competitive differentiator for brands and separates today’s more-profitable companies from their less-lucrative counterparts. In fact, nearly 60 percent of organizations say that service and support will be the top source of competitive differentiation in the next three years, according to research from SAP. However, in a world in which competition is fierce and customer expectations high, satisfying customer needs is becoming increasingly difficult for companies.

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Agent Improvement: Are Your Agents Pushing Too Hard?

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
3/10/15 9:00 AM

“I’m just looking,” is a well-known clue to retail salespeople that they should back off: the customer just wants to browse. But how do your service agents know when to back off during a service call?

Establishing boundaries is key to effective customer interactions, especially where your agents want to upsell and/or cross-sell. But in their quest to make extra sales, sometimes these agents can be overzealous. Remember the extreme example from Comcast just a while back in which the customer service rep refused to let customer Ryan Block cancel his service? The agent’s refusal to comply with the user’s wish was a national embarrassment, on top of almost certainly costing Comcast any chance of ever winning that customer’s business back.  

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How to Build Loyalty Through Customer Service

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
3/4/15 10:28 AM

It’s the question on every business owner’s mind: What’s the secret to generating more profits? Most companies would answer customer acquisition, arguing that the only way to boost your bottom line is by onboarding new customers. Those companies, however, would be wrong, as the real money lies in customer retention.

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How to Win in the Age of the Customer

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
2/26/15 11:04 AM

In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for a customer to dial into an 800 number, wait on hold for over an hour and then be routed to an inexperienced, unpleasant customer service representative who couldn’t answer a simple inquiry.

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You’ve Improved the Customer Experience, But What About the Agent Experience?

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
2/22/15 7:55 AM

In today’s business environment, in which customer expectations are at an all-time high, companies have become obsessed with improving the customer experience—and for good reason. Research has shown that consumers are willing to spend more money with a company that delivers superior service. Sure, customer service is imperative and has become a competitive differentiator, but are companies becoming so fixated on their customers that they’re forgetting about their most important asset—their employees?

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Does Your Business Have What It Takes to Handle the Multichannel Customer?

Posted by Rebecca MacLeod
2/11/15 2:35 PM

Gone are the days when a customer’s only option for reaching a company’s customer service department was to pick up the phone and dial an 800 number. Thanks to the Internet, consumers now have a breadth of communications channels—such as email, live chat, SMS and social media—from which to choose.

No two customers are the same; different people prefer different methods of support. According to a survey of 8,000 consumers conducted by Ovum, 52 percent of consumers use three or four communication channels when engaging customer service. While 56 percent of participants still favor traditional phone calls with agents, 44 percent prefer non-voice channels—such as email and social media—as their first choice for customer service.

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