It's Time for Contact Center Solutions Spring Cleaning

Posted by Linda Caudle
4/15/14 1:52 PM

Spring is here and that means it’s a great time to clear the cobwebs away from your customer service strategy and usher in some fresh habits to start the new season. After all, recent research from McKinsey indicates that 70 percent of purchasing experiences are based on how a customer feels they are being treated.

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Choosing the Right Contact Center Solutions Provider

Posted by Linda Caudle
3/19/14 10:11 AM

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Five Biggest Challenges for Contact Centers

Posted by Linda Caudle
3/2/14 3:45 PM

Today’s contact center is at the forefront of customer service, satisfaction, and retention. In many ways, it is the hub of the organization, making it a particularly challenging place to work and manage effectively. However, contact center challenges, while varied, are not insurmountable. Having the right tools on hand, such as voice of the customer data, can help the contact center stay organized and productive, meet customer expectations, and succeed in a competitive marketplace.

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Better, Faster, Cheaper, Envision Leads Again

Posted by Linda Caudle
1/22/14 6:02 PM

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How to Prepare your Contact Centers for the Holiday Season: Part One

Posted by Linda Caudle
12/13/13 9:03 AM

Get ready, get set...the holidays are nearly here, and with them come a flood of calls to your contact centers. Put the proper coaching, training, and tools in place now so agents will be able to handle any situation thrown their way.

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How to Prepare your Contact Centers for the Holiday Season: Part Two

Posted by Linda Caudle
12/12/13 2:00 PM

The holidays bring an annual influx of customer orders, requests, questions, and complaints. Prepare your contact centers now for higher volumes so you can sail through the holiday season with less stress and more success.

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Top Three Things Contact Centers are Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Posted by Linda Caudle
11/28/13 9:13 AM

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes a chance to express gratitude for the bountiful contact center benefits enjoyed this year. What are contact centers thankful for this holiday season? Let’s explore the top three below:

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Contact Centers Are Revenue Drivers, Not Cost Centers

Posted by Linda Caudle
11/14/13 11:14 AM

It was once commonly believed that cost centers were a drain on company finances. Now we know that the opposite is true. Your contact center can be your top money maker, as they often serve as the first point of contact for the people who truly drive business revenue: customers.

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Envision Contact Center Solutions: Bodybuilding.com

Posted by Linda Caudle
4/19/13 3:09 PM

Like some of its patrons, Bodybuilding.com started out small, the brainchild of a visionary with a passion for fitness and for helping people reach their personal best. Today, this Idaho-based e-commerce business is the largest online sports nutrition company and the most visited bodybuilding and fitness website in the world.

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A Guide To Increasing Brand Value Through Contact Center Analysis

Posted by Linda Caudle
3/7/13 2:59 PM



The following article offers you key insights into the process of improving and growing your brand’s value through contact center analysis.

You’ll learn the steps to moving away from the platitude of ‘Great Customer Service’ to empowering your customers to become raving fans; willingly spreading the word about your company to their own sphere of influence, whether that’s through social networks or by word-of-mouth endorsements.

BRANDING 101

The majority of businesses spend vast human and capital resources in an effort to establish their brand in the minds of consumers instead of investing in an improved customer experience. A brand is a promise your company makes to a prospective customer and the impression that individual is left with regarding how well you fulfilled upon that promise.

People understand that your brand stands for something, whether that be superior value, exceptional quality standards or a highly reliable product. Buyers are always willing to spend more for products that carry a trusted brand name than generic or unknown brands. And they’re willing to pay that higher price in exchange for the confidence they have in a given brand.

HOW CONTACT CENTERS REINFORCE YOUR BRAND

For those business that sell consumer goods through third party retailers, there’s a good chance buyers of those products will never actually meet an employee of their favorite brands. However, the chances are far more likely that buyers will contact that company at some point for reasons that include:

  • Making a complaint about the product
  • Asking a question before or after the point of sale
  • Wanting instructions about how to use the merchandise
  • Requesting payment options or enquiring about job openings
At every “touch point” in which the consumer comes into contact with the company, that business’ brand will be either diminished or reinforced depending on the customers’ experience of the interaction. For that reason, contact center agent training and staff proficiency should be of highest priority for future spending as it relates to your organization’s quality control and customer retention.

CUSTOMER CENTRICITY FOR SERVICE-BASED BUSINESS

The significance of a positive customer experience as described above is particularly true for companies within the service industry including banks, health care and insurance providers as well as the hospitality sector.

Because it can be difficult for consumers to distinguish one hotel room from another based on tangibles alone, the relative importance of service quality becomes that much greater as a competitive advantage in the market. If the customer has an average or unsatisfactory experience at the point of service delivery, they may eventually lose faith in and loyalty to that brand.

YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE YOUR SALES FORCE

It’s important to clarify that when it comes to achieving true customer centricity, you must avoid the mis-perception that giving “satisfactory service” is adequate. Studies indicate that 8 of 10 customers will stop doing business with a company despite the fact they were satisfied at the point when they withdrew their business or switched to a competitor.

The key point is that your customers all come with an expectation of being satisfied. However, they rarely expect to have an experience that delights them. As a result, when they do interact with your product or service in a way that truly surpasses what they anticipated, people generally tell their friends and family and voluntarily send referral business your way.

PROACTIVE BRANDING ESSENTIALS

While free, viral marketing remains an unequaled way to grow the value of your business brand, an upset or disgruntled customer can equally weaken your brand through the power of email, blog sites and social media. Because consumers have the power to communicate to large audiences as never before, it’s increasingly important that your organization focuses on creating and maintaining an exceptional quality of care for customers.

For those businesses who fail to implement customer-centered business practices, they find themselves increasingly subject to being negatively portrayed online with little recourse after the fact. However, the vast network of information outlets that exist across the web can also work to your company’s advantage when proactive policies are put in place. So, if thousands of potential customers can hear about your business through the power of viral sharing, why not do everything in your power to be certain that the “word on the street” adds to the long-term value of your brand and your business as well?

Author Credit: Dick Bucci of The Pelorus Group
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