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Holidays on the Horizon: Is Your Contact Center Prepared for the Chaotic Months Ahead?

Though the holidays bring a surge in sales for many businesses, that usually translates to an increased volume of customer support requests. Even the most prepared service groups can experience chaos in the contact center during these months. I experienced this firsthand during my time as Director of Global Workforce Optimization at a Fortune 25 [...]

Are You Using Customer Feedback to Improve Processes?

Sometimes we become so involved in the design, execution and gathering of data that we may not observe what is really going on with our customers and center agents. Here’s one thing I think we can all agree on. Surveys are everywhere. They are coming from your grocery store, your favorite restaurants, online shopping sites [...]

Following Call Center Procedures (Including This Bad One)

Let’s face it…most agents want to be great agents. They want to keep their customers happy and that’s what we managers want too. Unfortunately some companies find ways to create negatives and obstacles that make it impossible for an agent to be successful in creating the best experience for their customers. One story I heard [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

A Rose By Any Other Name… Agent Word Choices

When coaching with our agents, we have many important skills to focus on such as listening, use of empathy, following correct procedures and engaging with our customers. One skill that can be overlooked is word choice, in other words the words and phrases that an agent uses either in writing or when speaking with customers. [...]

How Competitors Help Improve Your Experience

What are your competitors doing with CX? I do hope you have answers for this! But are your answers up to date? And do they lead to action? I’ve heard many business leaders say they don’t check their competitors’ customer experiences at all! They say things like “We pay close attention to the market” or [...]

Solving the Mystery of the Missing Empathy

Chapter One:  Detective Holmes had solved many cases and now she had been brought in to a call center to solve one of the most challenging cases she had ever had. "Empathy” was missing and no one knew why or where Empathy had gone!! This may not be a best selling mystery book opening, but [...]

How Can Your Team Innovate Around the Customer Experience?

Your customers want to innovate with you. And often your employees do, too. The challenge comes in finding ways to help your customers and team members innovate around the customer experience in ways that don’t require massive investments of time and money. Innovation doesn’t have to be impossible! Make it fun and fast, and learn [...]

Forefront Discussions Highlight Efficiency and Employee Engagement

Tour de Forefront - from New York to Chicago… "None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard When you have a good conversation with an industry peer, exchange war stories and survivor tips, you’re building community. Forefront is a community where contact center operations and workforce management leaders, as well as [...]

What if You Were Your Own Customer?

Day in and day out, we do our best. We do our best to serve our customers and employees and colleagues well. We do our best to juggle the 9 million items on our to-do lists and maintain a sunny disposition in the face of stress, deadlines, the unknown and more. We’re all guilty. Anyone [...]

By |February 27th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

4 Ways to Boost Cx and Operational Efficiency with Intraday Automation

Let’s pretend you’re the customer. Like most customers, you’re pretty savvy when it comes to figuring out answers on your own. In fact nowadays, customers are smarter and more complex, because they prefer self-help support within the marketplace and they can access it in various ways, 24/7. But, what happens when you reach a roadblock? [...]