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Coaching Misses and How to Fix Them (Part 1)

One of the most important jobs we have as leaders is to make sure we are coaching successfully with our team members. Unfortunately coaching is sometimes done based solely on process goals rather than looking at the “moments of truth” that we create for our agents during the process. So many things we do and [...]

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 [...]

Thinking is Bad – So Why Are You Making Your Customers Do It?

“The goal should not be to remove humans from the equation, but [to] empower human beings who actually have a beating heart and who are caring people to achieve a greater degree of hospitality.” These words, from Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, are meant for restaurants, but apply just as [...]

Information Your Customers are Tracking (Whether You Know It or Not)

Twitter and Facebook have started experimenting with posting when brands are responsive, how responsive they are, and what the best times are to get a response to inquiries via these social media channels. Brands better sit up and take notice. Customers are tracking how you behave. They are telling their friends dirty little secrets like [...]

By |August 18th, 2016|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

3 Ways to Find Your Customer Service Superstars

Do you know what your customers talk about after interacting with your company? Most likely, one of two things happens. They tell their friends all about the painful, frustrating experience of an interaction gone wrong. Or…they tell their friends how happy they were with the service of such an exceptionally helpful, friendly representative for your company. [...]

Coaching Social Customer Service Agents

Coaching in our centers can involve a wide variety of coaching activities and communication skills. Our agents may be focused on only one type of customer interaction or a blend, depending on how our center functions and the level of agents we employ. Social media has become a major customer engagement opportunity for companies, whether [...]

Prevent Fires with a Real-Time Frontline

What’s the difference between tactics and strategy? Strategy is what you are trying to accomplish, where tactics answer the question of how you will accomplish it. Look at it this way: strategy is doing the right things. Tactics are doing things right. For most Real Time Analysts in today’s contact centers, every day is like [...]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

Manual Contact Center Productivity Tools Aren’t Fit for the Modern Era

Here's the story: A health insurance company came up with an innovation for their health savings accounts, allowing account holders to select among three pricing plans. This would allow their customers to select the plan that best fit their needs. Their market research confirmed interest in the plan, so they implemented the new account types. [...]

By |July 28th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

15 Ways to Build Employee Efficiency

Are your employees working hard, working smart, or both? In the last two months, I've written about employee effort and employee empowerment. This month, I'm going to tackle employee efficiency. How is that different from the other two? Let's start by defining efficiency or being efficient, and then I'll come back to that question. According [...]

By |June 18th, 2015|Corporate Culture, Training / Coaching|

Solving BPO Challenges with Intraday Automation

The outsourcer’s role of handling a client’s customers for them is unique – and this relationship brings its own set of challenges. Typically, the reason an outsourcer has the business in the first place is because they can do it for less than what it would cost the client to handle themselves in-house, so cost [...]

By |June 11th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|