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3 Reasons to Implement Web Self-Service

Christy Green

We have been talking about the future of self-service for years now, but guess what? The future is here. It’s right now. According to a Forrester December 2015 survey:

5 Reasons to Consider Adding SMS as a Support Channel

Christy Green

Just like 91% of Americans, I have my cell phone within arm’s reach at all times. (There’s no judgement here, I’m just stating a fact!). I also admit to personally contributing to the 23 billion text messages sent per day worldwide - that’s 16 million messages sent per minute!

According to a November 2014 Gallup survey, sending and receiving text messages is the most prevalent form of communication for Americans younger than 50. Based on my own personal survey, I’d say younger than 60.

With all that said, it’s time to consider text enabling your contact center. Here are 5 good reasons to do it now:

Top Takeaways from Gartner Customer 360 Summit

Chris Dellen

I recently ran across the notes I took at the last Gartner Customer 360 Summit. The summit was insightful and challenged my thinking by bringing radically new and disruptive business models to the forefront. I hope you find the insights as valuable as I have.

I have broken down the key takeaways into three sections:

  1. New mind-blowing business models enabled by disruptive technologies

  2. Key insights for contact center professionals

  3. Interesting stats/facts for the inner nerd in all of us

Stepping Out of Your Contact Center's Data Dungeon

Are you in the data dungeon or in the clouds with how you use information gathered in the Contact Center?

Throughout my career I have worked positions in IT and Contact Center organizations. It has been my pleasure to spend a majority of the time filling the job of Project Manager. Executing projects for organizations that have a number of focuses from Marketing to Operations. I have always found it interesting to see how one side of the organization can be 100% focused on analytics while the other side is focused on perceptions and gut feeling.

Do You Have a Digital Customer Experience Strategy?

Christy Green

I just read an interesting article in Computerworld about the disruptive force of the digital business model. According to Michael Porter, a leading authority on competitive strategy, “In any industry, whether it is domestic or international or produces a product or a service, the rules of competition are embodied in five competitive forces: the entry of new competitors, the threat of substitutes, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers, and the rivalry among the existing competitors.”

What is Your Contact Center's Revenue Attribution/Contribution?

Chris Dellen

One of the most interesting areas in analytics these days (at least for me) is determining revenue attribution – or what specific actions an organization takes that actually impacts revenue. Today, most of the credit goes to marketing or sales, but in all honesty, that’s only a piece of the complete story and business units such as the contact center aren’t getting the revenue recognition that they truly deserve.

3 Tips for Your Contact Center Mobile Strategy

Christy Green

I have the habit of checking my email on my phone in the morning before I get up (I know, I know, all the experts say you’re not supposed to do that, but I do it anyway). This morning I had an email from one of my favorite retailers about an interesting sale.

Customer Service is the New Marketing

Steve McKinney

“Treat your customers as if they were newspaper reporters; this is the new mantra for savvy companies of all sizes.” - Forbes.com

Think about that statement. What makes you gravitate towards a particular brand, product or service? With access to more affordable technology and companies investing heavily in data analytics and insights, that differentiator is going to become a norm and companies attracting customers to their brand, product or service are ones who can provide the best customer experience both in a digital and non-digital context.

CIO vs. CxO - Don't Be Disrupted...From the Inside Out

Chris Dellen I had the opportunity to present at an IT Symposium for CIOs recently on a topic that is plaguing many organizations today - the “battle” between IT and business units. It’s a problem that is not only holding many businesses back, but causing some to completely be disrupted.

Inbound Email Best Practices for Your Contact Center

Steve McKinney

Many organizations today are flooded with customer emails. These are important communications from your customers but tracking and responding to them can be taxing and straining for resource-strapped contact centers.

Learn how to efficiently take advantage of the treasure trove of information that comes into your contact center every day through email - plus how to report on it, manage it, and deliver the experience that your customers have come to expect.

Here is a recent webinar where I shared my personal experiences on how the best companies around the world are handling inbound email in their contact centers.