Poor customer support costs businesses $1.6 trillion in lost opportunities, according to an Accenture estimate. While most articles on customer support focus on companies that serve consumers directly, customer churn affects companies that serve other businesses too. Business people are also consumers. They develop expectations about customer service based on their experience as consumers, and …

Engagement. When we hear the word, we may think of a young man getting down on his knee and asking his true love for her hand in marriage. Or, we may think about our own engagement and the joy we felt at that one moment in time. Could it be we think of the buzzword …

There are many innovations that are rapidly changing the landscape of the contact center. From being able to offer an omnichannel customer experience across multiple channels to internet-enabled devices connecting directly to contact centers to provide proactive service, One of the most interesting innovations that is being increasingly discussed by visionaries and industry experts is …

Sixty percent of people think chatbots will make companies feel less human. But industry insiders disagree. Back in January 2016, Chris Messina (tech guru and inventor of the #hashtag) predicted: Computer-driven bots will become more human-feeling, to the point where the user can’t detect the difference, and will interact with either human agent or computer …

As a long term supporter of social customer service, I’ve mixed feelings after almost a decade of brand involvement. It never scaled as we initially thought.  After an initial tranche of brands who led the way and did a great job, there was silence.  Too many brands remained scared of getting involved with their customers …

Many businesses are straining to listen and understand what consumers are saying to them. Purporting to fulfil that need is a plethora of Voice of the Customer (VoC) products. VoC is, of course, a relatively modern phrase that is used to describe what traditional business owners would have simply called ‘listening to your customers.’ The …

Whether your tough customer is a hot head or an ice princess, unresponsive or constantly showing up on your caller ID, one thing’s for certain, it takes special effort to manage a relationship with someone who is difficult. Is it worth the trouble? You bet! Customer opinions wield strong influence over businesses. They can post …

In this age of online price comparisons and price matching, customer service is increasingly becoming the key differentiator amongst brands. The companies that are amassing large numbers of brand loyalists are those that can deliver a personalized, seamless customer experience. Although it’s necessary to have the right contact center infrastructure in place to effectively help …

A brand makes a promise to its customers, your customer experience keeps that promise – but the issue is many times it doesn’t, as the branding team and the operations team are in different silo’s.  Brand managers know that making promises is easy; delivering on them is where the work begins.  As such, it is …

It seems like every day, I’m seeing an advertisement for the position of Chief Customer Officer.  Although not nearly as ubiquitous as many other occupations, it’s indicative of the importance many companies now place on the customer and ensuring that their experience in dealing with the organization is positive, regardless of where in the buying …