customer service

Customer Satisfaction Surveys: Stop Guessing What Customers Care About

What Matters to Your Customers?
Do your customers care if call center agents address them by name? Does it make a difference? What about product knowledge – should agents know every single product detail? If you don’t know, you should definitely find out – especially if you are training and measuring agents on a specific behavior such as using the customer’s name a few times.

How Important is Training for Call Center Supervisors & Managers?

Customer Service Starts With Coaching the Coaches
Many times when we think about Call Center Quality Assurance, we focus our attention on the front line agents. We also tend to focus most of the training & coaching in a customer service organization on customer service reps (CSRs). Front line agents can only perform to the level of quality they are trained to know.

Customer Retention or Customer Acquisition? It’s Not Even Close.

Landing a customer is one thing, but retaining them is a whole different game. It’s a well-known fact that acquiring a customer is more expensive – and more difficult – than keeping one. Let’s face it – a customer knows your brand and is already familiar with your products and services, so – while not effortless – keeping them as a customer has to be easier right?

2017 Call Center Trends

2017…yes, we made it!

First some good news: call centers aren’t going away this year (well, not exactly – but more on that later). And while call centers are expected to see an uptick in staffing in 2017 (did you know that 4% of working Americans – about 5 million – already work in a call center?) they are also in the midst of wide-ranging change.

5 Must-Haves for a Successful Call Center Quality Program

An effective call center quality program is vital to keeping your call center running at peak efficiency. But making sure the program itself is also high quality is just as critical. At best, a poorly-designed or badly-executed program will give you an inaccurate picture of what’s working and what’s not. At worst, it can do serious damage to agent morale and productivity.

Bringing it into the Home: Customer Service in the Field

Customer service isn’t what it used to be, but I don’t mean that in a negative sense. In fact – by nearly every measure – companies are working harder than ever, from training through resolution, to resolve customer issues quickly and to provide a positive customer experience.

Technology to Improve Call Center Agent Engagement & Productivity

Earlier this month, I discussed the growing trend towards home-based call center agents. It’s a field that – without a doubt – has been exclusively enabled by technology. But the role of tech in the call center industry stretches well beyond enabling virtual agents.

Call Centers Go Home: Successfully Managing Remote Front Line Agents

First, some bragging rights: we’re early adopters. Ted Turner once said “I was cable before cable was cool.” In a similar vein, CSR went virtual before virtual was cool – and it wasn’t nearly as seamless from a technology standpoint as remote agent systems are today.

Devolving the Customer Experience

We tend to think of customer service (or the customer experience) as constantly improving – that companies are always striving for ‘better.’ It’s similar to technology: at no point do we believe that tomorrow’s tech will perform worse (or offer fewer features) than today’s tech. We know current smartphones won’t devolve into 3 pound flip phones with 45 minutes of battery power, right?

The Best of the Worst Customer Service

There are so many examples of truly horrible call center experiences out there. Just Google ‘worst customer service stories’ and browse through some of the 13.8 million results. As you read about some of these customer service incidents, believe me – the outrage will build:

Achieving Results-Driven Quality in Call Centers

Taking the Right Measurements, Analyzing the Right Analytics and Implementing the Right Coaching Techniques

Putting the Right Measurements in Place
Many people in your organization, from the call center front line to the C-suite, make decisions for your customers and interact with them. To ensure your customers get the best possible service and experience...

Translating the Art of Customer Service into the Science of Quality Measurement

In Quality Assurance World, customer service and customer experience are both vague concepts, given that they are not always easily quantifiable in hard numbers. But as a company that focuses on improving call center quality, it’s our job to capture and measure those obscure data points.

Knowledgeable Phone Reps, the Hold Button and Happy Customers

For the last few years, the mantra of most customer service organizations has been “let’s provide memorable customer experiences.” The customer experience has quickly – and quite firmly – taken the top spot in the goals of most (but not all) organizations.