Managing a Contact Center in Real-Time

Real-time management compliments contact center planning. In any center that handles contacts initiated by customers, our forecasts and plans can be off the mark. We need to be able to respond. Learn about three steps to developing an effective real-time management approach in this video from my Lynda.com course Managing a Customer Contact Center. Realtime management from Managing a Customer …

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Customer Comments Matter: Numbers to Ponder

Customer comments matter. Positive or negative, they definitely have an impact. A past Edge of Service Newsletter includes the following numbers to ponder: 1% to 5%. Typical percent of customers who complain to companies when there are problems—for every 10 complaints, there are anywhere from 200 to 1,000 customers you don’t hear from. (John Goodman, Customer Experience 3.0) Word of mouth …

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Tools for Your Next Team Meeting

Looking to generate substantive conversation at your next team meeting? Try one of these worksheets on customer expectations, metrics and customer access strategy. It can be helpful to take a step back from the day-to-day, urgent issues to think about the bigger picture. Discussions on these bigger pictures can help keep everyone on the same page and generate ideas for …

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Accessibility and Quality Work Together

Have you ever heard that you have to sacrifice quality to improve customer accessibility to services? Or the other way around? That’s one of the most common myths in customer service. Accessibility and quality are closely related and complementary. Learn more about each aspect of customer service and how they support one another in this video from my Lynda.com course …

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Customer Advocacy: An Essential Ingredient

Customer advocacy is one of those terms that can be confusing. Does the customer advocate for us, the business? Or is it the other way around? One of the past issues of The Edge of Service™ Newsletter suggests the answers to these questions is both! Take a few minutes to read this issue (The Edge of Service™ Newsletter Issue 21: …

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Great Customer Service on a Shoestring Budget

The Tugboat Institute recognizes Evergreen companies whose purpose-driven leaders build companies focused on long-term growth. Recently, I was reminded of an article the Institute’s Evergreen Journal published on delivering great customer service. It includes four recommendations that don’t require significant upfront investment. The article, “Great Customer Service on a Shoestring Budget,” is available here.

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Ensuring Quality Standards Count

How many quality standards should you have? If some are good, are more better? How do you ensure that your quality standards really count? Are there alternatives to quality standards in guiding behavior? These questions and more are explored in the video Ensuring Quality Standards Count from my Lynda.com course Quality Standards in Customer Service. If you enjoy this video, …

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Does Your Executive Team Understand Staffing Tradeoffs?

Are you working through difficult discussions related to resources and budget? Just remember, contact centers must handle most customer-related work as it happens, so resource mismatches quickly result in big problems. It’s essential that those making decisions have a basic understanding of staff tradeoffs in a contact center (read: real time) environment. The following table is an example of how …

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