The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #6 – They Leverage the Key Statistics

Contact center measurements are plentiful and it’s easy to get buried in information. The contact centers that get the best results from using their reports and information have several things in common: They focus on a relatively small number of measures and objectives that support their mission and direction. They know that trying to focus on too many things is …

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Social Customer Care: Listen, Learn, and Dialogue

Let me give you three steps that are absolutely fundamental in delivering services through social channels. Listen Begin by listening. You don’t just walk into a room and start talking, and that’s just as true in the social world. I recall an executive who works with an automobile manufacturer standing behind a computer with several others on her team as …

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The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #5 – They Have an Established, Collaborative Planning Process

Effective planning is a central theme in the best contact centers. A major objective of good planning is to get the right number of skilled people and supporting resources in place at the right times, doing the right things. But systematic planning accomplishes more than that. It also improves communication and culture in the following ways: Creating a body of …

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Traits of the Best Leaders

Often I am asked what I look for in leadership. The question is usually something like, “You go into a lot of different organizations and see many different styles; what are your thoughts on what makes an effective leader?” It is a great question and a few things come to mind. One is, and I’d put this at the top …

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The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #4 – They Build Plans and Services around Evolving Customer Expectations

One of the most critical — and difficult — aspects of managing a contact center in coming months and years will be to provide services that satisfy changing consumer demands. Those who fall behind will pay a brutal price: dissatisfied customers, insufficient support from the organization and low morale in the contact center. But those who stay ahead of the …

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Are Your Mobile Apps Ready for Prime Time?

Get your apps in good shape and, by all means, don’t dither—get them out there. But you’ve got to ensure they are ready for prime time. In results that were probably no surprise, a Compuware study found that customers have little tolerance for glitchy or unstable mobile apps. Specifically, 71% of users have a low tolerance for unstable apps and …

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The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #3 – They Know that Their People Are the Key to Success

Cultures vary dramatically from one organization to the next. You’d likely notice some hairstyles that you don’t see every day at Virgin Mobile’s Customer Care center. Nintendo has a break room (yes, with video games) that puts most others to shame. Wells Fargo Banker Connection has a somewhat more formal, polished atmosphere — expected and fitting in the banking environment. …

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