Thoughts on Customer Experience, Agent Skills and Artificial Intelligence

The ICMI Contact Center Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is coming up quickly from May 13 to 16. If you are planning to attend, or if you are interested in current contact center trends, you might be interested in a brief interview I did with Don Fluckinger of TechTarget. In it, I discuss customer experience, agent skills and the impact …

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Handling Tough Customer Contacts

If you work in customer service, you will inevitably interact with angry customers. It comes with the territory. Their anger could be caused by a process or a product that’s gone awry. They may have already had a bad experience as they attempted to get resolution. Or maybe their anger is misplaced. For any number of reasons, the customer is …

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How Effective Is Your Service Strategy?

On a recent trip to the Bahamas, I was reminded of the importance of an effective service strategy. As a customer service professional, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily details and lose sight of what ties it all together. There are many ways to approach strategy, but there are some common characteristics among organizations that have the …

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Insight on Bots, Human Agents and the Future of Customer Service

Recently, I was interviewed by Convo, a publication of NewVoiceMedia. The focus of the interview was on the impact of bots and AI, the continued need for human interaction, and the changes taking place in customer service. Take a few minutes to read the interview and consider if your organization is prepared for the changes ahead.

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Managing Customer Feedback – as It Happens

An important aspect of building customer relationships is managing customer feedback. This includes both short- and long-term objectives: it involves responding to feedback as it happens and collecting and analyzing feedback from many customers to look for recurring problems and opportunities. In a past issue of The Edge of Service® Newsletter, I look at what it takes to manage customer …

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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 is to provide services that satisfy changing consumer demands. Those who fall behind 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 curve enjoy strong customer loyalty and the …

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Traits of Successful Customer Advocacy Initiatives

When implementing your own customer advocacy initiatives, it can be helpful to learn what was worked well for others. This video explores ways organizations have structured their advocacy programs and five traits of successful initiatives. The video is from my LinkedIn Learning Course Customer Advocacy. Traits of successful customer advocacy initiatives from Customer Advocacy by Brad Cleveland

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Putting Yourself in Your Customers’ Shoes

Many of the best decisions you make as a customer service leader will come by putting yourself in your customers’ shoes, really seeing things as they do. In a recent LinkedIn Learning Course that I recorded, Customer Service Leadership, I include some suggestions for doing that and some sources of insight to consider. Each source of insight has a story …

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