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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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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The Contact Center’s Role in Building Self-Service Channels

Many organizations are learning firsthand that contact centers can play a central role in encouraging and supporting low-cost access channels. For example, the contact center can provide a wealth of information on which contacts can be automated (or handled in customer communities), and what can be done to improve customer acceptance. Further — and paradoxically — providing agent assistance when …

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The Contact Center’s Role in Building Self-Service Channels

Many organizations are learning firsthand that contact centers can play a central role in encouraging and supporting low-cost access channels. For example, the contact center can provide a wealth of information on which contacts can be automated (or handled in customer communities), and what can be done to improve customer acceptance. Further — and paradoxically — providing agent assistance when …

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Four Keys to Retaining Millennial Customers

It was great to be included in an article Telus International put together on retaining millennial customers. The article focuses on the financial services industry, but the principles apply to many other industries. Lindsey Groepper of BlastMedia and John Rampton of Due were also interviewed for the article. You can read it here.

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Helping Customers Serve Themselves

Are we doing enough to enable customer self-service? Here are some statistics to consider: 72% of customers go online to serve themselves, but only 52% find the information they are searching for. (Source: Zendesk, 2013) Only 26% of companies offer self-service tools for consumers via their mobile application. (Forrester, 2015)

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Multichannel Contact Centers, by the Numbers

How many organizations are using various contact channels? Recent research (Understanding the Customer Journey, a study conducted by ICMI and LiveOps, 2015) explored channel usage in service settings. The questions included both channels supported and the percentage of total contact volume. Here’s a summary of the findings:

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