How Long Are Customers Willing to Wait?

With much of the world on lockdown due to the current COVID-19 crisis, contact centers are grappling with both increased workloads and staffing challenges. One helpful framework — now and in more normal times — is to understand the factors that affect customer tolerance for queues. There are seven, and they influence how long customers will wait in queue, how …

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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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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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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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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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Make the Most of Changing Customer Expectations

How do you make the most of changing customer expectations and ensure that they are being built into your plans and direction? The following are some important rules of the road: First, ensure that your management team thoroughly understands the 10 basic customer expectations. Post them prominently. And make a habit of considering them when making decisions. Don’t guess at …

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10 Customer Expectations You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Erica Strother Marios with ICMI recently put together a slide show on ten key customer expectations (as described in Call Center Management on Fast Forward). Take a minute to go through the slides at your next team meeting and discuss what your customers expect and how well you are meeting those expectations.

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Interview with Business Innovators

Recently, I did a radio interview with Conston Taylor of Business Innovators. You’ll hear thoughts on customer expectations and the importance of making customer service a priority.

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