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Sep 17 2017 WHY YOU (AND YOUR AGENTS) NEED NATURAL LANGUAGE IVR

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Traditional interactive voice response (IVR) systems have many flaws. First, callers are restricted to selecting from the choices the system gives them, which are necessarily limited. In order to interact with a traditional IVR system, customers must work through a series of menus, which many of them find frustrating. In fact, many callers fail to find the […]

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Sep 16 2017 MIND THE (PERCEPTION) GAP: WHAT YOU THINK OF YOUR SERVICE VS. WHAT YOUR CUSTOMERS THINK

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I want to start this by asking to you to take a moment and genuinely reflect on the service you provide and answer this question: Are you delivering a superior experience to your customers? If you answered yes, I’m glad to hear of the confidence you have in your technology and your agents. However, there’s a […]

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Sep 13 2017 CUSTOMER SERVICE SECRET SAUCE: GUIDING CUSTOMERS

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I recently read an incredible blog post by Lauren McDonald at HeyWire. (And I would recommend that you take a few minutes and read her comments on comparing support channels to the Olympics and awarding the text channel the “gold medal.” I’ll wait.) As the text channel continues to receive a lot of attention – and it should – it presents a great opportunity […]

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Aug 19 2017 CUSTOMER CARE STRATEGY: VALUE YOUR CUSTOMER’S TIME

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Whether your strategic direction involves improving metrics like NPS (Net Promoter Score) and CSAT (Customer Satisfaction) or reducing overall costs, a key element involves demonstrating that you value a customer’s time. Too often, I witness my clients implement a new technology that should move the needles of metrics or costs, but they fail to produce the desired outcomes. I […]

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Aug 05 2017 IS THE IVR DEAD OR ALIVE?

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I frequently attend the customer service trade shows and themes typically involve education on emerging technologies not yet widely adopted. For example, this year I attended several shows that focused on support for social media platforms like Facebook Messenger or Twitter. Prior to this rising trend in customer service for social media, web and text chat took center stage […]

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