Are you staffed appropriately this holiday season?

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With the holiday season already here, I hope you made the necessary preparations for your contact center to handle the expected call volume. Typically your customer service representatives request PTO to spend time with their families and shop but that’s also when you have the highest call volume. If you are not staffed appropriately, your metrics will be impacted. It is … Read More

De-Stress Your Call Center: How to Manage In a Stressful Environment

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The reality is that job-related stress has long been the nemesis of employees/employers around the globe. Stress has been linked in studies to everything from increased illness and related absenteeism, lower productivity to obesity. Given the economic situation we have experienced over the last few years, the reality is that many are working harder for less money, and still wind … Read More

Fenero Recognized for Exceptional Innovation

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TMC names Fenero a 2016 Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award Winner   Miami, Florida October 19th, 2016 — Fenero announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has awarded Fenero a 2016 Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award. Fenero’s platform include inbound call and email routing, outbound dialing, quality and performance management, live customer chat, self-service … Read More

The 29 Costly Implications of Losing Customers

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By: Bryant Nielson I  am not the originator of this list but found it instructive as to the success and failure of companies. A lost customer means lost feedback and the opportunity to improve. A lost customer means lost sales and revenue that is lost forever! A lost customer causes asking, “Why didn’t we recognize the problem before losing them?” … Read More

Ten Simple Strategies for Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

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By Debra Semans It seems that businesses are getting re-focused on customer satisfaction.  Are your customers satisfied?  How do you know? Unless you are actively asking customers about their experience, you can’t really be sure.  Have they not come back because they had no need or because they had a poor experience the last time they did business with you? Customer … Read More

How to Manage Different Generations

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Reprint of Wall Street Journal Article Managers are increasingly grappling with generational differences in their workforces. Problems can arise from differing mindsets and communication styles of workers born in different eras. The frictions may be aggravated by new technology and work patterns that mix workers of different ages in ever-changing teams. Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are competitive … Read More

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in Customer Service

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For larger companies, the contact center is a critical business system. These checklists, prepared by Roger Sumner, senior vice president of the Technology Office at Aspect Software, will help ensure that you ask the correct questions when planning for business continuity in this area. First  acknowledge that the term ‘disaster’ encompasses a lot of unpleasant possibilities. Get specific about the … Read More

Customer Experience Statistics

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Customer Experience Statistics You might find it interesting that it is projected by 2020 that customer experience will be the most heralded competitive differentiator for businesses, beyond products and services. Below are interesting statistics to help you optimize your customer experience and increase customer retention.   82% of consumers say the number one factor that leads to a great customer … Read More

A Dozen Ways to Cultivate Customer Relationships

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By:  Brad Cleveland Over the past decade or so, ICMI has studied, codified and periodically published a summary of the most important principles behind building strong, profitable customer relationships. But have evolving customer expectations, developments in social media, new communication channels, or other developments, changed the fundamentals? Fortunately, no. In fact, today’s ultra-connected environment seems to amplify them. The principles behind building … Read More