10 Omnichannel Customer Service Best Practice Tips

By Sam O’Brien, Ring Central   Customers have always expected quick, competent customer service. It used to be enough to have call agents operating in business hours. Now, there’s an expectation for digital customer service, often across multiple platforms. Having an omnichannel strategy is the best way of handling this – and here are ten […]

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25 Surefire Ways to Improve Customer Satisfaction

According to new report from CFI Group, customer satisfaction levels have experienced a slight decline over the past year. Data compiled from consumers across various sectors reflects a customer satisfaction score of 68 (out of 100), a four-point decline from the previous year. This year’s reading is the lowest score since the report was first […]

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Call Center vs. Contact Center: What’s the Difference?

Call centers and contact centers operate within the same general field of customer support and outreach. However, the two are not exactly the same. Call centers came first, focusing employees on handling large streams of customer calls at once. More modern contact centers effectively do the same while incorporating a few key differences to better […]

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25 Conflict Resolution Strategies for Customer Service

Given the often-hectic nature of call-based customer support, it is not at all uncommon for conflicts to arise with confused or otherwise frustrated customers. Companies that have effective strategies for handling these situations and skilled customer service agents capable of diffusing tension-filled interactions can turn difficult customer interactions into opportunities to exceed expectations, influence the […]

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Customer Journey Mapping: Templates, Examples & Tools

Defining the body of experiences your customers have with your company can prove highly beneficial in facilitating the overall improvement of your market offerings. Customer journey mapping highlights the many points of contact a customer encounters with your business as they work their way towards a specific outcome or goal. In addition to specifying such […]

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What is Voice of the Customer? Templates, Examples & More

As businesses race to define customer needs in ever greater detail while aligning their own market offerings to better cater to them, the importance of gathering intelligence from customers grows significantly. Voice of the Customer  or “VOC” is a technological approach to gaining insight into consumers’ collective interests. More specifically, through the use of Voice […]

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What is Sentiment Analysis? Tools, Best Practices & More

Analytics of all sorts provide invaluable insight to managers and team leaders in charge of call center operations. Among the many metrics worth considering to improve your organization’s efficiency, sentiment analysis stands out as particularly powerful. Whenever a customer interacts with your brand, their overall experience can play a significant role in deciding whether they […]

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Call Center Service Levels: Calculations, Metrics, & Industry Standards

Providing key metrics and clear numbers is primordial in any industry, and it becomes particularly challenging in the field of call centers. This is why managers have developed a number of techniques to quantify results and improve efficiency over the years. One of these methods is Call Center Service Levels. The most basic definition of […]

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Call Center Regulatory Compliance

Accommodating regulatory guidelines and remaining compliant with strict mandates can be tough for any call center organization to do. As communication technologies continue to evolve, so too do the various threats that target them. Call centers are at the bullseye in terms of their strategic attractiveness for malicious actors. Such organizations regularly intercept and process […]

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First Call Resolution Ideas

Solving a caller’s problems quickly can significantly improve their perception of your organization’s overall quality and competency. However, achieving the fastest possible resolution speed – over the course of a single call – can prove to be more complicated than it seems. There are many variables involved in handling customers’ calls efficiently enough to resolve […]

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What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)? Definition, Tips & Best Practices

As many modern jobs grow in complexity, coping with a rapidly scaling economy and a significant shortage of trained talent, numerous companies have taken to using software and other technology solutions more fervently to keep productivity levels consistent. The current stock of technology available to businesses, from sophisticated business intelligence software to artificial intelligence, speech […]

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What is CSAT? Definition, How to Measure CSAT & Tips

CSAT (Customer Satisfaction) is a measurement used to quantify the degree to which customers are satisfied with a service, product or experience. In most cases, the term “CSAT” is used in connection with “CSAT score,” which refers to the numerical measure of customer satisfaction. Brands and marketers use CSAT scores to establish a customer’s level […]

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Consumer Empathy: 5 Tips for Deepening Customer Empathy

What’s the one skill that every customer support agent should have? Ask this question to anyone who has served in customer support, and they will have customer empathy high on their list. Customer empathy – an idea that might have seemed like a lip-service or buzzword in the past, is now proving to be a […]

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Examples of Customer Engagement Strategies & Tips from the Pros

Customer engagement plays a pivotal role in every business’s operations, and as such, it is a hot topic in today’s customer experience discourse. Heightening customer engagement involves tailoring your company’s services and products to more effectively fit the needs of your client base. To do this, it helps to have a good idea of where […]

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Customer Satisfaction Surveys: Examples, Templates & Tips for Better Surveys

Gauging a customer’s overall satisfaction with your services and products can help you optimize for a better customer experience and better overall market performance. However, getting to know just what your customers think about your brand can be a tough task to take on. Customer satisfaction surveys serve this purpose well, encouraging your client base […]

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What is Customer Effort Score?

Implementing and tracking a customer effort score at your organization could be key in keeping your customers satisfied and improving their customer experience – a tough feat that can otherwise force you to become a mind reader, guessing at their wants and needs before they themselves know them. Unfortunately, most managers and business leaders have […]

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Reduce Employee & Customer Churn with Actionable Engagement Insights

It’s no secret that customer churn is costing businesses huge amounts. In fact, The Callminer Churn Index estimated that customer churn is costing UK businesses a whopping £25 billion a year! That’s why we hosted a webinar with our consulting services partner, Ember Real Results, to show how to identify actionable engagement insights to reduce […]

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5 Standards of Excellent Customer Listening

In the last decade I’ve seen and run a lot of Customer Listening programs. Here’s the one thing I know for sure: high quality Customer Listening programs always meets the same 5 standards. Meeting these standards achieves dependable, high-insight data. Failing to meet these standards often steers companies off course. These 5 standards are not […]

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What is NPS? Definition, Techniques, Tools and Tips from Experts

A Net Promoter Score® (NPS) is one of several scoring methods companies use to measure the customer experience and gauge customer satisfaction. Specifically, NPS is a value or metric used to gauge how happy and loyal customers are to a brand or organization. Customers and clients with a higher NPS are more likely to tell […]

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Customer Satisfaction Survey Questions: Tips, Examples & Best Practices

There are hundreds of potential questions you might ask on a customer satisfaction survey, but the best questions for any particular survey depend on your goals, your audience, your industry, and other factors. In other words, there are many things to consider when developing a customer satisfaction survey. For instance: Customers may get fatigued and […]

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