Throughout my contact center career, I have seen trends come and go. Some trends seem to last forever while some seem to stick around far longer than they should. These are the things left over from call center days gone by that just need to go, the relics of those that came before us. Yes, I know, that sounds dramatic, but I think it's time to make dramatic changes.Read More
The wonderful thing about Contact Centers is that we get to measure everything that is important to our customers and team members. Such metrics as calls received, cost per inbound contact, and customer survey feedback are critical to analyzing and maintaining a well-functioning Contact Center.Read More
As contact center leaders, we are always in search of the best way to effectively manage our operations, which can simply translate to how well are we managing costs. But our job is far more than just "managing costs". It is also our job to communicate how our teams impact the rest of the business and the bottom line. It is our job to fight for what is right for our team members, and to manage costs appropriately.Read More
Contact centers of all shapes and sizes often have lots of similarities. One thing I have found to be true across most companies is this shocker: contact center team meetings suck! And another thing that is generally true is that your team members may not tell you they suck. Why? Because they crave the time off the phones!Read More
In Episode #42 we welcome Matt Beckwith, Contact Center Director. We met Matt on the weekly #ICMIChat on Twitter and have loved his perspective on customer service, customer experience, and contact centers.Read More
Happy New Year! The new year often brings new candidates to the job market, so if you're taking advantage of that like I am, here are three tips to improve your contact center’s recruiting and hiring efforts. If you’re not doing them now, feel free to consider them New Year’s Resolutions.
This post originally appeared on ICMI.com.Read More
The real punishment I put myself through however, is taking surveys. Although I’m not able to take one every day, I actively seek out opportunities to take them and have completed hundreds over the past several years. I have also worked for some companies where I have learned a great deal about customer feedback programs.Read More
Did you know there is an official Customer Service Week to highlight the work of customer service employees? Customer Service Week is not specifically only for contact centers but many across the country have adopted it is their own holiday.Read More
Throughout my career I've been part of many new technology implementations. An important element to nearly all of them has been successful user adoption.
Years ago, the customer service contact center at the bank where I worked implemented a new performance reporting application from Merced SystemsRead More
Here's a bit of call center humor, in the spirit of Throwback Thursday. And buried in that humor is a lesson that continues to stay with me.
Let me answer your first obvious question. Yes, it is acceptable to do a "Throwback Thursday" post on LinkedIn.Read More
A fellow NorCal Contact Center Association steering committee member recently recommended the book "The Effortless Experience" by Matthew Dixon, Nick Toman and Rick DeLisi. I loved it. If you work in a call center, or provide service to customers, this is a must read.
The book comes from the Harvard Business Review article, "Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers".Read More
Today was day two of PesTech3.0, a three-day conference dedicated to connecting industry leaders to discuss technology trends in pest control. So far, we've heard from some great speakers on disruptive technology, how the "internet of things" impacts our industry, mobile marketing and using mobile technologies throughout sales and servicing. We've also learned about interesting and innovative ways that pest control operators can start to deploy wearable tech.Read More
Early in my career I learned the art of saying "no". I have even had great success remembering to rephrase "no, I can't do that" to "what I can do is...". That's fine in many situations. It reminds me to focus on solving problems rather than simply answering questions.Read More
I enjoy being part of the festivities during Customer Service Week and hearing what other call center leaders do in their centers. I do my best to show my appreciation to my team members the other 51 weeks every year but find this week a special time.
Even if you don’t have money to spend, there are simple things you can do during Customer Service Week.Read More
When I hear the term “management” used to describe a group of unnamed people, I think of toilet seat covers. Specifically, I think of toilet seat covers in public restrooms. Sometimes the packaging reads: “Provided by the Management For Your Protection”.Read More
We all need compelling reasons to keep our customers coming back. Customer retention is vital and getting customer feedback can give great insight into the future success of our business, but we need to allow customers to leave us. We need to be gracious and offer solutions but when the customer says it’s time to break up, it’s time to say goodbye.Read More