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How TextGen Converges Texting with Service

March 7, 2014

Face it, your customers don’t want to talk on the phone, they want to communicate with you the way they do with everyone else, using text. Sure, this is a generational issue but the young are getting older. Moreover, the parents and grandparents of all those kids have learned something very important in the past decade… If they want to communicate with their younger family members, they better buy a pair of reading glasses and learn to text.

But many companies aren’t prepared for a world where customers text them.

Win a Free Call Center Makeover Worth Millions

March 5, 2014

I have good news to share – your company can win something worth millions of dollars and there is no catch. You see, Interactive Intelligence has decided to give away a call center makeover. All you need is a contact center which seems like it would be a good candidate for such an upgrade.

This is no joke as the winner could receive cloud-based CRM and contact center applications as well as phones, headsets, furniture, interior design, consulting services and more.

You have until April 30th, 2014 to apply and good luck!

I just can't wait to see what sorts of entries there will be for this contest... I am sure there are some really ancient centers out there.

Why I'm Neutral on the Comcast, Time Warner Cable Deal

February 14, 2014

There has been lots of controversy over the merging of two of the largest cable companies Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Concerns range from fear of a monopoly to worse customer service to higher fees and data caps. Jim Edwards at Business Insider for example says you will get screwed if the merger goes through.

Consumers Union thinks if the merger happens, prices will increase and service will suffer.

Fenero Aims to Disrupt Cloud Contact Center Pricing

November 13, 2013

Cloud-based contact center solutions have been priced fairly uniformly in the past… You pay per seat and feature. You want to add more people or features such as analytics, etc. and you pay more. Some vendors offer an all-inclusive solution of course meaning the only variable is the number of seats but regardless, the model has been fairly static for the past few decades – starting back in the nineties when the term ASP was what we used to describe the space.

Amazon and Obamacare Call Center News

November 11, 2013

I’d like to thank the many hundreds of you who registered for the call center webinar I moderated today about Amazon’s Mayday button. It was truly great and I was blown away by how the companies (many in the Fortune 500) attending the webinar were so far ahead of the curve compared with typical organizations. For example when asked how many companies were looking to transform customer service from a necessary function for resolving customer problems into a value-generating service that is a strategic differentiators in the market, a whopping 83% responded in the affirmative. Wow!

IBM: Digital Darwinism May Kill You

October 8, 2013

In a candid IBM interview, Carl Ford of Crossfire Media spoke with Blair Reeves who said companies should spend less time on advertising and worrying about various channels and instead focus more on putting customers at the center of their business. He went on to explain that everything is part of big data – there is so much data going out there not only on the marketing side but related to how people are buying and selling he said. Another interesting point was this coupled with social information can be used by companies to serve their customers better.

Some types of data he mentioned are as follows:

  • What customers create: what they post to Facebook about their likes and dislikes
  • What/where/how customers buy and what they do with their purchases
  • How do they engage with brands and companies – through stores, kiosks, contact centers, mobile apps, etc

What he said was these are not discrete experiences, they are part of a larger omnichannel experience.

Cyara Helps Banks Improve Service Levels

September 16, 2013

One of the challenges call center managers have is testing their systems when deploying new solutions or modifying existing ones. As the most crucial link to many customer interactions, the contact center can play a pivotal role in keeping customers happy, continuing to recommend a company and keeping them coming back for more.

To learn more, I sat down with Lynn Evans who is an independent systems engineer deploying call center solutions. In the past she has worked for banks such as Franklin Templeton Investments and Wells Fargo.

SPEECHPRO's Multifactor Biometric Engine Doubles Reliability

September 12, 2013

Now that Apple has decided to jump into the biometrics space with Touch ID, we can expect the idea of finger, face and speech recognition to gain more traction. When it comes to biometrics there are different approaches which companies can take to ensure only specific people have access to computers and information. In Apple’s case the company is looking to make it easier to keep your phone secure. The single finger touch is all that is required to get into many of secrets located on your phone.

The challenge is as I blogged yesterday – a sleeping person can inadvertently divulge all their secrets to other people without realizing it.

Pipeliner Aims to be the next big thing in CRM

September 11, 2013

When TMC’s Customer Magazine started covering the contact management space in 1982 there were precious few choices of technology to use – typically, most companies used index cards to manage their contacts. Shortly thereafter Salemaker became a wildly popular program which ran on PCs when floppy disks were the way to install software. Then Telemagic came onto the scene and took the world by storm. From the outside, much ofthe company seemed like it was run like a pack on mongooses – or is it mongeese?

MightyHive Achieves Contact Center and Web Ad Integration

August 12, 2013

The contact center is a billion dollar channel but has yet to exploit its true potential. Contact center data can now drive demand through another channel, online. To drive brand and business equity today, marketers must leverage consumer insights to create seamless experiences across channels where each interaction, regardless of channel, is relevant and consistent to lead consumers along the path to purchase.

In the late nineties it was fashionable to say the web would kill the contact center as people would no longer need to speak on the phone when purchasing.

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