Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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IP Communications Solve Problems Faster

December 11, 2009

This is the way to get things done in a digital world. (They used Dim Dim, Qik, and Camstudio.)

CIO: I've asked Graphic Editor to create a banner for the top area of our page last week, but I just noticed that you gave us detailed directions. I have forwarded this to him today.

Will Friendster Trounce Facebook and MySpace?

December 10, 2009

On December 10, 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article that "Malaysia-based MOL Global Pte. Ltd. has agreed to acquire all of Friendster Inc. ... MOL Global is an affiliate of unlisted MOL AccessPortal Berhad, a company that operates and develops payment systems. MOL's main shareholder is Berjaya Corp. (3395.KU) Chairman Vincent Tan"

Want to hear more?

Friendster aims to make other social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, Orkut, and Tagged look like "a day at Grandma's knitting sweaters and doing word searches." It is more about "connecting smiles." 

I have a friend named Iris in Singapore who chatted with me on Google Talk about how much fun she thinks Friendster is.



How to Get Your Customers and Employees to Love You

December 9, 2009

The Cult of the Customer (or is your Team, your staff?) Erik Linask just sent me this invite and I want to pass it on to others.

When: Wednesday December 9, 2009 2:00 pm ET 11:00am PT 
What: 1 Hour Live Webinar with Q&A 
Where: Online 
Cost: Complimentary 

The customer experience has never been more important than it is in today's service environment. Customer service is driven by the customer experience and the people inside a company provide that experience - whatever employees experience on the 'inside' is similar to what customers will experience 'on the outside.' 

In this thought provoking webinar, you will be compelled to ask the following: Is my company in alignment? Does every employee understand the vision? Do our employees love their jobs? 

Discover the concepts, lessons and strategies that will show you how to build a customer service culture that will make your customers and employees 'amazing.' 

Based on the speaker's best-selling book, The Cult of the Customer, you will be introduced to powerful customer service and experience concepts that can help increase: 
Customer loyalty 
Employee morale 
Employee loyalty 
Value to your customers 
Your bottom line 
The value of your brand 

After the presentation, the Webinar will be open for a live Q&A.




















SMBs Get Easy to Understand and Use FreedomIQ IP PBX

November 30, 2009

It's tough to find the right business communications solution these days. Do you go analog, hosted VoIP, IP-PBX, or use a virtual office solution? Plus, once you've figured that out, how do you know which carrier to choose?

Heba Nawar, Woman in VoIP Today

November 27, 2009

Some believe that there is a lack of female business and technical developers in the voice over internet and IP communications industry, but I think it is just that they are quiet. It's my job to find them. Think back to the Facebook group I started in 2008 called Women in VoIP. Next... to share their expertise with you.

Social Networking Members are the Producers, TelecomYou

November 27, 2009

I interviewed Osama Katanani this week on our DIDX podcast channel. (Listen to or download the MP3.) Why? The wealth and variety of telecom experience in his background but also his present professional career which includes: 


Current
Executive Manager, Marketing Branded Resellers at Mobily
CEO of http://www.telecomyou.com
Past
Technical Marketing Asst. Manager at Mobily
System Architect at Zain
Systems Developer at Solutec

Suzanne Bowen

: Welcome to DIDX podcast media channel where we bring you the expertise of IP communications leaders from around the world. I'm your host Suzanne Bowen.








Nigeria Scam? Nigeria Will Wow You

November 25, 2009

Victor Adoga, Manager of the National Numbering Plan for the Nigerian ommunications Commission (like USA's Federal ommunications Commission), was someone I was not expecting to meet at NXTCOMM in 2007 in Las Vegas. We discussed that day the stereotypical depiction of Nigerians as opposed to the reality of innovation, hard work, entrepreneurship, and integrity evident in many.

Victor shared with me once, "I proud and happy being a Nigerian. With the right kind of leadership, given the vast natural and human resources we have, Nigeria has the potential to be great.

Gas is the New Little Guy Gone Big Plus Saudi Arabia VoIP

November 11, 2009

"There is enough natural gas in the United States to supply the country with its energy needs for the next century", said energy advocate T. Boone Pickens.

I surveyed several in my Facebook and Linkedin business networks to get their opinion on this, so check out what some had to say.

PTC's Q & A with Jeannie Diefenderfer, Verizon

November 4, 2009

Q&A with Jeannie Diefenderfer

Jeannie Diefenderfer is Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Planning for Verizon Business. Please read on to learn more about Jeannie and her participation in PTC'10.

Why are you attending PTC'10?

Verizon (and its predecessor company MCI) has supported and attended the PTC for well over 15 years.

Lleida Spain SMS Mobile Operator, Enters USA Market with Florida

October 27, 2009

Have you heard of Lleida? They are a leader in the new SMS over IP and more services. First, they are the first SMS mobile operator in Spain and a veteran member of GSMA. Second, what made me notice them was an excellent press release about their entry into the USA mobile operator market starting with Florida.

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