Four Major Don’ts of Customer Service

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When it comes to good customer service, it can often be easier to explain what not to do as opposed to spending hours explaining how to do it right. After years of observing customer service in a professional and personal capacity, I’ve identified four of the biggest mistakes made by service organizations.

These are things that you should never do when engaging with a customer; under no circumstances are they acceptable. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Great Call Center Employee [INFOGRAPHIC]

It can be tough finding and hiring good call center employees, but the first step is to know what to look for. This infographic by TeleTech does a nice job of outlining the qualities of a great call center employee.

You can view TeleTech’s original post, including this infographic here.

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What’s Your Contact Center’s Path? [INFOGRAPHIC]

For contact centers, there are two well-traveled paths into the world of efficient, effective customer engagement. There’s the outbound path, and the inbound path. You might travel one, the other, or both.

Follow the infographic guide below to find your way through Contact Center Depot and discover new opportunities to do things better, and find tools that can help.

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2014 Software Advice BuyerView Call Center Software Report

Every year, Software Advice talks with thousands of buyers searching for call center software, many of which find them on the web. These conversations provide unparalleled insight into the needs of call centers and the industries that use them.

Software Advice recently analyzed a random selection of 385 of these interactions to uncover demographic information about call center software buyers, identify their most common pain points and pinpoint the features they most desire in new call center software.

Key Findings: Continue reading

Six Things Millennials Expect from their Customer Service Experience

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The generation born between the early 1980s and early 2000s is larger than the Baby Boomers’ generation. This generation is expected to have a lot of economic clout in the marketplace, and just like the Baby Boomers, the millennial generation knows that they have the power to affect the way corporations do business.

Understanding this generation will be essential if you want your company to grow and prosper. The same customer service tactics that you would use on Baby Boomers may not work on Millennials, which is a concern among customer service professionals. Continue reading

Top Benefits of Cloud-Based ACDs and Dialers

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By Donna Fluss, founder and President of DMG Consulting LLC

Prospects looking for a contact center solution, be it an inbound automatic call distributor (ACD) or an outbound dialer, should undertake a classic selection process. At a high level, this includes defining business needs, drafting a request for proposal (RFP) document, identifying vendors that meet these needs, issuing the RFP, selecting an ideal partner, and negotiating the best possible deal. Continue reading

Five9 Connect: What is it and how does it work?

Five9 Connect copyToday, one of the keys to increasing efficiency in an inbound multichannel contact center is to focus on truly understanding what is important and actionable.  This understanding gives contact centers the ability to prioritize, route and assign requests in an intelligent manner to resolve issues quicker and improve conversion rates. Continue reading

Widespread Industry Analyst Praise for The Five9 Summer Release 2014

Last week we launched the latest version of our multichannel cloud contact center software, announcing four new native multichannel applications (email, chat, social, and mobile) as well as an intelligent technology layer called Five9 Connect.  Read more about the release and see what else is new.

The Five9 Summer Release 2014 received accolades from numerous contact center industry experts, for example:

Keith Dawson, principal analyst, Ovum 

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“The tendency of customers to gravitate towards complex multichannel interactions makes it more important than ever for service providers like Five9 to provide a clean, simple way for enterprises to manage those interactions. With Five9 Connect and the other enhancements Continue reading

Why Brands Struggle to Care for the Connected Consumer [SLIDESHARE]

Consumers are now more connected and more demanding than ever before.

As highlighted in the presentation below, 86% of surveyed consumers reported that they would be more satisfied if offered their channel of preference and half would move to a competitor that did offer their preferred channel.

Meanwhile, brands increasingly realize the importance of engaging with consumers not only through 800 numbers but also through social, mobile, email, chat and self-service channels.

However, the increasing complexity of dealing with so many customers across so many channels has presented brands with a wide variety of new obstacles.

Please take a look at the presentation below to learn more about the survey findings in addition to key challenges organizations face when attempting offer multichannel customer care.

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I also encourage you to register for our webinar on June 18th, to find out how the Five9 Summer Release can help you overcome many of the challenges highlighted in this presentation.