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"Your Call Is Important to Us": Customer Service vs. Customer Experience 

The customer experience is spread across the organization, beyond IT, making it much harder to envision and manage effectively. As a result, many companies have fallen into the trap of providing inadequate and sometimes downright poor support to their customers. Read more...

 

 
Every once in a while, a technology evolution occurs that fundamentally changes the way business is conducted and how consumers interact, spawning an entire new ecosystem. One such technology evolution is the rise of the smartphone and mobile devices. Despite the explosive growth in mobile...
Tag(s): practices and processes, self-service tools, mobility

 
Technological advances have made relationship building easier than ever. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to remember that although these advances provide us with tools to assist us in what we call Relationship Architecture™, these tools, in and of themselves, are not what building a business...
Tag(s): people, customer service

 

Knowledge management is more critical than ever. Advanced technologies, such as virtual...

Tag(s): webinars, support models, supportworld, self-service, self-service tools, knowledge management

 
Communication between IT and its customers has traditionally been the responsibility of the service desk. In some workplaces, consistent, organized communication is hard to achieve; the service desk may not be up to date on the services offered by other areas of IT, turf wars between various...
Tag(s): customer service, people, communications skills, marketing

 
Desktop support is about more than solving technical issues for clients; it is about helping people, face to face. It isn’t just a voice over the phone or a silent adjustment to a back-end application; it’s about connecting with customers and providing solutions, even if they are not...
Tag(s): people, desktop support, customer service

 
In this article, we’ll explore the customer service and communication skills (also known as soft skills) that enable customer support professionals to deliver consistent, high-quality service and support to customers. We’ll also discuss how these skills fit into three overall groups:...
Tag(s): communications skills, customer service

 
Many companies rely on their service management organizations (SMOs) to manage customer requests for products and services. A well-managed SMO understands its clients and works with them to create a quality customer experience. Through the implementation of a customer quality environment (CQE),...
Tag(s): customer experience, customer service, customer satisfaction

 
Organizations often rush to kick-start improvement efforts without first completing a thorough analysis. All too often, improvement exercises are either reactive—knee-jerk responses to what others have done—or conceived in response to the passionate advocacy of a charismatic (and usually senior)...
Tag(s): customer service, continual service improvement

 
In this article, I will present ten engagement techniques you can use to impress upon your employees the importance of their contributions and help them align their activities with your company’s strategies and vision. As you review the techniques, keep in mind that many can’t be performed...
Tag(s): workforce enablement, incentives, supportworld

 
Today’s multichannel contact centers are anything but simple. According to ICMI, almost 86 percent of today’s contact centers are multichannel. While voice is still predominant, one channel is no longer enough. Consumers want to engage with technical support and customer service through multiple...
Tag(s): self-service, support models, support industry