customer experience

DSW Successfully Incorporates AI into Customer Experience

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We love our shoes! Designer Shoe Warehouse, better known as DSW, continues to find innovative ways to capitalize on that universal truth and keep customers coming back for more. From a single store just 25 years ago, DSW has become a footwear and accessories powerhouse with 500 stores and a wildly successful digital business. Today, […]

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social customer service

4 Ways to Utilize Social Customer Service Agents More Effectively

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Everyone is talking about removing siloes these days and trying to find practical ways of blending marketing and social customer service. Of course, it’s important to realize these departments overlap, in part because great customer service stories go viral and make brands stand out as reliable, responsive and fun to interact with. In short, social customer service is the […]

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customer service agent

A Day in the Life of a Customer Service Agent

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So much of the conversation surrounding customer service and customer experience is focused on the customer that at times we forget about the necessity of taking good care of customer service agents. It’s no surprise that brands are becoming more customer-focused, because it seems like every day a new study is published about the importance of making customers happy. But […]

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connecting with customers

10 Tips for Connecting with Customers Emotionally

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Customer experience is the name of the game today, with more brands competing based on customer experience (CX) as a key differentiator than price or product innovation. As we’ve said before, customer experience comes down to how your customers feel about your brand. So, the importance of engaging customers and connecting with them emotionally can’t be overstated. Companies […]

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small business customer service

Digital Customer Service on a Shoestring

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A penny saved is a penny earned, right? That’s certainly true in business, and nowhere more visibly than in small and medium enterprises. The smaller the company, the smaller the budget and the more pressure managers are under to justify every expense. But there are some things no company should skimp on, and digital customer […]

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email

It Turns Out, Customers LIKE Email

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As far back as 2013, Forbes was publishing articles like, 5 Ways Email Makes Your Employees Miserable and How To Get Rid Of Email In Your Company. I can think of several technologies that have promised to replace email, like Slack and other messaging applications (e.g., Apple Chat or WhatsApp). And yet, it turns out […]

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contact center

Get Your Contact Center Ready for the Modern Age

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If you purchased a laptop in 2012 and compared it to one today it would be like comparing a raft to a nuclear submarine!  That’s because all technology has a “shelf-life”. For many IT systems this is about seven years.  This is also true for call center systems.  Why does technology have an expiration date? […]

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contact center agents

Contact Center Agents – Soaring up From Heroes to Super Heroes

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Agents remain the most critical resource in any contact center. But, every contact center continues to struggle with big challenges when it comes to engaging, motivating and retaining agents. Agent turn over continues to soar at over 30-45%, more than double the average of all industries (Research, The Quality Assurance & Training Connection). Today’s agents […]

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software and soft skills

Why Digital Customer Service Depends on Software and Soft Skills

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If delivering extraordinary digital customer service were as simple as following a formula, everyone would be doing it. But not everyone is. In fact, 89% of tweets from customers to businesses still go unanswered, and poor customer service is one of the main reasons for customer churn. Clearly there’s plenty of room for improvement in […]

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