Incentivizing Customer Behavior Change: Customer Self-Service Trumps Hidden Fees

Customers Don’t Like Hidden Fees A recent Gizmodo article highlighted the fact that some telecom companies charge customers high fees for paying their bills over the phone with a representative. Depending on the company, these fees ranged from $5 to $8 per transaction. With the large customer bases these companies have, those fees could result in… Read More

How to Get More From Your IVR with Artificial Intelligence

How AI Delivers Better IVR When you hear artificial intelligence (AI) and interactive voice response (IVR) in the same breath you may scratch your head and wonder, “how does that work?” Using an AI engine, like IBM’s Watson, with an IVR system creates smarter self-service applications and delivers better customer experiences. With IVR callers have… Read More

The Netflix Effect & Why Voice Remains Critical For Customer Service In 2017

The Netflix Effect The world of technology often seems like the fallout from Sherman’s march to the sea where old technologies are left smoldering in ashes in the wake of the latest and greatest. We might even call this the Netflix effect. After all, not many people choose VHS as their primary medium for watching… Read More

Reward Your Way to Better Call Center Performance

To truly become customer-centric, and service-oriented, takes more than just talk. This should come as no surprise. There is no shortage of good advice available about what to map, measure, consider and do to create better customer experiences. But how can you change company culture to be more customer-centric in a way that’s more meaningful… Read More

To Bundle Or Not to Bundle: IVR and the Call Center

Whither the Cure-All Nowadays there is a trend towards the consolidation of products and services. In more and more places you see examples of offerings that are trying to do everything. Sometimes consolidating a range of features into a single bundled package makes things better, but that’s only true if you’re going to use all… Read More

Respond to Customer Complaints in Real Time

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It’s about time. Customers, like everyone else, have a different notion of time than they used to. The internet and mobile devices have done that—we can access the whole world of knowledge with our fingertips, instantly. This also applies to customer complaints. More quickly than ever, customers can lodge complaints against our companies—so fast, in… Read More