Wayfair’s innovative recruitment methods help drive their award winning customer service

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In the world of customer service, frontline roles are evolving and are doing so rapidly. As higher levels of self-service and the utilisation of artificial intelligence, chat bots and other tech applications take hold, frontline customer service roles are evolving such that they are now starting to require deeper level thinking and problem solving skills. This is supported by research done by BT futurist Nicola Millard who published a report in 2014 called SuperAgent 2020, which found that the 2

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Your frontline employees hold the keys to improving your customer experience

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The business world is abuzz at the moment with lots of talk of artificial intelligence and it’s potential applications, particularly when it comes to the use of tools like neural networks. But, what is a neural network? Well, first of all neural networks are properly known as artificial neural networks (ANNs) and these are commonly described as‘ an interconnected system of neurons, as in the brain or other parts of the nervous system’. Now, ANNs are fascinating and offer so

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The power of social recognition in employee engagement – Interview with Ketti Salemme of TINYpulse

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Today’s interview is with Ketti Salemme, Senior Communications Manager at TINYpulse, an employee engagement platform that combines pulse surveys, peer recognition, and performance reviews. Ketti joins me today to talk about employee engagement, surveys and creative work hacks that drive the development of a great culture and employee satisfaction. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Insights from inside some of the world’s highest performing organisations – Interview with Brian MacNeice – and is number 211 in the

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Insights from inside some of the world’s highest performing organisations – Interview with Brian MacNeice

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Today’s interview is with Brian MacNeice, Managing Director, Kotinos Partners & Co-Author of Powerhouse: Insider accounts into the world’s top high-performance organizations. He joins me today to talk about the book, some of the amazing companies that they interviewed in the course of researching the book and what we can learn from them. This interview follows on from my recent interview – The future is arriving now. Are you ready? – Interview with Anthony Abbatiello of Deloitte – and is

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The future is arriving now. Are you ready? – Interview with Anthony Abbatiello of Deloitte

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Today’s interview is with Anthony Abbatiello, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and global leader of Deloitte Leadership. He joins me today to talk about Deloitte’s newly released annual 2017 Global Human Capital Trends Report, some of the trends that emerged from the report and what they mean for leaders and entrepreneurs looking to build a business intent on delivering a great customer and employee experience. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Building a culture of good engages customers,

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Building a culture of good engages customers, employees and drives business results – Interview with Ryan McCarty and Scott Moorehead

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Today’s interview is with Ryan McCarty and Scott Moorehead, founders of Culture of Good and the authors of a new book: Build a Culture of Good. They join me today to talk about their company, their mission, their new book and how companies can boost their revenue and improve employee engagement by helping their people create positive change in the world on a daily basis all while doing their jobs. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Creating

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How to make phone conversations with customers better

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Despite the introduction of all sorts of new technology, a myriad of new channels and a host of self-service options, when things go wrong, get complicated or become difficult for customers most of them will want to pick up the phone and talk to another human being. That behaviour makes phone conversations an integral and hugely important part of the whole customer experience, whether the conversations take place at the beginning (sales), middle (service) or the end (renewal) of the

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Using AI and EQ to build emotional connections with customers at scale – Interview with Joshua Feast of Cogito

Today’s interview is with Joshua Feast, who is the co-founder and CEO of MIT-spinoff Cogito Corp., that has developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology that delivers real-time emotional intelligence feedback for customer service professionals which helps them have better conversations and build stronger rapport with customers. Joshua joins me today to talk about what they are doing, the science and thinking behind the technology, where it is getting applied and the benefits they are seeing. This interview follows on from my

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How middle managers can boost employee engagement and customer experience

It’s pretty well understood that having a high level of employee engagement fuels better levels of service, a more engaging customer experience and better business results. Gallup research supports this and shows that firms with a highly engaged workforce experience tend to have: 37% less absenteeism; Between 25% and 65% lower staff turnover, depending on the industry; Up to 41% fewer quality issues; 48% fewer safety incidents; 28% less shrinkage; 10% higher customer ratings; 21% higher productivity; and 22% higher

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