Getting live chat right is much more than a software sale – Interview with Jamie Edwards of Kayako

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Today’s interview is with Jamie Edwards, co-founder and COO of Kayako, an omni-channel customer service platform that their customers use to talk to and support their customers. Jamie joins me today to talk about some recent research that they have conducted on the uses and successes of live chat software, what are companies getting right and what are they getting wrong and what customer service leaders should be fixing or doing differently when it comes to live chat. This interview

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Public Enemy and getting practical with AI in the contact centre – Interview with Mikhail Naumov

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Today’s interview is with Mikhail Naumov, Co-Founder & President of DigitalGenius, a venture backed artificial intelligence (AI) company based in San Francisco & London. Digital Genius is focused on eliminating the mindless work customer service teams often have to deal with on a day to day basis so that they can focus on complex issues that technology, like a bot can’t handle. Mikhail has also just published a book: AI Is My Friend: A Practical Guide for Contact Centers. As

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Thrive through busy times by studying your support history

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“In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.” – Edmund Burke, Irish writer, politician, journalist and philosopher “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher and novelist Are you a fan of history? If you work in customer service or support, then I believe you should be. I don’t mean the sort of history that involves

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3 Leading B2B Companies Share Their Secrets On How To Create A Personalized Customer Experience

Creating a personalized customer experience is a goal for many, if not all, firms as they strive to compete for, retain and deliver the best customer experience to their customers. But, if you have been to any conferences or have been reading analyst and commentariat articles lately, one would not be wrong in thinking that the way to achieve this was primarily through the use of software, data and analytics. This seems to be particularly true for firms that operate

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How to improve customer experience using employee feedback

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This is a guest post from Sreeram Sreenivasan, Founder & CEO of Ubiq BI. Typically, businesses conduct customer surveys & interviews and apply the feedback to provide a better customer experience. But that’s just one half of the story. What if there was a more powerful source of customer insights, available right at your doorstep: your own employees. Although a single customer can share his/her experience at various touch points during their journey, their insights are only about themselves and not everyone

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What do the Bee Gees, words, a train company and customer experience have in common?

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The Bee Gees once sang “It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away”. The sentiment in the Bee Gees words offer a lesson to companies wanting to improve their customer experience. The reason being is that the words that we choose to write to our customers are probably one of the most important elements that define the experience that our customers have with us. However, many businesses tend to ignore them, the extent of

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Heroes and the craft of customer support – Interview with Nick Francis

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Today’s interview is with Nick Francis, CEO and co-founder of Help Scout, a Saas software company that provides an email-based customer support platform, knowledge base tool, and an embeddable search/contact widget for customer service professionals. Nick joins me today to talk about the ‘craft’ of customer support, making support and contact centre agents heroes and their latest Customer Support Survey. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Marrying self organising teams and customer obsession – Interview with Andrew

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The most successful companies start by improving one customer journey at a time – Interview with Don Schuerman

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Today’s interview is with Don Schuerman, CTO and Vice President of Product Marketing at Pegasystems. I had a chance to sit down and chat with Don when I met up with him at Pegaworld earlier this month. We talk about what companies, in the midst of the customer experience maelstrom, should be doing more of and what they should be doing less of, the balance of the human touch and technology in customer experience as well as the emerging ethical

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How D.O.M.O.R.E. will help you deliver an outstanding customer experience – Interview with Blake Morgan

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Today’s interview is with Blake Morgan, a customer experience futurist, fellow Forbes contributor and the author of a new book: More Is More: How the Best Companies Go Farther and Work Harder to Create Knock-Your-Socks-Off Customer Experiences. She joins me today to talk about her new book and what we can do to create ‘knock your socks off’ customer experiences. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Understanding consumer behaviour by going to the gemba – Interview with

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