Five Tips To Successfully Onboard Live Chat Agents

Posted: October 10, 2018

I’m always thrilled to work with Dani Apgar at RapportBoost as she’s such a great source of knowledge on technology in customer experience. Here’s an article we co-authored together on how to leverage tech and training to provide great onboarding experiences for live chat agents. “Live chat communications continue to trend upwards in importance. No surprise here. eMarketer predicts that in just one year from now, 80 percent of the world’s smartphone users will use messaging apps. We’re more connected than ever, and that provides challenges for modern sales and service organizations. Today’s online customers want and expect a fast response time…

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The Art & Science of Customer Experience

Posted: July 18, 2018

As co-founder of the awesome CX Accelerator community, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with the wonderful Nate Brown on a blog post idea that we’d chatted about at the recent ICMI Expo. Here we get down to the nitty-gritty of whether CX is an artistic or a scientific discipline, and how the two interact. This was a really fun piece to write and we’re planning a fun Google Hangouts live video to debate these points further. Stay tuned for that, but for now, here’s a snippet of our blog post – click through to read more. 💥  What fires you up…

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RapportBoost.AI Interview Part 3: Live Chat Data Is the Key to QA

Posted: July 16, 2018

Here’s part 3 of my interview with Rapportboost.AI – you can access part 1 here and part 2 here. This time, we discuss live chat data, quality assurance and how live chat contributes to the sales cycle. “The bounty of live chat data that this channel produces is the perfect tool for tracking the success of optimization. After all, with a sound live chat implementation, what matters most at the end of the day is how customers respond. In our final installment of our Interview Series with Kaye Chapman, Customer Experience and Training Specialist at Comm100, we got down to the nitty-gritty of…

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Rapportboost.AI Interview Part 2: Chat With Emotional Intelligence

Posted: July 12, 2018

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Rapportboost.AI – you can access part 1 here. This time, we’re taking on the topic of emotional intelligence and discussing how technology can help in delivering emotionally intelligent customer interactions. “As Augmented Intelligence transforms the workforce, emotional understanding is proving to be an essential component of brands’ interactions with their customers. After discussing live chat agent training in Part One of our Interview Series, we asked Kaye Chapman, Customer Experience and Training Specialist at Comm100, to shed light on the best strategies for chatting with emotional intelligence.” [Read more at the RapportBoost.AI blog]

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Winning Live Chat Training for Your Customer Service Team

Posted: July 10, 2018

Implementing live chat for your customer service team might seem like a major decision—and it is!—but it is only the first step in modernizing your customer service strategy. Luckily, implementing a live chat system on your website is often pretty simple, but a tool isn’t useful if your teams aren’t trained to use it properly, and aren’t fully on board with its potential to make life easier. Simply giving technical training on the new system and then letting your agents loose won’t prepare them adequately for the task. The agents might not be prepared enough to adapt their existing customer…

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RapportBoost.AI Interview Part 1: Live Chat Agent Training Drives CX

Posted: June 27, 2018

It was awesome to have been able to spend some time chatting with Dani, Meredith and the team at RapportBoost.AI – a fantastic company working on AI and augmented intelligence for contact center agents, blending this with a strong focus on emotional intelligence. In this interview we discuss agent training, call center customer service and AI in the contact center. Here’s the intro – click through if you’d like to read more! “Live chat agent training is one of the most innovative spaces in today’s customer experience ecosystem. From canned responses to augmented intelligence, companies are training their live chat agents…

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The Challenge of AI Voice Assistants in Customer Service

Posted: June 13, 2018

During May, Google’s I/O 2018 conference was held to show the latest in Google’s offerings to developers around the globe. While Google demonstrated a lot of different new tech at the conference, it was their keynote demonstration of its latest “Duplex” technology which has lit up the internet. Duplex uses Google Assistant to call companies on a user’s behalf to perform simple, structured tasks, such as booking a haircut or scheduling a restaurant reservation. While voice synthesis isn’t exactly new, it was the humanlike inflections and natural conversational flow in these calls that many found to be jaw-dropping (or, alternately, terrifying)….

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How Blockchain Could Transform The Customer Experience

Posted: April 23, 2018

Blockchain. Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency. It’s likely you’ve heard these terms mentioned in the news recently, but unless you work in banking, these terms probably don’t factor much into your day-to-day work. Let’s face it – customer experience doesn’t often overlap with the world of financial technology. But blockchain is a technology that holds the potential to revolutionize the way we all do business, far beyond its potential to change financial transactions. Enterprises everywhere seem to think so too: * 90% of North American and European banks are exploring blockchain technology [Source] * Nasdaq is piloting a blockchain-powered private market exchange [Source]…

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