12 Tips to Reduce Customer Hold Times

| Barbara Burke

Reducing the amount of time your customers stay on hold will not only result in shorter handle times, but it will make them more satisfied and your agents a lot happier. Here are 12 tips to reduce the amount of time your customers wait on hold in your contact center.

5 Ways to Alleviate Frustration after a Tough Customer Interaction

| Angie Stocklin

It’s often a challenge to shrug off a difficult customer interaction. We’re all human, after all! To stay efficient and keep quality up, here are 5 tips from the “customer happiness team” at One Click Ventures to help your agents release tension, alleviate frustration and move on after a challenging exchange.

Customer Service, customer service reps, social media, Twitter, Facebook, retail, Forrester, Conversocial, contact center, contact center agents

9 Ways to Improve Your Contact Center Operations

| Curt Barry

Many ecommerce pure plays don’t see the value of contact centers. However they can drive revenue and provide customer-centric service, rather than just hoping visitors get all they need from a self-service website. Here are some proven tips for improving the effectiveness of your customer care operations.

Customer Service, customer service reps, social media, Twitter, Facebook, retail, Forrester, Conversocial, contact center, contact center agents

Service with a Hidden Smile

| Gemma Baker

Smiling is a great tool for call center staff, as it can make employees more comfortable. Our natural tendency is to stick with attributes that are familiar to us; smiling decreases this need and hence can help staff experiencing an uncomfortable conversation to handle it better.

Vermont Country Store

Training Agents to Reflect the Brand at Vermont Country Store

| Mike O'Brien

Vermont Country Store trains its agents to go beyond basic product knowledge to see themselves as brand ambassadors, and treat each everyone like family. See how this ethic is instilled in reps, and how they use active listening to pick up on cross-sell and upsell opportunities, without the hard sell. You can also hear the brand go more in depth on the subject at Operations Summit 2016, April 12-14 in Cincinnati.

Empowering Your Call Center Agents to Handle Angry Customers

| Angie Stocklin

Customer service is a crucial component of any ecommerce business. When you get it right, it can be extremely rewarding proof that you’re building a tribe of followers, cheerleaders, and referrers who love what you do. Here are a few ways you can get started in making sure you’re setting up your call center agents for success from day one.