Posts in the category of Improve Customer Service


5 Ways to Improve Your Customer Service Chat—Today!

There are many modes of customer service (phone, in-person, email, etc.). But, when done well, customer service chat is by far the best. It reduces customer effort, increases customer satisfaction and answers customers’ questions quickly. Plus, it’s less costly than the phone, is more immediate than email, and it amplifies conversion by showing up on […]

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One Concept that Improves All Your Customer Service Interactions

In the US market alone, there are hundreds of customer service consultants offering thousands of customer service improvement strategies which begs the question: does anyone need yet another plan to improve customer service? I think, decidedly, yes, for the simple reason that most customer service remains lackluster and inconsistent—while executives routinely believe their customer service […]

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GUEST POST: Jerry Sokol on Customer Experience Metrics

Jerry Sokol writes for Biz Meets Tech and he recently wrote about something that’s always top of mind at Interaction Metrics—good customer experience metrics. Numbers are only useful insofar as they help you improve—simply tracking outcome metrics or just collecting data is never the answer. The right customer experience metrics don’t just tell you that customers […]

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3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do. Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same insights […]

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Customer Experience: Use The Right Metrics

If you’re not achieving your goals for the customer experience, you’re probably not measuring at the correct level; learn what that level is. Goals: Companies want to give and get value through the customer experience—what are your goals? To deliver proactive customer service? Reduce customer support calls? Increase customer loyalty? Sell more through each customer […]

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Starbucks: Your Customer is NOT Your Guinea Pig

It was the typical noon-time rush at my local Starbucks—certainly not my favorite time to stop, but I was hungry and needed a snack. I ordered a drink and a bagel, and moved out of line to wait. My drink came out quickly, but five minutes later there was still no bagel. I caught the […]

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Are You Benchmarking OR Innovating?

Benchmarking has a history of helping businesses compete in global markets. But these days, many companies are missing out on the opportunity to innovate due to an over-reliance on benchmarked metrics. The practice of benchmarking was born in the 1950’s with companies like GE and Toyota. Then, what was in vogue was a process called […]

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What You’ll Never Get from NPS (Or Any Other Outcome Metric)

Every company has its own take on customer experience—what are your goals? Perhaps you’re looking to stage the customer experience to strengthen customer loyalty and retention. Or, maybe you need more proactive customer service to increase First Call Resolution (FCR). Sometimes, customer surveys paint a rosy picture, but your sales numbers tell a different story—and […]

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Unstructured Data: Mining the Gold

Unstructured data presents a goldmine of information, but mining that gold is no easy task—it requires coding with detailed text analysis. To be clear, unstructured data includes customer survey text comments, customer service calls, emails, chats, reviews, and other narrative sources of information.  It’s the data that doesn’t fall into neat, easy categories—so the signal […]

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