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Contact Centers

Contact Centers

Contact Centers

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A 15-year business milestone is a tremendous achievement! Congratulations to Publisher and CEO Linda Harden and the entire Contact Center Pipeline team for providing actionable insights and best practices as a leading resource for contact centers, customer service representatives, and Customer Experience (CX) professionals!

I believe this monthly magazine has helped transform the contact center industry. Fifteen years ago, many call centers were reporting they had poor processes, dated technology, and high turnover rates. Call center agents strained to find information in their systems about past customer interactions or reasons for problem situations. Overall, contact centers struggled to get the investments they needed to boost employee morale and improve performance outcomes.

Today, customer service is recognized as integral to the CX journey. Customer-centric leaders are keenly aware that customer-facing interactions and touchpoints can significantly strengthen or destroy customer loyalty. They understand that the tone of an email or within the first few seconds of a call, customers want to feel they are being heard and that the relationship is valued. Customer-focused leaders know that expressing genuine empathy and taking ownership to resolve a problem can make all the difference in converting a negative experience into customer satisfaction, word-of-mouth referrals, and positive reviews.

Customer-centric leaders are keenly aware that customer-facing interactions and touchpoints can significantly strengthen or destroy customer loyalty.

Equipping employees to handle increasingly complex enquiries that require higher level, skill-based interactions is a trend well underway. Understanding why customers need help, which channel they prefer, and what technology is best suited to handle their request are key to developing an effective channel strategy. The best customer experiences are designed with intention—predicting what customers need at different points on their journey, regardless of the channel they use, and delighting them with ideal experiences.

Self-serve channels have also come a long way, empowering customers who are more adept at finding the services and answers they need on their own. This frees up contact center agents to focus on solving more complex problems that require real-time, human interactions. When a customer experience is designed with intention, these and other scenarios are anticipated, supported with effective tools, sufficient resources, and tracking mechanisms to enable ongoing adjustments.

The best customer experiences are designed with intention.

As we look into the future, as customers move to digital channels in unprecedented numbers and artificial intelligence (AI) experiences explosive growth, contact centers will need to accelerate transformational change. Leveraging traditional AI technology to improve back-end functions, automate laborious tasks, and respond to higher volumes of increasingly complex questions are some of the ways contact centers will achieve important efficiency gains, cost savings, and measurable returns on investments. Undertaking generative AI to autonomously produce content and respond to patterns in data will have enormous potential for contact centers going forward.

While much has changed, the influence and challenges inherent within contact centers remain. Attracting and retaining talented employees continues to be difficult. Contact center employees will need to work in an environment of constant change, requiring them to adopt and adapt to new skills, tools, and technology. New investments in process improvement and data governance will be needed to implement AI projects that could significantly reduce customer pain points.

As we look into the future, as customers move to digital channels in unprecedented numbers and artificial intelligence (AI) experiences explosive growth, contact centers will need to accelerate transformational change.

Customer-centric leaders understand that customer service representatives fulfill a brand vision with every telephone call, chat message, and email. They are in touch with customer needs and expectations in real time. Channeling the voice of the customer by analyzing contact center exchanges for product development ideas and customer experience improvements is an untapped opportunity.

The most proactive, customer-centric leaders are ready to explore opportunities and to invest in technological advancements for contact centers that can more effectively track, learn from, and enhance the delivery of an ideal customer experience.

Janet LeBlanc

Janet LeBlanc

Janet LeBlanc is an internationally recognized customer experience thought leader, coach, consultant, and speaker. She has 25+ years of experience helping companies around the world understand how to engage employees to consistently deliver the ideal branded experience.

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