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CX Day 2021: A Reflection on My Customer Experience Journey

  As the Vice President of Client Services for Blue Ocean, I am fortunate to work with a wide variety of companies. Clients of all types turn to our company to make sure their customers receive a high level of service excellence. Not everyone gets to follow their passion at work, so I consider myself […]

The Evolution of Customer Experience in the Travel Industry

  Few industries are quite like travel. Can you think of any other industry where anxiety is baked into the product or service? Even before the pandemic, customers found themselves faced with myriad rules, restrictions, and bottlenecks to navigate before reaching their destination, leading to many a meltdown at checkpoints and terminals around the world. […]

What the Subscription Economy Teaches Us About Kick-Ass Customer Experience

  Once upon a time, we could count the number of subscriptions we had on one hand (the newspaper, a magazine or two, and that trusty gym membership). These days, we’ve lost count (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Stitch Fix, Costco, Blue Apron, Hulu, BarkBox, plus the usual magazines, gym memberships, and more). And that’s not […]

Revisiting the Secrets to Incredible Customer Service with Paul R. Jones

  This blog post has consistently ranked as one of our most popular since we wrote it a few years ago. The insight about customer service and the customer experience is still rock solid, and so we decided to revisit the article as we prepare for Customer Service Week 2021.   When it comes to […]

What’s Everyone Talking About in Customer Experience Today?

  Customer experience is pretty much the hottest topic in the contact center and customer care space these days. We’ve been focused on designing and delivering best-in-class experiences for decades, but customer experience is an expansive, evolving topic, and staying current on trends and the latest thinking in customer experience is always a challenge. In […]

eBooks

Customer Care Outsourcing Amidst Uncertainty: A Pandemic Resource [eBook]

When the world turned upside down in February and March of 2020, no one could have guessed what was ahead. Many of us hit the pause button with the assumption things would return to normal soon. Soon never happened, and so we are left with the question of when and how to get back to […]

Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible? [eBook]

Your company is quick to outsource a handful of operational functions without a second thought – think: maintenance and cleaning crews, office supplies and equipment, and coffee and catering, among many others. But the people you hire to take care of those things aren’t really “partners” in the full sense of the word. They’re not […]

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Managing Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

Trusting an outsourced contact center with your brand takes more than a well-crafted RFP. Putting your customer service in the hands of unknown agents requires a thorough understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. More than just hiring and training them, you need to know how your outsourced partner is managing contact center agents […]

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Training Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

You already know that the quality of your customer service depends heavily upon the quality of your customer service agents. But it’s easy to imagine that you can solve that problem by building a robust agent profile and a strong hiring strategy. Spoiler alert: It’s not that easy. When you’re outsourcing your contact center, the […]

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Hiring Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

Are you exploring outsourcing for the first time? Or perhaps you’re looking for a better alternative to your current contact center vendor? Either way, the idea of trusting someone else to take care of your customers can be overwhelming. You’ve worked hard to build your brand and establish customer loyalty. Can an outsourced contact center […]

Infographics

It’s 2021. Are You Going to RFP for Your Contact Center This Year?

After a year flirting with the ever-present “pause” button, we’re seeing many more businesses hit the gas on their customer care program—in particular, seeking out the right outsourced partner. Sound like a familiar scenario? If so, the RFP is about to become the friend you love to hate. It’s a necessity—but it doesn’t have to […]

The Cost of In-House vs Outsourced Contact Centers: An Infographic

Maybe you’re a math person and love nothing more than a hefty Excel document to dig into for a few hours. Or maybe math isn’t your strong suit and you’re just looking for hard numbers to tell you what you need to know. Either way, we’ve put together this handy infographic to help you compare […]

The 10 Most Important Contact Center RFP Questions [Infographic]

The RFP is the friend you love to hate. The necessary evil. The document that will make or break your decision of which new outsourcer to partner-up with. A generic vendor RFP template may promise to make things easy, but when you’re about to hand over your customer interactions to an outsourced contact center, generic […]

How to Turn Contact Center Workforce Management into Champions

When you think of a call center, the last thing you’d associate it with is baseball. But for those of us who work in contact center workforce management (WFM), the connections are obvious. You might ask, what do baseball and WFM have in common? In short, it’s statistics. Predictive pattern analysis is essential to managing […]

Celebrating 1 Year in Roadside Assistance Customer Service [Infographic]

We like to refer to Roadside Assistance Customer Service teams as the special forces of customer service being able to ramp up for unpredictable and extreme peaks in volume And boy-oh-boy did the past year deliver extreme swings in volume due to record weather events and various polar vortexes. When we tallied up the team’s results, we […]