In 1973, the group Steely Dan burst onto the music scene with two hits from their first album “Can’t Buy A Thrill.” Setting the standard for obscure lyrical references, a loyal following for the band endures even in 2015.
One of the hits, Do It Again raced up the charts as a pop-music rarity – a hit song in a minor key. Most Steely Dan fans have concluded that it’s about a gambler that must return to the tables. For a vintage rendition of the song, check out this link:
I had a recent experience that highlights just how much Do It Again resides in today’s contact centers. After being unable to locate the answer to my question on their web site, I engaged a long-time financial-service provider supplier for live help. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, contact center, customer collaboration, customer service, IVR
The concept of the Customer Experience Center (CEC) is gaining attention in the customer care industry as the next logical step beyond the contact center. Although a precise definition of the CEC is still under debate, a good starting point is to think of it as a set of technologies and business processes that deliver (hopefully superior) customer experience management, which Gartner defines as “the practice of designing and reacting to customer interactions to meet or exceed customer expectations and, thus, increase customer satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy.”
In the movie “Batman Begins“, Batman tells Rachel Dawes, “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” This statement offers an alternate way to think about the CEC–by considering what it does. The emerging CEC encompasses Customer Collaboration by combining traditional contact center technology and processes with a range of collaboration technologies to empower businesses to forge deeper, more proactive relationships with their customers. As such, the CEC moves beyond the traditional channels of interaction of the “contact center” to embrace new media and access methods desired by consumers, including video, mobile, and the social web. Or the batphone.
The CEC has emerged because Read More »
Tags: batman, Cisco, collaboration, contact center, customer collaboration, customer experience
Those who read this blog regularly know that Customer Collaboration combines traditional contact center technology and processes with important innovations in social media, Web 2.0 agent workspaces, network-based recording and analytics, and video to empower businesses to forge deeper, proactive, more consistent relationships with their customers. Three years ago, Cisco identified Customer Collaboration as a major market disruption, and our customers have benefitted from our leadership through this disruptive time.
More recently, Cisco identified another market disruption–the Internet of Everything (IoE)–which Cisco defines as the networked connection of people, processes, data, and things. The true benefit of the IoE is derived from the compound impact of connecting all these elements–with a majority of the value derived by extending the connections of the IoE to people.
So what’s the relationship between Customer Collaboration and the IoE? Simply put, Customer Collaboration connects the Internet of Everything to consumers. Many of the touchpoints to the IoE run through businesses, and Customer Collaboration is what brings businesses and organizations closer to their customers–to us. Let me provide some examples of how Customer Collaboration can connect consumers to the IoE:
Consider Amy, Read More »
Tags: collaboration, contact center, customer collaboration, IoE
One of the things I enjoy most in my role leading Product Management for Cisco’s Customer Collaboration business is listening to our customers and partners to ensure we deliver products that meet their needs. Our focus on delivery and execution sets Cisco apart in the industry.
So I’m very pleased to see that, for the second year in a row, Cisco was recognized as highest in “Ability to Execute” in Gartner’s Contact Center Infrastructure (CCI) Magic Quadrant. Gartner bases Ability to Execute on a number of criteria–including the quality, maturity, and overall breadth of a vendor’s applications; their customer support capabilities; and their ability to deliver solutions in formal contact centers within companies, outsourcers, and service providers. In addition, we improved our positioning in “Completeness of Vision”, with noticeable movement to the right in the June 2013 CCI Leaders Quadrant.
Cisco’s achievement in this year’s CCI Magic Quadrant is the latest recognition that our contact center business is truly firing on all cylinders. The product development aspects Read More »
Tags: Cisco, contact center, customer collaboration, Gartner, Magic Quadrant
Good news: Customers are becoming people in 2013. It’s prediction season. The blog world is ripe with posts of premonitions and predictions for every horizontal, vertical, and diagonal cross-section of business, science, and life in general.
The year’s predictions for customer service have a strong focus on people and experience. Look back just two years and you’ll see a greater emphasis on the process and operational pieces of the puzzle. Then, customers were essentially the sum of their activities and accounts. Today, they’re people and need to be treated as such, especially with the power that social media affords them to share opinions, feedback, and feelings about their interactions as your customer. (Feelings? Not those! Can I even mention those in a corporate post?!)
Some common phrases pop up in this year’s predictions: experience, multichannel, social media, differentiation, personalization, collaboration.
Contact centers are moving beyond transactions to relationships. Service is becoming a competitive differentiator. Creating more interactive and collaborative customer relationships is making a difference. Customer satisfaction is about more than making sure the customer gets the product and that the product works. It’s about creating loyalty so that customer comes back and becomes your advocate.
How can collaboration technology help along the way? The following use cases provide several options and benefits: Read More »
Tags: Call Center, collaboration, collaboration use cases, contact center, Customer Care, customer collaboration, customer service, remote expert, social media