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Leveraging the Voice of the Customer for Sales Success

Leveraging the Voice of the Customer for Sales Success
April 11, 2013 6:56AM

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Managing your contact center for maximum profitability and productivity requires a hands-on approach with managing your people as well as your technology, and keeping customer satisfaction always top-of-mind. Seamless integration of all customer communication avenues is essential, as well as monitoring performance indicators and analytics.

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Your marketing department can create the most impressive campaign, with all the right messaging, reach and frequency to put your message out there. But, in the end, it can be your sales team and contact center staff that make or break the bottom line.

Perhaps the most important key to success is remembering the old adage, "The customer is king," and these days, the voice of the customer resonates louder than ever, thanks to social media. Indeed, every single customer has the ability to spread the word -- whether good or bad -- about their experience with your company. And unfortunately, we all know that disgruntled customers tend to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear. That's why it's so important to ensure that every customer contact is a positive one -- to the greatest extent possible.

For contact center managers, as well as sales and marketing managers, training your team to really listen to the customer is key. And, it's not just about the voice on the other end of the phone. It's about mining data from online contacts, web forms, and social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as customers reviews from sites like Amazon.com, Yelp, and so many others.

We spoke with some experts in customer service for their advice on how to ensure your team is best equipped to provide top-notch customer service, with each and every contact.

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With the rise of social and mobile communications channels, brands need to go where the customers go to ensure requests are being taken care of on consumers' channels of choice, says Marty Beard, president and CEO of LiveOps, a leading provider of online customer service agents. Effective customer service requires seamless integration of all available customer communication avenues.

"Aberdeen research shows that brands using integrated agent desktop technology see a 74 percent increase in year-over-year revenue compared to non-users," Beard said.

"By arming customer service agents with access to a multichannel, integrated agent desktop, contact center agents can better manage their workflow and resolve customer inquiries faster and with greater accuracy across all channels. Increased agent productivity increases customer satisfaction, which, in turn, increases revenue."

Leverage Social and Mobile Platforms

Social channels and mobile devices are great tools for reaching out to our customers, said Shana Duthie, VP of marketing and customer experience at MDLIVE, an online company that connects patients with a network of physicians and therapists through secure video, phone or email. (continued...)

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