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A Look Back: The Evolution of Social Media in 2013

Social media. It seems like yesterday it was just a fad, something naysayers insisted would never catch on. Now, look at it — all grown up, attracting more users than ever and worth billions of dollars. In 2013, social media evolved faster and further, turning itself into a viable platform that influences what we do and how we share. 

Resolve to Upgrade Your Web Tech for Better Customer Experiences [Infographic]

It's that time of year when companies start planning for the new year.  As they look back on the past 12 months, for every goal met, there are many left unfulfilled. It's not uncommon for companies to operate "in the now" — reacting to the market and digital trends that present themselves. But wouldn't it be nice if you had the time to adequately prepare for the road ahead so your teams could work proactively? Why not make some resolutions now that will help everyone work smarter in 2014?

Top Marketing Moments of 2013, Lessons for 2014

Brand Republic has highlighted its top marketing events of the year, covering the genius and perils of marketing and social media. Here are the lessons to be learned when it comes to engaging, selling or increasing your visibility on the web.

Some of the best marketing and social media moments of the year came from spur of the moment decisions or short-term windows of opportunity, proving that marketers and social media managers for businesses of any size always need to be ready to act. 

Brands Still Struggle to Engage with Customers on Social Media

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Social media and customer service go hand-in-hand these days. We know consumers are likely to turn to social media to ask brands questions, complain, praise or to just say hi.

Though brands are more active on social media than ever before, they still struggle to engage with customers. To help us better understand how brands are connecting on social, we consulted the Sprout Social Index. It looks at channel growth, brand responsiveness and consumer behavior across more than 160 million inbound messages on 20,000 brand profiles and fan pages.

Kick the Customer and Other Stupid Experience Related Games

Customer Experience, Kick the Customer and Other Stupid Experience Related GamesDo you enjoy kicking your customers? Don't cringe at the question. It's not as crazy as it seems.

I'm still nursing bruises from three companies -- a major department store, a national automotive service club and a local home heating oil company -- that apparently think inflexibility, excuses and a failure to compromise are the keys to customer service.

And yet, while many companies stumble when it comes to serving their customers, others shine -- even during this busy time of year, according to ClickFox, a provider of experience analytics.

Zendesk Integrates with MailChimp, SurveyMonkey; Extends Customer Support

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 A month ago, we reported on the state of the multichannel customer experience. Despite brands' ability to create a presence across mobile, social and desktop channels, a Zendesk survey found that a majority of customers felt as if brands weren't necessarily using these channels to deliver a consistent or seamless customer experience.

As if answering the need for better support experiences, Zendesk has introduced capabilities to conduct proactive customer surveys and email campaigns through new integrations with SurveyMonkey and MailChimp.

New Kana Customer Service Solution Offers Multiple Language Support

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Customer service can be the key to long-term retail success during the holidays — and more important even than sales, according to Kana Software, a provider of customer experience management solutions.

Kana is out this week with a new release of its Enterprise solution. The new version offers multilingual knowledge management, including translations and multi-language searching, and enhanced reporting that could provide more information to agents, quicker.

Duck and Cover: More Customers are Experiencing Rage

Thumbnail image for rage.pngCompanies have increased their budgets to handle customer complaints and can now offer continual contact through email, text and chat as well as by phone. But that hasn't changed much: customer satisfaction over a company's ability to solve a complaint is no higher today than it was in the 1970s. That’s a key takeaway from a new report on “customer rage.”

 

Facebook Page Ratings Leave Unanswered Questions

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In the world of social media management, there's never a dull moment. Algorithms change, new platforms arrive and there is always new functionality to figure out. Such is the case with a new feature Facebook is rolling out, but hasn't provided any information about. I'm talking about Facebook page ratings.

 

5 Things Contact Centers Can Learn from the Butterball Turkey Hotline

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For the past 32 years, the Butterball Turkey Hotline has offered advice to anyone overwhelmed by the prospect of cooking the perfect holiday bird. Last year, the company introduced a smartphone app, Facebook live chats, Pinterest posts and other social media tools. The big news this year is that for the first-time ever, Butterball has hired men as part of its line-up of expert turkey cookers — a response to the fact that men are taking a more active role in the kitchen.  

But what does any of this have to do with contact centers?

Few Customers 'Extremely Satisfied' with Omnichannel Customer Experience

Ring Bell for ServiceFor some time now, companies of all shapes and sizes have been expanding their online presence and setting up profiles across various digital media channels so they can be where their customers are. But a new Zendesk survey that examined the omnichannel customer experience shows they have a long way to go.

A whopping 73 percent of consumers think companies are paying more attention to generating sales across multiple channels than in delivering a consistent and seamless customer service experience. How has the omnichannel customer experience gone awry?

Data Overload, Inefficiencies Plague Customer Call Centers

Customers are often left feeling unsatisfied after calling customer service to resolve an issue. Many wonder why the call agent seemed to know so little about their purchase history or prior complaints. What are the problems? According to a new report, it could be data overload. Many call centers are paralyzed by too much data, rendering them unable to meet customer needs successfully.

3 Ways to Make Your Customer Service Department a Holiday Success

Mall shoppersWith the holidays upon us, online and offline retailers alike are scrambling to prepare for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the days between now and New Year's Day. Previously, we discussed the link between customer experience and a successful holiday retail season.

To further highlight the relationship, CorvisaCloud, a cloud-based voice communication technology company, released survey findings that reveal why businesses should make customer service the priority this holiday season.

The Human Channel Puts a Face on Customer Service

Customer Experience, The Human ChannelI am writing this in a Starbucks on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. All around me people sit, ear-plugged in and laptop ready.

This is what I call the Starbucks Generation -- Gen Y or millennials -- who work from anywhere there is an internet connection. To successfully reach this Starbucks Generation, it’s important to leverage the various digital channels, especially The Human Channel.

Smartphone Users Frustrated with Customer Service, Report Claims

Consumers talk to companies through many channels — and they expect the company to know the details of their experiences with customer service, regardless of the channels involved. This expectation of “contextual customer service” is one of the findings in a new survey on customer service expectations for smartphone owners. 

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