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Kana Adds a Social Network to Its Call Center Toolbox

2014-07-November-Tangled Wire.jpgIt can't be easy to work in a call center, listening to gripe after gripe from customers. When they can't solve the case, agents tend to put customers on hold while they get help from managers or experts.

Kana, the customer service software company acquired earlier this year by Verint, claims it is making that job a little easier by adding an internal social network into the 2014 version of its flagship contact center software, Kana Enterprise, which rolled out today.

The social network, called Activity Streams, isn't the only improvement. The company also enhanced ways to direct known callers to specific agents, to monitor call queues, to conduct multiparty chats and to share screens with customers, according to Kelly Koelliker, director of product marketing.

Verint Marketing Exec Calls Kana Acquisition a Game Changer

Acquisitions in the customer experience arena are reshaping marketing communications as consumers grow more powerful, more demanding.

Consistency in communication across all channels is now a key factor in satisfying individual customers. Today, companies realize their employees must be in sync on the latest promotions when they connect with customers through mobile, email, contact centers, websites, in-store or other media.

Verint, a big player in employee optimization and contact center technologies, made news earlier this year when it paid $514 million for Kana, a customer engagement company with about one-fifth its revenue. The first fruit of that merger came this week at Kana's Connect2014 conference, where the companies released their first jointly developed product -- Engagement Analytics.

Kana Blends Analytics Into Its Customer Engagement Suite #Connect2014

Thumbnail image for 2014-10-July-SS-Robert Hoetink.jpgSince Verint bought KANA earlier this year for $514 million, the question has been how the business analytics company would blend KANA's customer experience services into its suite of employee services.

The answer, or at least a big part of it, came today in San Francisco as the new "KANA, a Verint company" introduced a big data solution called Engagement Analytics at the Connect2014 conference.

The new product ties the actions of employees together with the experience of customers across the web, mobile, contact center and other channels in near real time.

Men Want Products, Women Want Help and No One Wants to Wait

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No one has time for patience when it comes to customer service. But beyond that universal truth, there are significant gender differences between men and women when it comes to customer service.

According to a new survey from Kana, a provider of customer service solutions, both sexes are frustrated by wait times and slow response.

Beyond that, men are most annoyed by out-of-stock inventory, unknowledgeable or incompetent employees, lack of assistance and the bad attitude of customer service representatives. Women rate their frustrations, in order, as lack of assistance, bad attitudes, out of stock inventory and unknowledgeable or incompetent employees.

7 Vendors Top the Forrester Wave for Customer Service Solutions

At a time when seven out of 10 online shoppers complain of unsatisfactory experiences, which vendors stand out as offering possible solutions? The authors of the latest Forrester Wave Customer Service Solutions for Enterprise Customers Q2 2014 (registration required) rated customer service vendors against 83 criteria and identified seven leaders.

According to the report, the vendors with the best strategy pursued excellence in a limited number of areas and avoided over diversified, Jack-of-All-Trade scenarios.

Make the Customer the Focus of Online Experiences

Nearly seven in 10 customers have had an unsatisfactory e-commerce experience in the past year, according to a new Forrester Wave on customer service solutions. That's a disturbing and eye-opening statistic, noted Kate Leggett, primary author of The Forrester Wave Customer Service Solutions For Enterprise Organizations Q2 2014 (registration required).

Leggett and co-authors Stephen Powers, Michael Facemire and Victoria Boutan identified the 11 most significant customer service solutions, but also warned that not all vendors are making the grade.

Kana Software Acquired by Verint for $514 Million

Business analytics provider Verint, a Gartner contact center Magic Quadrant leader, plans to acquire customer service provider Kana Software for $514 million. It's the first big acquisition of 2014, but not likely to be the last as enterprises look to combine customer experience tools with their core offerings.

How to Define an Omnichannel Customer Experience

omnichannel.jpgIt's become a mantra in the digital marketing world these days:  companies need to maintain a seamless customer experience across the multiple channels. They have to communicate a consistent identity from message to message, from medium to medium and deliver consistently on that identity. But how is that possible? To find out, CMSWire.com turned to several experts.

KANA Updates Customer Service Suites for Mid-Market + Government

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Customer service suite KANA Express now supports mobile devices.

Customer service provider KANA Software has been having a busy summer. The company is out this week with its new version of KANA Express, on the heels of the release last week of the updated LAGAN Enterprise customer service suite for public sector organizations.

KANA Integrates Ciboodle into Next Generation Enterprise Customer Service Suite

Last summer, customer service provider KANA Software bought Ciboodle, a contact center provider. KANA had been focused on Web-based customer self-service, and Ciboodle on the agent. This week, KANA is releasing its new version of KANA Enterprise, which brings self-service and agent support together in one platform. 

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Edelman, OpenText, ADAM Software, Siteworx, Squarespace and Magnolia (14-Mar-13)

Start off the New Year with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

Forrester: Navigating The Customer Landscape Across 20 Technologies in CRM Ecosystem

With all the discussion around customer relationship management (CRM) and customer experience management (CXM), it is hard to believe that one of the major issues facing enterprises is defining CRM strategies. According to Forrester’s William Band, this problem is compounded by a shifting CRM landscape.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Adobe, Limelight, Zmags, Shutterfly, Cirro and Perforce (7-Feb-13)

Start off the New Year with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

For KANA, Customer Service Is Now About the 'Omni-Channel'

In the entire history of commerce, customers have never had it so good. Not only do they continue to be the focus of retailers’ attention, but personalized shopping, anywhere transactions, social sharing, fast and powerful comparative shopping, a good sense of what the customer will do next and a seemingly infinite recollection of every detail of every interaction are now combined into what can be described as the golden age of customer service.

KANA's Lagan Express Customer Service Platform Aimed at Public Sector Organizations

To help mid-sized public sector organizations respond to their constituents, hosted customer service provider KANA Software is introducing Lagan Express.

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