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The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing In-House Contact Centers. Is Outsourcing the Answer?

BlueOcean

For many organizations, in-house customer care feels like the right choice. It keeps you close to your customers and ready to serve them with your exhaustive knowledge of your products or services. But doing it all in-house also comes with its challenges.

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The 3 Principles of Brand Loyalty After COVID-19 Rocked Our World

BlueOcean

Brand loyalty is a reflection of a customer’s commitment to a relationship with a given retailer or service provider. But, of course, the pandemic changed everything about all our relationships.

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Flat Customer Care Budget? Outsourcing May Be the Answer

BlueOcean

As we slowly emerge into recovery, the post-pandemic world looks very different and we’re seeing it with new eyes. Our social lives have shifted, our work environments have changed, and how we spend our money is also quite different.

2021 156

How Omnichannel Customer Care Weathered the Storm of COVID-19

BlueOcean

A couple of years ago, we explored the state of omnichannel customer care , recognizing the fact that consumers have more channel options available to them than ever before. We also, as an industry, have exponentially more data and insight about consumer behaviors around these channels.

2021 156

The History of the Word "Hacker"

According to one of the best English etymological dictionaries available, the word "hacker", with the sense of evil/good and brilliant computer programmer, was born in the halls of MIT. This fact alone reminds us that culture and words begin in actual places. At that time, to hack code, or hack out code, had a negative connotation. Where did this come from? Read this eBook to learn how the word "hacker" has evolved.

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

BlueOcean

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.

Empowering Your Team to Deliver Kick-Ass Customer Experience

BlueOcean

Quick, how many services or memberships do you subscribe to? Twenty? You know your wallet is stuffed with membership cards (roadside assistance, your local gym, and Costco) and your front porch welcomes monthly subscription boxes (Blue Apron, Trunk Club, and Honest Essentials), while your go-to entertainment is no longer cable TV but subscription-based media (Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.)

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The Pivot to 100% Remote Training in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

When the world hit the pause button in the face of COVID-19, putting our client’s customer care programs on hold wasn’t an option. Days before lockdown became mandatory in the regions where we operate, we were in full swing making the move to a 95% work-at-home model for our entire business.

Validating Your Outsourced Customer Care Partnership: Is Your Incumbent “Still the One”?

BlueOcean

We believe that every outsourcer should earn your business by delivering value day in and day out whether your relationship with them is in its first year or its 20 th year. After all, continual improvement and striving to evolve are the hallmarks of long-term success.

2020 156

Secrets to Incredible Customer Service with Paul R. Jones

BlueOcean

When it comes to customer experience, there’s a lot of cross-over between the hospitality industry and the contact center industry. We’re both in the business of earning a customer’s repeat business through the quality of the experience we deliver. With that in mind, we reached out to Paul Jones, an award-winning hotel manager within the Best Western organization.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

A New Year Ahead and a Dose of Inspiration—Happy Holidays from Blue Ocean

BlueOcean

Have you ever been more ready to end a calendar year? In our world of customer care, empathy has always been the cornerstone, the key to happy customers and happy clients. When 2020 came along and turned the world upside down, empathy became simply priceless.

2020 156

What’s Trending in Customer Service Right Now?

BlueOcean

Time kind of lost all meaning in the first half of 2020 so it’s especially hard to believe we’re in the middle of summer already.

2020 156

Kudos to You — and to the People We Depend on Everyday

BlueOcean

As we find ourselves entering the strangest holiday season we’ve ever experienced, we want to be sure that while we can’t celebrate together this year, that we still give thanks to our exceptional people and clients.

2020 156

The True Cost of Losing a Customer

BlueOcean

One negative customer experience may seem like a drop in the ocean of all your customer interactions, but it’s never that simple. Consider these statistics from a recent survey from NewVoiceMedia: After experiencing poor customer service: • 37% of customers would change their supplier. • 28% would post a negative online review. • 26% would complain via social media. • 13% would tell friends/colleagues. • 10% would inform the media.

2019 239

Leadership Panel: Lessons Learnt from a Global Support Community

Speaker: Panel hosted by Adrian Speyer, Head of Community, Vanilla Forums

Are you struggling to support your global community? Or, are you not even sure where you should start. Establishing a global support community comes with many many questions. How do you encourage your customers to help others? What are the key metrics to measure? What are the biggest challenges? Our super panel consists of community leaders from around the world, each of whom, have experienced and overcome the challenges of a global support community. They are ready to share the trials and triumphs, and everything in between, on the road to a successful community.

From RFP to Go-Live: A Roadmap for Implementing Your Outsourced Customer Care Program

BlueOcean

That RFP process is a grind, eh? The peak experience is when you finally get to call your new strategic partner and let them know they are the successful bidder. After that, it would be nice to take a breather.

Unraveling the Tangled Vines of Omnichannel Customer Care

BlueOcean

Competitive pressures, customer expectations, and emerging technologies are some of the key factors pushing leaders to elevate and evolve their customer service approach. We often talk about omnichannel as the ultimate goal for any and every customer service solution.

Racing Against Time: Achieving a 96% On-Time Success Rate in a 120-Minute Delivery Window in the Midst of a Pandemic

BlueOcean

A Case Study in Strategic Partnership. We’ve partnered closely with this multinational network technology corporation for many years, providing end-to-end order management support and customer success enablement.

2020 156

What Now? How Will Contact Centers Navigate the Post-COVID World?

BlueOcean

If one thing’s for certain in these most uncertain times, it’s that humans are resilient. There have been comparisons of the coronavirus pandemic to an earthquake, where the initial quake shakes us to the core, but the aftershocks continue to reshape the world for months and years to come.

Customer Engagement Is a Two-Way Street

Two-way engagement means creating opportunities for conversation. Go beyond the obvious step of responding to complaints and comments; your customers want and deserve more than that. Implement these four tips to boost your two-way engagement.

How a Major US-Based Sports Association Launched a New Customer Care Program in the Middle of a Pandemic

BlueOcean

This national sports association leads the US in governing and promoting one of the nation’s well-loved sports, including its annual pro championships, community involvement and coaching programs, charitable initiatives, and more.

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60 Customer Care RFP Questions for the Contact Center of 2020

BlueOcean

2020 has marked the workplace like no other year in recent history. For months, we’ve been settling into new patterns of working and communicating, and we’re finally beginning to see a return to some semblance of “normal.”

2020 156

Blue Ocean Wins 2020 Silver Stevie® Award

BlueOcean

Blue Ocean, a world-leader in customer care solutions, was awarded a Silver Stevie® Award in the “Customer Service Team of the Year” category at the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is Blue Ocean’s third Stevie Award.

2020 156

Top 10 Kudos of 2019: Shining Examples of Customer Service at Its Best

BlueOcean

As the holiday season unfolds, we wanted to share the amazing words of gratitude that flow every day from our clients’ customers to our agents. Below you’ll find the best customer service kudos of 2019 (so far!) with quotes directly from the mouths of customers we interact with. MVP Agent.

2019 156

Generic ASR Will Never Be Accurate Enough for Conversational AI

What type of ASR is able to be tailored to your Conversational AI? It is an End to End Deep Learning ASR. This type of ASR can be trained with your audio data to make sure the intent is captured and the transcription is accurate for your use case. It can also be continually trained and improved to gain more accuracy and focus. Read this eBook to find out how a Conversational Al system determines the intent of the conversation and focuses on the important words.

Up Where Expectations Soar: Customer Care in the Age of Entitlement

BlueOcean

Admit it, you love it when you’re handed that Starbucks beverage with your name spelled neatly and correctly on the side. Maybe that’s where it all started: that innocent coffee cup with the green mermaid staring back at you. The trend of personalized customer experience has since transformed almost every industry as we know it.

2019 166

Are You Using 1999 Metrics to Measure 2019 Customer Care?

BlueOcean

It’s 2019, which means contact center metrics from 1999 are almost old enough for their first legal beer (and already knocking them back in Canada.) Those metrics were born in an era when customer service was a race, where whoever got to the finish line first (i.e. off the phone) – upsetting the least number of hurdles, extra points for a graceful gait – was the champion, the most successful, the most likely to win “customer service agent of the year.”.

2019 186

Redundancy: Preparing Customer Care for Crisis Situations

BlueOcean

Redundancy. Business Continuity. Those are major check boxes in every RFP we’ve ever responded to. Boxes to be checked on both sides of the equation – the buyer asked: “What’s your plan in case of disaster?” The bidders answered: “Here’s our plan in case of disaster….”

What Happens to Customer Service When Unemployment Hits Historic Lows?

BlueOcean

A low unemployment rate is cause for celebration. It means people are working, paying taxes, and bringing home the bacon. That’s why most people see the current 3.6% US unemployment rate as fantastic news – it’s an astronomical improvement over the 10% unemployment rate after the 2008-09 Great Recession. But there’s a hitch for folks who are tasked with hiring, especially those hiring for contact center teams: when more people are working, there are fewer active job seekers.

2019 146

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Crisis Reveals Character: Launching an Outsourced Customer Care Program in a Pandemic

BlueOcean

The pandemic has put a thousand things on hold. From your kid’s first day of school to your epic summer travel plans to your favorite team’s season tickets. And, of course, your company’s plan to launch a new outsourced customer care program.

2020 156

Rethinking the Outsourcer Selection Process in the New Normal

BlueOcean

Over the years, we’ve written many articles singing the praises of on-site visits with potential customer care outsourcers.

2020 156

Which 2019 Consumer Trends Will Impact Your Customer Experience Strategy?

BlueOcean

Let’s get real: once-transformative technologies that allowed businesses to respond to consumer needs with speed and agility no longer elicit the oohs and aahs they once did. While new technology continues to emerge, the digital transformation of recent years has conditioned consumers to expect ultra-responsive, technologically-powered customer service, but they want more than that.

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Blue Ocean Named as Finalist in 2020 Stevie® Awards for Customer Service Success

BlueOcean

Blue Ocean, a world leader in customer care solutions, was named a Finalist today in the “Customer Service Success – Technology Industries” category in the 14 th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

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The Democratization of Customer Success

Speaker: John Ragsdale, Vice President of Technology Research for TSIA

Join Vanilla Forums on June 22 at 12 EDT for a webinar led by TSIA’s distinguished vice president of technology research, John Ragsdale. Along with Adrian Speyer, Head of Community for Vanilla Forums, expect an in-depth conversation about the role of online customer communities in enabling the three critical charters of customer success: adoption, renewals, and expansion.