Jeremy Watkin

The Real Reason you Purchase a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

After a series of vacuum cleaners that lasted two or three years before biting the dust, we finally took the plunge and purchased a Dyson. Right out of the gate it was a superior machine to anything we had ever owned and continued to be…

Removed From my Blog and my Life Forever

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay From the very beginning of this blog, it’s always been our practice to observe both good and bad customer experiences with the goal of learning and improving the service at the companies where we work. To that tune, w...

6 Questions to Answer Before Your Contact Center Agents Work From Home

Current events have highlighted the importance of work from home as essential to a good business continuity strategy. And this certainly rings true for contact centers who are challenged to continuously connect with their customers. But work from home as a business continuity solution...

CX Question of the Day #CXQOTD

I started something new last week on Twitter called the Customer Experience Question of the Day (#CXQOTD). Why? Well I’ve been working from home for several months but as of a couple weeks ago, just about everyone is working from home. And other than m...

Rethinking Pain

Here’s Chuy resting after a long run. I didn’t stay mad at him for very long. I’ve written about my falls while running in the past. It’s no secret that I’m a bit accident prone, and I have a fresh, new example to prove it. …

Learning to Consider Others

Image by DanaTentis from Pixabay It’s amazing the customer service insights I gain from raising my kids. We recently moved to a new neighborhood and are thrilled to have multiple kids on our street, including some the same age as my oldest son. This me...

How to Deal with Customer Abuse and Fraud: 6 Recommendations

As a contact center leader for a number of years at a SaaS (software as a service) company, one thing that I’m not sure my upbringing adequately prepared me for some “customers” actively trying to rip the company off. I reserve the term “customers”...

Welcome Aboard! 7 Tips for Building CX into New Employee Onboarding

Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay This article was originally published on CX Accelerator on October 3, 2019. Click here to read the original.  The first days and weeks are so critical when it comes to employee engagement and helping the employee...

5 CX Reasons I Keep Going Back to Yoga

Image by Amit Kumar from Pixabay Some time ago I wrote about my road to recovery after a back injury and indicated that yoga was on my list of things to try. Well, I finally went to my first yoga class, and as of this…

4 Customer Success Lessons Learned from a (Much Improved) Internet Installation

Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay I’ve been critical of the cable companies many times on this blog but am thrilled that this isn’t one of those posts. After recently moving into a new home, one of my first calls was to AT&T for internet service.…

3 Ways to Bridge the Gap From Training to Proficient Customer Service

When I started out in customer service nearly two decades ago we had this homegrown ticketing system that was completely archaic by today’s standards. But it had this feature where agents could be placed in “QA mode” so every response to a customer had...

6 Considerations for Building a Purposeful Quality Scorecard

Image by Ray Shrewsberry from Pixabay This article was originally published on the ICMI Blog on July 18, 2019. Click here to read the original post. When I took a job where I would direct quality efforts for an organization almost exactly four years ago,…

Always Leave a Place Better Than You Found It

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay This article was originally published on the FCR blog on July 17, 2019. Click here to read the original post. A childhood memory is etched in my brain. After spending a couple weeks at a friend’s cabin, we spent…

5 Considerations for Creating a Multi-Channel Quality Management Form

This article was originally published on the MaestroQA blog on June 6, 2019. Click here to read the original post. If you had to choose, what would you say are the absolute most important items on your quality form? As I work with new clients...

5 Emerging Technology Systems and Updates from Q2

This article was originally published on the FCR blog on July 3, 2019. Click here to read the original post and be sure to watch the video that goes along with it. Looking back on quarter two, the nonstop movement in the contact center technology…

4 Good Reasons to Kill Email-Based Customer Support

I recently sat with a group of customer service leaders who declared that email support was dead for their company. They were turning off their [email protected] email address(es) and instead channeling their customers to phone, web form, text(SMS), chat, and other messaging channels. This news...

6 Best Practices For Optimizing Zendesk

One of the cool things about working in outsourced customer service is the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of industries, tools, and technologies. One tool we work with quite often is Zendesk, an omnichannel customer service platform in ...

Setting the Record Straight on CSAT, NPS, and CES

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay This article was originally published on the FCR blog on July 2, 2019. Click here to read the original. Did you get a chance to read the article in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Dubious Management Fad Sweep...

Hiring for Culture: There Should Be No Surprises on Day One

Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay This article was originally published on the ICMI blog on May 13, 2019. Click here to read the original. Picture Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer when his ex-fiancee explained why she left him at the alt...

Learning to Speak the Language

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay This article was first published on the FCR blog on June 7, 2019. Click here to read the original post. Thinking back on my first customer service job, our entire training manual was five pages. Yes you read that…

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