Aah…September. Doesn’t it almost feel like the start of the new year? Summer is behind us. Weather is turning cooler. Kids are back to school. It’s time to start planning our work and personal initiatives…there are only four months left in 2023!!
In our September issue, we cover many topics to help with your end-of-year planning. Brendan discusses work-from-home initiatives and the effects on customers and agents, Kathleen warns of the impact of tunnel vision and Leslie shares how to write for your audience. We also cover issues like contact center solutions in the cloud, identifying technology failures, disaster recovery, strategies for success, social channels and more.
I hope the summer brought you time to recharge and September brings you time to evaluate the rest of the year’s activities with new insights and energy.
Have a great fall.
What Is The New Normal?
By Brendan Read
How the COVID-19 pandemic permanently changed customer interactions and environments.
Contact Center Leadership Tunnel Vision
By Kathleen M. Peterson
Don’t blur the big picture.
How to Write for Your Audience(s)
By Leslie O’Flahavan
Tips for communicating successfully with both executives and agents.
CLOUD CONTACT CENTER
Climbing Over the CCaaS Obstacles
By Jon Arnold
Deploying contact center solutions in the cloud is often easier said than done.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING
Do We Need Disaster Planning?
By Mark Pereira
How contact centers can best plan and respond when disasters strike.
Flying Through the Turbulence
By Brendan Read
How contact centers can get through the stiff CX-impacting staffing and Gen Z winds.
Messaging the Improved Agent Experience
By Jennifer Shambroom
Why and how mobile messaging can help agents: and customers.
Correct the Tech
By Kurt Dahlstrand
IDing technology failures and by the right parties improve results.
Reimagining the Contact Center
By Ragy Thomas
Here are four strategies for success.
Social(izing) the Experience
By Staci Satterwhite
How social channel use can improve the customer and agent experience.
Loyalty Starts with Strong CX
By Chris Mina
UCaaS, CCaaS, and AI-powered tools can help deliver it.
CONTACT CENTER AS A SERVICE
Making the Modern Contact Center
By Douglas Tait
How to turn the center into a compelling customer engagement method.
A special callout to our authors this month for sharing their insights and wisdom: : Jon Arnold, Kurt Dahlstrand, Chris Mina, Leslie O’Flahavan, Mark Pereira, Kathleen M. Peterson, Brendan Read, Staci Satterwhite, Jennifer Shambroom, Douglas Tait and Ragy Thomas.
And a special thank you to each of our sponsors: 2Ring, AWS Marketplace, Calabrio, Centrical, Cognigy, eGain, HGS, Human Numbers, Khoros, Kustomer, MediaSmith, NECCF, NICE, PowerHouse, Procedure Flow, Reuters, RingCentral, Riverbed, ROI-DNA, Scorebuddy, Strategic Contact, TTEC Digital, WFH Alliance and Verint.