Last week’s Contact Center Demo & Conference in Chicago, IL was a blast. There were great keynotes, engaging breakout sessions, and lots of networking.
Here’s a re-cap of the conference in case you missed it.
The conference, known as CC Demo, is put on by ICMI. They provide research, conferences, and training for contact center professionals.
There’s just too much to cover at a conference like this. Something’s going on everywhere you turn!
Here were a few highlights for me.
Chip Bell’s Keynote
Chip did such a great job keynoting last year’s CC Demo that he was brought back by popular demand! He shared six strategies for delivering innovative customer service from his book, 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service.
One fun moment from Chip’s presentation was when he talked about staying at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago. They made his stay a little brighter by putting a gold fish named Trixie in his room.
He recounted a return trip to the hotel where the front desk associate asked him, “Shall I send Trixie up to your room, Mr. Bell?”
It got even better when Marriah Barnett sent this Tweet:
Leslie O’Flahavan’s Email Session
Too many conference sessions are death by PowerPoint. Not Leslie’s! Her session was called Not Dead Yet: How to Write Great Emails to Customers in the Age of Social Customer Service.
It was highly interactive with great conversation and hands-on activities. Here were a few take-aways that stood out for me:
- Critical reading is critical - make sure you understand what the customer wants.
- Sound friendly, not stodgy by writing like a real person.
- Integrate self-service options whenever possible.
New Research from ICMI
ICMI’s Senior Analyst, Justin Robbins, gave us a sneak peek at some of ICMI’s latest contact center research.
Here’s one stat that really stood out:
The average contact center agent uses seven screens to serve customers.
That’s up from five screens last year. Given the destructive qualities of multitasking, it seems like this trend is going in a dangerous direction.
Robbins also shared the results of a survey outlining the top ten challenges faced by call centers. Captured here in two grainy phone photos:
ICMI’s next big conference is the 2015 Contact Center Expo & Conference. It runs May 4 - 7 in Orlando, Florida. There’s already big buzz for this one!