Voice of the Customer: Your Key to Sales Growth

Your marketing department can create the most impressive campaign, with all the right messaging, reach and frequency to put your message out there. But, in the end, it can be your sales team and contact center staff that make or break the bottom line.

Perhaps the most important key to success is remembering the old adage, "The customer is king," and these days, the voice of the customer resonates louder than ever, thanks to social media. Indeed, every single customer has the ability to spread the word -- whether good or bad -- about their experience with your company. And unfortunately, we all know that disgruntled customers tend to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear. That's why it's so important to ensure that every customer contact is a positive one -- to the greatest extent possible.

For contact center managers, as well as sales and marketing managers, training your team to really listen to the customer is key. And, it's not just about the voice on the other end of the phone. It's about mining data from online contacts, web forms, and social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as customers reviews from sites like Amazon.com, Yelp, and so many others.

We spoke with some experts in customer service recently for their advice on how to ensure your team is best equipped to provide top-notch customer service, with each and every contact.

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With the rise of social and mobile communications channels, brands need to go where the customers go to ensure requests are being taken care of on consumers' channels of choice, says Marty Beard, president and CEO of LiveOps, a leading provider of online customer service agents. Effective customer service requires seamless integration of all available customer communication avenues.

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