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About Dr. Jodie Monger

Jodie Monger, Ph.D. is the president of Customer Relationship Metrics and a pioneer in voice of the customer research for the contact center industry. Before creating CRMetrics, she was the founding associate director of Purdue University's Center for Customer-Driven Quality.

For People on the Verge of Tripping on the self-service Line

Is it possible for self-service to trip up your customer experience? So how can you prevent your customers from falling down? In his interview at the Contact Center Demo & Conference (CCDemo) with our Jim Rembach, Chris du Toit of Jacada made me think about the best of both worlds. As I thought about knowing when [...]

Justin Robbins CCDemo interview takes me back to Kindergarten

You learned in Kindergarten all that you need to know to be an adult. That sounds like it is true for us call center veterans too. Remember a few decades ago when we learned to organize our focus into People, Process, and Technology? Justin Robbins Contact Center & Conference interview takes me back to kindergarten [...]

How many chat sessions can agents handle?

Ever since Chat became a customer service communication channel people have wondered how many Chat sessions can agents handle. You’ve experienced the Chat channel as a customer of some other company so you know the difference between a satisfying customer experience and one that left you frustrated. The Chat offer Have you found yourself clicking [...]

How we avoided contact center survey shelfware

What does my 80-year old Navy SeaBee underwater welder father know about today’s contact center operations? Well, he seeks the most direct and smartest path to address a problem with the caveat that cheap can be expensive. Do it right, do it well, or do not do it. As I work with contact center management [...]

Coach teenagers like you coach contact center agents

My only child turned 14 last week. You can likely relate to the way in which she can make this educated person feel pretty inept at times. All day long I use customer experience data to predict behavior and to provide fair and trusted performance evaluations for contact center agents. Wouldn’t it be nice if [...]

Are you a cool contact center manager?

Where is your cape? All of the cool contact center managers wear superman and superwoman capes. Why? Because they do it all for their company, for their customers, and for their agents. The everyday hero Sure it’s exhausting sometimes, but most of the time it’s just amazing what is accomplished every day by these Super Heroes. [...]

My Customer Experience Insights from Egypt

Tourism in Egypt used to be the country’s number one industry, as recently as 2010. Now, at the writing of this article and after the Revolution, tourism has dropped to less than half what it had been before the Revolution. What kind of customer experience insight do you presume from that? How does a vacation [...]

Why do customer experience leaders get promoted?

Another customer experience leader gets promoted and I have to start over again! I’ve lost count over the years of the number of managers who I work closely with to interpret the voice of the customer in their contact center – and then they are gone. I’m happy that they are promoted within the organization, [...]

Amazing: 13-year olds are leading contact centers

As a parent my desire is to teach my child something every day, about loving herself and others, about being a good citizen of the world, about something simple or complex. Generally I try to use business strategies to help me manage our family life, but there is a lesson I take from my child [...]

What can contact centers learn from Tom Brady’s balls?

The jokes about Tom Brady’s balls, aka Deflategate, are almost endless, aren’t they? From the hilarious press conference by Florence (Mrs. Brady) Henderson to the monologues on every late night show, we have been amused. Well, I’m amused, but I’m not a Seattle Seahawks fan. There is now serious doubt on the Patriots Super Bowl [...]

Customer Service Leaders are Ready to Invest in these Solutions

Building overwhelming agreement on an issue is not easy. Should your child’s school have a dress code? Is coffee good or bad for your health? Are dogs or cats better pets? Should the paper be over or under off of the roll? You can easily add to this list. One area which is not difficult [...]

5 Ways to Show Customers Love and Get it in Return

One of the most important things that a business can focus on is showing customers love. Doing so enables lasting relationships with the customers. While connecting with customers through a contact center can be difficult to show customer love, it has become a very effective path used by leading companies. Through their devotion to the [...]

Unearthing Time to Coach Contact Center Agents

Practice makes perfect. We tell our children this all the time. There is no way to become an expert at a task without investing the time to practice. We suffer from listening to 10 minutes of recorder practice every day so the Christmas concert and the Spring concert are good (relatively speaking, that is). Even [...]

How to Improve Agent Performance without the Ding

Many contact centers struggle with how to improve agent performance. Too fast, too slow, not good enough can create a very contentious relationship between employees and management. Sometimes the relationships turn toxic. Toxic Will Not Improve Agent Performance Nobody that works in a contact center wants it to be a toxic environment. And to many [...]

How to Implement a Lean Quality Assurance Program

When your contact center is faced with a process issue, how easy is it to fix it? Once you spend countless hours identifying the issue and come up with a solution, will that be enough to get buy-in from senior management to proceed with a fix? What happens when upper management asks for proof that [...]

Why FCR is more powerful than a genie in a bottle

A contact center manager was walking along a beach and found an old lamp. She picked it up and rubbed it and out popped a genie. The genie said, "Okay, you released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and I'm getting sick of these wishes so instead [...]

Contact Center Budget Wars: New Armor to Defend Against Cuts

Life in this decade is full of more contentious situations than life in the previous decade. Remember the days when you peacefully focused on spending your contact center budget so you could eagerly request for more in the coming year? It was great, budgets were ever-expanding and the resources to meet the demands were not [...]

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Neither Qualitative NOR Quantitative VoC Data Works

Most VoC programs utilize only quantitative measures. This is not particularly surprising. Researchers and analysts tend to take a great many statistics classes and, as such, specialize in the manipulation of numbers. But quantitative voice of the customer data is not enough to be successful with customer experience management. It is rare to find a [...]

Quality investments are like Granite Countertops

Have you ever built a new home? They say building a home is one of the most stressful activities you can ever undertake in life. I agree. It was one of the most stressful endeavors I ever had! There is a seemingly infinite number of decisions to be made. It’s not at all like taking… [...]

3 Quality Benchmarking Lessons from Facebook

Social media outlets like Facebook provide a continuous update on how fabulous everyone’s life is. At any moment of the day there’s a new post about something fabulous. But beware of trying to compare the happy summaries you see to your own life. It’s crazy to get sucked into that comparison game and it can [...]