Max Ball

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Seven Steps To Help Your Customer Service Heroes Through The “Container-Challenged Christmas”

Max Ball November 16, 2021
Retail contact center agents (aka customer service heroes) typically deal with stressed-out shoppers during the holidays and the return period that extends through March. The shipping and supply chain crisis, however, will make the interactions of the past a walk in the park compared to what’s to come this season. As the season progresses, expect […]
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Zendesk’s Momentive Acquisition Paves The Road For A Customer Service-CX Data Highway

Colleen Fazio November 3, 2021
Customer service is a key driver of customer experience (CX), but technology silos often stand in the way of effective collaboration across CX and customer-facing teams. The recent announcement by Zendesk that it intends to acquire Momentive, parent of the well-known SurveyMonkey brand, has the potential to help users of both platforms break through this […]
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Genesys Starts The Long Journey To Target More Of The Customer Lifecycle With Two Acquisitions

Max Ball October 25, 2021
Genesys is the latest vendor to branch out beyond the traditional contact center and customer service space, moving to add value across much more of the customer journey (like marketing and sales) and, in many ways, pushing into territory more traditionally owned by CRM players. Last week, Genesys announced its acquisitions of Pointillist and Exceed.ai and […]
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Cancel The “Cost Center” Culture In Customer Service

Max Ball September 3, 2021
In my past 30 years in the contact center industry at organizations such as 8×8, Genesys, IBM, and RingCentral, I’ve watched the same movie over and over and over again … too many contact centers are laboring under the tyranny of being a cost center with schizophrenic goals of making customers happy while “doing more […]