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Predictions 2021: It’s All About Empathy, Digital, And Virtualizing Customer Care

Ian Jacobs 18 hours ago
The purpose of customer service is no longer just to alleviate run-of-the-mill inconveniences; it is to provide fundamental and necessary services for consumers devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how customer service will evolve in 2021.
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Predictions 2021: Divided Consumers Will Wrestle With Escalating Individual, Community, And Global Tensions

Anjali Lai 6 days ago
Escalating tensions will influence consumer behavior in 2021 as we move beyond crisis mode and see the new patterns forged from the current crisis. Read our consumer predictions for 2021.
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The Future Of B2B Buying And How Sales Organizations Should Adapt

B2B buying habits are evolving. Sales leaders who understand these changes and adapt quickly to delight the buyer will come out ahead. 

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Real-Time, Contactless Feedback During The Pandemic

Steven Peltzman September 30, 2020
FeedbackNow by Forrester has launched new contactless feedback solutions so companies can measure and adjust their customer experiences in real-time throughout the pandemic.
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B2C Firms Must Prepare As Consumer Buying Enters A New Era

Sucharita Kodali September 11, 2020

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Evolve Your CRM From Departmental CRM To Unified CRM

Kate Leggett September 9, 2020
CRM is widely used by companies both big and small. Gone are the days when it was purchased as a monolithic on-premises application. Today, it’s almost exclusively deployed in the cloud. As CRM moved to the cloud, business leaders in charge of sales, service, and marketing drove the purchase. Sales leaders only cared about how […]
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How To Make Customer Service More Digital

Kate Leggett July 20, 2020
Phone experiences are increasingly becoming suboptimal as more and more customer service journeys begin before customers pick up the phone. This is because most companies deploy their communication channels in silos, which means that: (1) Agents have no knowledge of the customer’s prior digital interactions and (2) they cannot easily understand a customer’s prior actions […]
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Plan For The Work-At-Home Contact Center You Want, Not The One You Were Forced To Build During This Pandemic

Ian Jacobs April 21, 2020
To help brands navigate the historic customer service challenges posed by the current pandemic and subsequent need for mass mobilization of a remote workforce, Forrester has created a four pillar framework for a building a successful work from home contact center.
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Winning The New B2B Buyer

The B2B buyer-vendor power dynamic has shifted. Learn what's driving deep change in buyer behavior and how to deliver experiences that build engagement and trust.

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How To (Not) Conduct CX Surveys During The COVID-19 Crisis

Maxie Schmidt March 25, 2020
Instead of CX surveys as usual, you need to show that you aren’t tone deaf to the unprecedented situation your customers face due to COVID-19. Read how to adjust your survey methods.
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Healthcare CRMs Are The Key To Unlocking The Digital Front Door: Takeaways From The Forrester Wave™

Arielle Trzcinski March 12, 2020
Healthcare organizations (HCOs) should look to healthcare customer relationship management systems (CRMs) to enable their “digital front door” strategy and meet the growing demands of their customers for a great experience — both digitally and beyond. The recently published report, “The Forrester Wave™: Healthcare CRM Providers, Q1 2020,” identified the seven most significant players in […]
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Beware Of The Confusion: VoC Solutions Deliver More Horsepower Than What CRM Can Do

Faith Adams February 25, 2020
Learn how the various solutions in the CX world can and should work together.
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Five Forces Shape The Modern CRM Landscape

Kate Leggett February 4, 2020
What is CRM? It’s not SFA (sales force automation) and it’s not marketing automation — although many use CRM to reference these two technologies. Forrester defines CRM as: “The business processes and supporting technologies that support the key activities of targeting, acquiring, retaining, understanding, and collaborating with customers.” . . . that is, to support […]
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The Future Of Contact Center Work: How To Source New Agent Talent

Kate Leggett January 14, 2020
AI and automation are already reshaping call centers. Get your customer service organization prepared with these talent acquisition tips.
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Customer Communities Are Buzzing, But Should Your Brand Invest In One?

Emily Collins December 16, 2019
This year, we’ve seen an uptick in client and industry interest in customer communities. Marketers want to build authentic and lasting relationships with customers who are more and more likely to experiment and less and less likely to trust traditional advertising. The concept of community management isn’t anything new — we’ve been writing about it […]
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Key Takeaways From Salesforce Dreamforce ’19

Liz Herbert November 25, 2019
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How Much Is CX Actually Worth In Profit For Telecoms?

Tom Mouhsian November 5, 2019
We all instinctively believe that great customer experience can bring financial success, but proving this with numbers can be a real challenge. If you are a CX professional working in a telecom, this research is particularly relevant to you.
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Much To Gain For SAP With Bob Stutz Joining Its CRM Team

Kate Leggett October 18, 2019
Bob Stutz and CRM have always been synonymous. Stutz started his CRM career at Siebel in 1998, in the early days of IT-driven, on-premises CRM. Siebel was a powerhouse in its time, peaking at 45% market share in 2002. Stutz’s tenure ended after it was acquired by Oracle (2005), and he moved to SAP to […]
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Salesforce Buys Tableau To Actualize Data-Driven Engagement

Kate Leggett June 10, 2019
Salesforce announced today its intent to acquire Tableau Software. This move adds a robust data visualization and insights solution to its customer engagement portfolio. Unlike other acquisitions, Tableau will operate under its own brand post-acquisition. Tableau Software offers an enterprise business insights (BI) solution to access, combine, and cleanse data from disparate sources. It allows […]
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Service Providers Begin To Get With The New Dynamic At Microsoft

Leslie Joseph May 21, 2019
For the first time in its existence, Microsoft is pulling together all of its capabilities to encircle the enterprise and become more than the sum of its parts.
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How To Get Your Customers To Do Your Selling For You (Previewing Our B2B Forum)

Laura Ramos September 29, 2018
“Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.” “No — no — I reckon it wouldn’t hardly do, Ben. You see, Aunt Polly’s awful particular about this fence . . . it’s got to be done very careful; I reckon there ain’t one boy in a thousand, maybe two thousand, that can do it the way it’s got […]
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Sales And Service Tech: Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

Kate Leggett September 17, 2018
Automation and AI are changing the nature of work. Every company job — including every front-office job — will be impacted. Always-available commerce and intelligent guided-selling solutions erode field sales teams. Automated self-service obsoletes generalists and Tier 1 customer service agents. This means that inside sales teams are now handling more highly considered purchases. Customer service agents […]
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