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Making an Action Plan for Better Customer Care Responses: A Case Study

The customer care leadership team of this multinational company was concerned about the quality of written responses going out to customers. They had seen samples with poor spelling and grammar and worried those samples might be representative.

Find out how I approached the project, and how we worked together to improve customer care replies.

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6 Ways You Can Make Sure Your Lead Magnet Deserves the Name (and Attracts Leads)

As anyone who's ever tried to write an effective lead magnet can tell you, it isn't as easy as just writing a longish blog post.

So here are 6 ideas that can smooth your path to hitting 'publish' with confidence — knowing that your lead magnet will resonate with the right people, in the right way.

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5 Myth-Busting Facts about the GDPR

It's now less than a week until the GDPR goes live, and our inboxes are overflowing with emails asking us to confirm we still want to get that newsletter we can't even remember. A smell of panic is in the air as businesses battle the deadline and unscrupulous consultancy firms use threatening language to get one-person businesses to pay money they've yet to earn.

We've used some of the questions we've had from clients to do some digging into the most pervasive myths surrounding the GDPR, and we'd like to present our findings.

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Helping Teams Communicate Better, Together: Marketing, Legal and the GDPR

Many businesses we've talked to are worried about the GDPR — especially the marketing teams. This legal change is quite a change programme in itself. Indeed, any change to the way a company communicates can surface the need for proper change management.

So our Sabine interviewed Dorit Noble, change expert extraordinare, about turning the GDPR into an opportunity.

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7 common misunderstandings in multicultural customer care (and how to fix them)

Brexit, "Make America Great Again", Narendra Modi's Davos speech about globalisation losing its lustre: those things can't fool us into thinking that globalisation is over. Every business now sells to a multicultural, multilingual audience. In this article, we'll look at 7 common conundrums that can get in the way of building rapport with customers who speak a different language, or who live in a different culture — and how to solve them.

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How can customer care survive the plastic storm in our teacups?

This month started off with a shock to the British public: our beloved teabags contain plastic. Tea lovers all over the country started asking their favourite brands some difficult questions on Twitter. And it didn't take long till we saw service teams getting some stick for how they responded.

In this article, we'll analyse what went wrong in those tweets, and how to do it better — both now and in the long run.

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12 days to Christmas: survive & thrive during peak season

For many customer support pros and business owners, December is a month of overflowing inboxes, overtime and overwhelm. Only to be continued in January, when the end-of-season sales kick off properly and the returns come in. In this article, I share my 12 favourite try-today ideas that can help you cope with this busy time.

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Customer Service Trends 2018: 10 things we learned at the Forum's National Conference for Quality & Customer Experience

From complaints to mindfulness, from surveys to robots — what's going to change in the world of customer service? Take a peek at our notes from The Forum's Conference for Quality & Customer Experience on 29 November and make 2018 your best year yet.

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Doing good: 5 tips for consumer questions about your ethics

Critical consumerism is on the rise — fortunately! This means people are more likely to ask your support team about ethics and sustainability. Sabine's put a company to the test. See why the response she got isn't good enough — and what you can do so your team gives a better one.

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