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How CRM Improves Your Customer Service & Overall Customer Experience | CustomerThink

Customer experiences are everything. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter what you think they are, it matters what the customer perceives them to be. This means that accurately obtaining feedback from them is vital to keeping your business alive and consistently delivering the service that your clients expect from you.

In theory, this is what customer services is for. But your customer services teams are only as effective as the data you give them to work with. You could have the best resources in the world, but if they can’t quickly and accurately access your clients’ data the moment they need it, they’re dead in the water. And so, too, is your business in the long run.

In this article, you’ll learn 5 ways in which CRM software can empower your customer-facing teams with tools to better address client issues and draw insights to create a more empathic service. You’ll also learn how it lowers the cost of each customer interaction by lowering the need to address recurring issues, and how it can become crucial to other departments such as sales, marketing, and development.
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The Future of Productivity: Teamwork and Collaboration

Long gone are the days when the bulk of office communication was made via lengthy, often incomprehensible email threads. Also going extinct—thankfully— are the colossal company-wide emails that were often responded to by recipients using the “reply all” button.

Today’s corporate communication is evolving—not to the Orwellian, drone-like future portrayed in the movies, but toward a more multimedia-focused and casual approach. Nowadays, boring project management software is losing traction to intuitive digital tools such as Slack or Microsoft Teams which enable communication and collaboration to happen from a single platform.

In this article, you’ll learn about the major trends that are transforming office communications around the world. You’ll also gain insight into how several industry leaders envision the future of collaboration, and what tools they’re using within their organizations to push forward projects worldwide.
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Best practices for producing a Teams live event

“Best practices for producing a Teams live event” presents tips on audio, video, and screen sharing that put nonprofits in the driver’s seat when they produce their next live event. For more information on Microsoft solutions that facilitate the hosting of online events, contact us today.
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Deliver always-on service with Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service

Discover how Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights and Power Virtual Agents delivers a 360-degree view of your service operation, along with machine-learned insights to help use data to make smarter decisions about what to optimize or automate in order to deliver exceptional customer service.
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How to Empower Your Employees to Be More Customer-Centric

“Empowerment taps into the potential of a human being to do more than what is typically defined by their job description. Empowerment allows that individual to take initiative, to show courage, and to speak up and to make things better,” writes Phil Geldart, a recognized authority in transforming organizational culture and leadership development. It is especially important in today’s digital business world, because customers expect personalized experiences. In order for organizations to offer an increasing amount of personalization, they must enable and empower their employees with the trust, knowledge, and permission to do what they know they can do—take care of the customer. In order for the customer-centric business model we strive for to work, your employees must feel empowered to do their part in establishing it. You can’t say you want a customer-centric organization and then continually limit the responsibilities and ownership of your employees. “True empowerment allows you to release the potential of employees at all levels and roles,” adds Geldart. It’s here you’ll see results far greater than you would if you simply instruct them what to do in each scenario. For specific guidelines on how to create a more positive workplace, read Geldart’s article, “How to Empower Your Employees to Be More Customer-Centric.”
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8 ways to rethink virtual events for the age of social distancing

“8 ways to rethink virtual events for the age of social distancing” provides nonprofit organizations with useful ways to rethink the process of hosting virtual events in the age of social distancing and how to make large-scale online meetings work effectively. For more information on Microsoft solutions that facilitate the hosting of online events, contact us today.
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Mercy Housing keeps residents safe at home using Microsoft Teams


When the pandemic ushered in a new reality of social distancing, Mercy Housing was able to continue supporting the residents and communities it serves while keeping everyone safe using Microsoft Teams. This customer story video outlines when COVID-19 created a tremendous need for a tool that can maintain personal connection, Teams has allowed the company to maintain reaching residents and serving its communities, growing the business while working remotely, all while supporting highly secure environments for remote work.

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Law firm runs better with server on Azure

Why run Windows Server on Azure? Ellen Kirby, senior manager of Technical Operations and senior enterprise architect at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, talks about the benefits of running the law firm's Windows Servers on Azure and about leveraging Windows Admin Center for better management and automation.