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Call Centers are the Front Line of Customer Service

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Some call centers struggle to have a stellar reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

A Valuable Commodity: Spend Less, Save More, and Win Customers Over

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There is a commodity that you can’t see or touch, but it is very valuable. Everyone gets the same amount of it each day and can spend it as they choose. What is it?

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Improve your CSAT by Measuring First Call Resolution

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Spend any time around a contact center and you’ll likely hear the acronym FCR. What does FCR stand for? The definition has changed a bit over time as call centers transformed into contact centers that handle more than just calls. Back in the call center days, FCR stood for First Call Resolution.

Inbound Call Centers Need to Deliver Exceptional Experiences in an Omnichannel World

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Inbound call centers face rising expectations from their customers to deliver exceptional experiences in an increasingly omnichannel world.

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Data Gathering Made Easy

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When it comes to reducing expenses within contact center operations, one of the best ways to do so is to reduce the amount of time that live agents spend on the phone. With that being said, one of the biggest time-consumers of live agent minutes comes from repetitive and tedious data gathering.

This Holiday Season will Belong to the Creative Contact Center Staffers

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The U.S. Job market is on fire! Recently released data shows the unemployment rate is 3.7% , the lowest it’s been since 1969 when a good chunk of our population was removed from the work force in order to fight the war in Vietnam.

SeaWorld Happily Jumping through Hoops for Guests

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SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment operates 12 parks—some seasonal, others year-round—that welcome a steady stream of guests that include families, school groups, kids and adults of all ages.

Thriving in the Experience Economy – Build Robust CX in your Contact Center

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As we continue to see, customer experience (CX) has moved ahead of product and price as the #1 brand differentiator. True customer delight is shown to not just improve brand loyalty, but also increase customer lifetime value.

5 Tips to Lower Contact Center Attrition

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Agent attrition is not a new concept in the contact center. The average lifespan of a contact center agent is traditionally short, resulting in human resource departments trying to understand this costly trend, usually turning to some kind of retroactive metric.

[NEW RESEARCH] Can your Contact Center Keep Up with Changing Consumer Demands?

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Companies of all sizes now compete in the experience economy to attract new customers and build customer loyalty and advocacy. No longer able to rely on product quality or price, companies must consistently deliver exceptional customer experience to drive bottom line growth.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Automate One Routine Call Type at a Time

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The biggest challenge facing every contact center is agent churn. Many agents are bored, unengaged, and generally unhappy, and they churn at a rate of 33% across all industries. As a contact center leader, you work extremely hard to mitigate these challenges, but because you are pulled in many different directions, it is tough to keep your best agents. Not to mention, technology constraints can sometimes make it difficult to improve the agent experience.

Speed is Leading Indicator of Great Customer Experiences, No Matter the Channel

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When it comes to delivering exceptional customer experiences, true omnichannel service and quick resolution go hand-in-hand.

Contact Center Software can Balance Agent-assisted and Self-service Channels

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Omnichannel is hot. Artificial intelligence (AI) is hot. Both are hot topics when it comes to contact centers and customer experience. They introduce new channels and vehicles to interact with customers. The reality is that in order to deliver exceptional customer experiences, you need your contact center software to balance the need for agent-assisted and self-service channels. In our new 2018 Customer Experience (CX) Transformation Benchmark the insights were clear on the importance of both.

The Future Shines Bright for Sunrun with Increased Contact Center Conversion Rates

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The largest residential solar company in the U.S., Sunrun, is on the leading edge of the clean power revolution. But until recently, its contact center was stuck in another era.

Build your business case to invest more in Customer Experience (CX) – Drive larger financial impact

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In part one of the blog series, we looked at a framework for building a business case to invest in customer experience technologies. In part 2 , we looked at KPIs that drive enhanced customer experience and in part 3 , we looked at how contact centers can increase customer lifetime value.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

Five Tips for Improving Contact Center Management

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Contact center management is hard. Very hard, actually. You need to keep up with constantly growing and shifting customer expectations. You manage employees in an industry that has one of the highest turnover rates out there.

Journey to Contact Center Success

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As a contact center manager, you face never-ending challenges from day-to-day operations to envisioning long-term possibilities to improve customer experience while at the same time building efficiency and modernizing processes and systems.

What Is Voice Of The Customer (VoC) And How To Capture It

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Voice of the Customer (VOC) is the entirety of a customer’s expectations, experiences, and feedback from on-boarding through to successful implementation and beyond.

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The Ultimate Lemonade Stand

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One of the fastest ways to grow your business is to not only get your customers to come back, but to also get them to come back for more. Let’s use a quick example, building the ultimate lemonade stand. If you’re like me, you operated a lemonade stand at least once. You got lemons, sugar, and with a little bit of mom’s help set up a lemonade stand on the corner and hoped some of your friends’ parents would buy a glass or two. It’s a pretty straightforward business.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

Best Practices for Building a Modern Contact Center

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Win the Customer Experience (CX) Game in Your Contact Center

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We are moving from a service economy to an experience economy. Today’s customers are not just looking to get the right service at the right time at the right channel. They are looking for an experience that is immersive, engaging and proactive.

How to Handle Angry Customers in Your Contact Center

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Frustration, discontentment and dissatisfaction are frequent drivers of angry call center customers. Coaching your contact center agents on how to navigate calls from angry customers will decrease call handle times, improve productivity and elevate the customer experience. Here are a few tips for helping your agents deal with these tense situations: . Listen: The first thing most angry customer callers want to do is vent. Let them…without interruption.

How to Optimize Call Center Agent Scripting

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Today, call center scripting is used widely. To understand why that is the case, here’s the arguably five biggest benefits of using agent scripting in a contact center: Decrease agent training. Agent scripting will give new hires the guidance they need to start handling interactions confidently on their own earlier. . Maintain regulatory compliance. Script with compliance in mind to help your agents manage the regulatory jungle. . Promote consistency.

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

NextGear Capital Drives Growth and Improves CSAT 10%

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For more than a decade, floor-plan financing provider NextGear Capital has been helping independent automotive dealers—now over 23,000 of them in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland—with customized inventory finance solutions. NextGear’s lines of credit, in fact, give dealers the buying power they need to be successful. But NextGear also provides dealers much more, including responsive, reliable support by email, phone and chat.

CSAT vs. NPS vs. CES: A Guide to Customer Service Metrics

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In a previous blog, I outlined 14 different metrics that contact centers should be tracking to improve customer experience. However, these metrics are designed to influence real-time decision making in your contact center.

Watch your Etiquette! 7 Tips for Improving Contact Center Etiquette

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Hold the door. Be on time. Common courtesy is always a good bet. Cliché, but true. Even in customer service (where manners are paramount), it never hurts to be reminded. Contact centers are lively, energetic places with lots of activity going on. Respecting and protecting time, people, and processes is key. Be mindful of these tips for improving contact center etiquette: . Serve with a smile. My favorite customer service best practice? Service with a smile!

How to Cash in on Contact Center Failures

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This is not some get rich quick scheme. If you’ve manage an aging contact center, then you’ve probably identified several inefficiencies which limit your success. Maybe it’s high agent turnover or absenteeism. Maybe its call volumes that exceed contact center capacity. Whatever the reason, when troubles reduce the contact center to nothing more than a tightly managed expense, it becomes very difficult to ask for improvements.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

Five Ways to Improve Contact Center Performance – What Every Customer Wishes You Knew

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Too often, efforts to improve contact center performance are based business goals like increasing labor efficiency, or lower operating cost. But contact centers are not built to serve managers, they are built to serve customers. We surveyed over 2000 consumers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Here are some of the things we learned: Nearly half of all inbound contact center interactions are for the purposes of asking for help.

5 Things to Consider When Starting a Call Center

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There are many reasons why starting a call center makes good business sense. But whatever the reason, taking that first step can seem like stepping into the unknown. To ease into your search, here are five things to consider when starting a new call center. . You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. As you begin your exploration you may encounter unfamiliar terms like “first call resolution” ACD, Erlang calculations, VoIP, PSTN, etc. The technology can seem daunting.

Quantify your Contact Center Success with CCaaS and KPIs

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In our last post we talked about how using a “Contact Center as a Service” (CCaaS) may be a better use of resources as opposed to purchasing and maintaining contact center technology in your own data center.

Reduce Repetition with an Omnichannel Customer Experience

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Watch first-hand how the customer experience differs for customers using a traditional, multi-channel routing customer service solution, compared to a true omnichannel customer experience in this video.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime.

Psssssst! The Buzz Around Interactions 2019 has Already Begun

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How will we top Interactions 2018? By leading the charge in industry trends. Raising the bar on the customer journey. And, of course, listening to what our customers tell us is most important to them. Even more hot topics and incredible speakers.

7 Tips to Improve Contact Center Customer Experience

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We are entering an experience economy where customers are not just looking for the right service at the right time but looking for one that is engaging and immersive.

Overwhelmed by needing to modernize your contact center? Start here.

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At some point, every contact center faces the stark reality of needing to modernize. You may still be spending hours creating reports on spreadsheets. You’ve got teams of agents but only rudimentary quality monitoring. Maybe you’re offering limited channel choices, even voice only. If your organization is like most, you’ve been wrestling with these issues for years. But the complexity of upgrading—and sticker shock—keep you in a state of “making do.”.

2018: New Ways Cloud Will Enhance Customer Care

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So many companies are enjoying the benefits of having moved their contact centers to the cloud over the past few years. Often companies started with a small deployment in one department and gradually grew that implementation to encompass all the contact center applications in the business.

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.