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. So, how can you ensure that customers who call your company are given the help that they need and that they exit the call feeling positive about the interaction and the company?

8 Qualities of Effective Contact Center Agents

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What if the only human interaction your customers have with your brand is through an agent working at your contact center? Contact center agents have a significant impact on customer experience and thus the bottom line. Here our are 8 Qualities of Effective Contact Center Agents. ” In the course of servicing a customer, they may be updating information such as home and email addresses, credit card information and contact preferences.

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.

Five Tips for Improving Contact Center Management

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Contact center management is hard. Let’s look into some ideas that will help you successfully manage you contact center environment while keeping your cool in the process. Choose the right contact center solution. Very hard, actually.

Study: The Health of the Contact Center

1The Health of the Contact Center: Agent Well-Being in a Customer-Centric Era 2New study reveals heightened complexity of. 500 million to revamp the in-flight experience for its customers and improve customer relations in the contact. Contact centers have dramatically changed.

Building the Contact Center SOW: The Framework for Success

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The contact center SOW is the framework for your relationship. Below we explore what it takes to build an effective contact center SOW. Who serves as the primary point of contact? Building the Contact Center SOW.

How to improve you call center customer experience strategy for 2019?

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Providing better customer experiences (CX) is a hot button issue that has become increasingly critical to forward-thinking call centers over the last few years. Call center leaders realize that the time has come to deliver real measurable value to the enterprise.

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. By scripting calls you ensure that all agents provide a similar level of service and customers are treated consistently, regardless of agent. . When creating scripts, understand that for some calls following the script may be obligatory.

What You Need to Know When Looking for a New Contact Center Outsourcer [Slideshare]

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Looking for a new contact center outsourcer is rarely as simple as it sounds. The End-to-End Contact Center Solutions Buyer’s Guide from Blue Ocean Contact Centers. For more insight, get your End-to-End Contact Center Solutions Buyer’s Guide today.

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. But even if calls are not fully contained, which is known as partial automation, there are still great benefits.

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

As a pioneer in AI for contact center customer service and customer. of AI, and eGain’s viewpoint on how it can be leveraged for contact. center customer service. Contact Center 1. calls within the first six weeks of the deployment! center.

Contact Center vs Call Center: What you call yourself matters

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Call your support organization a call center! Customer Experience Contact Center customer service Customer SupportWant to know how to make your company sound terribly out of date?

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.

Why Build a Contact Center Instead of a Call Center?

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Cloud contact center solutions are becoming the new standard for customer service. The cloud-based contact center market is growing at an explosive compound annual growth rate of 23.6 Call centers, as the name indicates, specialize only in voice communications channels.

The Fundamental Guide to the Contact Center RFP

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Contracting a new contact center outsourcer may be one of the most impactful decisions you make all year (no pressure, right?) This alone may give you enough insight to build a basic list of potential partners for your contact center RFP process. Planning for 2019 already?

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

1The Health of the Contact Center: Agent Well-Being in a Customer-Centric Era 2New study reveals heightened complexity of. 500 million to revamp the in-flight experience for its customers and improve customer relations in the contact. Contact centers have dramatically changed.

4 Essential Resources to Read Before You Craft Your Contact Center RFP

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The purpose of a contact center RFP is no different: it’s an essential process to use when choosing an outsourcer. However, the contact center RFP is unique and can’t be modeled on the same old RFP template used for other services your company may procure.

Contact Center AI – What’s out there?

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Unsurprisingly, the enthusiasm of AI has spilled over to customer experience (CX) in the hope of improving call center efficiency. How AI can be Used in the Contact Center. Out of these benefits, two concrete benefits of AI in the contact center stand out.

Automate Contact Center Outbound Calls and Texts for Positive ROI

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For many companies, making outbound calls and texts to customers makes up a large volume of everyday work that their live agents handle today. Outbound calls and texts are used in a variety of ways, such as to preempt situations or to keep customers up-to-date. Businesses also use these calls to remain proactive at maintaining resources and preventing unnecessary expenses. Advantages of the Cloud Call Center Best Practices Customer Experience NICE inContact CXone

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. Explain how a contact center upgrade will improve KPI’s.

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’re not alone: Determining how to bring your contact center current actually involves a complex web of purchase decisions that can be downright daunting. Relax—help is here: we’ve identified five major challenge areas that every contact center faces and discuss how to navigate each one to determine the right solutions, based on the needs of your contact center.

Embrace Tenure Diversity in Your Contact Center

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Contact centers should be comprised of new agents as well as agents with experience in the role. Embracing tenure diversity in the contact center provides new opportunities on all fronts, for new agents as well as those hitting anniversary milestones.

7 Tips to Improve Contact Center Customer Experience

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Contact centers are a powerhouse to deliver that exceptional experience across the entire customer journey starting from awareness, interest to purchase, service and advocacy. Contact Center Customer Experience can be enhanced every step of the way as customers interact with the brand.

The Truth About Attrition in the Contact Center

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At first glance, attrition seems like a chink in the armor for contact centers. Across every industry, the fact that people leave their jobs and move on is a basic truth, but in the contact center, the attrition metric receives quite of a bit of negative attention.

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. To ease into your search, here are five things to consider when starting a new call center. . As you begin your exploration you may encounter unfamiliar terms like “first call resolution” ACD, Erlang calculations, VoIP, PSTN, etc. Certainly, a phone system is a central component of a new call center. Call c enters are more than call centers.

Implement Continuous CX Improvements in Your Contact Center

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In the second episode, Building Continuous CX Improvements in Your Contact Center, Nate Brown, co-founder of CX Accelerator, shared his expertise regarding how to build an all-star contact center. Tune in and begin transforming your contact center today.

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

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Here are the 4 simple steps for transforming your CX to win: Build a business case to invest in contact centers. Contact centers are the powerhouse that deliver exceptional and consistent CX every time, every day. Orchestrate right within the contact center.

New Year, New Contact Center RFP? 10 Mistakes to Avoid

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If enhancing your customer experience is a strategic priority over the next 12 months, you might be looking at putting out a contact center RFP or RFI early in the new year. These factors require some creativity when responding to and differentiating through the contact center RFP.

Best Practices for Building a Modern Contact Center

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What does this have to do with contact centers? Most IT systems have a lifespan of about seven years and call center systems are no different. That’s why you are functionally working with the equivalent of stone knives if your call center tech is more than seven years old!

5 Top Procurement Tips for Seeking an Outsourced Contact Center

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Looking for an outsourced contact center partner is one of the most complex undertakings for any strategic sourcing professional. Finding the right contact center for you is going to take more than a strategic RFP. Are You Seeking an Outsourced Contact Center?

How Contact Center Customer Experience Will Evolve in 2017

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Contact centers will continue to evolve and improve as the need for better customer support continues to grow. This year, you can expect contact centers to be highlighted by: Total Voice Ownership. Quality call monitoring.

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Hiring Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

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Or perhaps you’re looking for a better alternative to your current contact center vendor? Can an outsourced contact center really live up to that? That’s where finding out about a contact center’s hiring practices is vital. Diversity in The Contact Center.

Contact Center SLA: What it is, How it’s Calculated, and Why You Care

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Contact center SLAs can be external, for example in a contract with a customer for an Outsourcer (aka BPO), or internal, to measure, document and communicate your contact center’s performance for stakeholders within your organization, or to compare with other contact centers. If my agents cannot do that (for example because there’s a higher volume of incoming calls than I expected), then I’m “outside of SLA” and have broken the threshold.

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. Here are some of the things we learned: Nearly half of all inbound contact center interactions are for the purposes of asking for help. Here are five key takeaways, in no specific order, to improve contact center performance.

What are Bank Contact Centers Doing Right?

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for 2016, and courtesy and helpfulness of tellers or other staff was the top ranking subset, website satisfaction next and call center satisfaction rounding out some of the top categories of rating. The post What are Bank Contact Centers Doing Right?

The Top Five “Must Have” Contact Center Phone System Features

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Are you one of the almost 40% of organizations that say reducing effort to improve the customer experience is their primary contact center goal for 2018? The best contact center solution is not worth a penny if it’s not up and running.

Report: Unlocking Customer Insights From Contact Centers

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We just published a Temkin Group report, Unlocking Customer Insights From Contact Centers: From Agent Productivity to Enterprise Intelligence. However, companies are now beginning to realize that contact centers actually contain a wealth of deep, untapped information about customers.

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. Contact centers can use desktop tickers , to provide real-time SMILE reminders and coach agents to smile regardless of the type of call that comes into their queue. .

Your Contact Center Superhero

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Your contact center is a superhero? You might be surprised—after all, contact centers are often: Under-valued by the larger organization. Viewed purely as a cost center. Profile of a Contact Center Superhero.

Turn Your Contact Center Service Agents into Product Gurus

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Agents need to feel good about the products that customers are calling about. Play clips of phone calls or show comments from social media in which customers are praising the products. Contact center agents need to know your products and they need to be proud to represent them.