Building the Contact Center SOW: The Framework for Success

BlueOcean

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.

Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible? [eBook]

BlueOcean

So, what about your contact center outsourcer? It’s a valid question – one which requires breaking down some of the myths associated with outsourcing your contact center. The post Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible?

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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.

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.

See the PureCloud call center in action

All cloud contact centers are not created equal. PureCloud software is the next-generation, all-in-one cloud contact center solution that helps you manage multichannel customer interactions from a single application.

5 Most Critical Elements of a Successful Contact Center Launch

BlueOcean

Contact center implementation is an art and a science, and over 24 years in business, we’ve learned exactly what it takes to make the smoothest transition possible. A successful contact center launch isn’t as simple as flipping the switch and 3-2-1 blast off.

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.

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.

The Fundamental Guide to the Contact Center RFP

BlueOcean

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?

NICE inContact named a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service

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Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service, North America has just been released, and once again, NICE inContact is named a leader for the fourth year in a row. Notable head start in emerging AI-enabled contact center market.

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

BlueOcean

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.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

Growing Your Contact Center Culture

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While there are a few examples of great culture in the contact center world, there are just as many or more examples of notoriously bad company cultures. Most contact centers fall somewhere in the middle ground. As a contact center leader, where do you start that process?

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.

Contact Center AI – What’s out there?

Comm100

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.

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?

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

BlueOcean

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.

Turning Your Contact Center into a Profit Center by Leveraging Chat

Speaker: Tony Medrano, CEO of RapportBoost.ai

Live chat as a communication channel has significantly grown in recent years as the leading digital contact method, according to J.D Technology has allowed for more instant communications, creating a new opportunity for businesses to connect with customers.

Give Your Contact Center a Pink Slip

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A common theme for companies known for exceptional customer service is a robust, well equipped call or contact center. Simply put, these centers provide a human touch and a strong differentiator for the marketplace when deployed correctly.

The Truth About Attrition in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

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.

Turn Your Contact Center Service Agents into Product Gurus

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Product “closet” – Display your products (for example, clothing) in a spare room that is near the contact center floor. Contact center agents need to know your products and they need to be proud to represent them.

Mattress Firm’s Contact Center Rises and Shines – Improving QA Scores and Average Handle Time

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But the Houston-based company was losing sleep over its two contact centers. The post Mattress Firm’s Contact Center Rises and Shines – Improving QA Scores and Average Handle Time appeared first on NICE inContact Blog. Advantages of the Cloud Contact Center Trends & Insights Customer Experience Workforce OptimizationAs the leading specialty bedding retailer In the U.S.,

Artificial Intelligence in Cloud-Based Solutions

Speaker: Rick Nucci, Co-Founder & CEO of Guru

With the advent of chatbots, artificial intelligence, interactive voice response, and machine learning, novel technologies continue to disrupt the contact center industry. How to leverage AI to drive cloud-based solutions in contact centers.

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.

Navigating Generational Differences in the Contact Center Workforce

BlueOcean

What makes a great contact center agent isn’t as easy to define as you might expect. There’s another layer to be considered as well: generational differences in the contact center workforce. Managing an Multi-Generational Contact Center.

Can You Train Contact Center Agents in Empathy?

BlueOcean

We already know most people hate calling tech support and even in basic customer service scenarios, consumers prefer to use self-serve options over contacting a customer service agent directly. That makes us curious: can you train contact center agents in empathy?

5 Helpful Contact Center Tools for Managers

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The same is true of any industry including contact centers. Luckily, there are countless solutions available to contact center managers today to help improve productivity, performance and overall customer experience. Here are five helpful tools that can solve common contact center issues and provide a better service. Do you know which topics or issues come up the most during calls in your contact center?

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

BlueOcean

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.

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. Some contact center offerings aren’t solutions, but simply compound issues.

Your Contact Center Superhero

Calabrio

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.

Exploring Multiple Emotions During Contact Center Interactions

Experience Matters

In a previous post, I discussed results from a joint study that we conducted with Mattersight Personality Labs (MPL) to examine customer emotions within contact center interactions. MPL isolated the occurrence of four specific emotions: joy, anger, sadness, and fear in more than 118,000 calls across 11 large brands. In addition to detecting the customer emotion, […]. Customer Connectedness Customer experience Emotion

Increase Contact Center Efficiency with CRM Integrations

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There is no department where this is more true than in the contact center, and one way to increase efficiency is with integrations. The customer experience can be improved upon by making a multitude of information available to contact center agents, while also increasing efficiency. And the secret lies within contact center and CRM integrations. The post Increase Contact Center Efficiency with CRM Integrations appeared first on NICE inContact Blog.

The Future of Intelligent Decision Support Systems in Contact Centers

TechSee

These systems are relevant for many verticals including healthcare, finance, weather prediction, call and chat centers, desktop apps, info kiosks and more. . Current state of DSS in contact centers. Call centers are highly stressed environments.

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

BlueOcean

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.

Report: Unlocking Customer Insights From Contact Centers

Experience Matters

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.

Customer Journey Mapping in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

But too many contact centers assume the opposite; that your journey starts the moment an agent picks up the phone. As a contact center, we might be checking all the boxes in our call flow process, but that doesn’t mean the customer necessarily had a great experience.

SUPER AGENT – Saving the contact center with AI

TechSee

Take a peek into the latest issue of Super-Agent and see how he is using Artificial Intelligence to save the contact center: There is pandemonium at the Contact Center. This contact center needs help fast!

Virtual Agents are Automating the Contact Center: Natural Language Greeting & Intent Capture

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This is the first of four ways that virtual agents are automating the contact center. Navigating poorly designed DTMF touch-tone systems and single word command menus can cause issues with proper routing and ultimately result in internal transfers, which is a large expense for contact centers. Not only are cold transfers frustrating for customers who have to repeat themselves, but they also are the cause of large expenditures within call centers.

5 Top Procurement Tips for Seeking an Outsourced Contact Center

BlueOcean

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?

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.

Is Social Media in the Contact Center the New Black?

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Ensuring that your contact center does not “miss out” on social channels is vital, just look at these stats: The number of social media users worldwide in 2018 is 196 billion , up 13 percent from 2017. Ensure that your contact center solution allows for this.

Text / SMS in the Contact Center – Inbound, Outbound, Omnichannel

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That second agent will of course also need access to the contact history. For outbound SMS, ensure you familiarize yourself with the legal situation around Express Written Consent and your ability to contact a customer on their cell phone.

Don’t Lose Customers to a Bad Contact Center Experience

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The post Don’t Lose Customers to a Bad Contact Center Experience appeared first on NICE inContact Blog. Advantages of the Cloud Call Center Best Practices Customer Experience79% of consumers indicate that they will leave you if you provide them just one bad customer experience.