Building the Contact Center SOW: The Framework for Success

BlueOcean

When outsourcing your company’s customer support – whether for the first time or the fifth time – the relationship is understandably complex. The contact center SOW is the framework for your relationship. Below we explore what it takes to build an effective contact center SOW.

Five Tips for Improving Contact Center Management

inContact

Contact center management is hard. You need to keep up with constantly growing and shifting customer expectations. Let’s look into some ideas that will help you successfully manage you contact center environment while keeping your cool in the process.

RFP Questions to Ask About AI in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

You’re prepared for the future of customer service. And you’re ready for your outsourced customer service RFP to hit the road and bring you some stellar options for a new contact center partner. Looking for more contact center RFP questions?

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

BlueOcean

A true partner has a comprehensive understanding of your company and its customers and is committed to helping you achieve your strategic business goals. So, what about your contact center outsourcer? The post Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible?

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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. customer experience increases pressure on the. center, showing that brands are willing to do—and spend—what it takes to create loyal customers.

Watch your Etiquette! 7 Tips for Improving Contact Center Etiquette

inContact

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. Be mindful of these tips for improving contact center etiquette: . My favorite customer service best practice? Service with a smile! Not only does a smile help to form the customer’s first impression of the agent, it can be disarming – especially if the caller is agitated.

Growing Your Contact Center Culture

inContact

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?

How to Cash in on Contact Center Failures

inContact

If you’ve manage an aging contact center, then you’ve probably identified several inefficiencies which limit your success. 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. These savings can then be applied to contact center improvements.

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?) Search online for vendors and assess their websites for culture fit, suite of services and solutions, and self-reported strengths.

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.

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

topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement is white hot. As a pioneer in AI for contact center customer service and customer. companies to transform—not just improve—customer service and. center customer service. center.

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.

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. It’s therefore essential to analyze ‘what’s out there’ in customer service AI and adjust our expectations accordingly.

What are Bank Contact Centers Doing Right?

inContact

inContact’s research shows that banking was in the highest tier for customer satisfaction with 54% of respondents ranking it for the most satisfied recent interaction. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) reported that banking customer satisfaction increased 5.3%

Give Your Contact Center a Pink Slip

inContact

Great customer service has become necessary for building customer loyalty and is an increasingly important benchmark when companies are deciding where to take their business. Momentum’s solution portfolio includes: Best-in-class Voice and Contact Center Software.

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. customer experience increases pressure on the. center, showing that brands are willing to do—and spend—what it takes to create loyal customers.

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. An engaged contact center agent will likely be able to better connect with your customers.

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.

The Pros and Cons of Contact Center Outsourcing

inContact

Twenty years ago began a shift to contact center outsourcing to offshore locations, especially the Philippines and India, and away from the local market where customers on the other end of the phone were located. Brands had a very clear business case to cut contact center labor costs by outsourcing to lower-cost offshore locations. I’m old enough to remember all the hype and hyperbole that all contact centers would be offshore by 2010.

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. Do you feel like you can trust them with your customers?

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

to meet customer expectations for digital service Social Media Voice of the. Customer. Messaging The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why So Many Contact Centers Struggle with. Digital Self Service Tweet this Customers want digital self- service options, such as chat and.

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? Either way, the idea of trusting someone else to take care of your customers can be overwhelming. You’ve worked hard to build your brand and establish customer loyalty.

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

inContact

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. Are your agents prepared to answer customers’ questions?

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.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

it’s the foundation of contact center scheduling. things—like contact volume—that can be so. leads to a spike in contact volume, which in turn. one; it’s when contact forecasts are chronically. that customers may decide to go elsewhere, to. Contact (Call).

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. Customer care costs are increasing, agent turnover is growing and customer churn is at its peak.

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.

TechStyle Improves Contact Center Efficiency and Customer Service with inContact

inContact

By providing monthly shipments of trend-setting clothing for subscribers, TechStyle is reinventing retail for millions of its customers. TechStyle uses inContact to outsource its entire customer service team of 600-to-1200 agents, who field inbound calls from all across the globe.

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

inContact

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. Be there when your customers need you. Focus on the results your customers want.

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

INTRODUCTION Business Transformation and Analytics: Driving Change in a Customer-Centric World | 3. understand new sources of customer data and. quickly act to meet new customer expectations. percent) and direct feedback from customers (39. rely on contact.

Contact Center 2019: Scalability in Today’s Modern Contact Center

Talkdesk

Early in my career, I spent eight years supervising agents in contact centers. Working in and managing contact centers is not for the faint of heart. How do you scale up and down quickly in a modern contact center? As I met with customers at our Opentalk18 conference, the need for scalability was something I heard from many customers. The post Contact Center 2019: Scalability in Today’s Modern Contact Center appeared first on Talkdesk.

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.

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

inContact

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.

Deck the Halls 2018: Coping with Peak Season Holiday Spikes in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

Of course, greater retail sales inevitably lead to higher call volume in the contact center. Here are some key tactics for coping with holiday spikes in the contact center. The 3 Hottest Trends Impacting Outsourced Customer Care.

Turn Your Contact Center Service Agents into Product Gurus

inContact

The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it’s profitable.” Now, think about how the service agents who interact with your customers deliver on the promise and reputation of your products.

Customer Journey Mapping in the Contact Center

BlueOcean

Think back, for a moment, a time when you made a purchase of a product, service, or membership that has, for any number of reasons, caused you stress. But in the end, you decide to make the dreaded call to customer service. Creating a Blueprint for Customer Experience.

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

inContact

Fast forward to 2017: an astounding 15 million plus text messages are sent every minute of the day across the globe, but only a fraction of all those texts are customer service related. Customer expectations are fairy straight forward, as they use SMS / text on a daily basis.

11 Contact Center Technologies to Boost Customer Satisfaction

TechSee

According to Walker , a customer intelligence consulting firm, by 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator for B2B. Customers appreciate: Being provided with a smooth experience across multiple channels.

Is Social Media in the Contact Center the New Black?

inContact

Certainly an interaction channel that customer service executives should keep in mind is social media. If you ignore it, you also potentially disregard a considerable – and growing – share of customer communication. Ensure that your contact center solution allows for this.