4 Tips for Hiring Contact Center Agents

According to Customer.Think.com, once a job is posted, most responses from job candidates occur within 48 hours. On average, candidates who are qualified for a contact center position receive an average of two job offers and they stay on the job market for a max of five days. Employers have to filter out quality applicants quickly. (If you’re not seeing an influx of candidates, expand your reach - use additional resources to put the job posting in front of a broader audience.) Some people won’t...

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ICMI Contact Center Demo and Conference - Product Review

 

The ICMI Contact Center Demo and Conference, one of the industry’s leading fall events, took place at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency from November 3-5.  The conference included more than 50 sessions with a roster of influential speakers from leading end user companies, as well as analysts and suppliers.  We caught up with a few of the solution providers demonstrating their latest products on the exhibit floor.

acisionoffers a  suite of smart communication solutions designed to help contact centers...

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Tips to Improve First Call Resolution

According to the Service Quality Measurement Group, first call resolution (FCR) has the largest affect on customer satisfaction. FCR should be one of your contact center’s top priorities - according to Customer Relationship Metrics, caller satisfaction rate drops by 35-45% when a second call is made concerning the same problem. These four tips will help your contact center solve each customer’s problem the first time you speak with them.

1. Educate Contact Center Agents

Provide agents with the...

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5 Reasons Your Contact Center Needs Speech Analytics

When asked about their experience with the customer service of companies, only seven percent of consumers responded that they have received service that surpassed their expectations. Meanwhile, 26 percent report having had to deal with being passed between agents with ultimately no resolution to their original problem.

That is abysmal.

It is also perilous, considering that it takes 12 positive service experiences to compensate for just one negative experience, and is 6 to 7 times more costly to...

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Predictive Analytics and Omnichannel Solutions

One prediction that’s easy to make is that interest in predictive analytics and omnichannel solutions will continue to increase exponentially in 2015. Businesses are more aware of the need to understand what drives customer behavior across all touch points and be proactive in their response. We caught up with two solution providers to find out how their products help improve customer engagement.

SAP offers choices for companies that want to think beyond single transactions and engage customers...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review: Part 4

In this final wrap-up of the New York events, we review new developments from several key solution providers.

CorvisaCloud is within a few weeks of releasing its cloud contact center platform as a standalone solution. It has been part of the CorvisaOne suite, but will now be available as a “true PaaS (platform as a service) which offers an infrastructure and testing framework that will enable companies that use it to write their own code and be done,” according to Matt Lautz, President and CIO of...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review, Part 3

Some companies made major product announcements during the event, while others are integrating new acquisitions, fine-tuning their brands and making internal changes. Several suppliers discussed their plans and reported on their progress.

Inforannounced the acquisition of CRM software specialist Saleslogix prior to the New York conference. Saleslogix’s CRM product will become Infor CRM, giving Infor added presence in the cloud-based CRM market. The integration will also provide greater sales...

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SpeechTek/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part 1

Improving Customer Service by Looking at it From the Customer’s Perspective

At the heart of the customer experience is the actual customer and everything he or she encounters in trying to find information, complete a transaction or resolve an issue. At the 2014 SpeechTEK, CRM Evolution and Customer Service Experience event, which was held in New York August 18-20, one common theme was the need for organizations to better understand the customer journey from the customer’s point of view. Companies...

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The Outcome-Focused Future of CRM

CRM evolves over time, along with the company, its customers and the industry’s technologies. The real question isn’t, “What should CRM do?” We know that answer: it should collect data, analyze it and focus on what consumers want. CRM should also have its hands in sales, marketing and customer service. Instead, the question should be, “How can CRM do it all?”

Is CRM Dying?

The “death” of CRM rumor has been circling for awhile, but in our opinion, it’s exaggerated and not something to worry...

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Solving the Customer Experience Puzzle

When it comes to solving the customer experience puzzle, there’s always the difficult question: How do you create the best customer experience model?  Most businesses strive to deliver a great customer experience, but it’s often hard to define how to put the pieces together.   In an article in CMS Wire, Amith Parameshwara proposes a solution that’s represented via a pie-shaped diagram divided into six pieces that work together to not only improve the customer experience but also to provide...

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Faster, Smarter, Safer: Revolutionize Service in Real Time

This post was written by Miki Migdal, President, Enterprise Group, at NICE Systems.

If you’re anything like me, you love the way digital technology has made our lives so much easier. Remember the days when you actually had to look in a phone book to get someone’s number? Or even a year or two ago when you had to phone a cab company instead of just pressing a button on a Smart phone app?

The thing is, as technology gets smarter and faster, customers get used to instant services and information....

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part VI

For most businesses that haven’t already migrated their contact center to the cloud, the ultimate decision that needs to be made is not “whether” to take the step, but “why” and “when.” While continuing to acknowledge the cost and productivity benefits of making the transition, solution providers can also provide a plethora of additional incentives, including dramatically enhanced flexibility, creating a competitive advantage and increased functionality. As always, cloud solutions were plentiful...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part V

With customer expectations constantly rising, companies are seeking service options that allow people to get information, resolve issues and complete transactions more quickly and efficiently.  Innovative solutions abounded at Call Center Week with enhanced chat, co-browsing, click-to-call and IVR front and center. In this report, we review a few of the more interesting products presented on the exhibit floor.

Connect First From the customer perspective, the ongoing issue with IVR systems is that...

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Pay Attention to Your SuperConsumers…it's best for your brand

The article written by Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales  Quaero

I just went back and reread this March article in the Harvard Business Review, “Make Your Best Customers Even Better.”  It’s a thoughtful piece that does a good job of defining the “superconsumer,” those customers who are, for myriad reasons, your best.  Note, superconsumers are not necessarily your “heaviest users or most frequent purchasers,” as the article points out. In fact, as you’ll read,...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews Part III

Keeping employees engaged and motivated are the most important factors in establishing and maintaining a productive, effective contact center workforce.  Intelligent onboarding and consistent leadership are critical elements in the process. Some people in the industry also think of gamification as a powerful set of solutions to decrease turnover and improve productivity while others remain skeptical. In the next in our series of reports from Call Center Week, we offer perspectives from a pioneer...

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