PACE National Convention & Expo Summary

PACE, the Professional Association for Customer Engagement, is a non-profit industry trade organization dedicated to helping companies that take a multi-channel approach in engaging their B-to-B and B-to-C customers. PACE held its annual national convention and expo at the Atlanta  Marriott Marquis from April 19-22, 2015. Delegates from the full spectrum of contact center operations and businesses turned out to gain insight on the latest evolving technologies, and to stay on top of...

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Improving Cusotomer Experience with Self-Service Options

Self-service options give customers the chance to fulfill their needs through their preferred channel. According to NewVoiceMedia.com, 60% of customers will change their contact channel based on what they’re doing and where they are. Consumers who would normally call for help may opt for self-service troubleshooting if they’re watching TV or at work, for example. Thanks to location features, language can be adjusted to suit the user’s geographical area, making self-service solutions even more...

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CRM Software and Workforce Optimization

The more efficient a workforce, the better customer relationships will be managed and the more profitable the company will be. According to Forrester Research, just 31% of brands carefully monitor customer interactions for quality. In 2015, contact centers will see better CRM software with features that will enable the brand to target, observe, and improve key performance indicators (KPIs), while also letting companies watch metrics in real time. Collected data will show companies where there...

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2015 is Going to be a Great Year for Contact Centers

The article below is a reprint from the December DMG Consulting, LLC The Real-Time Contact Center Newsletter.

"Here are 4 hot contact center trends that are expected to attract substantial investments during 2015. All of these trends will make substantial contributions to their enterprises, customers and employees.

1.Cloud-based contact center infrastructure solutions - The contact center infrastructure (automatic call distributor (ACD) and dialer) market has changed dramatically. Companies are no...

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Knowledge Management for Customer Service: Get it Right with Unified Search

There’s a major disconnect between the perceived value of knowledge management and the current state of KM at most companies, as evidenced by findings from the annual State of Knowledge Management report from TSIA, an association of support leaders from top-tier companies.

Just take a look at some of the findings from the report:

79% of customer self-service channels don’t recommend help or content 70% of companies have not made their support knowledge mobile-accessible 30-35% of contact center... continue reading this post »

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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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 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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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part II

One of the key measurements of success in any contact center environment is achieving a higher level of customer satisfaction. Businesses are increasing their use of sophisticated knowledge management tools, behavioral analytics, and contact center technologies to better engage their customers while improving agent performance and productivity.  Companies are seeking solutions that offer ease of implementation, flexibility and the potential for rapid ROI.  In this report on emerging...

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Call Center Week - Review and Interviews - Part 1

Call Center Week, widely recognized as one of the industry’s most comprehensive educational and product information events, continued its pattern of growth in 2014.  The event took place in Las Vegas June 9-13, with approximately 1,500 call center professionals, including experts from more than 150 exhibitors gathering at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to exchange ideas, explore emerging technologies, hear from leading authorities, and discuss what’s working in contact centers across a broad...

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inContact Ups the Game in Contact Center WFO with Acquisition of Uptivity

In a bold move to increase its already substantial presence in the marketplace, contact center software/agent optimization tools provider inContact has announced the acquisition of WFO specialist Uptivity. Based in Columbus, OH, Uptivity (formerly known by its still-official business name CallCopy Inc.) provides a complete mid-market WFO suite which encompasses speech and desktop analytics, agent coaching, call and desktop recording, as well as quality, performance, workforce management and...

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Virtual Assistants and Call Killing

By Erik Braun, Director, Creative Virtual Netherlands

Recently, we shared the customer story of our first Dutch Virtual Assistant with readers of the Creative Virtual blog. This Virtual Assistant is called Sabine and ‘works’ for NIBC Direct, a Dutch online bank. Sabine was introduced on 17 December of 2012 and went live on the newly launched NIBC Direct website.

NIBC Direct's Sabine

Recently, NIBC Direct shared statistics with us on the effects of ‘Sabine’ on call and email volume. In short:

The number of emails in... continue reading this post »

The C-SAT Paradox

What Customer Satisfaction Scores Really Mean in a Self-Service Focused World

 

As websites become more sophisticated and self-service options are continually improved upon, the idea is that fewer customers will need to call, chat or email in for assistance.  We know that consumers, particularly in younger generations, prefer to do things on their own, to find their own answers and solve their own problems using online resources on their own time.  Companies have focused a great deal on optimizing...

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Solution Providers Take a Closer Look at the Key Factors Governing the Adoption of Cloud Contact Center Technology

For most organizations, the key questions about moving their contact centers to the cloud are “When can we do it?” and “How can it best be accomplished?” as opposed to “Is it the right step?” But even in a business environment where companies are striving to meet rising customer expectations for responsive service on any channel they choose and looking to increase flexibility and agility, practical questions on logistics, costs and capabilities must be addressed before organizations make a...

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Tools for Improving Workforce Optimization

In order to achieve and take your business to higher levels, you need to improve workforce optimization. What is workforce optimization? It is the compilation of workforce management, quality, and performance using management tools to benefit your business. So how do you do this within your business? Here are a few ways to start:

Gamification-  the use of games and a "fun environment" to create an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm among workers. Google does this best. They have an environment that... continue reading this post »