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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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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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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What Drives an Exceptional Customer Experience?

Leading customer feedback insights analyst firm, CFI Group, recently published its Contact Center Satisfaction Index (CSSI) for 2013 (download the report here).  The results should be a wake-up call for call centers everywhere.  2013 saw an 8-point drop in the CSSI from its high of 77 in 2012 to a record low of 69 in 2013.  While there's probably no need to hit the panic switch just yet, it's equally clear that consumers' expectations of call center services have outpaced their ability to...

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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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Why doing Performance Management without Interaction Analytics Feels like a Wild Goose Chase

It’s Not an Exact Science

Measuring agent performance has never been an exact science. I should know. I spent years managing agents, attempting to provide the constructive coaching my agents needed to meet their goals and provide the best possible service to our customers. Unfortunately, not having the information needed to do so often proved to be a nearly insurmountable challenge.

Here’s how this process always worked for me -  I suspect many of you reading this will be nodding your head as...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part III

Are businesses doing all they can to ensure that their technology investment is well spent? How can virtual agents become important contributors to voice-of-the customer feedback? Is visual IVR the future of customer engagement? What speech, language and voice technology solutions are making a difference in the marketplace? Find out answers to these questions as we continue to review companies who were making news at the New York event.

Empirix At a time where companies are making major...

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SpeechTEK/CRMEvolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part II

While some companies made major product announcements during the event, some made announcements prior to the conference, while others are waiting until Fall before rolling out new platforms, fine-tuning their brands and making internal changes.

Several conference sponsors discussed their plans and reported on their progress:

Five9 is coming off a record second quarter in 2013, having raised $34.5 in private funding and increasing revenue to new levels. The high-profile cloud contact center...

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PCI DSS Compliance and Call Recording

 

A couple of weeks ago, Aberdeen Group’s Omar Minkara wrote about the risks of call recording in the contact center, offering tips to help ensure PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance. He raised some critical issues, ones that anyone involved in the contact center should not only be aware of – but vigilant in protecting against.

Call recording, as a critical element of contact center Quality Assurance programs, provides cloud-based contact centers the ability to...

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What's New at Call Center Week 2013

 

Acknowledged as one of the industry’s influential events, Call Center Week took place in Las Vegas June 10-14. Approximately 1,500 contact center professionals (including expert personnel over 125 exhibitors) convened at Caesars Palace to exchange ideas, explore emerging technologies, hear from leading authorities in the field, and discuss what’s working in contact centers across a broad range of industries.  Multi-channel solutions, analytics, voice of the customer measurement, mobile...

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Beyond Call Recording

Analyzing business calls to find the “voice” of customers is becoming standard business practice among companies of all sizes and industries, and within contact centers. More and more, simply recording calls and monitoring a sample with a goal toward “quality assurance” is becoming an inadequate process in the face of the growing trend to respond to the dynamic and fluid wants and needs of a business’ customer base.  Business owners and managers are realizing that the conversations taking place...

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Contact Center and CRM Best Practices

PCI Compliance Best Practices

Contact centers that handle credit card transactions face considerable risk from compromised customer payment card data. Organizations put themselves in financial peril if they fail to secure payment card data, resulting in monetary penalties and loss of business due to negative publicity. This focused CallCopy white paper provides critical details on how to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) v2.0. Learn how PCI affects call...

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Call Center and CRM Best Practices

What Contact Centers Can Learn from Public Safety

To the harried managers of a modern high-octane commercial contact center, it might seem like nothing could be more urgent than squeezing every last drop of efficiency and productivity out ofoperations. But they would be wrong.

There is an environment in which the stakes are higher, where delivering top-notch “service” is a number one priority for the organization. That is in the public safety sector, where callers are people in intense distress...

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What Contact Centers Can Learn From Public Safety

To the harried managers of a modern commercial contact center, it might seem like nothing could be more urgent than squeezing every bit of efficiency and productivity out of operations. But they would be wrong. There is an environment in which the stakes are higher, where delivering top-notch “service” is an organizational number one priority. That is in the public safety sector, where callers are people in intense distress and the dispatcher is literally providing them a lifeline. Public...

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