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 »

Tips for Call Center Planning

Creating a schedule for your contact center is akin to putting together a puzzle - if all of the pieces don’t fit perfectly together, scheduling can be thrown off completely. With the following tips, you can create a contact center schedule that has the appropriate number of people on at the right times to handle the workload.

1. Set Service Level Goals

Establish a service level of answering a certain number of calls (X) in a certain number of seconds (Y). High-end contact centers have a 90/15 or...

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Guidelines for Managing Customer Experience

Ad you know, costs more to acquire new customers than to retain the ones you already have. The easier it is to do business with a company, the more likely it is that a customer will stick around. in addition, brands that excel in delivering great customer experience are ones that customers will recommend to their friends and family. The following best practices will help your contact center agents deliver an excellent customer experience every time.

1. Build Relationships, Don’t Just Solve...

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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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Contact Center Tips for Working With Cloud Technology

When it comes to choosing the right cloud technology for your contact center, which factors should you take into consideration? The last thing a company wants to do is work with cloud technology that over-promises and under-delivers. In order to choose the best, features and customer experience should be evaluated.

7 Facets to Consider When Looking for a Cloud Provider

1. Does the cloud offer a consolidated, beginning-to-end customer service solution? Which channels are supported? Everything from...

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Yankee 451 Group Research: How Visual Mobile Interactions Eliminate Customer Frustration

Today’s customers are seeking new forms of interactions, ones that will yield or exceed the same results as talking to a live agent without the frustration of dialing a number, waiting on the line, repeating information, and so forth. Visual mobile interactions such as mobile self-service, mobile click-to-chat and click-to-call offer customers the control and insight into their interactions that are currently missing from traditional channels.

There are more than 195 million smartphone users and...

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7 Best Practices for Contact Centers

There’s a big difference between an average contact center and a world class one, much of which has to do with First Call Resolution (FCR). The following best practices can help take your call center from great to top notch.

1. Return on Investment (ROI) Awareness

What happens if a problem isn’t solved during the customer’s first contact? Not only can this affect operational savings, but the customer could stop doing business with the company altogether. The cost of not effectively managing FCR is...

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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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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 2

When customers anywhere in the world want to know more about a product or service or are simply seeking general information, they now expect accurate, detailed answers almost instantaneously. Many of the innovative solutions on display on the exhibit floor offered businesses new ways to respond to the non-stop flow of questions without increasing their call volume. In addition, suppliers also provided new tools for better employee communication.

Inbentaoffers semantic search capabilities for...

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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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How to Eliminate Hold Time

Ask someone what they hate the most about call centers and their answer could very well be this: holding. Waiting on the phone wastes the caller’s valuable time! Other grievances could include navigating unclear, lengthy phone menus and having to constantly repeat information to agents. Many call centers have unnecessarily complicated practices, which takes a major toll on customer service. Varying communication options, like call-back technology and live chat, provides a better call center...

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How To Provide Technical Support Without Engaging Live Help & By Using Your IVR?

For most web, mobile, TV and cable users, encountering the “No reception – please contact your service provider for further assistance” message or having to reset a model or configure a product is a matter of contacting tech support. 

More frustrating than being deprived of your favorite TV show or social media is the daunting experience of trying to reach the technical support department via the company’s IVR system. Listening to multiple and confusing options, and finally, after pressing the...

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