7 Benefits of Using IVR Systems at Contact Centers

Interactive Voice Response (IVR), are used for a multitude of services, including remote banking, survey and poll taking, call routing and forwarding, order transactions, marketing and information lookup. The system can accept and understand a variety of voice and button input selections. IVR systems have pre-recorded responses for multiple situations, access to data and voice recording abilities. Contact centers benefit in the following ways when using IVR.

1. Empowered Customers


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WFO Can Be More than the Sum of its Parts: Don’t Forget the Human Side

As a frequent keynote speaker on workforce optimization at tradeshows and conferences, Roger Lee (AKA Dr. WFO) is always a little surprised when some of the contact center professionals in the audience don’t know what the acronym “WFO” means.

Most people are more familiar with the term Workforce Management (WFM), which is actually a component of WFO. Workforce optimization is a more inclusive technology that not only incorporates staffing requirements, but usually includes tools for strategic...

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Our Choice of Metrics Can Lead to Operational Dysfunction

by Ric Kosiba, Vice President, Bay Bridge, Interactive Intelligence

When you spend a lot of time on the road talking to customers and prospects, you start collecting stories, and the stories I’ve gathered usually come from the mouths of contact center planners and workforce managers.  And these stories are often about how things in call centers can get messed up.

Organizations and operations can become dysfunctional for a lot of reasons. I’m always fascinated when the dysfunction is brought about...

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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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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 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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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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Your Personal Interaction Analytics Dictionary

Have you ever needed to buy a new computer, and thought you were pretty confident you could select one because you knew you wanted a 17” laptop, preferred a PC over a Mac, needed it to be compatible with a certain type external hard drive and would use it to suit your work and your kid’s gaming needs? So you march into your nearest electronics store sure that information would be enough to make the choice clear. However, when you get there, that isn’t the case. No problem, you’ll seek out the...

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

In this final wrap-up of the New York events, we look at important product upgrades, find out how the latest co-browsing technology is impacting contact center efficiency and customer satisfaction, explore evolving customer preferences in mobile customer service and virtual assistants and delve into the latest progress in knowledge base solutions.

Infor announced its next-generation Infor Epiphany Digital Multi-channel Marketing Solutions 10.0.3.  The business application software supplier is...

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Call Center and CRM Best Practices

Debunking 5 Myths of Hosted Contact Centers

No Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) discussion is complete these days until someone touts the multiple benefits of moving applications to the cloud. It’s hard to ignore the promise of CAPEX and OPEX savings, especially when many businesses are still recovering from the economic crisis and searching for ways to provide additional value to their customers. But not all SaaS offerings are created equal. Some applications are a better fit for the cloud than...

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Call Center Week - Review of Solutions

The main topics of interest at the IQPC Call Center Week Las Vegas were ‘cloud’ and ‘multi-channel’.  Attendees were also concerned with the use of social media.

How customers connect to companies is evolving.  Customers want to connect on their own terms with the channel that suites them best.  Vendors are attempting to respond to the customer’s needs with a variety of new solutions.  Below is a recap of exciting technologies and solutions that were at the event.

360'CRM   is a full spectrum CRM...

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Call Center Home Agent Model

Over the last ten years, interest in remote agent contact center models has steadily increased. For example, attendance at the February 2012 Remote Agent Summit increased by 30% over 2011. And home agent models are not limited to the United States and Canada. Several firms are operating home agent models in Europe and a UK version of the US Remote Agent Summit is planned for July. Michele Rowan of At Home Customer Contacts which hosts the Remote Agent Summit and Workshops reports that:


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Top Workforce Shrinkage Offenders

When call center agents aren’t on the phones resolving customer issues and promoting your brand, they are busy with a whole host of other activities referred to as shrinkage.  Knowlagent recently conducted a survey of more than 100 industry leaders – across all types of call centers – to find out what activities make up shrinkage in their centers.According to the study, the average amount of an agent’s time spent in shrinkage is around 24%, or roughly one fourth of the work day.By types of calls... continue reading this post »

Hosted Contact Center

Prospects have many choices for hosted contact center infrastructure, and the increased competition has placed additional pressure on premise-based providers to be more responsive and cost effective. End users of all sizes, particularly in those in the 20 to 1,500 seat range, should explore all of their options for making acquisitions. DMG Consulting encourages end users to include hosted vendors in their selection process. This will increase choices while decreasing cost, as it will encourage... continue reading this post »