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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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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Helping Companies Meet the Challenge of Providing New Ways to Connect with Customers

SpeechTEK/CRMEvolution/Customer Service Experience Review #1

In an effort to better communicate with attendees of their multifaceted event held August 19-21, 2013 in New York, InfoToday took a new direction to summarize the diverse products and services being showcased on the exhibit floor. While SpeechTEK, CRM Evolution and Customer Service Experience retained their identities as separate educational programs, the organizers rebranded the exhibit hall under the umbrella title “Customer...

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What Happens When the Vendor Is Gone?

Is your vendor capable of delivering uptime and support after the high intensity deployment and then over the long haul? That’s a big question for those responsible for selecting a vendor for a hosted contact center or IVR solution. You’ve read the vendor’s literature, evaluated several solutions, met with the various sales and technical teams from each vendor and made your selection. Everything seems to be in place. Even the deployment went smoothly!

But, what happens after the initial...

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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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Outbound Contact Strategies for Today’s Companies

by Michael Kropidlowski, Aspect.    

Why wait for your customers to reach out to you?

It is, after all, just the beginning of the relationship revolution and that word “relationship” implies a back-and-forth exchange between your company and your customers. With high-touch, proactive, personalized outbound campaigns, your company can initiate conversations that benefit your customers by anticipating their needs and providing them with information before they know they need it.

An effective...

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A new perspective on the customer experience

I'm the new kid on the block here at CRMXchange,but since I've been involved in customer-related issues since the prehistoric days when CTI was the golly-gee tecnhology and it was still acceptable to use the dreaded 'T" word to summarize the industry as a whole, I'm not all that new and hardly a kid.

I've seen the terminology migrate from customer service to customer care, to customer relations management--before it became the acronym we now all know and love. But the growing demand for immediate...

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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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Drawing Your Roadmap for Better Contact Center Reporting and Analysis

As the contact center landscape changes, so too must the reporting and analysis solutions that drive decision-making and performance management. Each contact center is a unique mixture of systems, applications, people and culture serving a specific customer or client segment, each will need a different roadmap to their destination. There are four common reasons that contact centers are driven to undertake this journey in the first place:1. Current reports don't meet requirements: Typically, most...

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Basic Featured of Unified Desktop

Features commonly provided by unified desktop solutions are as follows:

Single login/logout - Once the agent logs into the application they have unified access to multiple applications. There is no need to log in and out to access data bases or other applications.

Pre-populated screen pops - Unified desktops rely on the CRM as well as other sources, such as IVR entries and data gleaned from enterprise data bases to fully populate screens before the agent takes the call. All unified desktops pop...

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Additional Highlights from Call Center Week 2011

The following are some more information on the vendors who attended the IQPC event.   AnalyticsFor companies frustrated with isolated or disparate data sources, 360'CRM's latest advances in its InSight data analytics tool provides new levels of actionable information for the Call Center or Channel Management practitioner.  InSight not only automatically draws call center performance data in to a common, universally comparable dashboard and report analytics library, it also integrates...

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Call Center Week – June 2011

The staff of CRMXchange was present at the IQPC Las Vegas Call Center Week. IQPC did a commendable job with the content and speakers in the event. The exhibit hours were long, running close to 11 hours on day one, but the vendors were pleased with the amount of interest that people showed in their products and services. 

We traveled the exhibit hall. Below are some vendor highlights.

Analytics

Contact Solutions – The Continuous Improvement Practice (CI) is based on a unique methodology...

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Consumer Channel Preference Survey

NICE Systemsrecently conducted a Consumer Channel Preference Survey on the communications channels preferred by consumers when contacting business and service providers. The survey reveals that the role of the contact center is evolving to "Tier 2" status, that is - for taking care of escalated service requests that were not addressed by other channels such as the web or Interactive Voice Response (IVR). This change in consumer behavior reflects the importance and strategic role that the contact... continue reading this post »