Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews- Part IV

Businesses are seeking innovative contact center solutions that enable them to engage customers via an expanded range of functionalities. Companies want their multichannel campaigns to deliver a consistent yet individualized message across every touch point, and even have the capability to bridge the gap between digital and print media.  Organizations also wish to be able to track calls, send out SMS and voice broadcast messages and deploy predictive dialing solutions that offer...

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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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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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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'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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Customer Experience Challenges, Innovations & the ROI from Behavioral Analytics

In a six month study, Mattersight Corporation commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment  enterprises may realize by deploying its Behavioral Analytics platform.

The Behavioral Analytics platform captures customer and employee interactions, and then automatically analyzes those interactions using proprietary algorithms and unique behavioral models. The output of this analysis is new data attributes on every interaction measuring...

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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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Moments of Truth: Key Trends that Impact How Your Call Center Delivers in the Clutch

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” ~Phillips Brooks Call center agents hold the power of your brand promise in their hands. The moment of truth can be when customers need to talk to an agent after exhausting self-service options.  Or, it can be the accumulation of experiences across all channels. As problem calls increase and interaction points expand, companies need to adjust their customer experience strategies to ensure agents are equipped to...

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Unified Desktop

These devices are variously called, "smart desktops," "intelligent desktops," "universal desktops," and "unified desktops."  However, all these products seek to condense required call processing information onto a single desktop application and organize the sequencing of screens to coincide with workflow. For ease of communication we will use the term "unified desktops."Demand for these products is still in the formative stages but growing rapidly. Behind the interest is the same fundamental...

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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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Opus Research - Social Media Companies are Using

In a recently released Empirix sponsored web survey from Opus Research, companies were asked “ When thinking of collaboration or social media platforms to communicate with customers, which of the following do you use?”

Facebook Fan Sites The second half of 2010 has witnessed a flurry of activity around Facebook. Its 500 million registered users have become a magnet for “social marketing” initiatives. Businesses of all sizes found it easy to raise visibility and build stronger communications bonds...

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How Companies View Their Contact Center Self-Service

During an Empirix sponsored,  Opus Research, Web-based survey, companies were asked how they their current customer care and sevice self-service compares to others in the industry.  Most believe that they are doing an excellent job in meeting customer requirements; nearly 40% admit that they are basically on a par with their competitors, while only 8% manage to muster up sufficient bravado to say “We blow the competition away.”For many, the use of tools that help employees (both inside and... continue reading this post »

Communication Channels Foster Stronger Customer Relationships

From June through September Opus Research mounted a Web-based survey to gain insights into the deployment plans and levels of interest in a variety of channels and networks for customer care and marketing efforts. Here are the top line findings:• Transformational times in the Contact Center – Contact center personnel are increasingly engaged in multi-modal, multi-channel and social interactions.• Monitoring and call recording are high profile – In response to questions about technology in... continue reading this post »

Market Demand for Analytics

The first decade has seen steady growth in market demand for analytics solutionsof all descriptions as evidenced by the results of the annual survey of contact center end-users conducted by Saddletree Research in conjunction with the National Association of Call Centers (NACC). An offshoot of the Call Center Lab at The University of Southern Mississippi, the not-for-profit NACC conducts surveys of its members and newsletter subscribers in order to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry...

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Capabilities Missing from CRM solutions

A great deal has changed in the contact center and CRM technology landscape in the past ten years, and most companies lag way behind in taking advantage of new functionality. An obvious example is social media. DMG Consulting estimates that more than 93% of existing servicing/CRM applications do not have the ability to access, route, queue and respond to social media interactions. However, this is not the only capability missing from servicing/CRM solutions. Unified communications, desktop... continue reading this post »