Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Oct 18

How Integrating Software Platforms Across Your Company Can Benefit Everyone

Posted by Epicom on Oct 18, 2016 11:07:26 AM

As a CRM and Marketing Automation expert, the advice we give out most at Epicom is that your CRM should be the anchor that ties together all the departments throughout your business. Whether we’re talking about software for marketing, accounting, or support, we believe it’s important to integrate all your systems. Here are some benefits to integrating your CRM to other departmental softwares, with added focus on Call Center platforms.

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Topics: crm integration, contact center integrations, integration

Oct 14

5 Ways to Decrease Call Abandonment

Posted by Rachel Brink on Oct 14, 2016 9:18:21 AM

When a customer ends a call before it is answered by a live agent, the call is considered to be “abandoned”. Typically the result of long hold times, call abandonment can be a serious problem within contact centers, as it is often correlated with low CSAT scores, decreased revenue, and lost business. Consider this- more than sixty percent of consumers will hang up if their call is not answered in under five minutes, and more than eighty percent if their call is now answered in under ten. And while every industry and business is different, abandonment rates above 5% are considered to be problematic. How can contact centers decrease their call abandon rate?

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Topics: customer service, call center, contact center, IVR, call abandonment

Oct 07

How to Reduce After Call Work Time (ACWT) in the Contact Center

Posted by Rachel Brink on Oct 7, 2016 10:31:37 AM

After call work (ACW), often referred to as “wrap-up” or “post call processing”, is a component of call handle time that consists of the tasks performed by agents after disconnecting a call, including taking call notes, selecting a disposition code, updating information in the CRM/helpdesk, scheduling follow-ups, and updating colleagues. While a completely necessary step to any customer engagement, time spent on after call work (ACWT) is something most call center supervisors look to shorten, as it reduces the number of resources available to take a call. Said to take as much as one-third to one-half as long as the duration of the call (subject to change depending on industry, agent expertise, and role), ACWT that is consistently outside of an organization’s projections can begin to significantly impact agent productivity, customer satisfaction, and revenue. So how can an organization reduce after call work time without impacting quality?

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Topics: call center, contact center, call center management, after call work

Sep 30

[Infographic] Overcoming the Challenges of Multichannel Customer Care

Posted by Rachel Brink on Sep 30, 2016 9:12:31 AM

When considering the fact that over seventy-five percent of consumers want to use three or more channels when communicating with an organization, it quickly becomes clear that multichannel customer care is no longer simply a means of competitive differentiation for businesses—it is an absolute necessity. Playing a significant role in both customer satisfaction and retention, multichannel is paving the way for the future of customer service. But as channels and data continue to grow, organizations are facing challenges delivering on the expectations of their customers. In fact, only 11% of consumers strongly agree that companies are effectively converging digital, mobile, social, and traditional channels. How can businesses overcome the challenges of multichannel customer care? Check-out our recent infographic for tips and best practices!

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Topics: customer service, contact center, multichannel, multichannel customer care, multichannel customer service

Sep 23

How to Facilitate PCI Compliance in Your Call Center

Posted by Rachel Brink on Sep 23, 2016 11:29:35 AM

In today’s digital economy where millions of transactions are occurring at any given moment, it is absolutely critical that businesses and vendors maintain the most stringent security measures to protect their customers’ payment card information. Which is why the major credit card institutions (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, JCB International) created the PCI Security Standards Council in 2006, outlining a number of rules and regulations businesses and vendors should follow in order to prevent potential breaches. But for businesses and call centers collecting sensitive payment information over the phone, what measures should be taken to protect their customers and maintain PCI compliance?

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Topics: pci compliance, call center compliance, call center security, PCI