Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Jan 29

The Top 4 Biggest Challenges For Contact Centers in 2016

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jan 29, 2016 8:59:21 AM

Each New Year brings its own set of unique opportunities to the contact center space, both from a technological standpoint as well as an operational one. And as businesses continue to adopt the latest solutions and best practices to support their employees, customers, and organizations as a whole, many continue to run into challenges piecing everything together and making good use of it all. But what are some of the challenges contact centers are anticipating in the coming months? And how can businesses more effectively manage what they have and mitigate the risk of a potential issue? Let's check out the findings of Contact Center Pipeline’s recent survey, “Contact Center Challenges & Priorities”, revealing some of the biggest challenges for organizations today—and how to alleviate them in 2016.

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Topics: customer service, call center, CRM, contact center, contact center solution, call center software, self-service, agent retention, knowledge management, knowledge base, contact center attrition, SLA, ASA, service level, high attrition, attriction rate

Jan 07

4 Must-Have Tools for Your Sales Team in 2016

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jan 7, 2016 8:50:46 AM

The sales landscape has significantly evolved over the past few years as consumers become more informed and empowered, and alternative touch points continue to emerge. What was previously a process largely controlled by the seller, 57% of the purchasing decision is now made before an individual even contacts a business, something that has presented businesses with a number of challenges. And to keep up with the growing demands of the customers they’re serving, businesses have recognized the need to adopt a number of advanced solutions, from marketing automation, to CRMs and contact center software, in order to more effectively attract, sell, and retain their client base. So what are some of the solutions sales teams should be utilizing in 2016?

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Topics: CRM, contact center solution, call center software, sales, marketing automation, sales best practices, call center solutions, sales team

Dec 18

Top 6 Contact Center and Customer Service Trends for 2016

Posted by Rachel Brink on Dec 18, 2015 8:58:00 AM

The contact center space is changing—so what should one expect in 2016?

top-2016-contact-center-trends.jpg1) Businesses will create a stronger alignment between sales, marketing, and customer service—and their corresponding technologies

Stronger alignment between sales, marketing, and customer service teams, and their corresponding technologies, will perhaps be one of the greatest opportunities for businesses to grow and monetize their existing relationships in the coming year. According to Aberdeen group, highly aligned organizations achieved an average of 32% year-over-year revenue growth, while their less aligned competitors saw a 7% decrease in revenue. But despite the astounding potential, only 8% of companies state they have tight alignment between sales and marketing (Forrester). With a heavy focus on understanding the entire customer journey, businesses will likely integrate more aspects of their business, from departmental data to SaaS solutions (marketing automation, CRM, contact center software), to help to ensure their employees are operating efficiently and are working with greater insight into their customer base in 2016. Check-out how our partner, UpCurve Cloud, is helping organizations achieve this.

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Topics: customer service, contact center software, contact center, call center software, customer service trends, contact center trends, contact center solutions, call center solutions

Aug 18

Delivering superior customer service: The case for WFO

Posted by Kristen Braun on Aug 18, 2015 11:00:25 AM
In an era of the empowered customer, improving customer service interactions is essential, and powering your contact center with the right tools has become imperative to stay ahead of the game. With a number of workforce optimization solutions moving to the cloud, many companies are integrating this popular tool with their contact center to gain a 360 degree view of their customers. According to Gartner, 30% of organizations with more than 300 agents will adopt an integrated approach to WFO to increase their operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.
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Topics: call center software, workforce optimization, wfo

Aug 06

10 Best Practices to Reduce Stress within Your Contact Center

Posted by Kristen Braun on Aug 6, 2015 11:59:10 AM

Stress on the job is inevitable, especially in the call center industry, where studies show that 58.3% of call center workers were significantly more stressed (58.3% vs. 19.3%), depressed (62.9% vs. 4.6%), and anxious (33.9% vs. 1.4%) than before they started their position. Running your business effectively includes making sure that your employees have the tools and training necessary to be at their most productive. Eliminating stresses not only helps agents to enjoy their work experience, but enables them to focus on their daily tasks instead of external frustrations. Below are a few tips to keep your employees from pulling their hair out…

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Topics: call center software, best business practices, agent retention, best practices