Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Nov 22

6 Ways to Running your Most Successful Outbound Call Center Campaign

Posted by Guillaume Seynhaeve on Nov 22, 2016 12:30:38 PM
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Technology has come a long way to enhance sales and marketing initiatives. From marketing automation tools, to customer relationship management (CRM) platforms, to predictive dialing solutions – the list goes on. And the results speak for themselves when you consider some agents have seen a 400% improvement in productivity and overall efficiency.

But what do those on the receiving end think of these enhanced outreach efforts?

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Topics: call center, contact center, outbound campaign, outbound call center, sales campaign, outbound sales

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

Aug 19

How to identify and prioritize your contact center’s incoming calls

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 19, 2016 9:48:46 AM
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As customer service continues to overtake price and product as a brand’s key differentiator, businesses are increasingly seeking out ways to help streamline and optimize every aspect of the customer experience, from queue management and hold times, to interactions and follow-ups. But for many of today’s leading contact centers, there is very little control over when a call is answered and by whom, and often no efficient or effective means of identifying callers prior to speaking with them. Consider this—while 59% of calls require identity verification, only 3% are handled entirely through automated processes (ContactBabel). For most, basic and static IVR menus(i.e. “press 1 for sales, press 2 for support”) are the primary means of differentiating callers and attempting to route them to the appropriate department, with little to no account for preexisting customer data or prior interactions.

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Topics: call center, contact center, IVR, call handling procedures, skills based routing