Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Feb 12

5 Secrets to Smarter and More Successful Sales Prospecting

Posted by Rachel Brink on Feb 12, 2016 9:06:48 AM

It’s no secret that sales prospecting can be a difficult task—in fact, the average sales rep makes 8 dials per hour and prospects for 6.25 hours to set a single appointment, a reality that can quickly demotivate to even the most-qualified and hardest working sales teams. And when one considers the fact that more than half of a sales rep’s time is unknowingly wasted on unproductive prospecting, the problem at hand quickly becomes clear. So how can sales teams work smarter rather than harder with their existing resources to boost the success of their sales campaigns, and increase the odds of a successful close? A few suggestions:

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Topics: contact center software, predictive dialer, outbound sales, sales, cold calling, sales prospecting

Feb 05

5 Ways to Reduce Your Call Center’s Average Time in Queue

Posted by Rachel Brink on Feb 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM

 

When it comes to “waiting on hold”, studies have shown that only 43% of consumers are willing to wait for longer than a minute, 39% for longer than five minutes, and only 18% for longer than ten—meaning that 57% of consumers will hang-up if their call is not answered by a live individual in less than 60 seconds. And failing to plan for high call volume or fix long wait times could present businesses with a number of challenges, including lost sales and reduced customer loyalty.

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Topics: customer service, contact center software, CRM, contact center solution, call center software, customer support, high call volume, contact center solutions, time in queue, customer service team, wait on hold, on hold, waiting on hold, customer service rep, CSR

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, Epicom, 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 27

Why Businesses are Failing at Omnichannel Customer Service

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 27, 2015 8:51:53 AM

When considering the fact that 76% of consumers want to use 3 or more channels (voice, email, text, chat, social media, video, self-service, etc.) during a single transaction with a company, omnichannel customer service should no longer be considered a means of competitive differentiation—it should be considered an absolute necessity. In fact according to the Aberdeen group, companies with extremely strong omnichannel customer engagement retain on average 89% of their customers, compared to 33% for companies with weak omnichannel customer engagement. And as consumers become increasingly mobile and their expectations continue to rise, those businesses that are not adequately meeting the needs of their customers across all channels will have a tough time keeping up.

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Topics: contact center software, multichannel communications, omnichannel

Feb 26

3 Tips to Effectively Train your Call Center’s Agents

Posted by Rachel Brink on Feb 26, 2015 11:47:43 AM
Costing roughly $5,800 annually, employee acquisition and development is one of the more expensive and time-consuming line items on any company balance sheet. As it relates specifically to the call center space, an industry that has long been associated with extremely high employee turnover rates and low employee engagement, many managers have increasingly sought to mitigate the impact of low employee retention by enhancing the quality of their training programs. And with just a moderate 2% increase in employee productivity generally covering the entire cost of any training initiative, it’s hard to argue against the investment.
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Topics: contact center software, call center software, best business practices, virtual assist, agent productivity, agent retention, agent training, agent turnover, business intelligence, gamification, employee turnover, employee engagement, agent attrition, agent coaching