Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Mar 24

Guest Post: 3 Things Your CRM & Contact Center Solution Can Teach You

Posted by Epicom on Mar 24, 2016 9:33:33 AM

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The first thing you should do to make powerful discoveries about your customer is successfully adopt a CRM system. The next step is integrating your CRM with a contact center software platform. By combining the data in your CRM with data from your call center, you can get to know your customer even better. Here are some examples of what you will learn:

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Topics: customer service, CRM, contact center solution

Feb 24

3 Tips for More Effective Agent Coaching in Your Contact Center

Posted by Rachel Brink on Feb 24, 2016 8:46:07 AM

According to Contact Center Pipeline’s recent survey, the biggest challenge for today’s contact centers is high attrition rates—something that should come as no surprise when considering the average call center faces an average annual turnover rate of nearly 33%. And when asked what conditions must be present to create satisfied employees, 67% of contact center managers said relevant and sufficient training (Jabra). In fact, 41% of employees plan to leave those organizations with a training score of “poor”, as opposed to just 12% from those with a training score of “good”. So what are a few ways call centers can more effectively train and coach their employees to create a happier work environment and reduce attrition rates? Consider the following:

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Topics: call center, contact center, contact center solution, agent training, agent coaching

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

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 22

The 6 Most Frustrating Aspects of a Customer Service Experience

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jan 22, 2016 9:04:54 AM

As customer service continues to overtake price and product as a brand’s key differentiator, businesses are increasingly seeking out ways to streamline processes and implement a more customer-centric approach across their entire organization. And to shed light on the current state of customer service, Microsoft recently released the findings of its annual survey, “2015 Global State of Multichannel Customer Service Report”, highlighting the key communication trends taking place, as well as changing consumer expectations. What was revealed that is of key importance to service organizations are the 6 most frustrating aspects of a customer service experience—issues that can easily be mitigated or eliminated with the help of a few tools and procedures.

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Topics: customer service, call center, contact center, contact center solution, customer experience, cloud contact center solution, customer service experience, hold times, bad customer service, call center solution, frustrating customer service, improve customer service, cloud call center solution