Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Dec 27

Mobile Trends Shaping the Future of Customer Service

Posted by Rachel Brink on Dec 27, 2016 9:26:06 AM
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According to Dimension Data’s recent Contact Center benchmarking report, digital channels (email, web chat, social media, SMS text, video chat), which currently account for roughly 35% of contact centers’ total interactions, are expected to overtake voice within the next two years. The catalyst?—the widespread adoption of Internet-connected mobile devices. Consider the following: by 2018, Cisco predicts that the number of mobile devices used by consumers will grow close to 8 billion.

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Topics: customer service, WebRTC, mobile, mobile trends

Dec 05

4 Benefits of Using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System

Posted by Rachel Brink on Dec 5, 2016 9:46:40 AM
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An astounding 82% of today’s consumers say speed of service is the number one factor to a great customer experience. And as businesses increasingly seek ways to improve their customer service, many have turned to virtualization and self-service. Airlines use self check-in, restaurants allow customers to make their own reservations, and grocery stores have self check-out lines—the list goes on.  In the case of contact centers specifically, 62% of best-in-class companies use interactive voice response platforms in some capacity to facilitate the delivery of fast but relevant customer service.

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Topics: customer service, self-service, interactive voice response, IVR

Nov 30

How SugarCRM Helps Improve Customer Service

Posted by Faye Business Systems Group on Nov 30, 2016 10:05:57 AM
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Many company executives realize the importance of customer service to their organization. It’s no longer seen as just an outlet for customer complaints but instead a department to help ensure customer loyalty. As its core function, customer service is expected to effectively handle basic customer transactions.

Think back to a bad customer service experience. What do you wish the rep had done better? How about the best experience you had? If you’re like most people, you expect customer service to be able to quickly and proactively help answer questions and resolve issues. After all, isn’t that why they are there?

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Topics: customer service, CRM, SugarCRM

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

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