Latest Contact Center Best Practices

Sep 16

6 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Your Customer Service Team Should Be Monitoring

Posted by Rachel Brink on Sep 16, 2016 9:32:41 AM

There is no single KPI upon which a customer service team’s performance should be measured, as there are many factors involved in running a successful contact center. Are customers happy? Are employees satisfied? Are costs under control?—just to name a few. But to formulate a manageable list of customer service metrics to monitor on a regular basis, supervisors must take a number of variables into consideration, including the company’s short and long term goals, competitive differentiators, who the data will be presented to (customer service managers, high-level executives, CSRs), and how the metrics balance each other out (cost vs. satisfaction: the “balanced scorecard approach”)—usually falling within three difference categories: Quality, Financial, and Operational. But to help get you started, we have formulated a well-rounded list of six metrics every customer service team should monitor.

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Topics: customer service, call center, call center reporting, customer service metrics

Sep 02

Overcoming Organizational Silos for an Enhanced Customer Experience

Posted by Rachel Brink on Sep 2, 2016 9:19:08 AM
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Customer experience is quickly becoming businesses’ next competitive battleground, expected to overtake price and product as a brand’s key differentiator by 2020. And while many organizations are making CX strides within their individual departments, adopting advanced solutions (CRM, Marketing Automation, Contact Center Solution, Billing Software, etc.) and business processes to help streamline customer data management and user activities, most are still lagging as it relates to cross-departmental collaboration and communication. In fact according to a recent survey by Fast Company, 70% of organizations believe that “Silo Mentality” is the biggest organizational hurdle to improving the Customer Experience.

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Topics: customer service, CRM, customer experience

Aug 26

Top 3 Key Takeaways from ServiceNow’s “Putting Service First” Report

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 26, 2016 10:35:46 AM
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ServiceNow recently released the findings of its “Putting Service First” report, which surveyed 200 senior managers in customer service roles at large U.S. firms (with at least 500 employees) on their organizations’ customer support approaches. Revealing several key insights and challenges faced by large customer support teams around the country, the report provides useful information and tips for service professionals looking for ways to streamline and enhance their customer support initiatives, without it costing them an arm and a leg. Check-out the key takeaways from this year’s survey:

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Topics: customer service, call center software, customer service management, CTI, ServiceNow, ServiceNow CTI, CSM

Aug 12

Artificial Intelligence and Customer Service- Oil and Water?

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 12, 2016 9:27:09 AM
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The customer service space has undoubtedly evolved over the past several years, and the momentum is not expected to slow down as artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance. AI-powered voice recognition software—known to the customer service space as the “virtual agent”—has already made its way into many of today’s contact centers, replacing live agents to assist clients with a variety of tasks and inquiries. Coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, many are also beginning to see the development of chatbots—software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from checking an account balance, to making a reservation, to helping users buy a pair of shoes. Virtual assistant startup, Interactions, recently secured an additional $56 million in funding, indicating that the trend is certainly picking up speed.

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Topics: customer service, contact center, self-service, virtual agents, artificial intelligence

Aug 05

Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) for ServiceNow’s Customer Service Management (CSM) Platform

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 5, 2016 9:08:15 AM
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3CLogic is a leading provider of cloud communications as a service offering the only seamlessly integrated multichannel and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) platform for today's enterprise businesses.  Designed to complement existing operational workflows and on-premise legacy systems, 3CLogic provides a unified 360-degree view to optimize and analyze client interactions for either sales, customer support, or call center organizations.  Built on a unique distributed architecture hosted on AWS, 3CLogic offers both a pure cloud and hybrid cloud solution while delivering market-leading security, reliability, and system flexibility. 

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Topics: customer service, customer service management, CTI, ServiceNow, ServiceNow CTI, computer telephony integration, CSM