Latest Contact Center Best Practices

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

Apr 24

Why the "Virtual Agent" is the face of the new workforce

Posted by Kristen Braun on Apr 24, 2015 8:52:00 AM

Who wouldn’t rather report to work in their pajamas with their alma mater coffee mug steaming at their side? Sign me up! With virtual meetings, increased internet speeds, and web based programming, companies are embracing the idea of “virtual” agents more and more. From the employee standpoint, this form of work is an ideal situation, but what are the benefits to the employer, and how do you manage oversight of such an operation?

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Topics: remote agents, work from home, at-home agents, virtual agents

Mar 11

Debunking 3 Myths about Home-Based Agents

Posted by Rachel Brink on Mar 11, 2015 12:07:57 PM

Employing a remote workforce, a once relatively difficult undertaking due to the technological limitations of the time, has now become one of the most widely adopted trends within the call center space. In fact, an estimated 53% of contact centers in the US have some percentage of their agent population working from home, with more than 70% planning to increase the total number of employed remote agents. Considering the positive affect on employee turnover, productivity, and overall cost it maybe should not come as much of a surprise.

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Topics: remote agents, at-home agents, virtual agents

Dec 04

Contact Center Trends for 2015

Posted by Guillaume Seynhaeve on Dec 4, 2014 8:42:00 AM

The contact center space is changing. So what should one expect in 2015?

Continued Implementation of Self-Service: Recent studies have shown 67% ofcustomers prefer self-service over speaking to a live representative, which has its benefits when considering self-service interactions are 200-300% less expensive than those handled by a live agent. While the use of live agents is not expected to decrease, the importance and extended use of self-service is likely to be a continued theme next yar.

Growing Deployment of Cloud Infrastructures: By 2015, cloud computing spending is projected to reach 155 billion, compared to 46.4 billion in 2008. And according to DMG Consulting, cloud-based infrastructure is the fastest growing area for the call center industry, predicted to almost double between 2013 and 2015. When compared to premise-based solutions, contact centers based in the cloud have experienced 27% reduction in annual contact center costs and a 35% improvement in uptime. Offering superior reliability, scalability, and cost-savings, cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and likely to continue its successes in 2014 well into 2015 and beyond.

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Topics: customer service, cloud security, cloud based contact center, call center, multichannel contact center, contact center, contact center solution, remote agents, cloud call center, scalability, WebRTC, reliability, big data, cloud contact center, customer experience, self-service, customer relationship, at-home agents, multichannel communications, saas integrations, security, virtual agents, personalizing customer service