Preparing for Increased Call Complexity in the Contact Center

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jul 29, 2016 11:54:00 AM

As consumers continue to gravitate towards alternative digital touch points such as online knowledge bases, social media, and web chat for customer service, many contact centers have unsurprisingly experienced a noticeable shift in the volume and nature of their calls. In fact, according to the 2016 Global Contact Centre Benchmarking Report, contact centers have seen a 13.2% decrease in call volume in the past year. And while a transition to lower cost alternatives certainly helps improve an organization’s bottom line and customer experience, it also presents the call center with its own unique set of challenges—increased call complexity, to be specific.

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Topics: customer service, call center, multichannel communications

Are walls truly falling in the contact center space?

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jul 22, 2016 10:59:40 AM

As the technology used to power contact centers has become more advanced, organizations around the globe are beginning to form a less rigid definition of “center”, enabling a large percentage of their agents to work remotely, or “work from home”. They are also increasingly relying on multiple sites for their customer engagement initiatives. In fact, just a short twelve months back, 53% of respondents managed customer engagements through one or zero contact center, a number that has since fallen to 51%, and is predicted to shrink to 39% in twelve months. Interestingly enough, the number of contact centers with more than five locations is steadily decreasing—while 16% had more than five locations twelve months ago, only 14% do I the present, and only 13% will in twelve months. The sweet spot appears to be in the 2-5 range.

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Topics: call center, contact center, remote agents, work from home, call center agent

2016-2017 Contact Center Technology Buyer’s Guide

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jul 14, 2016 9:29:08 AM

Technology has become the lifeblood of the contact center and the framework upon which exceptional customer experiences are built. Enabling front-line agents to more effectively engage with customers, and businesses to optimize their contact center’s operations, the technology chosen plays a large role in the success and efficiency of an organization. To uncover the top technology priorities of contact centers in the coming months, Call Center IQ (CCIQ) surveyed a number of businesses for its “Executive Report on Contact Center Technology”, sponsored by 3CLogic, and identified the following features on their wish lists, in order of importance.

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Topics: call center, contact center, contact center technology, call center technology

Top 5 Key Findings From CCIQ’s “Contact Center Technology” Report

Posted by Rachel Brink on Apr 29, 2016 10:39:12 AM

Technology has become the framework upon which exceptional customer experiences are built. And as customer service continues to become a critical aspect of a business’ success, organizations are increasingly seeking new and innovative solutions to power their contact centers. Check-out the following key insights from CCIQ’s Executive Report on Contact Center Technology in 2016 to discover the top priorities and trends impacting call centers in the coming months.

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Topics: call center, contact center, contact center technology

Is the call center agent doomed for extinction?

Posted by Rachel Brink on Apr 8, 2016 9:10:25 AM

By 2020, the customer is expected to manage 85% of their relationships with a business without interacting with a human—something that should come as no surprise when considering the rising popularity of self-service channels across the web, mobile apps, and voice (IVR). As a matter of fact, Forrester recently conducted a survey, which revealed that web self-service (through online knowledge bases) is now the most commonly used communication channel for customer service, the first and only channel to exceed voice in history. And as mobile device adoption continues to expand and consumers increasingly demand fast and effortless engagement with the businesses serving them, many have been left wondering—will alternative touch points soon cause the call center agent to become non-existent?

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Topics: call center, self-service, call center agent, multichannel

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