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

Posted by Rachel Brink on Dec 5, 2016 9:46:40 AM

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

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

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

Posted by Rachel Brink on Mar 20, 2015 8:54:00 AM

4-reasons-your-business-needs-an-interactive-voice-response-ivr-system-thumbAn 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: interactive voice response, IVR

6 Ways to Manage High Call Volume During the Holiday Season

Posted by Guillaume Seynhaeve on Nov 24, 2014 8:52:00 AM

Consider the Following:

- 20-40% of yearly sales for small and mid-sized     retailers takes place during the last two months of the year
- 40% of consumers begin shopping before Halloween
- Black Friday sales are expected to top $2.4 Billion this year, representing 28% YoY growth

And what does a rise in holiday shopping generally mean for businesses?  More sales, obviously. But it also tends to imply an increase in call volume tied to clients inquiring about purchases, requesting additional support, making inquiries, and also submitting the occasional complaint. 

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Topics: crm integration, multichannel call center, CRM, remote agents, scalability, self-service, kpis, at-home agents, IVR menu, IVR, high call volume, multichannel communications, business intelligence, workforce management, reporting and analytics

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Best Practices

Posted by Rachel Brink on Nov 18, 2014 8:56:00 AM

Accounting for 27% of the total call experience, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service menus help shave approximately 20% in operational costs.  But despite the immediate cost benefits, recent surveys show 83% of consumers feel IVR systems provide little to no value or are purely to benefit a company’s bottom-line without much consideration to the customer experience.  In fact, apparently only 7% of organizations currently offer an interactive voice response solution capable of delivering a better experience that of a live representative.  So while IVR solutions can absolutely provide businesses with enhanced operational efficiencies one has to wonder at what cost if the solution is outdated, poorly implemented, or over-utilized at the expense of the very thing it hopes to deliver – superior customer service and experience.  

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Topics: customer service, call center, contact center, IVR technology, interactive voice response, best practices, IVR menu, interactive voice response menu, IVR

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