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The Netflix Effect & Why Voice Remains Critical For Customer Service In 2017

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The Netflix Effect The world of technology often seems like the fallout from Sherman’s march to the sea where old technologies are left smoldering in ashes in the wake of the latest and greatest. We might even call this the Netflix effect. After all, not many people choose VHS as their primary medium for watching movies these days. Heck, even… Read More

IVR – The Strong, Silent Partner In Mobile Banking

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From Here to There and Everywhere Are we seeing the swan song of brick-and-mortar store fronts for banks? It’s no secret that mobile banking has taken off in recent years. People are more likely to stand outside their bank and complete a transaction on their phone than to actually go inside. Scaling back the number of brick-and-mortar locations eliminates a… Read More

6 Ways IVR Rocks for the Prepaid Card Industry

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As the holiday season comes barreling at us like a runaway train, prepaid card companies start to prepare for an onslaught of new customers. Prepaid cards have become a ubiquitous form of currency. Companies use them to fulfill rebates, average Joes and Jills use them as gifts, and there are plenty of other uses for them, too. Fortunately, with the… Read More

Visualizing Your Transfer Rate with VoiceTrends Diagnostic Flow

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The whole point of automation is to make tasks and processes more efficient. Nothing throws a left-handed monkey wrench in the gears of automation faster than when your users bail out of your application to talk to an agent. Granted, sometimes it’s necessary for a customer to talk to an actual person, but for the most part if you have… Read More

Is DIY Right For You? The Case Of Voice Applications

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The do-it-yourself mindset is by no means a new one. Before the uptick in commercials encouraging homeowners to DIY and the prevalence of HGTV shows dedicated to a given room in the house, Bob Vila ruled the DIY world on “This Old House.” As any DIYer will tell you, not all projects are created equally. Sometimes if you have the… Read More

Business Logic & Automated Voice Apps: An Introduction

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Here at Plum we take user experience very seriously. That’s why we want to help companies that automate phone calls to provide not only great user experiences, but a solution that’s easy to manage as well. Because if your voice applications are easy to manage there is a lot less potential for disruptions in service or errors in the user… Read More

Case Study: Use Voice Tech to Provide More, Better Payment Options

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Merchant services companies have lot of different payment channels to offer their customers these days. These are the companies that provide customers with the infrastructure to accept and complete payments. Needless to say, with the right merchant services company, a business can cater to the needs of their customers no matter how diverse those may be. One of Plum’s clients,… Read More

A Quick Guide to CTI and Screen Pops

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Part of our Back to the Basics Series. See also: PSTN, VoIP, SIP Trunking, and Telephony. When it comes to computer telephony integration, or CTI, a significant amount of distortion exists between the textbook definition of the term and what people understand it to mean in today’s business environment. Here we’ll cover what CTI is, what people typically mean when they… Read More

Case Study: When A 400% Increase In Payment Processing Doesn’t Affect Efficiency

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Growth is a great thing for any business. But growth that doesn’t bring with it a parallel increase in overhead? Well that can’t be beat! Payment Service Network, a company that handles the remittance process for a wide array of companies, hit a major period of growth. Their process for taking customer inquiries and payments was a manual one, and… Read More