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How Much Text-To-Speech Is Too Much For Your IVR?

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Original image source When building a voice application one of the first questions you need to answer is: to what degree will you use text-to-speech? Initially, it may seem like a great idea to use text-to-speech (TTS) wherever possible. After all, it’s faster and cheaper to just type out some generic code, right? Here’s the catch. TTS is great! For… Read More

IVR Personalization Is Not Optional

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Customer Service – Both Art & Science One of the most important things to realize when doing business is that people don’t buy from companies – they buy from other people. When you sit back and think about this it makes sense. It’s easier for one human to connect with another one than it is for a machine. Well, at… Read More

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

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

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

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

How to Do A/B Analysis on Voice Applications

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There is no single way to assess the effectiveness of your voice applications. For people who are new to voice automation or VoiceXML it may not be clear where to start with A/B analysis. Of course, this begs the question: “why bother?” After all, you have your application up and running, and it works fine, right? Just because it works… Read More

Personalization Basics in Voice-Based Customer Service

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One of the appealing aspects of the bar Cheers was that it was a place where everyone knew your name. A friendly face that knows your preferences doesn’t just make you feel appreciated, it’s also more efficient. Forget the formality, this type of personal attention lets you cut right to the heart of the matter and get things done quickly…. Read More

SMS – Tap into Communications that Customers Actually Engage With

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You want to make sure that your most important communications actually make it to your customers and that they engage with them, right? That’s a pretty basic desire no matter what business or industry a company is in. Nowadays there are so many different communications channels it can be difficult to know which one is right for your customers. Of… Read More