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About   Jason Myers

Jason Myers is the Copywriter at Plum Voice.

Prior to Plum, Jason worked primarily in the higher education sector and as a freelance writer. He holds a PhD in Irish history from Loyola University Chicago, and a BA in history from Oakland University (Michigan). He has published a book on Irish history and enjoys following lacrosse and the musical stylings of the Grateful Dead.

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IVR That Saves $5M per Month

Automation has a lot of benefits, like faster, more efficient customer service, increasing customer satisfaction, and improving customer experiences. It can also save companies a lot of money. For some companies ‘a lot’ of money is A LOT. See how one of Plum’s clients used IVR to take cost savings to new heights, and reaped additional benefits along the way…. Read More

The Limitations of Speech Rec & How to Combat Them

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is pretty cool technology. Simply say something and a machine will do what you ask it to do. Usually. When an ASR grammar is tuned properly and the call conditions are good, ASR works really well. Unpacking that last sentence should help you understand a bit more about ASR, how it works, and how to recognize… Read More

Why Not All IVR Software Is Created Equal

The Cost of Poor Call Containment For folks in the IVR world, the goal is to keep as many calls contained in the IVR as possible. This is known the as call containment or the automation rate. The higher the percentage of calls contained in the IVR the fewer calls agents have to field. Unfortunately, legacy IVRs don’t do well… Read More

How to Get More From Your IVR with Artificial Intelligence

How AI Delivers Better IVR When you hear artificial intelligence (AI) and interactive voice response (IVR) in the same breath you may scratch your head and wonder, “how does that work?” Using an AI engine, like IBM’s Watson, with an IVR system creates smarter self-service applications and delivers better customer experiences. With IVR callers have two different ways to input… Read More

Improving IVR with Artificial Intelligence

A Place for AI When most people hear Artificial Intelligence, they tend to think in terms of Hollywood and famous AI characters like HAL9000 and Skynet. Business applications of AI are nowhere near that sexy, but, on the bright side, that also means that our robotic overlords aren’t looming on the horizon just yet. The reality of AI at this… Read More

Defend Against Chargebacks with Call Recording

The Thing About Chargebacks Let’s be honest: there are several annoying processes that are part-and-parcel to the world of payment processing. Chargebacks are one of them. A chargeback is when a bank forces a company to refund a received payment. Granted, there are times when a chargeback is understandable, like with cases of fraud. But just because a chargeback is… Read More

Getting Buy-In: Don’t Forget The Developers

Feature Blinders I was talking to a friend recently who was researching a new cloud platform for their work. It was a pretty typical discussion; she had looked at three different options and had a front runner. Now she was trying to figure out how to sell it the rest of her team. Naturally, the discussion moved toward product features… Read More

Case Study: Second To None Expands Voice of the Customer Offerings with Plum Voice

As the old adage goes, the customer is always right. For Second To None, a customer experience research and analytics agency serving leading brands across North America, one of its clients wanted to add telephone surveys to their Voice of the Customer program. At the time, Second To None lacked a voice option for this type of survey and immediately… Read More

Case Study: Specialty Insurance Company Drastically Cuts Payment Processing Costs

One of the challenges of being a leading, major insurance company (MIC) is that at a certain point you have so many customers that it becomes tricky to give them all the attention and service they need. This was precisely the state that one of Plum’s clients found itself in. The company wanted its agents to provide high-touch customer service… Read More

Case Study: More Efficient Healthcare Payments with Plum

As a major healthcare payment processing company (MHPPC), IVR was not a new concept. In fact, MHPPC had a code-based IVR in place before switching to Plum. However, as the company added features to their IVR the code for their legacy IVR became virtually unmanageable. When developers are spending most of their time managing IVR code, it’s probably time to… Read More