Call Center

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To Address Caller Frustration, Focus on CX, Not Cutting Costs

The global interactive voice response market has a projected 7% CAGR through 2023, with revenues of more than $3.7 billion USD. This is because IVR has been proven to benefit both customers and companies: For customers, surveys have established that they prefer to use the voice channel because it’s familiar to them; further, they appreciate …

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The Path to Contact Center Automation First Starts With Manual Work

Let’s talk in business clichés for just a moment: If you had to pick the “low-hanging fruit” of processes in your contact center that could lead to the “most bang for your buck,” what would they be? Just in case clichés aren’t your thing, we’re simply asking you to think this through: Which least valuable …

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How Your Contact Center Can Become the Key Driver of Customer Survey Responses

Well, we’re here, and it’s happening: Back in 2013, Walker Insights made the bold prediction that, by 2020, customer experience would overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator –and today’s customers are reporting that it’s true. Consider the following findings from Salesforce Research’s State of the Connected Customer report, second edition: 80 percent …

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How Your Business Can Hit the 90/10 Rule for Call Automation

Businesses love numbers, so it’s no surprise that historically a fair amount of energy has gone into trying to quantify paths to success. Examples include the 80/20 rule of sales as well as a traditional benchmark for contact centers that states 80 percent of your calls should be answered in 20 seconds or less. However, …

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How to Reduce the Cost of Outbound Calls

In the realm of the contact center, keeping down the cost of outbound calls is a primary focus. The goal should always be to manage outbound call cost with customer experience quality. Getting the balance right means implementing a multi-pronged approach that optimizes agents, support staff, technology and training. Start with a Call Calculation Contact …

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How You Can Complete Transaction Calls in 90 Seconds or Less

Yes, we said it. Transaction calls are possible in 90 seconds or less. The secret lies in how your self-service system works. If it runs smoothly and without wait time, a minute and a half is the maximum amount of time it should take your customers to work through an average transaction call, such as making a credit card payment over the phone.   …

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Are You Overpaying to Process Transactions by Phone?

It’s a simple fact that no business survives without revenue coming in. While there are plenty of ways to collect payments, one of the most popular is the phone –and that’s where your contact center gets involved with this mission-critical process. When your customers call to make a payment, contact centers have two basic options: …

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Fairly Allocate Call Transfers to Multiple Contact Centers

Juggling Multiple Call Centers When customers call your company, you can provide a wide range of information and services with the right IVR applications. Sometimes, however, customers have complex issues that automation can’t address. When this happens, you want to make sure that you transfer your customer to the best possible person to quickly resolve …

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A Quick Guide to CTI and Screen Pops

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 …

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