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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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3 Uses of Customer Service Technology in Insurance

Our last post noted how important it is to control the initial customer interaction when it comes to customer self-service over the phone. Once you’ve got control a new challenge arises, namely what do to with that control. Our advice is to wield a scalpel in your approach rather than a hammer. Some of the …

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From Puppet to Puppet-Master: Regain Control of the Customer Service Experience with IVR

Control can be an elusive thing. Like a handful of sand, the tighter you grip it the faster you lose it. This idea has a practical application when it comes to voice-based customer service, especially for large insurance and financial services that use call centers. Insurance and financial services companies, especially, have a vested interest …

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Case Study: How to Use IVR as a Hub for All Your Voice-Based Customer Service Needs

There’s something to be said for organization, and the more pieces that are in play the greater need to keep everything orderly. When we’re talking about managing high volume phone calls interactive voice response is the manna for your trek through the desert. One of the great things about using an IVR to centralize incoming …

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4 Ways IVR Survey Technology Helps Companies Hear The Voice of the Customer

No matter what business you’re in, it’s important to remember that customers don’t buy from companies, they buy from people. Your customer support team acts as a critical human face for your company; they are the people that your customers buy from, the team that troubleshoots their problems, and the ones who can make or …

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The Next Iteration of Self-Service

Once we acknowledge that the measurable, objective job might be taken by an app, we have to make service dramatically better than self-service, or else this job is gone. —Seth Godin Humans replaced by machines. This is the future sci-fi movies have been both hoping for and warning us about for decades now. It’s closer …

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People Don’t Mind Talking to Computers, Really

Peter Theis, ‘father of the automated switchboard’ and Public Enemy Number 1 for everyone who dislikes automated phone systems, talking with the LA Times: I’m the guy who did it, yeah. I am ultimately to blame. I’m Dr. Frankenstein…When I invented it, I knew this would be huge. My goal was to improve the efficiency …

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Don’t Use Old Techniques with Your New Call Center Technology

Recently, a company of which I’m a customer revamped their call center technology, but instead of leveraging new features to create a better caller experience, they made it worse. All of a sudden, their system doesn’t remember my personal data and call history like it used to, and, therefore, doesn’t predict why I’m calling anymore. …

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