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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

The Fastest, Easiest Way to Add Secure Phone Payments

Simplicity. It’s something that many people want, but few attain. This especially rings true when we’re talking about telephony. Combining telephony with other complex tasks, like payment processing certainly doesn’t lend itself to simplicity either. Yet many companies, especially those that process recurring payments, find themselves navigating on a daily basis. Using an interactive voice response (IVR) solution helps to… Read More

Simplify IVR Development Using Visualization

Computer programming isn’t for everyone. And you know what? That’s ok. Traditional Computer Programming There are a number of inherent challenges with writing code that even the best developers would agree with. One is the linear nature of writing code. Some of this is governed by syntax, but at the same time, it can be a challenge to effectively juggle… Read More

3 Ways To Boost Your IVR Containment Rate Without Touching Your IVR

The true test of how effective your IVR solution is often lies in the containment rate. This corresponds to how many callers use, or are contained within, the IVR from the entirety of their transaction. That means not abandoning the IVR to speak to a live agent. Now IVR technology is a huge boon to payment processing. It gives people… Read More

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

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

Everything You Need To Know About IVR Containment Rates

What do you think of when you hear ‘cost savings’? Is it a corporate mascot skiing down a pile of money like Scrooge McDuck? One can only hope… Cost savings is one of the major reasons why companies turn to automation and self-service. Computers can multi-task a lot better than people, so it just makes sense to automate common processes… Read More

Visualizing Your Transfer Rate with VoiceTrends Diagnostic Flow

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

How to Do A/B Analysis on Voice Applications

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

Coder’s Corner: Create A Self-Service App That Doesn’t Suck

Let Customers Be “In The Know” It’s no secret that the majority of people prefer, and even expect self-service options nowadays. Why, you may ask? Because self-service is a constant. No matter what or where someone is they can pick up the call and make a payment because there’s no need for people to be on the other end of… Read More

Respect the Customer Journey: Principles of Voice Self-Service Apps

It seems that the nostalgia industry will never die. But anyone who wants to turn back the clock might get more than they bargain for. For example, you’re on your way home from work. You duck into the grocery store to pick up one small item, like a can of tomato sauce. Immediately you feel like you’re on an episode… Read More