Customer Experience

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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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3 Studies Showing Why You Shouldn’t Put Customers on Hold

Let’s face it: no one likes being put on hold. It should be a red flag when using hold becomes part of the natural rhythm of a companies agents. Overuse of the hold function can indicate knowledge or training gaps in your agents. These can produce operational inefficiencies.Why shouldn’t you put your customers on hold? Because …

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5 Reasons You Need Mature And Stable Contact Center Technology

The consequences of a buggy automated call center are all to familiar: frustrated customers and system engineers spending too much time squashing bugs and getting the system to work correctly. If the system doesn’t function well then it’s not much good to customers in the first place. In an odd twist of irony, newer systems …

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How To Handle High Call Volumes Without Affecting the Customer Experience

Although some predict a slowing in the incredible growth rate of the prepaid card industry, we’re still talking over 20% growth every year. So if call spikes overwhelm the call center now, wait until companies are bigger. Call spikes aren’t going anywhere. And neither are automated voice systems, which handle more communications than live agents …

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How to Not Ruin the Customer Experience with Automation

Automated voice systems, such as IVR, handle more customer service transactions in call-heavy industries like financial services than agents, websites, or other communication channels. These systems are the first and most common point of contact for most of our customers. As such, they need to be useful, not frustrating, especially in sectors like the prepaid …

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How IVR Dictates the Customer Experience and Your Bottom Line

Automated voice systems have always been good at saving organizations money. Unfortunately, they’ve also been good at annoying customers. We’ve all seen the commercials with the guy yelling “Big Boy!” into his phone. Recently, though, interactive voice response (IVR) has become a real tool for improving the customer experience (i.e., they work, and they work …

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Online Survey Design Tips for Better Customer Experience

Phone surveys are fairly straightforward for most people, because most people have been using telephones their entire lives and are used to them. Online surveys are less straightforward because not everyone is adept with a computer or trusts the internet. We have to understand these differences when designing surveys. Researchers have to develop their online …

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Ask About the Monday Blues to Measure Employee Engagement

Conventional wisdom says that employee engagement affects customer service and the customer experience. Engaged, satisfied employees tend to do their jobs better, whether that’s while talking to a customer or designing an IVR call flow. But what’s the measuring stick for employee engagement? What do we ask them to delve into their psyches and find …

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