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No Time For Guess Work – Defining ‘Complex Processes’ For IVR

The other day I was looking at my bank account on my bank’s mobile app. I noticed an odd transaction and immediately called the bank to figure out what was going on. I entered my account number and phone PIN, and at that point, the IVR told me something along the lines of, “I see you were just looking at… Read More

Solving the Alpha-Numeric Quandary for IVR

One of the best features of the telephone is its simplicity. You have ten digits to work with (plus the star and pound keys) and pretty much anyone over the age of four can make sense of basic phone concepts. While those ten digits make phone interactions simple, they also make it difficult to enter letter-based data. Sure, most of… 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

Change Your Healthcare Billing for the Better with IVR

The World of Healthcare Billing A recent article from Advance Healthcare Network highlighted some of the issues that exist in the world of healthcare billing and offered a number of specific areas where healthcare companies can focus their energy to create a better experience for patients. This article demonstrates how no solution exists in a vacuum. But that just means… Read More

The Netflix Effect & Why Voice Remains Critical For Customer Service In 2017

The Netflix Effect The world of technology often seems like the fallout from Sherman’s march to the sea where old technologies are left smoldering in ashes in the wake of the latest and greatest. We might even call this the Netflix effect. After all, not many people choose VHS as their primary medium for watching movies these days. Heck, even… Read More

IVR – The Strong, Silent Partner In Mobile Banking

From Here to There and Everywhere Are we seeing the swan song of brick-and-mortar store fronts for banks? It’s no secret that mobile banking has taken off in recent years. People are more likely to stand outside their bank and complete a transaction on their phone than to actually go inside. Scaling back the number of brick-and-mortar locations eliminates a… Read More

SMS – Tap into Communications that Customers Actually Engage With

You want to make sure that your most important communications actually make it to your customers and that they engage with them, right? That’s a pretty basic desire no matter what business or industry a company is in. Nowadays there are so many different communications channels it can be difficult to know which one is right for your customers. Of… Read More

Just Say No to Resets: Seamless Customer Experience in Omni-Channel Communications

Omni-channel communications appeal to a lot of companies. And it makes sense that they do. Having that type of power at your disposal allows businesses to meet customers on their turf. While this means there are more channels to manage, when done right, the benefit is that omni-channel communications create a better customer experience. Omni-Channel vs. Multi-Channel Now omni-channel is… Read More

Why Your Surveys Should Be Multimodal

Today we communicate through a variety of channels, some of which didn’t even exist a few years ago. We don’t talk on the phone like we used to—we text. We don’t call customer service to complain—we tweet. The only way to reach everyone today is through a variety of channels. Surveys limited to phone or mail can’t reach people everywhere… Read More