How Contact Center Agent Self-Assessment Improves Results

Contact centers are just looking for love. They want their customers to adore them, striving to provide the best customer experience so these customers will return month after month. But if customer engagement rates plummet, managers are bereft, left wondering what went wrong. Was it you, the customer, or was it the contact center? For […]

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Growth of Conversational Commerce

Conversational commerce is changing the way customers interact with brands and companies. Younger generations, like millennials, look at the transition as a valuable one because it utilizes technology they rely on every day, their smartphones. Overall, customer culture is evolving, and consumers have a desire for more accessible communication methods that let them interact with […]

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Getting to the Root of Displeasure

As a business, you expect to hear from your customers, and you probably welcome their calls because they give you valuable insight into their perception of your company. The last thing you or your call center agents want is to continually be handling upset customers or worse, repeat callers. Managing a large number of complaints […]

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What is Hosted Call Center Software? A Definition of Hosted Call Center Software, Advantages, and Best Practices for Choosing the Right Delivery Model

Hosted call center software is a delivery model that differs from on-premise software and shares some characteristics with cloud-based software. Here’s a look at hosted call center software, its advantages, and best practices for choosing the right delivery model for your call center. A Definition of Hosted Call Center Software When software is hosted, it […]

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7 Tips for Keeping Agents Happy

No matter what industry you serve, one thing is certain; call centers can’t deliver a positive customer experience without the right agents in place. Hiring the right team can make or break any call center, but it takes more than just reviewing qualifications during the hiring process. Leadership and management teams have a responsibility to […]

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Contact Center Customer Experience Best Practices

Customer experience (CX) is evolving. Change isn’t necessarily bad, but it certainly is confusing when you have to cut through the noise and determine which best practices and trends will launch your contact center ahead of the competition. As a CX leader, you also need to know which technologies will help you achieve your core […]

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16 Examples of Artificial Intelligence Across 6 Industries

Artificial intelligence (AI) is about to transform every segment of our economy by bringing human intelligence into computing and allowing machines to learn from experience and make human-like decisions. AI helps businesses automate routine tasks, better understand their customers by analyzing their behavior, reduce operational costs, and personalize experiences. After discussing the overall benefits and […]

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Is Your Data Being Held Hostage (by your Speech Analytics Vendor)

Many call centers utilize speech analytics solutions because it helps streamline their overall operations and better track agent performance. When you decide to invest in a solution, you trust that your data will be kept safe from hackers and cybercriminals. In most cases, you don’t think about what will happen if you choose to switch […]

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A Comprehensive History of AI in the Call Center: From ACDs to Predictive Analytics and Beyond

Voice continue to the most widely-utilized customer service channel by consumers, with 73% of consumers calling into the call center for customer service needs, according to Forrester. Other channels are gaining ground, however, with digital channels, such as chat and email, and web-based self-service becoming increasingly utilized by consumers. Graphic via Sharpen New technologies are […]

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RFPs for Speech Analytics: Asking the Right Questions

When you want to hear what your customers truly have to say, you are on the path to transforming your business. The trouble today is that customers have so much to say across so many channels that companies need a solution for transitioning from voice-only contact centers to omnichannel customer engagement models. The answer lies […]

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Using Interaction Analytics to Handle Abusive Customers

Dealing with abusive customers can really affect the morale of the contact centre agents. Obviously, there is no excuse for customers being abusive but sometimes, even the mildest mannered get so frustrated that they behave in a way that they shouldn’t. However, it is the agents who need to deal with the aftermath – often […]

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Comparing and Purchasing Call Monitoring Software: 20 Experts Reveal the Biggest Mistakes Companies Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Investing in the right call center monitoring software is imperative for today’s call centers. Without call center monitoring, quality assurance can suffer, customer satisfaction inevitably wanes, and call center compliance issues can arise. But comparing and purchasing call center monitoring software isn’t as simple as it may seem. There are many variables to consider, and […]

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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? A Definition of Artificial Intelligence, Challenges and Benefits of AI, and More

A Definition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial intelligence (AI) gives machines the ability to learn from experience as they take in more data and perform tasks like humans. Computers with these advanced technologies are trained to complete human-like tasks by processing data and recognizing the patterns within it. In 1955, the term “artificial intelligence” was […]

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Top Marketing Analytics Presentations

Marketing analytics involves measuring, managing, and analyzing marketing performance data to make it as effective as possible and optimize return on investment (ROI). Marketers also use analytics to gain insights into customer behavior, preferences, and trends. For all of the benefits of using marketing analytics, many companies and senior marketing executives continue to struggle with […]

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NPS Scores and CX Scorecards: Is Your Survey Data Telling the Whole Story?

Numbers don’t lie. Or do they? Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and similar measures are often touted as valuable tools for keeping a finger on the pulse of customer satisfaction and improving the customer experience. And they are – but relying on this data alone fails to paint the full picture that today’s contact centers need […]

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Combatting the Surge in UK Energy Switching

This year has seen more than 4.5 million energy customers in the UK switch their provider, with 600,000 of them switching in October alone. The Energy Switch Guarantee makes it extremely easy for consumers to change their provider and the majority of those switching are moving to small and mid-tier suppliers. Great news for those […]

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What are QA Metrics? Examples of QA Metrics for Call Centers, Aligning Metrics with Your Goals, and Best Practices

Definition of QA Metrics Quality assurance, or QA, metrics refer to the data and facts your company uses to measure performance. Interestingly, QA metrics can vary significantly by industry, since they reflect performance as defined by that industry. For example, QA metrics for software development could measure production cycles and average costs, while QA metrics […]

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What Are Customer Satisfaction Rating & Importance Scales? Challenges and Best Practices for Using Customer Satisfaction Rating & Importance Scales

A Definition of Customer Satisfaction Rating & Importance Scales As companies strive to deliver exceptional customer experiences, they appreciate getting feedback – and its related insights – directly from the customers themselves. For call centers, customer satisfaction is key to performance and success, so having an accurate picture of satisfaction levels is critical. To get a […]

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21 Call Center Technology Leaders Reveal the #1 Mistake Companies Make When It Comes to Purchasing Speech Analytics Software

Purchasing speech analytics software is a major investment for both enterprises and SMBs alike. Like all major technology investments, purchasing speech analytics software comes with a bit of pre-planning and analysis. You need to determine how your company can best leverage this technology to ensure compliance, enhance customer service, support agents and reps, and get […]

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Cloud vs. On-Premise Call Centers: Key Differences, Benefits, and More

A Definition of Cloud Call Centers Hosted in the cloud by a business server, a cloud call center is the hub of an enterprise that handles all customer communications. Because this center is in the cloud, it makes interacting with customers, including all inbound and outbound communication via voice, email, social media, and the internet, […]

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