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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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22 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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What Is Escalation/Incident Management? Prevention, Challenges, and How Real-Time Monitoring Can Help

A Definition of Escalation/Incident Management In short, escalation management involves transferring calls to supervisors, managers, and other agents who have more experience than the agent who initially answers the call. Because customer service is a top priority for organizations, escalation management is an important process to have in place to ensure customers’ calls are addressed […]

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Call Center Training Tips: 51 Expert Tips on Training Technology, Agent Onboarding, Ongoing Training & Coaching, and More

Call center agent training is a continuous process; it doesn’t end once the onboarding process is complete. Call center supervisors must continue to monitor metrics, measure results, and tailor ongoing training to ensure that agents’ needs are met and that call center activity is in line with broader business objectives. From training technologies to effective […]

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20 Call Center Leaders and QA Pros Reveal the #1 Problem Keeping Call Center QA & Monitoring Teams Up at Night (and How to Solve It)

Call center QA and monitoring teams are responsible for ensuring the quality of interactions between call center representatives and consumers. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly complex undertaking, particularly in large organizations with thousands of call center agents having many thousands of interactions with consumers every day. The problems that plague the […]

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What is Average Handle Time? Challenges, Examples, and Best Practices for Improving AHT

Definition of Average Handle Time Average handle time, or AHT, is an important call center metric. In the simplest terms, AHT is the average time it takes to handle a call or transaction from start to finish – from call initiation, to hold time, to talk time, and all the way through to any related […]

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ROI from your investment in speech analytics? Absolutely!

While recent data show there is a growing and pronounced trend in the deployment of speech analytics to improve overall contact center performance and compliance, recent market penetration data shows that over 60% of US based contact centers have still not implemented a speech analytics solution. Organizations polled cite two main reasons for their reluctance […]

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What is First Call Resolution? Benefits, Challenges, Examples, & Best Practices for Improving FCR

Definition of First Call Resolution First-call resolution (FCR) is an important contact center metric and element of customer relationship management (CRM). The term is self-explanatory: a contact center’s ability to resolve customer problems, questions or needs the first time they call, with no follow-up required. FCR not only helps gauge customer satisfaction – the higher […]

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100 Call Center Management Tips: Expert Insights and Advice for Hiring and Training Call Center Agents, Motivating and Engaging Your Team, Workforce Management, Technology, the Metrics That Matter, and More

Managing call centers today involves much more than scheduling agents to staff the phone lines. Working as a call center agent is a stressful endeavor, and it’s up to you as a manager to cultivate a positive working atmosphere, foster a sense of ownership, and motivate your team to succeed. Of course, technology advances now […]

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What Is Voice Analytics? Definition, Tips, Best Practices, and Challenges of Voice Analytics

Definition of Voice Analytics Voice analytics are the use of a voice recognition tool to analyze and record a spoken conversation. Not only does voice analytics software translate speech to text, it can also identify speaker emotion and intent by analyzing audio patterns. This software was first leveraged for commercial purposes in the enterprise in […]

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Watch Brian LaRoche Present at CCW Online March 14th, 2017

Watch our own Brian LaRoche present at the upcoming coming CCW Online Event focused around Customer Experience Game Changers. This event is an online preview to CCW Digital’s premier event, the 18th Annual CCW, taking place June 26-30 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, NV. CCW Online Customer Experience Game Changers “The Efficient vs. The […]

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What is the CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Definition, Tips, Best Practices, and Compliance Challenges of the CFPB

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Definition The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an agency of the United States government set up after the financial crisis of 2008 in order to protect the rights of consumers in the financial services industry. The CFPB has jurisdiction over areas including banks, credit unions, securities firms, debt collectors, foreclosure […]

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Top Call Center Conferences 2017: 49 Must-Attend Events to Learn the Latest Trends and Technologies for Boosting Call Center Performance

Top Call Center Conferences 2017: 49 Must-Attend Events to Learn the Latest Trends and Technologies for Boosting Call Center Performance Call centers remain the most important customer channel companies have; indeed, Forrester claims that 73% of consumers opt to call when they need service, and a study by Arizona State University finds that customers are 11 […]

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What is Interactive Voice Response (IVR)?

A Definition of Interactive Voice Response Interactive voice response (IVR) is an automated telephone system that interacts with callers and gathers information about the purpose of the call to route callers to the appropriate individual or department. In response to automated queries, callers enter information using either voice or by making selections from pre-determined options […]

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What is Sentiment Analysis? Examples, Best Practices, & More

A Definition of Sentiment Analysis Sentiment analysis is a method for gauging opinions of individuals or groups, such as a segment of a brand’s audience or an individual customer in communication with a customer support representative. Based on a scoring mechanism, sentiment analysis monitors conversations and evaluates language and voice inflections to quantify attitudes, opinions, […]

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Why You Should Add Predictive Analytics to Your CEM Toolbox

You’ve no doubt heard this statistic before: It costs 5X as much to attract a new customer as it does to retain one.  Yet research shows that the majority of organizations are still prioritizing customer acquisition over retention, with fewer than half of survey respondents citing customer satisfaction as a key goal. In today’s consumer-driven […]

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LISTEN 2016 to Highlight the Benefits of Speech & Customer Journey Analytics

In today’s customer landscape, the “customer experience” has evolved from a buzzword to a top priority for any organization regularly interfacing with customers. And for good reason: Research shows customer satisfaction has the power to create happy and loyal customers, in addition to directly impacting the bottom line. Forrester, in fact, reports that the revenue […]

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7 Tips for Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

If your company isn’t taking the customer experience seriously, you should be. Research shows, by 2020, the customer will manage 85% of his or her experience with an enterprise without interacting with a human.  Add to that statistic the fact that, within just a few years, the majority (89%) of companies will compete mainly on […]

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7 (More) Call Center Best Practices

There is no denying that an efficient call center is one where agents address customer concerns in a prompt and thorough manner, creating meaningful relationships with customers at each and every point of interaction. But, the question is: What does it take to establish a well-organized and efficient call center? Earlier this year, we brought […]

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