10 Omnichannel Customer Service Best Practice Tips

By Sam O’Brien, Ring Central   Customers have always expected quick, competent customer service. It used to be enough to have call agents operating in business hours. Now, there’s an expectation for digital customer service, often across multiple platforms. Having an omnichannel strategy is the best way of handling this – and here are ten […]

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

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 tasks an agent must perform […]

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25 Surefire Ways to Improve Customer Satisfaction

According to new report from CFI Group, customer satisfaction levels have experienced a slight decline over the past year. Data compiled from consumers across various sectors reflects a customer satisfaction score of 68 (out of 100), a four-point decline from the previous year. This year’s reading is the lowest score since the report was first […]

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2020 Call Center Metrics: 6 Key Metrics for Your Call Center Dashboard

Operating a growing call center operation involves logging and assessing myriad moving elements at once. It can be close to impossible to manage these critical success factors without help from specialized software. At the heart of most technological optimizations implemented within a successful call center are fine-tuned metrics. Keeping tabs on the right metrics can […]

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25 Conflict Resolution Strategies for Customer Service

Given the often-hectic nature of call-based customer support, it is not at all uncommon for conflicts to arise with confused or otherwise frustrated customers. Companies that have effective strategies for handling these situations and skilled customer service agents capable of diffusing tension-filled interactions can turn difficult customer interactions into opportunities to exceed expectations, influence the […]

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12 Call Center Best Practices You Need to Be Doing Right Now

As recent research shows, the U.S. call center industry is alive and well.  According to the data, the industry saw a total of 32,000 new positions added in Q1 2019, with several major companies expanding their call center operations. What this means is there’s an imperative for call centers to drive operational performance excellence in order […]

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21 Call Center Managers Share Their Favorite Call Center Leadership Activities

The role of a call center manager is complex and challenging. Call center managers may be involved with hiring and training call center agents, monitoring call center metrics tied to agent performance, using speech analytics tools for ongoing quality monitoring, providing ongoing feedback and coaching, and more. Call center leadership has a significant impact on […]

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Business Process Outsourcing Tips & Resources

Business Process Outsourcing has come quite a long way in the last few years, allowing companies to achieve unheard of levels of sophistication in their market offerings without adding the strain of a vast assortment of new disciplines onto their internal teams. In this article, we discuss BPO as a flexible tool for businesses to […]

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Remote Call Centers: Tools, Tips & Best Practices for Remote Contact Center Managers & Agents

Managing a call center caught up in the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic is no small feat. However, there are a number of important guidelines and tips you can keep in mind to help ease your center’s workforce into remote working and mitigate contagion risks. Remote contact center operations have been around for some time […]

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Fraud Spreads as Does the Coronavirus: Steps to Take

As more of the US workforce is being divided into essential and nonessential roles and businesses are transitioning to work-from-home positions, employers and employees alike have another rapidly growing problem to monitor – fraud. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, fraudsters are taking advantage of the fear that has already been shown to induce panic-driven […]

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The Two Words on Everyone’s Minds: Business Continuity

Read on to learn about adjustments we made to working from home. Like most of you, activities at CallMiner in recent weeks have been focused on executing our business continuity plan, moving to a remote workforce, and supporting our employees physical and emotional well-being.  As we carried out our plan we thought it might be […]

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Call Center Service Levels: Calculations, Metrics, & Industry Standards

Providing key metrics and clear numbers is primordial in any industry, and it becomes particularly challenging in the field of call centers. This is why managers have developed a number of techniques to quantify results and improve efficiency over the years. One of these methods is Call Center Service Levels. The most basic definition of […]

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Scheduling Software for Call Centers: Buying Tips & Best Practices

Scheduling forms the foundation of every successful call center operation. Ensuring your organization has enough hands on deck at all times keeps callers from waiting too long or abandoning calls altogether before their questions can be answered. However, call center scheduling is much more complex than most other scheduling concerns. This article describes how the […]

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First Call Resolution Ideas

Solving a caller’s problems quickly can significantly improve their perception of your organization’s overall quality and competency. However, achieving the fastest possible resolution speed – over the course of a single call – can prove to be more complicated than it seems. There are many variables involved in handling customers’ calls efficiently enough to resolve […]

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What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)? Definition, Tips & Best Practices

As many modern jobs grow in complexity, coping with a rapidly scaling economy and a significant shortage of trained talent, numerous companies have taken to using software and other technology solutions more fervently to keep productivity levels consistent. The current stock of technology available to businesses, from sophisticated business intelligence software to artificial intelligence, speech […]

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Call Center Metrics Best Practices

Obtaining useful metrics on daily operations in your call center can help to improve many aspects of your business. However, there is quite a bit more to making effective use of call center metrics than merely amassing data and generating reports. When properly harnessed, call center metrics open the door to precise monitoring of growth […]

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Call Center Statistics You Should Know

As industrial and economic globalization trends continue to develop in the world’s present market, the use of outsourced talent to accomplish a wide variety of tasks ranging from the rote and repeatable to the complex and mission-critical grows ever more ubiquitous. Call centers, in particular, represent just one facet of a large and varied international […]

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What is Call Center Outsourcing?

Presenting your customers with a functional resource that they can turn to if they encounter any difficulties in using your products or services is no small feat. Often enough, providing such a service requires a significant investment in personnel, training, and maintenance, not to mention ongoing management and the software needed to support the process. […]

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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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Join Us at UK Customer Forum

We are excited to host our first UK Customer Forum 25 September in London, bringing together our analyst community from our UK customers base. Besides enjoying the sights and sounds of London and spending time in the amiable company of the CallMiner Business Analysts team, what is it about this gathering that makes it so […]

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