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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Do you know how to turn your contact centre from a cost to profit centre?

During our recent CallMiner and IPI Contact Centre Performance Summit, it became clear that when it comes to getting a great ROI from Interaction (or Speech) Analytics, many businesses struggle to identify the right KPIs for their contact centre and the business. They also often fail to measure the ROI against the most important KPIs […]

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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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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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What Are Call Center Industry Statistics in 2017? Here’s what you Need to Know.

Definition of Call Center Statistics Call center statistics are data gathered about enterprise call centers that empirically illustrate both the internal and external relationships these centers have within the business environment in which they operate. They cover a variety of other areas including technological change, changes in consumer attitudes, and competitive considerations.   This takes […]

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Streamlining Contact Center Processes for More Effective Use of Human Resources

Agents, teams, and contact center supervisors face an unending list of demands and expectations from customers and business owners. If you are unable to deliver on these expectations, you risk poor customer experience and diminishing profits. A common underlying factor in not meeting expectations is inefficiency. Inefficiency costs contact centers money and time.  Finding ways […]

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Five Emerging Call Center Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

The newest call center technology advancements are focusing on deeper insights and customer satisfaction.   Over the past several years, call center technology has played a big part in shifting the industry’s focus towards a better customer experience.  Overall wait times are down.  Calls are transferred less often before a solution is found.  More communication […]

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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 […]

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Identifying the Top Call Center KPIs & Metrics for Your Business

Managing a call center is no easy feat, which is why it is imperative to deploy tools that can measure progress, results and performance. The first step to charting your progress is defining your objectives. The next step is deciding what key performance indicators, or KPIs, you will use to verify how effectively your call […]

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NLP, AI & Speech Analytics in the Contact Center

The robots are coming. And they’re looking to help make your customers happy. Artificial intelligence has become a tool that contact centers have used with more frequency to work with customers. In a previous article, we delved into whether technology can surpass human intelligence. In this article, we look into how artificial intelligence is improving […]

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Leveraging Natural Language Processing To Its Fullest

Leveraging Natural Language Processing To Its Fullest Twenty years ago or even ten, if we were seen talking to our laptops and smartphones, we would have gained the stare from quite a few people around us, not anymore. Devices these days especially smartphones come equipped with technology that allows us to voice our demands and […]

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CallMiner’s Brian LaRoche Talks Customer Engagement Analytics

Watch as Jim Rembach from FastLeader.net interviews our own Brian LaRoche at the recent show Call Center Week Winter 2017.  Jim interviewed Brian about how Customer Engagement Analytics can help improve call center efficiency. They also discussed how CallMiner can help automate the QA process and improve agent performance.   http://www.callcentercoach.com/brian-laroche-talks-customer-engagement-analytics/

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4 Suggestions to Help Prepare for the Millennial Tsunami

Here come the Millennials, also known as Next Gen and the Baby-On-board Generation. Regardless what call you them they are nearly 98 million young adults born between 1980 and 2000 and by 2020 they will represent nearly 50% of the workforce.   Millennials are quite different then any generation before them. They view the world […]

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Does Average Handle Time (AHT) Matter?

I see a lot of chatter on my various social feeds around Average Handle Time. The major thrust of the communications is that AHT is now useless as a metric for anybody other than planners and to understand how effective you are at transacting with customers it’s all about measuring Customer Experience (CX), having effective […]

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5 Tips for Boosting Employee Engagement During the Holiday Period!

The holiday season can be really stressful and that only increases the challenge of keeping your employees engaged at work, here are a few reasons why employees may be stressed:   1. Companies push their employees harder to meet year-end goals, yet often fail to give them adequate recognition.   2. Kids are out of […]

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

FidoTrack’s first blog in Engagement Optimization revolves around a simple employee emotion but one that is incredibly absent in today’s workplace; happiness. One can argue about the reasons why it is important or why it is missing, however what is ultimately an undisputable net result of employee unhappiness is disengaged employees.   So why should […]

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3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do.   Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same […]

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Is Your Customer Engagement Ready For the Internet of Things?

The Takeaway: The IoT is fast approaching, and you need to adjust and adapt your customer engagement strategies and resources accordingly. The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting technological developments to emerge in recent years. As the IoT picks up steam, it will inevitably have a huge impact on companies in virtually […]

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A Really BIG Customer Satisfaction Survey No-No

Our company recently began working with a website optimization service. As the introductory phone call drew to a close, our new account manager asked me to take a customer satisfaction survey—and told me, “That’s how I get paid.”   This was useless, awkward, and inappropriate. It showed that what I had to say didn’t really […]

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Should Gamification Be Fun?

The Takeaway: For gamification strategies to deliver improved customer engagement, you need to balance your business objectives with genuinely enjoyable incentives.   Gamification deployments are fast becoming more common – and more expansive. Business leaders now realize there are virtually no limits to how or where gamification strategies can prove valuable, as this approach has […]

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