24 Experts Reveal the Single Worst Thing a Contact Center Agent Can Do During a Call

Talking to customers on the phone all day isn’t an easy job; that’s why it takes a special set of skills and characteristics to be a successful contact center agent. Even top-performing agents have bad days, though, and sometimes, things that are considered standard practice can frustrate customers. Hiring the right contact center agents is […]

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21 Business Analysts & Call Center Leaders Reveal the Optimal Role of the Business Analyst in Call Center Operations

Business analysts play an integral role in any industry, but they’re especially vital in call center operations. Responsible for evaluating requirements and existing business processes, business analysts identify areas for improvement and develop and implement solutions. They help call centers continuously optimize their processes and provide better experiences for both call center employees and the […]

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The Fusing of AI & Automation with Human Judgment in Call Center Success

Businesses looking to tackle mounting challenges in the global marketplace have turned to technology in ever-increasing numbers to level the playing field. The emergence of machine learning technology has played a major role in improving organizational efficiency in a variety of ways. Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers up a wealth of productivity-enhancing features fit for use […]

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Gone Virtual: Recap of the CETX Conference

After months of organizing, and re-organizing, we’re proud to say that our first virtual Customer Engagement Transformation Exchange (CETX) was a success! With over a thousand registrants, our inaugural CETX and very first digital conference also marked one of our largest events to date. While it may not have been our typical, in-person experience filled […]

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22 Customer Service Experts Reveal How Call Center Reps Should Address Complaints About Bad Customer Service

No company wants to receive complaints about bad customer service, but even companies that strive to create exceptional customer service will occasionally disappoint a customer. In many cases, those complaints first reach the ears of a call center rep. That’s why patience, empathy, and active listening skills are among the most important skills every call […]

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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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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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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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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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Call Center Regulatory Compliance

Accommodating regulatory guidelines and remaining compliant with strict mandates can be tough for any call center organization to do. As communication technologies continue to evolve, so too do the various threats that target them. Call centers are at the bullseye in terms of their strategic attractiveness for malicious actors. Such organizations regularly intercept and process […]

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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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4 Ways To Use Call Recordings for Better Contact Center Performance

According to a recent survey by Contact Babel of contact center professionals, over 90% of businesses record their calls, but only 34% are analyzing them with a speech analytics solution. Even with 21% saying they were looking to implement a solution this year, this is leaving a lot of customer and agent insight data wasting […]

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What is PCI Compliance Call Recording & Transcription: Definition, Expert Tips & Best Practices

PCI compliance call recording & transcription refers to the requirements set in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS is a set of strict regulations created to protect private financial information and prevent credit card fraud. To thwart would be fraudulent activity, credit card numbers (both the card number itself and […]

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CallMiner Announces 2 New Products: Capture and Visualize

We are excited to announce two new additions to our Eureka platform: Visualize and Capture. Visualize, powered by leading business intelligence platform Tableau®, brings your speech analytics data story to life through actionable, easily digestible insights displayed in a user-friendly dashboard. Capture acquires high-fidelity audio in real-time providing a foundation for faster, secure, and more […]

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3 Ways to Improve Your Call Center Monitoring Practices [Video]

Call center monitoring is one of the most effective ways call centers can improve their customer service; it gives managers the opportunity to watch (or rather listen) to their agents in action. By monitoring what agents say during interactions, managers can easily identify problems within their teams, maintain quality standards and compliance, improve the customer […]

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Summer Is The Time To Binge Watch Webinars

At CallMiner, we strive to consistently deliver valuable information through our learning center and the numerous webinars we host and are speakers on with our partners. We know you can’t always attend webinars in your busy day, but the summer is a great time to catch up on webinars you may have missed. And for […]

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Leveraging Best Practices to Empower Your Agent Workforce

When a customer contacts your call center, they expect answers to their questions and solutions for their problems. They don’t expect to find themselves on hold for a long time or talking to an agent not equipped to answer their questions. In a world where customer experience is more important than ever, call centers must […]

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