Call Center vs. Contact Center: What’s the Difference?

Callminer

Call centers and contact centers operate within the same general field of customer support and outreach. Call centers came first, focusing employees on handling large streams of customer calls at once. Call Centers Focus on Phones.

Contact Center 2020: Yesterday and Today

Contact Center Pipeline

In 2016, I spoke at a customer conference and the topic was, “Contact Center 2020.” At the time, 2020 seemed like it was forever away, and I had carte blanche to forecast whatever I wanted to about the potential state of the contact center in 2020.

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Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our July 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Inside The Issue call center contact centerWith Independence Day here in the U.S. just a few days away, it gives me pause to think about where we are as a country and as an industry. Needless to say, we are facing enormous challenges on both fronts.

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

Callminer

Operating a growing call center operation involves logging and assessing myriad moving elements at once. At the heart of most technological optimizations implemented within a successful call center are fine-tuned metrics. First Call Resolution.

Study: The Health of the Contact Center

1The Health of the Contact Center: Agent Well-Being in a Customer-Centric Era 2New study reveals heightened complexity of. 500 million to revamp the in-flight experience for its customers and improve customer relations in the contact. Contact centers have dramatically changed.

The Contact Center Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

Contact Center Pipeline

When invited to compile this list of customer service trends for 2020, naturally the first thing I did was look back at all of the predictions made the previous year.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our March 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of Contact Center Pipeline magazine! It is gratitude month for me at Contact Center Pipeline! Inside The Issue call center contact centerOur first issue was published in March 2009.

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

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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.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our June 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Inside The Issue call center contact centerThese are not easy times. The struggle is real. We have so many vital decisions to make for our operations that can have profound impacts on our staff and customers. Do we continue with a work-from-home strategy?

Call Center Metrics Best Practices

Callminer

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.

Exit Interview Questions for Call Center Employees

Callminer

Employee departures can be tough to handle in the fast-paced environment of a call center. Exit interviews allow lost talent to tell you what went wrong and what aspects of your call center’s operations could stand to be updated.

Operational Challenges in the Call Center Industry

Callminer

There are numerous issues for which call center managers and leaders must account in running a successful customer support operation. To help you in doing so, we’ve highlighted the major concerns typically encountered by call centers below. Ballooning Call Volume.

Call Center Regulatory Compliance

Callminer

Accommodating regulatory guidelines and remaining compliant with strict mandates can be tough for any call center organization to do. Call centers are at the bullseye in terms of their strategic attractiveness for malicious actors. Regulations That Impact Call Centers.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our February 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Welcome to the February issue of Contact Center Pipeline. Inside The Issue call center contact centerI’ve always thought of February as a fun month with the opportunity to show some love!

After the Pandemic: How to Bring Back the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption across nearly every line of business, and contact centers are no exception. As Chief Operating Officer of Televerde, I lead hundreds of contact center employees across 10 global […].

Where Contact Centers Go from Here

Contact Center Pipeline

Strategic planning call center cloud contact center cloud solutions contact center COVID-19 digital channels omnichannel work from home work-at-homeEveryone is talking about the way we’re functioning now as our “new normal.”

Call Center Floor Rules

Callminer

The floor of any call center is the organization’s mission-critical space intended entirely to serve the very purpose for which the center exists – handling calls. When rules are intelligently laid out and diligently upheld, call center operations flourish.

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our May 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Many of our centers are still in the midst of a full-blown struggle to keep up with a higher volume of customer contacts (with […]. Inside The Issue call center contact center COVID-19 WFM work from homeWhat a difference a month makes!

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our January 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

As 2020 begins, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and the place that Contact Center Pipeline holds today as a strong contact center resource, with a large archive of independent contact center articles and […].

Three Major Predictions for the 2020 Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Technology AI artificial intelligence call center contact center customer experience digital channels natural language processing NLP video chat virtual agentsIn today’s highly dynamic digital economy, there is no set safeguard against uncertainty.

COVID-19 and the Contact Center: Horror, Heartache, Humanity and Hope

Contact Center Pipeline

Has anyone besides me noticed how many contact center industry work-from-home (WFH) experts there suddenly are? Crisis Management call center contact center COVID-19 remote working WFH work from home workplace environment

Accomplishing Call Center Transformation with Unified Communications Softphones

Contact Center Pipeline

The contact center industry is seeing a growing need to improve operational efficiencies, enable increased flexibility and agent versatility, and deliver vastly enhanced customer experiences.

Contact Center Challenges and Priorities for 2020

Contact Center Pipeline

While I encourage you to read the full report, here are some observations that stand out this year: Top Contact Center Challenges With attrition garnering so many votes, we see a bigger drop in the […].

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

Callminer

Providing key metrics and clear numbers is primordial in any industry, and it becomes particularly challenging in the field of call centers. One of these methods is Call Center Service Levels. 5 different formulas call centers use. 60 calls were abandoned.

Call Centers Prepare for 2020 Hurricane Season

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If predictions are true, call centers are about to get busy. Call centers must be prepared with a business continuity plan that accounts for any type of disaster. Call Center Best Practices Contact Center Trends & Insights Advantages of the Cloud

9 Call Center Environment Best Practices

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Cultivating a productive call center environment involves optimizing many different facets of its operations. From facility design to computer systems and software integrations, all aspects of your call center that impact its internal atmosphere can affect employee performance.

Contact Center and COVID-19: Lessons Learned

Contact Center Pipeline

To say the Coronavirus pandemic caught many contact center executives unprepared would be an understatement. Home Agents call center contact center COVID-19 crisis management remote work work-at-home program

21 Call Center Managers Share Their Favorite Call Center Leadership Activities

Callminer

The role of a call center manager is complex and challenging. Call center leadership has a significant impact on performance by setting the tone of the workplace and fostering employee morale. Meet Our Panel of Call Center Managers & Business Leaders: Adeel Shabir.

Upskilling the Contact Center: Planning for Your Agents’ Future in an Era of Uncertainty

Contact Center Pipeline

Without doubt, the top priority for contact center leaders during a crisis is the human element—taking care of your agents […]. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, shifting last quarter’s priorities to the back-burner.

5 Call Center Training Best Practices

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Great customer service agents form the backbone of every successful call center operation. To ensure that your own call center’s training program is effective, give the following tips and best practices a try. Give Recorded Call Analysis a Go.

Boost ROI by Enhancing Contact Center Agent Performance

Contact Center Pipeline

An inbound customer service call center generated a 1,000% ROI in just four months of work. An outbound telesales call center doubled sales of a key product in just two months.

Meet Kathleen Peterson: Our April 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

Contact Center Pipeline

Area of Expertise: Contact center strategic visioning; working with executive leadership […]. Strategic planning call center contact center contact center value customer experience executive buy-in healthcare contact centers strategic visioning voice technology

How to Improve Contact Center Agent Performance

Fonolo

Is your contact center providing the best customer experience possible? One of the most challenging aspects of running a contact center is managing your team. Metrics for Evaluating Contact Center Agent Performance. First Call Resolution (FCR).

Call Center Preparation for the Coronavirus

Contact Center Pipeline

Call centers are a hub of germs! If someone in your call center gets the coronavirus, it could spread quickly. Having your call center quarantined can result […]. Crisis Management call center cloud-based dialer contact center COVID-19 crisis management remote work

Contact Center Executive Outlook on 2020 and Beyond

Contact Center Pipeline

That certainly seems true enough in the contact center world where the pace of change has been accelerating exponentially—often with dizzying effects for the three key elements of the contact center operations framework: […].

Call Center Automation Depends on Collaborative AI

TechSee

The global drive toward digital transformation has made its mark on contact center processes and operations, with Salesforce predicting last year that the use of AI by customer service teams would see a 143% increase by 2020. Post-call analysis also benefits from AI.

Automation Key to COVID-19 Contact Center Crisis

Contact Center Pipeline

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the contact center industry in a manner of disarrayed motion the likes of which have never been seen before. government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) […]. Crisis Management AI bots call center chatbot cloud telephony contact automation contact center conversational IVR COVID-19 crisis management omnichannel

A Checklist for Migrating Your Contact Center to the Cloud

Contact Center Pipeline

Numerous businesses rely on contact centers to field customer inquiries and manage customer service issues. Any disruption in network connectivity to these contact centers can lead to a loss of business and lost customer loyalty.

The Perfect Call Center Agent Does Exist

Fonolo

So, you’re hiring a new call-center agent. And even if you find them, they may not stick around; call centers are notorious for their high turnover. According to Avoxi , call center attrition rates hover around 33% on average.

The InsideOut Approach: Three Ways Managers Can Improve a Contact Center Culture

Contact Center Pipeline

Virtually every contact center understands the unique challenges its employees face: Agents often struggle with low pay, high stress, few chances for advancement, not enough training and poor leadership.