Contact Center Pipeline

4 Characteristics of Best-in-Class Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

What does it take to deliver standout customer service? It’s a question on the minds of many business leaders since customer experience trumps price as the number one competitive differentiator in today’s economy.

Enhance Your Customer Support with Video

Contact Center Pipeline

It’s 2019: Your customers are going to expect immediate communication and results. At one time, sure, this seemed like a lot to ask for.

High Absenteeism? Consider Your Agents’ “Breaking Point”

Contact Center Pipeline

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty frustrated by clients, prospects and some contact center managers who think that the only reason agents are absent from work is because they are lazy.

3 Tips for Embracing an Agile Approach to Digital Transformation

Contact Center Pipeline

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

Time to Create a Better Desktop

Contact Center Pipeline

It jumped out at me as big news: Lack of and/or bad desktop tools took the #1 spot on our challenges list for 2019. That data confirms what we see in countless projects. Centers have many applications and a plethora of communication tools.

CRM 138

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 2: Internal Use and Adoption

Contact Center Pipeline

Consumers are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to save time and effort in their personal lives.

Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

Contact Center Pipeline

According to thefreedictionary.com, “onward and upward” is an expression that is defined as “something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead.” Ah, the future!

Surprising Ways to Motivate Your Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

I love movies. So, I was thrilled to win movie tickets as part of a contact center sales campaign back when I was an agent. However, the coworker sitting next to me hated movies and was not motivated at all by this contest. Everyone is different. What motivates one person may demotivate another.

Morale 400

It’s Time to Tune Up Contact Routing

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact center leaders often express dissatisfaction with their current technology. They think that if they’d just implement some new technology, they’d be primed to achieve their business goals.

Optimizing Customer Experience Data to Drive Business Success

Digital CX is an established practice. It’s time to focus on brick-and-mortar! This eBook covers the impact of CX on location-based businesses and best practices on how feedback is collected and data analytics are turned into insights that drive actionable improvements. Discover new ideas to fuel your business’s top and bottom line!

Speech Analytics in 2019 and Beyond: With Change Comes Opportunity

Contact Center Pipeline

If you’ve been lucky enough to be in the audience when an engaging speaker hits the stage, you know that his or her first words come with authority.

Building a Resilient Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

In the era of “five nines” of reliability, contact center leaders didn’t worry too much about the resiliency of their technology: It was always up. But with all the changes and permutations of technology, reliability can’t be taken for granted.

Garbage In, Garbage Out… Makes Contact Center Managers Want to Shout!

Contact Center Pipeline

Remember Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street”? For some reason, he was our son Brendan’s favorite character. He even had an Oscar the Grouch Halloween costume! During that period, I would sometimes borrow the mask to alert the family to an emerging “grouchy” condition.

Now What? The Impact of Chaos on Contact Center Operations

Contact Center Pipeline

We have all at one time or another uttered the phrase, “Now what?” According to TheFreeDictionary.com, this phrase means, “What is going to happen now? What kind of new problem has arisen?” In these days, the question is asked frequently and not always as it relates to the contact center.

A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

A great customer onboarding program is a proactive and meaningful way to make a lasting impact on customer engagement, retention, and expansion. In this eBook, Skilljar will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Protecting Customer Data, Part 3: Shining a Light on Dark Data

Contact Center Pipeline

Hoarding data has been the standard practice for most businesses for years.

Managing Attrition in a Strong Economy

Contact Center Pipeline

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate is the lowest in 48 years. When the economy is strong and contact center jobs are plentiful, retaining your top talent can become a daunting task.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 1: Common Applications and Misconceptions

Contact Center Pipeline

With consumers increasingly expecting anywhere, anytime access to conduct simple transactions, more businesses are deploying chatbots to handle routine and repetitive customer service tasks.

Differentiator Series, Part 5: Selling and Promoting the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Our final installment of the differentiator series is perhaps the most important for customer service leadership. Our topic is selling and promoting the contact center.

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

Tips and Techniques for Coaching Success

Contact Center Pipeline

Coaching agents is arguably the most critical responsibility for frontline contact center management. Effective coaching is known to foster agent engagement, reinforce and expand critical skillsets, boost productivity and deliver higher performance for the individual, operation and company.

To a More Cost-Efficient 2018

Contact Center Pipeline

Many of you reading this are likely in the throes of it right now: the annual budgeting process. You are being pressured to “do more with less,” and you will be held accountable for everything you agree to during this period (and yes, even some things that you never agreed to).

Let’s Chat About Chatbots

Contact Center Pipeline

Those chatbots that pop up on websites, apps or social media platforms may mimic human interaction, but they aren’t there to replace humans. When used correctly, they provide a helping hand so human agents can focus on what they do best, i.e., solve complex issues.

It’s Time to Rethink Your Approach to Supporting Customer Service Agents

Contact Center Pipeline

Building powerful and engaging customer experiences through the contact center requires several important ingredients—just-in-time and in-context analytics, artificial intelligence for self-service and after-contact work, seamless omnichannel options for customers, and fair, accurate scheduling.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

Is Your Organization Ready for a Coaching Culture?

Contact Center Pipeline

When it comes to culture, lasting change starts at the top with the leadership team.

Getting Off to a Flying Start… Or Are You?

Contact Center Pipeline

The idiom “off to a flying start” is defined as “a start or beginning of anything, as characterized by the participant’s vigor and enthusiasm.”

5 Important Trends That Impact Contact Centers Today and into the Future

Contact Center Pipeline

Trends drive business and social behavior, which is why we are always interested in observing and analyzing those that will impact contact centers and their suppliers now and into the future.

Automate Those Manual Processes

Contact Center Pipeline

Way too many centers have way too many manual process steps, negatively impacting the customer experience and the cost of doing business. Long handle times are the most obvious impact, but it also hinders agent training time, first-contact resolution (FCR), handoffs and consultations.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

3 Easy Agent Appreciation Ideas

Contact Center Pipeline

Hopefully, your Customer Service Week celebration is in full swing by now and your agents are basking in the glow of much-deserved recognition, food and gifts.

Ready to Promote Your Star Agent to Supervisor? Not so Fast

Contact Center Pipeline

Heather had been working as a contact center agent at ABC Electric for almost 18 months when her boss approached her with exciting news. He wanted to promote her to a supervisor! A standout performer, Heather’s Csat and FCR scores were consistently some of the highest on the team.

How to Prepare for 5 Customer Service Trends in 2019

Contact Center Pipeline

As organizations plan for success in 2019, emerging trends will influence how customer service is delivered. The evolving landscape will drive changes in how customer service representatives are utilized, trained and even compensated.

Voice of the Customer Survey: We Need Your Insights

Contact Center Pipeline

We need your help to better understand existing processes for gathering, processing and analyzing information about the customer experience. Give us your thoughts in this short Voice of the Customer survey. Results will appear in a future issue of Contact Center Pipeline.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

A 3-Step Guide for Integrating Coaching into the Call Center

Contact Center Pipeline

There is no question that managers wield a powerful sword. In fact, 75% of voluntary turnover is attributed to poor employee-manager relationships. You read that right: Three out of every four people who voluntarily leave a company do so because of poor management.)

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: A Sole Source of Data

Contact Center Pipeline

In our mid-year series discussing hot topics impacting contact centers, we have presented insights from industry experts on employee engagement, IoT-enabled service strategies, artificial intelligence and millennials.

Chatbots in the Contact Center, Part 3: Overcoming Customer Reluctance

Contact Center Pipeline

Customers want easy access to information—and they want it quick. They also have little patience for self-service options that can’t understand their needs or provide accurate answers to their questions.

How to Improve Your Center’s Loyalty and Retention Rates

Contact Center Pipeline

There is no such thing as, “just an address change” or a “simple customer question.” Every interaction is a loyalty situation: How that interaction is handled can either generate customer commitment or drive that customer away.

The Definitive Guide to Customer Education Metrics

As you build and scale your customer education program, the right data can help you identify patterns, make evidence-based decisions, and adapt strategy to meet business goals. In this eBook, Skilljar will share the data and metrics best practices that have helped their customers meet program goals and communicate business impact.