Predicting Contact Center Average Handle Time Part 2

Bright Pattern

Last week Part 1 of the Predicting Contact Center Average Handle Time blog series discussed real-world examples and how to build a histogram to extract useful information for your contact center. average handle time

Cutting Average Handle Time With a Robot Assistant

Monet Software

Such luxuries are out of reach for the rest of us – but in the contact center, some agents are getting a little extra help from their own assistants. Attended automation” is a more sophisticated solution that provides real-time guidance and help as agents engage with customers.

How DSW Reduced Their Average Handle Time By 19%

SmartAction

We realized a couple of years ago that we could no longer grow our contact center at the same rate in which we were growing our sales. When I started here eight years ago, we had 40 people that worked in the contact center.

Mattress Firm’s Contact Center Rises and Shines – Improving QA Scores and Average Handle Time

NICE inContact

But the Houston-based company was losing sleep over its two contact centers. With average handle time (AHT) down by 21%, adherence up by 31% and QA scores up from around 50% to 70%, the positive impact on customer satisfaction is unmistakable. The post Mattress Firm’s Contact Center Rises and Shines – Improving QA Scores and Average Handle Time appeared first on NICE inContact Blog.

Young Energy Improves Average Handle Time (AHT) and Motivates Contact Center Agents

NICE inContact

In fact, implementing NICE inContact CXone has resulted in significant improvements in everything from average handle time (AHT) to average speed of answer (ASA) to quality assurance scores.

7 Essential Tips for Reducing Average Handling Time

VocalCom

Time plays a key role in customer service. For this reason, average handling time, or AHT, is often considered an important metric to measure in the contact center, as agents strive to offer great customer service while keeping their interactions as short as possible. Keeping agents well-informed is essential to reducing average handling time. Whenever agents need time to find or process information, customers should be kept informed.

Allied Irish Banks and Deutsche Telekom pioneer voice biometrics to ease customer effort

Nuance

Visit Nuance's What's next blog to see the full content. Customer experience authentication average handle time banking call center contact center customer experience fraud security voice biometrics

14 Critical Call Center Metrics You Should be Tracking

NICE inContact

As a contact center manager, you’ve got a lot of metrics to choose from as your key performance indicators (KPIs). In this blog, we help narrow down this long list to help you focus on the metrics that, when improved upon, will really help your contact center thrive.

Beyond Containment

Nuance

One of the key strategies by which contact centers can continuously optimize their performance is in measuring […] The post Beyond Containment appeared first on What’s next. Visit Nuance's What's next blog to see the full content.

Count to 5 for perfect multi-channel forecasting

teleopti

Having the right number of agents in the right place, at the right time is easier than you think. Use it to spot deviations from normal events such as unexpected spikes in call volumes or even different average handling time (AHT) patterns.

25 Call Center Leaders Share the Most Effective Ways to Boost Contact Center Efficiency

Callminer

Most call centers struggle with efficiency at one time or another. And because efficiency is directly tied to minimizing overhead costs in the call center, it’s a prominent challenge. Meet Our Panel of Contact Center Experts: . She writes for the blog of Dialer360.

ROI of Social Customer Service: How to Calculate It and Create a Strong Business Case

Natalie Petouhof

Customer care extends far beyond the traditional call center. Once everyone is on board, it’s time to create some baseline metrics and goals and then determine what the ROI needs to be based on the program qualifications being set in place.

Add Mindfulness to Your Contact Center WFO and IVR Strategies

Verint

You may know from personal experience that low-performing, partially effective contact center technologies and overwhelmed customer service employees are not a winning combination. Being mindful with your contact center IVR and WFO strategies can help you get better at the things you care about for your business.

Essentials of Cloud Contact Centers

Noble Systems

In a previous blog , we outlined advantages of moving a customer experience platform to the cloud. Ultimately, your unique business needs will determine what is included in your cloud contact center system. Speech analytics is another essential for cloud contact centers.

Driving Holistic Customer Engagement Excellence

Verint

As discussed in a recent blog post by Laurie Wickham, the 2017 Verint Engage Global Customer Conference took place recently in Orlando, Florida with attendees from 17 countries and a variety of industries.

Workforce Management Basics in Today’s Contact Center: Part 2

NICE inContact

In Part One of this two-part series, we sought to demystify the forecasting and scheduling components of contact center workforce management. Once those areas are identified, you can adjust agents’ shifts, moving around shift times, breaks, lunches, etc. Real-time adherence.

Guest Blog: Are You Setting the Right Customer Experience Goals?

ShepHyken

It’s that time of year again. Time to start planning for your 2019 customer experience initiatives. This rings especially true in the contact center, where many of the simpler, repetitive tasks are still performed by humans.

Coaching — Medicine for the Contact Center

NICE inContact

However, every day in the contact center, supervisors and managers send incomplete messages to their agents, failing to prescribe what “medicine” is needed to correct their performance problems. The contact center may have a great quality management program that provides agents evaluations on their interactions as well as a stellar performance management platform that gives agents real-time insights into how they are performing against specific goals and metrics.

New Ways to Think About Contact Center Quality Monitoring

NICE inContact

Contact center managers know that quality monitoring and management is necessary to maintain or improve Customer Satisfaction (CSAT). Improving contact center quality is one of those activities that deliver perpetual benefits.

What is Call Wrap Up Time? 5 Ways to Reduce It in Your Contact Center

Talkdesk

Reducing average wait time and average handle time in your contact can yield huge customer satisfaction increases for your business. In this blog, we outline what call wrap up time is and actionable steps you can take to reduce it in your contact center.

Workforce Management Basics in Today’s Contact Center: Part 2

NICE inContact

In Part One of this two-part series, we sought to demystify the forecasting and scheduling components of contact center workforce management. Today 70% of intraday issues are handled manually by the WFM team, managers or supervisors, but most leading workforce management software can automate intraday reforecasting for individual intervals, as well as automate much of the schedule change workflow. Real-time adherence.

Intraday Management — GPS for the Contact Center

NICE inContact

Intraday reforecasting allows for the contact center to reevaluate needs based on the day-of trending of volume, average handle time, and service levels. Typically, the platform will display the number of expected contacts — aka the original forecast — alongside the days’ actuals so far by interval. For more ways on how to elevate your contact center, check out these resources.

Ten Dumb Things Smart Contact Center Executives Do

Taylor Reach Group

There are a lot of smart — very smart — individuals managing and directing Call and Contact Centers today. Yet these bright, bright people still manage from time to time to do things that defy understanding. Not reading trade press, blogs and newsletters. “We

Emojis At the Contact Center? Why Not?

Monet Software

Do they have a place at the contact center? Perhaps average handle time (AHT) is the toughest challenge, or cutting down on abandoned calls. Let’s stick with average handle time as an example. Have you used emojis at your contact center?

Workforce Management (WFM) – Using Historical Data for Contact Center Forecasting

NICE inContact

Forecasting is a critical component of a call center’s workforce management program. A bad forecast can directly lead to under- or overstaffing, which then has cascade effects on average handle time, CSAT, labor waste… the list goes on and on! However, one critical component is the accuracy and reliability of the historical contact volume data from which your forecast is generated.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Data Gathering Made Easy

NICE inContact

When it comes to reducing expenses within contact center operations, one of the best ways to do so is to reduce the amount of time that live agents spend on the phone. The post Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Data Gathering Made Easy appeared first on NICE inContact Blog.

Workforce Management (WFM) – Using Historical Data for Contact Center Forecasting

NICE inContact

Forecasting is a critical component of a call center’s workforce management program. A bad forecast can directly lead to under- or overstaffing, which then has cascade effects on average handle time, CSAT, labor waste… the list goes on and on! However, one critical component is the accuracy and reliability of the historical contact volume data from which your forecast is generated.

7 Contact Center Glossary Terms You Need to Know

NICE inContact

I could take you through a litany of common contact center terms and definitions … but why? In fact, I’ve included a link to an unbiased market source at the end of this blog. To understand todays technologies and what they mean to your business is key to help make the right investments in your customer experience – here are some of the most researched contact center terms: . Cloud Contact Center – Cloud computing… applied to the contact center.

How to Cash in on Contact Center Failures

NICE inContact

If you’ve manage an aging contact center, then you’ve probably identified several inefficiencies which limit your success. Maybe its call volumes that exceed contact center capacity. Whatever the reason, when troubles reduce the contact center to nothing more than a tightly managed expense, it becomes very difficult to ask for improvements. These savings can then be applied to contact center improvements.

Three Essential Qualities Of an Efficient Contact Center

Monet Software

The dictionary defines efficiency as “effective operation as measured by a comparison of production with cost (as in energy, time and money).”. Sounds like the goal every contact center manager sets at the start of a new year. Common contact center KPIs include: Hold times.

Contact Center Agents: The Key to Great Customer Experiences

VocalCom

At the same time, they are swayed by products that appeal to their tastes and values, and their interactions with brands can fail or succeed depending on how their feelings are treated. Here are five ways to empower your contact center agents.

Contact Centers Focusing Less on 80/20 Service Level

Fonolo

In the wide world of call center metrics, “service level” has always held a special place. Its origins go back over 5 decades, to the earliest days of call centers. Even more astonishing is that most call centers would name the same target value for that metric: the magical “80/20”.

Quantify your Contact Center Success with CCaaS and KPIs

NICE inContact

In our last post we talked about how using a “Contact Center as a Service” (CCaaS) may be a better use of resources as opposed to purchasing and maintaining contact center technology in your own data center. Explain how a contact center upgrade will improve KPI’s.

Contact Center Metrics ARE Customer Experience Metrics

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the ICMI Blog on March 29, 2018. But how many would list quality assurance, a standard contact center metric, as a customer experience metric? What about average handle time, service level, or agent attrition?

4 Tips for Using Slack to Improve Contact Center Communication

Customer Service Life

This article was originally published on the ICMI blog on January 24, 2019. But in my context, it was contact center agents casting a wide net by instant messaging multiple supervisors and managers on duty for help with an issue.

Contact Center Resolution Number 2 – Improve AHT and Agent Engagement with Screen Pops

NICE inContact

“Hello Lauren, thank you for contacting customer service, what can I help you with today?” With good cloud-based contact center solutions, implementing agent screen pops have never been easier. However, benefits extend to other contact center metrics as well.

5 Qualities of an Exceptional Contact Center

VocalCom

A contact center is the backbone of a company’s customer service department. As customer experience is a top priority for brands these days, a well-functioning contact center is vital to winning customer loyalty. Here are five qualities of an exceptional contact center that lead to outstanding customer service. A great contact center needs efficient internal communications. Contact centers collect plenty of data.

Guest Blog: 4 Easy Ways to Achieve Difficult Customer Contact Goals

ShepHyken

Making for a jointly admirable and problematic reality, the customer contact community often takes a lofty, wide-eyed approach to strategy and technology. Today’s thought leaders and customer contact professionals clearly understand the importance of delivering exceptional experiences.

Omnipresent Contact Center Agents in the Age of Instant Gratification

NICE inContact

As cloud communications companies like RingCentral and inContact have matured, the contact center world has been seeing an increasingly rapid move to the cloud. At the same time, we see a trend away from traditional contact center metrics like average handle time, and towards newer, customer-focused metrics like customer satisfaction, or CSAT. Taken together, these two movements are bringing about real change in the contact center.

Top trends for the contact center in 2019 – part 1, the human touch

Noble Systems

Many of the 2019 trends indicate a “back to basics” approach with an emphasis on the ultimate goal for contact centers — to foster meaningful connections with consumers. In Part 1 of this blog we will discuss the “Human” category trends.