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.

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

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Contact Center Metrics Roundup

Contact Center Pipeline

The contact center’s data-intensive environment with its multitude of metrics can make it all too easy to fall into a “managing by metrics” mindset. Metrics call center contact center contact center metrics customer experience customer metrics key performance indicators KPIs

Revisiting Contact Center Schedule Adherence

Contact Center Pipeline

When you find someone in a contact center who is passionate about schedule adherence, it’s a good bet he/she is (or once was) a member of a workforce management team (WMT).

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

The Making of a Contact Center Superagent

Contact Center Pipeline

The universal agent is certainly not a new concept for contact centers. Within today’s contact center, however, several trends are converging and creating […].

4 Characteristics of Best-in-Class Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

While no secret formula makes for an outstanding experience, ICMI has uncovered four characteristics that the ICMI Global Contact Center Awards winners […]. Customer Service call center call center awards contact center customer service world-class service

Continuum Global Services: Launching A New Contact Center Industry Brand

Contact Center Pipeline

As customer interactions continue to become more complex, the contact center industry is increasingly turning to mergers & acquisitions as an effective solution to expand scale, improve access to new technologies and enhance geographic coverage.

Make Contact Center Technology a Strategic Tool

Contact Center Pipeline

I’ve logged a few decades working with hundreds of contact centers. So, here’s one thing I know for sure: Contact center technology can be absolutely transformative.

How One CEO Made His Contact Center a Home

Convoso

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Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

The Future of the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

We embarked on a fun little survey this spring to gather input on the future of the contact center. Technology AI analytics artificial intelligence automation bots call center contact center industry research mobile apps robotic process automation RPA WFM workforce management

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: […].

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our April 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Inside The Issue call center contact centerI hope our April issue finds you safe and well. You may have seen Mr. Rogers’ quote that is so applicable for our times: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers.

Contact Center Supervisor Training – Contact Center Fitness Boot Camp

Call Center Coach

Supervisor training with Call Center Coach’s virtual boot camps can take on a variety of developmental areas. Virtual boot camps provide a hands-on and action-based way for contact supervisor training to deliver greater value. Our newest boot camp is on contact center fitness.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

Declaring Victory in the War on Contact Center Agent Performance

Call Center Coach

Whether you’re fighting the battle to stop eating that dessert you love that’s bad for you, or you continuously battle a war with contact center agent performance, it’s time for you to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. And in contact centers they all need to be managed for success.

Tear Apart and Put Together Your New Contact Center

Call Center Coach

Flexibility is often an innocently misunderstood element in the contact center technology evaluation criteria. Afterall, unless you’re evaluating and implementing a wide-array of contact center technology as part of your everyday job, it’s just impossible to keep up with.

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

Contact Center Nation

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact Center Nation is where passionate fans of the customer experience come to learn, share, connect and collaborate. We bring dynamic groups of Contact Center, Customer Service and Customer Experience Professionals together in person and virtually.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

Making AI Work in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

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Creating a collaborative contact center culture

TechSee

The traditional contact center – with agents in cubicles following scripts and rushing to meet individual KPIs – will soon be a thing of the past. Agent collaboration also enables a higher First Contact Resolution (FCR) rate by eliminating time-consuming escalations.

Contact Center Cost Models Help Quantify ROI

Contact Center Pipeline

Centers all bear the same types of costs to conduct their operations, whether they’re attributed to the contact center budget or to that of IT or other parts of the organization.

NEW Ways to Supercharge Contact Center FCR and AHT Performance

Call Center Coach

I’ve been amazed at some of the new ways to drive agent performance in contact centers. Common KPIs like First Contact Resolution (FCR) and Average Handle Time (AHT) might be common KPIs but they ways they are being improved upon are very dynamic.

Exceptional Experiences for Employees and Customers

One of the top trends driving a new communication experience is how companies are competing on the customer experience. Organizations that combine contact center and business communications see 3x higher customer satisfaction and 2.4x revenue growth.

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

Contact Center Pipeline

Our topic is selling and promoting the contact center. This activity starts at the highest levels, and the objective is to help all key decision-makers understand how valuable a contact center is to a successful enterprise.

Contact Centers Stream Past Virtual Agents to Virtual Presence

Call Center Coach

For many contact centers taking the leap to implement virtual agents to handle the simple and repetitive tasks is somewhat an easy decision to make. But for one contact center that implemented virtual agents, their call handle times quadrupled!

Contact Center Customer Experience Best Practices

Callminer

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. What customer experience best practices to you leverage in your contact center?

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 […].

Customer Context at the Speed of the Conversation

Reliable communications are mission critical - leading companies are tapping into cloud technology by moving to an omnichannel contact center that lowers costs, plus streamlines IT support processes and the management of hosted software and infrastructure.

Now What? The Impact of Chaos on Contact Center Operations

Contact Center Pipeline

In these days, the question is asked frequently and not always as it relates to the contact center. Strategic planning call center change management contact center leadership process improvement scalability workforce management

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. And as they say, the rest is history.

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 […].

Managing Different Personalities in the Contact Center: The Platinum Rule

Contact Center Pipeline

Communication call center coaching communication contact center employee incentives hiring performance management personality assessments personality testingEarly in my management career, I followed the Golden Rule: Treat others as I would want to be treated.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

Transform your contact center to build relationships with your customers that will last a lifetime

Use Agent Voice DNA to Improve Contact Center Hiring Results

Contact Center Pipeline

Technology AI analytics artificial intelligence call center contact center predictive hiring prehire assessments speech analytics voice analysis voice characteristics voice DNAProviding a good customer service experience is more important than ever.