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.

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

7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation

Call Center Coach

7 Tips for Creating A Contact Center that Fuels Transformation. Being a contact center leader has become more important in business transformation than being a CEO. In a contact center the most important leaders in the transformation are on the frontline.

This Is What Destroys Contact Center Morale

Call Center Coach

And this is what destroys contact center morale? Just like your customers hate to have an expectation not met, so do your contact center agents. Let’s get real, how many of your contact center agents actually interact with c-level executives?

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See the PureCloud call center in action

All cloud contact centers are not created equal. PureCloud software is the next-generation, all-in-one cloud contact center solution that helps you manage multichannel customer interactions from a single application.

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.

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

Forgotten Yet Key Source for Contact Center Best Practices

Call Center Coach

I’ve been very fortunate to have gained different perspectives in the contact center industry. If you ever get the chance to come to Charlotte, make sure you put Coke’s contact center on your list to visit.

Why the best contact centers ignore survey scores

Call Center Coach

When it comes to improving survey scores, most contact centers have way too many obstacles and paths in front of them, so they need to learn to take a path less traveled. I rarely have ever found a successful senior contact center leader say, “Our goal is to be average.”

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. Technology call center contact center data management data sources

Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions?

Call Center Coach

When you’re thinking about making the decision to implement chatbots in your contact center, how should you start? Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions? at Call Center Week in Las Vegas. AI chatbots can support your contact center agents too.

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

Contact Center Quality is NOT a Score: Stop Using Checkboxes

Call Center Coach

Contact center quality is transforming just like many other aspects of contact center operations. Here is an edited version of our interview: Jim Rembach : This is Jim with the Fast Leader Show and I am at Customer Contact Week with Jim Iyoob of ETech.

Worried? Is Your Contact Center Failing You?

Beyond Philosophy

Contact centers are often the communications lifeblood of a business. So how do you make sure your contact centre is set up to deliver the ultimate customer experience ? There are two things about communicating with a contact center that can drive clients to frustration.

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 Agent to Supervisor Success Path

Call Center Coach

Being able to accelerate the path from successful contact center agent to supervisor success is a top priority in the contact center industry. Contact Center Agent to Supervisor Issues. Nowhere is this job change more evident than in the contact center.

2018 Contact Center Technology Survey Reveals Critical Needs

Contact Center Pipeline

Our 2018 contact center technology survey shows that some things never change, even in an era of massive change! It had been six years since we reached out to contact center professionals to take stock of their technology views.

Turning Your Contact Center into a Profit Center by Leveraging Chat

Speaker: Tony Medrano, CEO of RapportBoost.ai

Live chat as a communication channel has significantly grown in recent years as the leading digital contact method, according to J.D Technology has allowed for more instant communications, creating a new opportunity for businesses to connect with customers.

What’s Holding Back the Contact Center Industry?

Fonolo

Contact centers are like people: We’re all at different stages, chugging along healthily but sometimes faltering along the way. As we begin to look back at 2018, one thing is becoming clear: Not every contact center is created equal.

Don’t Ignore the Economics of Your Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

If you’re in call center management, you’re […]. Compensation agent pay call center contact center cost managementFair warning: Reading this article could be painful for you.

The Straight Scoop on Contact Center Analytics

Contact Center Pipeline

Most contact centers know they need a more analytical approach to understanding the customer experience. In our 2017 Workforce Optimization Survey, a high percentage of centers indicated that analytics falls within the “Have but do not use effectively” category.

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

Contact Center Pipeline

Strategic planning call center contact center strategic planningRemember 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!

Artificial Intelligence in Cloud-Based Solutions

Speaker: Rick Nucci, Co-Founder & CEO of Guru

With the advent of chatbots, artificial intelligence, interactive voice response, and machine learning, novel technologies continue to disrupt the contact center industry. How to leverage AI to drive cloud-based solutions in contact centers.

Four Best Practices for Onboarding New Contact Center Employees

Contact Center Pipeline

Hiring and onboarding new employees are processes that no contact center manager takes lightly, especially since high agent turnover remains a top challenge. Onboarding call center contact center hiring onboarding training

What to Expect for Contact Centers in 2018

Contact Center Pipeline

Of the most impactful priorities for contact centers in 2017, customer experience was at the top of the list. Technology agent desktop analytics call center contact center omnichannel

How You Can Make A Big Difference in Contact Centers

Call Center Coach

Meeting with Nate Brown from United Laboratories at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo was absolutely a thrill. Especially catching up with him after being the MC of the ICMI Global Contact Center Awards. During our interview Nate shared some important current and future insights into the contact center industry and how you can make an impact. And leave a legacy that positively impacts the entire contact center community.

Top 3 Trends in Contact Centers Today

Call Center Coach

I met up with Justin Robbins at the opening Demo Hall Bash at the CCDemo in Las Vegas to find out about the top trends in contact centers today. What are the top 3 trends in contact center today?” AI is making the contact center agent a more valued organizational asset.”

Another Disruption in Contact Centers: Pay Dramatically Increases

Call Center Coach

The contact center agent job is getting harder, talent is harder to attract, unemployment is down and the labor market is tight…all of this is causing a disruption in contact center pay. With such a large number of people in society living from paycheck to paycheck…or payday to payday, contact centers can differentiate themselves by giving employees more control of when they get paid. And for many, these are the majority of workers in contact centers.

Bed Bugs Invading Contact Centers: New Issues in Performance

Call Center Coach

Just when we think managing all of the different customer contact channels, and those customers that can never be satisfied is pesky – we now must add beg bugs to the list of contact center performance issues. While at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo I was walking the Expo Hall and spotted a vendor that caused me to pause. Bed bugs in contact centers?! That’s why Orkin was at the Contact Center Expo.

Lassoing the Wild West Contact Center Technology

Call Center Coach

And Lori Bocklund has seen both happen in the current Wild West of contact center technology that exists today. Unstable Contact Center Technology. As Lori states, when it comes to contact center technology, all of this is happening.

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: Artificial Intelligence

Contact Center Pipeline

In our five-part series on hot topics that are impacting contact centers, we asked industry thought leaders for their insights on why these topics are worth exploring, how they will affect contact center operations, what actions leaders can take to prepare their centers, […].

Enhance Contact Center Engagement and Performance with Meaningful Recognition

Contact Center Pipeline

In the contact center, recognition for a job well done does wonders for boosting morale and motivation. Rewards & Recognition agent engagement agent motivation agent recognition call center contact center recognition programs

Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our October 2018 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

All the surveys tell us how important quality service is across contact channels. Inside The Issue call center contact centerI haven’t seen a survey yet where customers say that service isn’t important.

Coming Soon to a Contact Center Near You!

Contact Center Pipeline

Bots, asynchronous messaging, augmented reality and machine learning are at the doorstep of the contact center, too, modifying the customer journey and putting pressure on traditional businesses […]. The landscape for engaging with customers is changing fast.

Are You Protected? Why Every Contact Center Needs Social Engineering Training

Contact Center Pipeline

Imagine there is an angry customer calling your contact center. Data security agent training call center compliance contact center customer privacy cyberfraud cybersecurity protocols data security social engineering

Contact Centers: The Secret to Business Intelligence

Contact Center Pipeline

In the era of big data, leading contact centers are taking a hard look at their use of analytics. However, with the increasing tsunami of contact center data available at your fingertips, knowing which data-dots to connect in order to reveal the underlying business insights can be challenging at best. Customer Intelligence call center call center reporting cloud solutions contact center contact center analytics

This is where you break down barriers to enhance contact centers

Call Center Coach

Contact centers around the world face similar challenges, yet so many continue to work in silos. Many contact center leaders have an opportunity to accelerate their success by collaborating with others. Infographic – Contact Center Supervisor Success Blueprint .

Putting Humanity in Contact Centers

Customer Relationship Metrics

It’s just the nature of the contact center industry. Or is it time to put humanity into your contact center? “It’s It’s time to put humanity into your contact center.” Managing a contact center is fast paced and furious.

How Artificial Intelligence Amplifies Contact Center Supervisor Performance

Call Center Coach

While meeting with Sean Minter of AmplifAI at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo we explored the potential value that Artificial Intelligence could deliver to the frontline contact center supervisor’s performance. Here is an edited transcript of our interview: Jim Rembach : Hey this is Jim with the Fast Leader Show and Call Center Coach and I’m here with Sean Minter of AmplifAI. And we know manager is the hardest job in the contact center.

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: IoT-enabled Service Strategies

Contact Center Pipeline

In our mid-year look at five“hot” topics that have been garnering much attention recently, our last post offered insights into why employee engagement is so critical to modern contact centers.

Hall of Fame Contact Center Advice for Modern Times

Call Center Coach

And to capture some of the wisest contact center advice we often have to look to our mentors to guide us. I was humbled and reminded of this fact as I spent some time asking Gerry Barber some questions at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo. Hall of famer with the contact center industry through ICMI and we’re at the ICMI Expo. You know most of us in the contact center going to take some great representatives and say you’re a leader.

Contact Center Executive Outlook on Employee Engagement

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact centers have learned a lot about employee engagement in recent years, most significantly that the foundation […]. Agent Engagement agent feedback agent retention call center contact center continuous improvement employee engagement mentoring recognition transparencyEmployee engagement continues to top the lists of management challenges—and with good reason.

Fast-Tracking Your Journey to Workforce Optimization: Tips for Mid-Sized Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

Today’s mid-sized contact centers face many of the same business requirements as their larger counterparts, such as the need to drive sales, manage operating costs and deliver high-caliber customer experiences. Technology call center contact center WFO workforce optimization solutions