Preventing Contact Center Agent Burnout

Contact Center Pipeline

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Contact Centers Today… A Management Balancing Act

Contact Center Pipeline

From where I sit, this definition suits many a contact center. Quality ACW after-call work call center contact center contact center metrics Contribution to Capacity governance KPIs leadership performance metrics quality management quality programs service quality

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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. Technology call center cloud solutions contact center contact center resiliency five nines reliability geo-redundancy service level agreements SLAs technology redundancy

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.

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.

Where Contact Centers Go from Here

Contact Center Pipeline

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Contact Center Pipeline Magazine: Inside Our September 2020 Issue

Contact Center Pipeline

Just a few months ago, many contact centers had not fully embraced work-from-home, work-from-anywhere policies. Inside The Issue call center contact centerI think Greek philosopher Plato said it correctly: Necessity is the mother of invention.

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

Automation: The Contact Center’s Grocer

Contact Center Pipeline

Technology AI artificial intelligence call center automation chatbots contact center technology intelligent virtual agents robotic process automation RPA virtual assistantsIn times of crisis, we often find heroes in the unlikeliest of places. The current COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic is no exception.

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). Schedule Adherence call center contact center flexible scheduling non-traditional schedules schedule adherence scheduling WFM workforce management

8 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2020

In this eBook, we’ll arm you with the research you need to inform areas of investment, and 8 quick tips you can use to improve your contact center’s performance now!

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

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. Call Centers Scale with Agents.

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 KPIsBut to quote sociologist William Bruce Cameron: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

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.

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.

The Contact Center Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

Contact Center Pipeline

The influence of AI in the contact center was strongly touted, but in 2020 (after a number of false starts), artificial intelligence will finally start […].

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.

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 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 […]. Agent Development agent development agent skill sets call center contact center culture superagents universal agents upskilling work environment

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.

Contact Center Industry Perspectives and Resources

CCNG

We will continue to update this contact-center-centric resource as new information becomes available. COVID-19 for Contact Centers Member Response to COVID-19. CCNG hosted an interactive open forum for all members to address issues related to the COVID-19 spread and how our members' contact centers are dealing with people, planning, and procedures. Contact centers during a crisis: An action plan from experts.

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. Contact Center Industry Trends In February 2019, Century City-headquartered investment firm Skyview Capital completed its acquisition of customer care assets […].

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. Executive Support call center contact center customer analytics demonstrating value executive buy-inOur final installment of the differentiator series is perhaps the most important for customer service leadership.

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 […]. Crisis Management agent development call center communication contact center COVID-19 crisis management culture leadership training transparency

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.

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 […].

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! The best way to show your agents some love… recognize and support them.

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 environmentI thought there was only one, really. That would be Michele Rowan and I wrote about her in my April column (“On-Trend: At-Home Agents”). The timing of that column was totally serendipitous. We had no idea when we were […].

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. Technology call center contact center cross-functional collaboration sourcing strategy technology implementation technology planning technology procurement technology project planning technology ROI

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.

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.

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 managementOur focus was on which technologies are expected to have the greatest impact and what that impact might be.

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. Call Center Conferences call center call center events contact center leadership development

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: […]. Customer Experience agent role call center contact center customer experience CX design CX vision CX-UX alignment digital technology Gen Z generational trends proactive customer care training user experience

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

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 […].

Balancing Customer Experience with Fraud Prevention in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Data security call center contact center customer authentication customer data data security fraud prevention identify verification KBA knowledge-based authentication social engineeringCybercriminals exposed 2.8 billion consumer data records in 2018.

The Best Advice for Contact Centers in 2018: The Experts Weigh In

Fonolo

This is especially true for those of us involved in the cacophony of contact centers; we are essentially the appointed, trusted ‘brand listeners’ who hear many, many voices on a given day, including those of both customers and colleagues. Contact center professionals?

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 managementWe 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?”

60-Day Plan: Practical Upgrades for Your Remote Contact Center

Speaker: Roger Lee, VP Customer Success, Gridspace

As a result of COVID-19, contact centers are grappling with new challenges related to a remote agent workforce: agent absenteeism, long hold times, poor home internet and audio quality, less oversight, and new security and privacy risks -- all on top of unique customer demands. During this conversation, Roger Lee, VP of Customer Success at Gridspace, will share practical tips for how software can solve these problems in less than 60 days