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 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.

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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

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 […].

Your Complete Customer Engagement Handbook

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

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).

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 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 […].

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

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 […].

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.

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 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.

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.

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

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.

Making AI Work in the Contact Center

Contact Center Pipeline

Technology agent performance AI call center chatbots contact center customer experience digital transformation predictive behavioral routing self-service

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.

Data-Driven Approach to Proving Customer Success

Speaker: Irit Eizips, CEO, CSM Practice

Customer service, including contact center support and other customer facing teams must then: track the right customer data to prove value was achieved, and track the right KPIs to continuously improve their customer success strategy.

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.

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.

Innovation: What’s the Right Amount for Your Contact Center?

Contact Center Pipeline

This is particularly true in a dynamic contact […]. Innovation call center contact center change management culture customer experience initiatives innovation innovation tolerance model maturity model organizational design

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.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

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!

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 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?

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

Hybrid CX (Pt 3) - Why Organizations Feel Pressured To Go Digital And How To Help Them

Speaker: Errol S. van Engelen, Author, Speaker and Independent Advisor

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.

How One CEO Made His Contact Center a Home

Convoso

outbound sales Contact Center Culture Work-life balance Remote SalesIt’s a familiar scenario.

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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Why You Shouldn’t Hire Siri and Alexa in Your Contact Center

Call Center Coach

But in more ways then one, Siri and Alexa do not have the skills to be contact center agents. Thanks to Anthony Scodary of Gridspace for sharing his insight at Customer Contact Week. They need to be able to define declaratively what they want to search for in the call center.

Linking & Networking for a Better Agent Experience

Speaker: Jeremy Watkin, Director of Customer Experience at FCR

If you're a contact center leader you've undoubtedly been inundated with sales people trying to get you to hop on the chatbot bandwagon. But is this the best place to burn our operational calories?

Is Your Contact Center a Fantasyland… Or Not?

Contact Center Pipeline

Leadership call center contact center culture customer experience governance strategic decision-makingI am not the biggest fan of Disney, but I have always had a warm spot for Fantasyland.

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.

Why Your Contact Center Knowledge Base Needs to be Visual

TechSee

Core challenges for contact centers. Although 91% of companies have invested heavily in contact center knowledge bases, very few are seeing real ROI. Creating a visual contact center knowledge base. Agent: Hello, thank you for calling Longbow Telecom.

Unleashing Agent Retention in Contact Centers: Top Experts Reveal Secrets

Call Center Coach

The fifth step ( Step 1 , Step 2 , Step 3 , Step 4 ) in the contact center agent journey is about agent retention. Retaining contact center agents has always been a significant focus area in contact centers. Contact Center Industry Facts.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.