Data is here to stay, and your call center’s engagement data is a treasure trove. Handling it manually has become an overwhelming task for call center managers, making advanced software and tools a necessity. Understanding the distinctions between reporting and analytics is the key to unleashing the full potential of this engagement data. This article will help you navigate this data-driven landscape, offering insights into the key differences between reporting and analytics and how they can elevate your call center operations to new heights.
The universal truth of running a call center is that the list of KPIs you could measure is endless. The challenge becomes planning the right KPIs for each stakeholder group – executives, managers, team leaders and customer service agents – within your organization. Here, we review and analyze three popular call center KPIs that affect all key stakeholder groups, as well as your customers.
CSAT score or CSAT is a customer satisfaction score. This metric is typically measured by surveying customers at various points in their buying journey. CSAT scores can be measured after a purchase, whilst onboarding for a new service, or after an interaction with customer support. The score itself is vitally important to organizations. CSAT helps businesses determine in which areas they are excelling and which they could improve to ensure their customers are satisfied with their experience.
If you work as a contact center manager, you probably have experienced the following scenario: You have several agents out on their scheduled lunches when your website experiences an issue and there is a sudden influx of calls. Your agents that are still logged on are managing the influx to the best of their abilities but you are watching calls getting abandoned and wait times climb. It is stressful for everybody involved and you know this situation could quickly escalate and have serious down-the-line consequences.
Call centers and contact centers are fast-paced environments with a variety of tasks, processes, and team members. However, due to these fast-paced environments, things can also easily fall apart quickly. High call volumes, long queue times, over or understaffing issues, and customer escalations are just a few examples of how a perfectly regular day in a contact center can turn ugly. Call center management is a complex skill to master, but fortunately, with the right tools, strategies, and mindset, the skill becomes more achievable.
If you have ever read any of our other blogs (which we highly recommend) you might notice that we use the terms call center and contact center interchangeably. We do this because we provide software that can benefit both call centers and contact centers but there is actually a difference in business application.
Today, consumers have more choices than ever when choosing a company to do business with. Since the barrier to finding alternatives is low, companies must provide a world-class customer experience to keep customers and drive more business. Given the importance of a call center team, performance should be closely measured and monitored. Call center key performance indicators (KPIs) are an important tool in performance monitoring, and understanding which KPIs to track is essential.
In the world of business intelligence, “data” and “analytics” are often terms used when discussing tools your business should or could be using more efficiently. But it gets confusing really quickly when you start looking into how to actually use and analyze data. Things quickly become about programming languages, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Or you click one too many times and you get into the weeds of advanced statistical analysis and regression models or predictive modeling.
We have all been there. You finally get a few minutes to make the call you have been putting off all week. You dial in and get put on hold. After waiting for what feels like an eternity you give up and hang up the phone, abandoning your call. A company’s call center abandonment rate is one of the most important key metrics to monitor and also one of the simplest to improve with the right modifications to your procedures.
We love the optimism and the hopefulness that beginning a new year brings. Individuals ruminate about self-improvement practices. Businesses try to forecast what is ahead of them and craft strategies to support those forecasts. Being a call center analytics software company, this is our favorite time of year at Brightmetrics™.