An abundance of key metrics can be used to gauge the efficiency of an organization’s call center or contact center operations. The Average Speed of Answer is often one of the most popular metrics to measure, but can also be challenging to decipher. At the basic level, Average Speed of Answer is about finding the fastest path to answering a customer’s questions.
“Your call is important to us” has become a common line in the world of call centers and contact centers. But how long are your customers willing to wait for a response from your customer service agent? We can predict the sentiment with the key performance indicator, known as Average Wait Time (AWT).
Not all organizations have the capabilities or resources to provide the level of call center support that customers have come to expect. Outsourcing customer service functions to an external third party often allow companies to focus their efforts on other elements of their business, like product or sales development, while also offering consistent and exceptional customer support. When considering outsourcing any customer service elements, BPOs become an important part of the conversation. Discover what a BPO call center is and the various components of implementing them in your customer support models.
Narratives around call center operations are constantly evolving. In an era of cost containment, labor shortages, and customer experience, everyone is looking for a “do it all” magic elixir. Supporting your workforce with the tools and guidance they need to succeed as revenue-generating agents is in the best interest of your business. Enter “in-house” brand champions.
In a call center, few things are as mission-critical as having adequate information. Being able to understand how each individual, team, product, and channel is performing together at any given point in time helps with agile decision-making and building positive customer experiences. The best way to get the information you need? Call center analytics.
In recent years, the customer service industry has been upended with pandemic-related challenges. In particular, call centers and their teams have had to quickly adapt to new work environments, technological barriers, high call volumes, and increased customer escalations, just to name a few. And as organizations continue to navigate and adjust to the expectations of their customers and employees, certain call center customer experience trends have come to light.
When you are communicating in person, we have much more than words on our side to help us get our point across. Body language, facial expressions, hand movement and gestures, and of course, our tone of voice help us deliver our message the way we intend it to be understood. So much of human communication is non-verbal and helps our brains figure out the context and meaning of messages. When we communicate over the phone and no longer have those nonverbal cues on our side, suddenly our word choice and our tone of voice become increasingly significant.
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.
Anyone familiar with call center management knows that keeping a close watch on metrics is a must when running efficient operations. There are dozens of call center Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be tracked but ultimately, it comes down to measuring what is most important to your team and business goals.
Whether your team has gone permanently remote, returned to the office, or you are working in a hybrid model, everyone seems to be struggling with how to engage their employees in a meaningful way that doesn’t come across as “forced fun” or “mandating culture”. So we’ve compiled a list of some popular ways to cultivate participation, engagement, and connectedness within your organization regardless of your industry, or if your team members are in office or remote.