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.
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.
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.
When you think of common analytics tools, what first springs to mind? Perhaps, Google Analytics? Good guess. It is a super popular tool. In fact, 29 million sites on the internet use Google Analytics. But, Google Analytics is not an analytics tool but actually a reporting tool. Now you may be thinking…. Is there a difference between reporting and analytics? The answer is YES!
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 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™.
2020 was, well, quite a year. Living through a pandemic for the past several months (feels like an eternity) has been hard on us all. Many of us had to quickly pivot the way we were doing business and develop what is now, our new, more flexible, business-as-usual. While we all continue to adapt, one thing remains constant – our want, or rather, need for immediate gratification.
We don’t have to convince the dedicated operators of the contact center. They know they’ve spent hours, maybe days agonizing at their desks pulling together data from customer interactions, extracting it into Excel, merging, “vlookup”ing, pivoting to get business insights, and pulling it all together into a presentable format to give to leadership. The native reports and dashboards can’t get you what you need.