Your boss has asked you to find a third party call center for your inbound customer service or sales calls. You don’t know the first thing about what to look for, but it can’t be that hard, right? Here are a few things to consider and look for.
First, here’s a little bit of background: my area of expertise and focus is in inbound calls, including inbound sales and customer service. I believe that the front line team that speaks with your prospects and customers can make or break your business. While customers don’t see their face, they are the face of your business when the customer is calling in. Continue reading →
I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE the buzz of a call center floor! I remember hearing it for the first time after being out of the industry for about 10 years and it was so crazy– I did not realize I had missed it so much until I was standing in the middle of all those busy, energetic agents making calls. Those agents are the front line of any call center and if we don’t have excellent and exceptional agents, then we have nothing to provide to clients. There are some very key processes that your team can follow to ensure that you have the best of the best for agents and having a solid Quality Assurance process for call center monitoring is one of them.
Most call centers have their own Quality Assurance person or team, and some outsource the duty. Either way, the process should not be time consuming and it should be easy to execute by the QA team as well as easy to understand by the agent and client. Here are some reasons why you should develop a QA checklist that is short and concise for call center monitoring. Continue reading →
Making sure your employees are engaged is important but something we all struggle with. Engaged employees are not only happier but more successful and contribute more often. An employee who is not engaged is in a dangerous place. In danger of terminating their employment, in danger of becoming unsuccessful, in danger of becoming unhappy and more importantly being a danger-spreader to those that work with them and around them. So how do we keep everyone positively engaged? (Good question, right?) Continue reading →
Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School of Business interviewed call center and telemarketing industry expert, Angela Garfinkel, for the drive-time segment on SiriusXM 111 titled, “Work of Tomorrow”
Christian Terwiesch, Professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the segment each week which looks at how new technology is causing disruptions in existing industries, changing the meaning of work along the way.
In the episode featuring Angela Garfinkel, Christian and Angela discussed how call centers are evolving and how live agents are critical to business success in 2018. The episode aired on 1/15/2018 at 5 pm ET and is being repeated throughout the week.
Contact center management is equal parts art and science. The art is knowing how to relate to people and motivate them. The science is knowing how to accurately forecast, how to read the metrics and how to use the systems deployed in your contact center.
Today I’ll focus on the science side of the equation.
Forecasting for Contact Management Services
It is important to look to the past to plan for the future. To maximize efficiencies and to provide good customer service look to your historical call volume, chat volume and email volume during similar time periods to determine the probable amount of contacts you will receive not only on a given day, but most importantly during the peak time of each day. QCS drills down with “Deep Dives” into the data. With a great data team, you can get great forecasting! Continue reading →