By Rich Hamilton, Director of Marketing & Product Development
It’s said that the heart and soul of most companies is their Inbound Contact Solutions operation (also known as an inbound call center). This vital department with an organization has an opportunity to get key customer insights and the call center interactions often make or break the customer relationship.
Author note: When I refer to inbound contacts, I’m talking about inbound voice contacts plus the other non-voice contacts that contact centers are responsible for handling, including email, text and chat.
Have you ever sat on hold, trying to call a company and finally gave up, never to interact with that company again? Making sure that your Inbound Contact Solutions operation is properly staffed is super important. Whether this is a first impression or an angry customer that is giving the company one last chance, each inbound contact can be vital. Continue reading
By Shannon Svasek, Operations Manager
How do inbound calls enhance outbound call programs? Many companies have an inbound customer service number. Customers can and do call in for a wide variety of reasons. They need to order an item or service, maybe they are unhappy with that item or service and wish to get a refund or perhaps to check the status of an order to name a few. But how do those inbound calls enhance the outbound call programs those businesses may be running? We will talk about that in a moment, but before any of that can happen you must have one really important piece – a great team! Continue reading
By Melissa Werth, Customer Service Supervisor
Author note: When I use the term inbound calls, I am also referring to other customer contacts like text, chat, and email. In today’s inbound customer service model, all of these customer contact types are viewed interchangeably.
You’ve made the decision to employ inbound call center outsourcing to save money, improve service or both. Inbound call center selection is not easy. There are lots of call center options. And after you’ve made the decision, you need to be prepared to make a heavy investment of time with the new team to ensure they are successful. Many executives and managers overlook the importance of the time investment when they are developing the plan.
To ensure your outsource initiative is successful, here are some keys to ensure success. Continue reading
By Nathan Teahon, Vice President
It amazes me when I visit a call center for the first time and see how ill-equipped some call center management teams are when it comes to having the right technology to manage their teams.
While there are many standard features in Inbound ACDs and multichannel call management platforms, there are three technology features that are absolutely essential for call center vendors. Continue reading
By Patricia Qvern, Operations Manager
As consumers, we want every call center that provides us service to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We want to be able to call and order a “thingamabob” at 1:00 AM, as well as, reach a live person to help when it’s 90 degrees and the air conditioner stops working. As consumers, we LOVE to have the convenience and reliability to pick up the phone and get what we want or need on our time schedule. The reality is, we don’t always get what we want and must compromise and call back during regular business hours and in some instances, it’s perfectly okay – just a little inconvenient.
But what about the times when you need immediate customer service? And how does a business determine if offering 24×7 inbound call center services is necessary? Continue reading