Boosting the Strategic Value of Customer Interactions

One of the most important leadership priorities in today’s economy is to ensure that your customer contact center delivers maximum strategic value to your organization. That, in turn, is what will get you the support you need from colleagues across the organization. It’s what will secure adequate funding, and will facilitate the means to attract the talents required. And it …

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Managing a Contact Center: The Immutable Laws

For contact centers to deliver great service they need to get the right resources in the right places at the right times. This is no easy task. I recently created a course for Lynda.com on Managing a Customer Contact Center. In this succinct course, you’ll learn what makes contact centers so complex, how to implement a solid planning framework, and …

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Strategy Drives Structure

Many contact centers have been through consolidations or restructurings that are really just cleanup efforts for lack of having or using an effective customer access strategy. For example, I recall helping an insurance company with agent group “consolidation.” Their sales team would sell an account to a major client and, if pressed by the prospect, would agree to provide a …

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Adherence to Schedule Tips

Adherence to schedule is an important performance objective for agents. It is within their control (when implemented appropriately) and measures if agents are available to handle contacts as scheduled. However, to ensure your approach is supporting the culture you want to establish, consider these suggestions for getting the best results: 1. Educate each person on how much impact he or …

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Common Causes of Turnover

Excessive turnover costs an organization in many ways: Higher recruiting and training costs; a lower average experience level leading to higher handling times, more transferred calls and lower service levels/response times; the need for more coaching and supervision; and the impact on everyone’s morale when key people leave. The best contact centers continually work on the root causes of turnover. …

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The Contact Center’s Role in Building Self-Service Channels

Many organizations are learning firsthand that contact centers can play a central role in encouraging and supporting low-cost access channels. For example, the contact center can provide a wealth of information on which contacts can be automated (or handled in customer communities), and what can be done to improve customer acceptance. Further — and paradoxically — providing agent assistance when …

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Empowering Employees to Be Customer Advocates

Lynda.com has given me the opportunity to record a few courses for their library. It’s been a great experience. One of the most recent courses is on Customer Advocacy – what it is, how it’s done and how to maximize its benefits. If you are interested in how to empower employees to be customer advocates and how to encourage customers …

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