Call centers — or contact centers — have long been viewed as money pits, a necessary yet costly communications hub full of dollar-draining agents and overhead expenses. Part of the problem with this negative perception, however, stems from the fact that many companies simply don't know how to properly leverage a call center's financial perks. In fact, Ventana Research Inc. discovered that the measures used to manage a center haven't changed a great deal in the last 5 to 10 years, and that the focus remains on efficiency of handling calls and maximum throughput from the smallest number of agents. The result: a jaded view of a potential profit center.
Here's how a technology-enhanced contact center can generate revenue and cut costs.
Together, technology and the connective power of the internet are making drastic changes in what a typical work setting looks like today, and many companies are beginning to rely more upon a remote workforce. In fact, according to Global Workplace Analytics, “regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 105% since 2005.” more
Did you know that, according to Forbes, 86 percent of customers will pay more for a better customer experience? Customer satisfaction is always a worthy business pursuit, but to identify customer preferences and exceed expectations, you must keep pace with innovations in the technology your customers are using. more
Creating a great customer experience for each person who reaches out to your customer support center is vital to developing a loyal and ravenous customer base for your business. In fact, according to Walker Information, Inc., “By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and as the key brand differentiator.” more
With the ever-proliferating number of contact center software vendors, it can be difficult to determine which software application is right for your business. This guide for 2017 includes information about eleven top contact center vendors, including information on pricing, features, and strengths and weaknesses. more