Addressing agent stress with well-designed technology

Sources of agent stress In her recent article, Patty Yan identified 10 sources of agent stress. The top source was “Dealing with angry customers”. Number 6 was “Inadequate technology or equipment”. She described how one source could have a compound effect on the others. Slow loading applications make customers angry because they have to wait, […]

Speech Analytics – The “bigger boat” for bigger data.

“You’re going to need a bigger boat” Early in the film “Jaws”, the main characters go out on a fishing boat and have their first encounter with the great white shark. When they understand just how big and dangerous it really is, Brody, the Sheriff, then tells the captain: “You’re going to need a bigger […]

Self-service: How to handle increasing volumes without breaking the bank

Context In the late 20th century, companies recognized that serving customers remotely was more cost-effective than serving them face to face. The contact center industry was born. Since then, interaction volumes have risen sharply, as has the number of agents employed to handle them. The greatest cost is people. Thomas Moroney, writing for Customer Think, […]

Speaking the customer’s language

Everyone speaks English – don’t they? Despite Brexit and the pandemic, business still becomes more internationalized. The European Union (EU) has 24 official languages. These do not include languages spoken by non-EU nationals that live in the EU in sufficient numbers to justify contact centres handling requests in their own languages. For example, many organizations […]

Sentiment analysis – unravelling the mystery

What is it? In their September 2019 article, Nexidia defined sentiment analysis as a “branch of speech analytics that focuses specifically on assessing the emotional states displayed in a conversation.” Cloud computing has made sentiment analysis available for a much lower price, so interest in it has increased greatly. Customers usually make decisions based on […]

Putting the Omni back into Omnichannel

What is Omnichannel & why does it matter? It’s often thought that if a contact centre handles customer requests through voice, email and chat, that makes it an omnichannel contact centre. Handling requests through a number of channels puts the “channel” into Omnichannel, but not the “Omni”. The “Omni” part is related to the customer’s […]

Measuring CSAT

The many faces of Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) is one of the most talked-about KPIs in contact centres.  It’s also a broader concept. In this book, “Your call is important to us”, Boris Najafov mentions that at least 3 KPIs are considered to be CSAT measurements. The first is First Contact Resolution (FCR). […]

Every Cloud has a Silver lining for Commercial-sized Contact Centres

The question The adoption of cloud-based contact centre solutions has  drastically accelerated with Gartner predicting that 50% of all contact centres will make the journey to cloud by 2022. ‘Why are so many Contact Centres adopting cloud-based solutions? What are benefits, what are the risks’? The challenge A typical commercial sized contact centre employs anything […]

Bring on the bots!

The human factor Most problems start with people. Cloud contact centres replace the fixed costs of an on-premises solution with flexible costs that rise and fall with call volumes. What about the people? Agent salaries make up more than 60% of a contact centre’s running costs. Employing part timers to work during peak hours is […]

OMNINGAGE Connect Email – Keeping the “Cinderella channel” on the road

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E-mail – the “Cinderella” channel E-mail has been called the “Cinderella channel” of contact centres. As the first “digital” channel, it has also been called the channel that put the “contact” into contact centres. According to Hubtype, in 2017, e-mails were the second most popular communication method taking, on average, an 18% share of interaction […]