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4 Ways to Prepare for Seasonal Call Spikes

Whether they are tied to new product releases, holiday or seasonal promotions, unexpected global events or product glitches or mistakes, your call center is going to experience spikes in volume at various times throughout the year. The good news: It’s easy to prepare for these spikes and ensure that your agents have the resources and know-how to get through them while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Here are four ways to prepare for seasonal call spikes. Consult the Data   If you are using a call center platform like CallShaper, you are constantly collecting data on things like call [...]

By |May 15th, 2023|

3 Keys to Building a Successful Call Center

There’s a lot that goes into creating a call center that fulfills its role of improving customer experience and increasing satisfaction with your company, services and offerings. Whether you’re building a call center from the ground up for a startup, revamping a call center for an existing company, or just looking for ways to optimize the performance of your existing call center, these three keys should be at the core of your efforts to maximize the impact of your call center on your bottom line. A Well-Trained, Properly Sized Staff   Your staff are the heart and soul of your [...]

By |May 15th, 2023|

4 Ways to Make Your Call Center More Efficient

In the inbound call center business, efficiency is the name of the game. It’s where speed meets effectiveness, where all customers’ calls are being answered in a timely manner and all their problems are being solved in a satisfactory way. While the skill of your agents plays a big role in how efficiently they are able to work, there are steps you can take to support their ability to work efficiently. Here are four such steps. Streamline Call Routing   Customers hate waiting on the phone for their call to be answered. But the only thing they hate even more [...]

By |May 15th, 2023|

How the ABC Mentality Can Boost Revenue in Your Call Center

For any inbound call center, the number one goal should be customer satisfaction. But while there are metrics you can aim for and goals you can set, customer satisfaction can be difficult to quantify completely, which can leave your agents feeling a little unfocused and disengaged as a result. Enter the ABC mentality, which offers agents more quantifiable goals to work towards, plus takes advantage of existing opportunities to drive sales. Here, we’re breaking down how adopting an ABC mentality can go far toward boosting revenue for your business. First off, what does ABC stand for? In this context, [...]

By |May 8th, 2023|

Is An Offshore Call Center Right for You?

Offshore call centers can be an incredibly helpful tool for companies. They offer a significantly less expensive option than in-house, onshore or nearshore call centers, they are typically available during overnight hours in the US, the market is more competitive and the labor force is larger. But in addition to these considerations, if you’re deciding whether or not to use an offshore call center you also need to think about the tasks you need the call center to do. Indeed, some tasks and jobs are better suited to an offshore call center than others and a lot of it comes [...]

By |April 17th, 2023|

4 Ways to Improve Virtual Training

Now that more and more call centers are staffed by agents who are working from home either part time or full time, it is critical that the virtual training provided by call centers is just as comprehensive, engaging and helpful as in-person trainings were in the past. Not only does high-quality training guarantee that customers are getting the best possible service, but it also dramatically lowers agent attrition rates. Here are four strategies that will help you improve your virtual training. Offer Technology Training Before the Training   It can be easy to forget that even with the highest [...]

By |April 17th, 2023|

The Case For and Against Short Wait Times

No one likes waiting for anything. Especially in 2023, when everything from a random fact to a full meal can be accessed in seconds or delivered within minutes. People today seem to look for instant gratification and prioritize speed above all else, so it makes sense that call centers should prioritize it too, right? That the shorter their wait times, the more satisfied their customers will be? In some cases, this is true, but not always. Here, we’re breaking down when you should prioritize short wait times and when it’s okay to push it further down the list of [...]

By |April 17th, 2023|

3 Ways to Take Customer Service from Good to Great

It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that the quality of your product is no longer the most important thing when it comes to securing and keeping customers. Indeed, the quality of your customer service is just as important, if not more crucial—especially when it comes to holding onto existing customers. According to a recent survey from Emplifi, 86% of consumers said they would leave a brand they were once loyal to after only two or three bad customer service experiences and 63% said they would leave after just one. All that to say, good customer service is no [...]

By |April 11th, 2023|

4 Ways to Reduce Customer Complaints

Customer complaints are, sadly, inevitable when you’re in the inbound call center business. Even if your agents are offering top-notch service, you never know what sort of emotional baggage a customer is going to bring into a call that you will need to contend with. Or maybe a customer is perfectly patient and civil, but in the end you just can’t offer a satisfactory solution to their problem. Either way, customer complaints are going to happen. And while you likely can’t eliminate them completely, there are strategies that will drastically reduce the volume and frequency of customer complaints. Here [...]

By |March 31st, 2023|

3 Steps to Handling a Customer Service Backlog

Backlogs are an inevitable part of running a customer service call center. No matter how well prepared you are or how well trained your agents are, things happen that will stretch your waiting times and increase the number of customers in the queue so much that your agents start to sweat. The good news: If you take the proper steps to calmly and efficiently handle a backlog, you can keep agents from becoming overwhelmed and quickly work through the lengthening queue. Here are the three steps you need. Determine the Cause   Backlogs can be surprising and unexpected in [...]

By |March 31st, 2023|

Call Center Closeup: Dispatch Services

Many inbound call centers handle customer service calls coming from, well, customers. But not every inbound call center is solely outward-facing in this way, nor are the agents in every call center the ones offering solutions. One such example of an inbound call center that would not be considered customer service is one that offers dispatch services. Here, we’re taking a closer look at the types of dispatch services an inbound call center might offer. While the word dispatch has many definitions, for our purposes we are focused on the first one: to send off or away with promptness [...]

By |March 21st, 2023|

This Should Be the Focus of Every Customer Call

When a customer calls into an inbound call center, whether to seek help with a problem, inquire about a sale or promotion, schedule service, or some other reason, the call center agent they reach undoubtedly has a goal for the call in mind before they even answer the phone. The goal might be to resolve the problem and end the call as quickly as possible, or it may be to make a sale or renew a contract at any cost. While these are valuable in the short term, and may very well be what the customer and/or the company are [...]

By |March 14th, 2023|

3 Call Center Staffing Problems and How to Solve Them

Having the right people answering phones in your inbound call center is a crucial element of sustaining a successful business. That said, this is hard to achieve in the first place, let along maintain over the long term. There are countless roadblocks and problems call center staffers run into when trying to build a call center that adequately supports their customers while also supporting the ultimate goal of creating a profitable business. Here, three of the most common problems and advice on how to solve them. Problem: Too much agent turnover. Solution: Adequate training and support. Agent turnover is [...]

By |March 6th, 2023|

Call Center Closeup: Higher Education Call Centers

Institutions of higher education like colleges and universities may not be the first places you think of when it comes to organizations that utilize call centers, but they have to field a huge volume of inquiries from prospective and current students and their families. In fact, many large institutions may need to use an outsourced call center to keep up with demand at certain times of year so that everyone is able to get the information they need. Here, learn about some of the most common tasks that are handled in higher education call centers. Financial Aid Support   [...]

By |March 6th, 2023|

3 Questions that Can Transform Your Customer Experience

There are many metrics and statistics you can collect behind the scenes at your inbound call center, metrics like average call wait time, average length of call, and frequency of first call resolution. And while these are helpful and can drive needed adjustments in your processes, they don’t tell you much about the customer’s experience. Indeed, there comes a time when you just have to ask the customer for their thoughts—and one of the easiest ways to do this is via a single question survey that’s administered immediately after the conclusion of their interaction with your brand. Here, three [...]

By |February 22nd, 2023|
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