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Call Center Closeup: BPO Call Centers

Call centers serve many, many purposes, and that purpose changes depending on the type of company and industry. Some are exclusively dealing with customer service inquiries while others only function as a way for employees to communicate with one another. Depending on the size of your company, your budget and your needs, your core team may not have the bandwidth to handle all the inbound calls coming in. In these cases, you may consider outsourcing certain tasks to a separate call center, a process called business process outsourcing, or BPO. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the [...]

By |October 10th, 2022|

5 Roles of the Insurance Call Center Agent

The agents working in your insurance call center are going to be required to wear many hats depending on the needs of the customers they speak with, some of which require more specialized skills than others. Here are five of the possible roles the insurance call center agent may need to play over the course of a day on the job.   Customer Service Representative   This all-encompassing role refers to any time a customer calls in with a question that requires an answer. Maybe they have a question about their existing policy and the coverage it provides or [...]

By |October 7th, 2022|

4 Ways to Keep Agents and Customers Happy

It’s true that the agents working in your call center and the customers they are speaking to are distinct from one another in many ways. Customers ask questions, agents provide answers. Customers are buying, agents are selling. Customers are, well, customers, and agents are employees. Despite all their differences, though, there are many strategies and practices that you can put in place in your call center that will actually serve to benefit both of these distinct groups of people. After all, they do have one very important thing in common: They are both incredibly important to the success of your [...]

By |September 26th, 2022|

4 Key QA Metrics for an Inbound Call Center

The success of your call center—and in some cases, your entire business—rests on the quality of the work being done by your agents. Especially given how many agents are working remotely from different locations these days, it’s difficult to keep tabs on this work in real time. However, if you are using a call center software with real time reporting mechanisms, robust quality assurance safeguards and detailed QA scorecards, it’s easy to measure the success and efficiency of your call center. Here are four key metrics you should consider keeping tabs on if you are running an inbound call [...]

By |September 19th, 2022|

What is a Cloud-Based Phone System?

Nowadays, many of the most cutting-edge and sought-after call center software systems are cloud-based as opposed to premise-based. Indeed, these systems provide the flexibility you need to allow your agents to work remotely while maintaining access to all the software and data they need in order to do their jobs. They also offer unlimited storage, enhanced security and safety and serious cost savings compared to a premise-based system that operates using landlines. But what exactly does it mean for a phone system to be virtual, or based on the internet? We’re breaking it down for you. Traditional phone systems [...]

By |September 12th, 2022|

5 Questions to help choose the right Call Center Software

There are tons of options out there for companies looking for call center software for their business—so many that it can be difficult to choose the correct one. For starters, many businesses are choosing cloud-based software, thanks to the way it gives agents and employees the ability to work remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. But even once you’ve decided to go with cloud-based software, there are additional questions to ask to determine the best one for you. Here are five of the biggest ones.   Can I connect it to my existing tools? You want the call [...]

By |September 6th, 2022|

When Call Center Agents Should Stick to the Script…And When to Go Off-Book

Scripts are incredibly important to the agents working in any type of call center. At the moment when an agent connects with a customer, the agent has no idea where or how the call is going to go. But what they do have is the script to serve as a framework or at least a jumping off point that will get the call moving in the right direction. Indeed, for agents of all levels of experience, the script provides a safety net that they can rely on to make sure the call moves forward in a productive manner. That said, [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|

4 Ways to Improve Customer Retention

In order to be successful, businesses must grow. While seeking out new business and new customers does play a role in this, retaining existing customers and fostering those relationships so that they become returning customers is equally as crucial. The people working in your inbound call center are on the front lines when it comes to interacting with existing customers and nurturing those relationships, so they also hold the keys to ensuring you turn first-time customers into recurring ones. Here are four ways you can work with the folks in your inbound call center to help improve customer retention. [...]

By |August 22nd, 2022|

Should You Outsource Your Call Center?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the volume of calls made to call centers surged dramatically, often overwhelming the existing agents. Around the same time, many teams of call center agents were forced to go from working in an office to working from home, which also drastically changed their day-to-day work experience. These changes and others, many of which persist to this day, forced companies to stop and evaluate how they were running their call centers and if there was a more efficient and cost-effective way to do so—namely, whether or not they should outsource their [...]

By |August 15th, 2022|

3 Ways to Prevent Call Center Attrition

Everyone in the call center industry is aware of the high attrition rates in agents. Indeed, many agents view the role more as a short-term way to pay the bills and less as the first step on a successful career path—though agents who fall into the second category certainly exist. If your call center is struggling to hold onto agents, here are three ways to reduce attrition and help the agents in your call center thrive.   Treat Agents as Permanent Employees   When companies are hiring new employees, regardless of the level of the position or the department, [...]

By |August 9th, 2022|

How Customer Service Goals Make Your Call Center More Successful

Every business has goals that they aim to meet every quarter or every year. A lot of the time, those goals are financial: Hitting a certain number of sales, locking down a certain number of new clients, putting out a certain number of new products. But in order to run a successful business that earns new customers, grows at a steady pace and keeps current customers coming back, setting goals around the customer service you offer and the service experience and satisfaction of customers is absolutely crucial. First off, specific goals will help keep the agents working in your call [...]

By |August 3rd, 2022|

5 Types of Call Routing for Inbound Call Centers

In a perfect world, every call made by a customer to a call center would be answered on the second ring by a knowledgeable and qualified representative with the skills to handle any inquiry the customer may have. But as we know, that’s rarely the case—and the more your business grows and expands, the less likely it becomes. That’s why you need to set up call routing systems for your inbound call center, which determine how and to whom incoming calls are sent. Here, we are breaking down five of the most common call routing systems to help you [...]

By |July 25th, 2022|

Common Features of Inbound Call Center Solutions

If you’re running an inbound call center, you have many options for the software solution you choose to help keep things going. That said, there are a few key features that the best call center solutions should offer. Here, we outline the most common ones to help you determine what tools you need in your ideal inbound call center software. Interactive Voice Responder (IVR): A high-quality, easily edited IVR should be the first thing you look for in an inbound call center solution. It will allow you to offer information and support 24/7, even if agents aren’t available when [...]

By |July 18th, 2022|

4 Most Common Customer Support Mistakes

For people working in an inbound call center, the customer always comes first. But no matter how much this adage is drilled into reps, there are still traps they can fall into that lead to frustrated and unhappy customers. Here, four of the most common mistakes customer support agents make that may require additional training or monitoring to improve the quality of support your call center is delivering.   Not Actively Listening At the start of a customer service call, customers typically give a broad overview of their problem or the reason they are calling. While there’s a good [...]

By |July 11th, 2022|

How CallShaper Supports Sales-Focused Businesses

When we were founded in 2009, CallShaper was all about creating a cloud-based call center platform that optimized sales efficiency to increase your bottom line. Over the years, our platform has become more robust and the tools offered have expanded to support more types of businesses but our core offerings remain the same. Whether your company is focused in B2B or B2C sales, we have the tools and features that will help you rise above the competition. One of the most important parts of sales is connecting with as many potential customers as possible in the most efficient way [...]

By |July 6th, 2022|
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