I recently attended Cisco’s API IPA MeetUp featuring Hop Dogma Brewery & Amazon Alexa. My primary interest was learning more about Amazon’s artificial intelligence (AI) for Alexa. I was looking for inspiration and creative use cases on how we can continue to innovate our omnichannel engagement model leveraging end consumer technologies. The IPAs I tasted also aided in that discovery process. Continue reading →
By Todd Marthaler, Contact Center Analytics Consultant, Calabrio
Your customers have more power than ever. With smartphone in hand, consumers expect anytime, anywhere access to your business. Whether they’re reaching out via a mobile app, your website, the phone or in person, your customers want a consistent, effortless experience every time. And if they don’t get this, consumers are more willing – and more able – than ever to switch.
Traditionally, customer service departments have been slower to adopt change than other areas of business – but today’s empowered consumers have higher expectations and businesses need to adopt new technologies and solutions that are readily accessible in order to satisfy modern consumers. It’s critical that brands regularly seek innovation and embrace new ideas in order to be cutting edge in the ways they offer service. Continue reading →
When I started my career back in 1988, contact centers were very different. Dialers were a box nailed under our desks, scripts were pages stapled in a folder and we didn’t have computers. But one thing has remained the same, the customer has always been the top priority. With Valentine’s Day celebrated this month I wanted to share five ways to show customers love this Valentine’s Day and all year long. Continue reading →
By Gabrielle Targosz, Corporate Communications Specialist
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a time where friends, family, and loved ones put extra thought into showing how they care about you. February 14th doesn’t have to be a romantic day; it can be a day where you impress your work colleagues with a thoughtful gesture. So why not take the step and show some love in your contact center?
Last week Sheila McGee-Smith presented at the Five9 2017 Sales Kickoff discussing her insights about the contact center industry and the upcoming forecast for this year. After her presentation we had a quick conversation, diving a little deeper into the contact center.
Sheila McGee-Smith, who founded McGee-Smith Analytics in 2001, is a leading communications industry analyst and strategic consultant focused on the contact center and enterprise communications markets. She has a proven track record of accomplishment in new product development, competitive assessment, market research, and sales strategies for communications solutions and services.
It is time to modernize your contact center and you have a lot of options to consider to add to your current phone support. My customers are using email, chat, and social to name a few, so how should I support that? As a contact center leader you have questions about each of these channels. How do each of these channels improve the business? How will these channels help my agents? Will they help my agents? At the end of the day, you want to look back and be confident you made the right decision about the addition to your contact center.