Tagged: agent efficiency

3 Changes Made in the Customer Lifecycle

By Mike Crane, EVP of Services

Let’s start from the beginning. The customer lifecycle is the journey each customer experiences through deploying a new solution to achieve a positive outcome for the business. A crucial part of this journey is getting started on the right foot. This includes preparation and taking all the proper steps to make sure the customer is satisfied throughout the journey. Successfully navigating through a customer lifecycle will develop a strong relationship that requires continual focus and attention. This relationship is derived from services which include; deployment, adoption, implementation, and continued support.

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The Rise of Remote Contact Center Agents

By Mayur Anadkat

More companies are beginning to adopt remote work programs and offering their employees the option to work from home on a part-time or full-time basis. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 50% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework. Not many people would argue against the logistical benefits of working from home – for example, cutting out commute time and costs.

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How Do You Know If a Channel Partner Program is Right For You?

By Wendell Black, VP of Channels

I’m thrilled to announce that Five9 recently expanded the company’s channel partner program. In light of this, I thought it might be helpful to provide more detail on the types of programs typically available and include examples of what we are doing here at Five9.

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The Future of Services: 3 Key Trends in 2016 Contact Center Technology

By Mike Crane, EVP of Services

With 2016 beginning, it’s that time of year to reflect on how far we have come but also prepare for what lies ahead. Significant improvements lie ahead for the contact center industry including focus on the agent experience, shifts in corporate business roles, and the strength of remote service. Three key industry trends we see evolving from a Services’ standpoint in the coming year include:

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6 Critical Mistakes When Implementing a New Service Channel

Quality customer service plays a major part in keeping your audience satisfied and loyal to your brand, but phone support alone doesn’t cut it anymore. According to a recent study by ICMI, 74% of consumers use three or more channels while resolving their issues. When you implement a new service channel, there are six critical mistakes you need to avoid to ensure a high-quality customer experience. Continue reading

Will Self-Service Eventually Replace the Live Agent?

By Liz Osborn

This article was originally published on ICMI here.

When it comes to customer service, as consumers, we can do a lot on our own thanks to the copious amounts of technology at our fingertips. In fact, most of us tend to prefer self-service to relying on a live connection to help us reach a solution. According to a recent consumer survey commissioned by Nuance Enterprise, 75 percent of respondents said self-service is a convenient way to address customer service issues. Just think about how much Continue reading

3 Training Tips for Contact Center Agents

Guest Post by Joanna Jones of MHI Global

Customers calling into your call center are likely doing so because they are unable to sort out a problem on their own, they require technical assistance or assistance is required to complete a transaction. No matter the reason they’re calling, when they do connect with an agent they expect representatives to be courteous, professional, and knowledgeable and provide quick resolution to their issue.

Agent training often targets product knowledge, efficiency and customer service basics, but these skills are can either be hurt or helped, depending on the CRM software your organization is using. Delivering excellent customer service means agents need quick access to customer history, billing and shipping information, and current service and product information. Continue reading

What Contact Center Agents Wish You Knew

This post was originally published on the Adrian Swinscoe blog here.

By Liz Osborn, VP, Product and Solution Marketing

We’ve all heard those awful customer service stories, where contact center agents fly off the handle and manage a situation poorly. The end result is often catastrophic and has lasting effects, thanks to the prevalence of social media where everyone has a public megaphone to broadcast bad experiences. So it is no surprise that a recent ICMI survey found that contact center agents have the greatest potential to affect the customer experience.
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4 Ways to Bridge The Gap Between Agent Productivity & Customer Delight

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, ICMI research has found that contact center agents have the greatest potential to affect the customer experience. Furthermore, the same research found that the greatest positive impact on agent performance hinges on the necessary tools agents need to effectively perform in their position.

So how do you achieve better performance and higher productivity from your agents – to ultimately improve the customer experience? Continue reading

A Critical Disconnect: If Customer Satisfaction Really Matters…

By Liz Osborn

Losing customers to the competition should be your greatest fear. The cost of attracting new customers is significantly greater than retaining your existing ones. In addition, depending on your business, word of mouth referrals will often account for a large percentage of new business growth. All the more reason to keep customers satisfied, loyal to your company, and advocates for your brand. Most contact center leaders have caught on Continue reading