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Adaptive IVR Blog

Contact Center Execs: 5 Pains Keeping You Up at Night

Are you lying awake worrying about your contact center’s operations and more? Many executives experience constant anxiety from trying to juggle competing priorities. Time is precious and you don’t have enough of it to do more – you need solutions to ease your burden, not add to it.

What if you could make some simple modifications to turn that insomnia into a peaceful night's sleep?

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Customer Care Customer Data Industry Insights

Is WFO Painting Half the Picture of your Contact Center Operations?

Workforce Optimization (WFO) is a cornerstone of contact center operations.  When you need to see the landscape of agent performance, WFO is the paint-by-number kit you count on to help maximize agent productivity and customer satisfaction. 

But your contact center could have a festering problem. What if it’s missing a few colors and paints only part of the picture you need? 

Unless you’re a contact center Picasso, missing part of the picture could put a real limit on your ability to optimize. 

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Customer Care Customer Data Industry Insights

End of Year Top Read and Watch Lists

As you close out the calendar year, catch up with these top articles and videos.

The calendar year may be coming to a close, but customer service is only picking up for many of us.

So what does that mean for you? Has your customer service been naughty or nice this year? And next year, are you planning to be on the” good list” or the “very, very good list?” (Hey, if there was a “very, very good list,” you sure would target it, wouldn’t you?)

One thing’s for sure, we are absolutely committed to helping you stay at the top of the “very, very good list,” and look forward to supporting your business in the future.

Topics: Customer Experience Contact Center Insights Customer Care Industry Insights Customer Engagement

Contact Center Customer Self-Service Data Mining: Secrets Revealed

When have you had the opportunity to delve deeper into contact center data mining, and in particular in the customer self-service channel? This is historically a “set it and forget it” channel, which means there’s a whole source of actionable analytics that you may be missing out on.

We get it, no one can be accused of being Superman in the contact center - seeing through the data, tools and technology in the blink of the eye to the core actionable answers. That would be great, but it’s not reality.

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Customer Care Customer Data Industry Insights Fraud Analytics Personalization Consumer Behavior

Rev Up the Pulse of Contact Center Operations

As we see played out in most enterprise contact centers – most technologies are decentralized, unintegrated and lacking common goals.

The challenges for you as contact center leaders and front-line managers are to deliver an optimal customer experience that satisfies the customer, while maximizing the value of your operational teams, processes and infrastructure. These conflicting yet equally critical priorities compound the already complex role you have to create a smoothly executed, cost-savings operation that solves your customers’ needs in the ways they wish and need to be served.

So what does this mean for your enterprise? How can technology vendors become true partners to maximize the pulse of your contact center?

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Customer Care Customer Data Industry Insights

CIO Review: Digital Consumerism Changes the Face of the Contact Center

Customer Service is no longer just about answering the phone; it’s about being responsive to voice, social media, messaging, video, email, digital web and mobile.

Addressing today’s digital consumer-centric environment is now table-stakes and your Contact Center technology has to step up and keep pace.  Working with clients struggling with outdated telecom and contact center infrastructure while others seize market advantage by embracing advanced multi-channel integrated cloud platform solutions is an eye-opening experience.  The conclusion is clear.  There’s only one-way to go.  That’s forward – and fast.

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Personalization Customer Care Customer Engagement Mobile Engagement

It’s OK to Get Personal with Your Customers

Perhaps you remember the refrain from the popular sitcom, “Cheers,” “Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.” Everyone wants to be treated as an individual.   And now big companies also are trying to make you feel like someone special.  Even McDonald’s, which owes its decades of success to conformity, is testing a create-your-taste menu.

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights Personalization Customer Care Customer Engagement

What Bad IVR and Leaky Pipes Have in Common

When you think about your interactive voice response (IVR), leaks may not come to mind. You are probably more concerned about costs, the customer experience (CX), and system efficiency and uptime. But make no mistake, IVRs may develop leaks just like your pipes – and these steady drips can affect cost, CX, efficiency and more. 

Topics: Customer Experience IVR Business Case Process Improvement Performance Optimization Contact Center Insights

Securing Customer Experience in the IVR

Customer experience, as we all know it, is either good or bad – there are no gray areas when we need help and quickly formulate an impression of our experience. That’s why securing the customer experience (CX) is critical at the first touchpoint a customer has with you.

Bad CX, everyone has experienced it. You call a company and encounter an IVR. You may need to enter your customer information to take any next steps. If you can’t solve the problem on your own, a live agent picks up and asks you who you are all over again. You think, “Why did I waste time entering a 37-digit number or even bother trying to do this myself?” It’s enough to try the Dalai Lama’s patience.

4 CX Fundamentals For Your Contact Center

Encounters with contact centers frequently fall short of the ideal. All too often, people are frustrated by long wait times and transfers to multiple representatives (who ask for the same information all over again). A poor customer experience (CX) can have serious ramifications. Negative opinions – expressed via social media or word of mouth – can impact your organization’s effectiveness in delivering needed services, and even its public reputation. 

Topics: Customer Experience