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Helen Billingham

The future of customer service for housing associations

By Housing, Hybrid Working

The ability to deliver high quality, consistent customer service is essential for housing associations. It one of the key areas that regulators evaluate when assessing providers. However, housing associations today face multiple customer service-related challenges, some intensified by the pandemic. What are these challenges and how can they be overcome? Building on our previous guest post from consultant Phil Riley…

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Technology to support your agents

8 ways technology can better support your agents

By Call & Screen Recording, Contact Centre, Knowledge Management, Live Video Chat, Real-Time Speech Analytics, Workforce Management

Contact centre agents are the frontline of your organisation. However, their jobs can be very stressful. Agents are often called on to help customers who may be angry or upset and they have to react with professionalism, compassion and empathy. Their jobs can often be monotonous and pressurised, with continuous monitoring to ensure they are resolving customers queries as fast…

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Meeting customer needs at the moment of truth

Meeting customer needs at the moment of truth

By Customer Experience, Voice of the Customer (VoC)

Every organisation understands that delivering the right experience to customers is central to attracting and retaining their business. Engaged customers are more loyal, spend more and recommend you to family and friends. In contrast disengaged consumers are unlikely to value your products and services. Moreover, they will switch to other brands when they can. Given the importance of customer engagement…

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hybrid contact centre culture

Building a contact centre culture for hybrid success

By Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

After a year of disruption, the ending of lockdowns and the opening up of businesses brings more change to the contact centre. Most are likely to adopt hybrid working with staff able to work flexibly either in the office or at home. This will bring new opportunities and challenges. However, the pressure is on for contact centres to adapt quickly. In recent…

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Extending Teams into your contact centre: 4 keys to a successful migration

By Contact Centre, Enterprise, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Small/Medium Business, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Deploying Microsoft Teams within customer service delivers significant benefits, such as increasing collaboration, underpinning hybrid and blended working and ensuring agility by improving integration and information sharing with other departments. All of this helps to create a more unified and efficient experience for customers and agents. However, extending Teams into the contact centre requires careful planning if you are to…

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The importance of emotional intelligence in the contact centre

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

The last twelve months have been difficult for everyone working in customer service. As we move forward with new hybrid ways of working, agents, managers and businesses will face fresh challenges. How can they successfully navigate these changes and deliver service that delights customers, while retaining and nurturing staff? The answer is to focus on emotional intelligence, as a recent…

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How collaboration tools are delivering contact centre benefits

How collaboration tools are delivering contact centre benefits

By Collaboration Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft Teams, Service Provider, Small/Medium Business, Unified Communications & Collaboration

The last twelve months have seen a major acceleration in the use of collaboration and communication tools across businesses thanks to the pandemic and the rise of home working. These tools enable employees to work together seamlessly and access the information they need to do their jobs, wherever they are based. At a time of increased focus on customer service,…

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Supporting agent wellbeing in a hybrid working world

Supporting agent wellbeing in a hybrid working world

By Collaboration Tools, Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Microsoft Teams, Training, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Your people are your greatest asset, and this is particularly true when it comes to the contact centre. Your agents are the frontline representatives of your company and brand and are central to delivering the service and experience that attracts and retains customers. That means that investing in ensuring their wellbeing is vital to your business. The pandemic and lockdowns…

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5 areas where Microsoft Teams delivers ROI in your contact centre

5 areas where Microsoft Teams delivers ROI in your contact centre

By Collaboration Tools, Contact Centre, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Unified Communications & Collaboration, Video Collaboration

Over last year we’ve seen tremendous growth in Microsoft Teams, with the number of daily users nearly trebling to 115 million between March and October 2020 alone. Extending Teams into the contact centre has the potential to deliver major benefits in terms of agility, collaboration and communication. However, to justify rolling out any new platform or technology, it’s important to quantify…

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