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Pauline Ashenden

Recognition in Customer Service

How to drive recognition in your customer service team

By Contact Centre

Recognition is one of the most important factors in delivering excellent customer service, and one of the most often overlooked. Put simply, whatever systems and technology you have in place, your agents are on the frontline. It is their performance is what makes the difference between service that is merely adequate and an experience that drives positive feedback and long-term loyalty….

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contact centre as a revenue generator

3 ways to turn contact centres into revenue generators

By AI & Automation, Contact Centre, Customer Experience, Voice of the Customer (VoC)

While always seen as important, customer service has traditionally been viewed as an overhead or cost to the business and not a contact centre revenue generator. Companies understand that it plays a vital role in onboarding and retaining customers, but they’ve not been able to link it to actual revenues. That meant that the major focus within the contact centre…

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scaling the peaks of customer service

Scaling the peaks of customer service demand

By Contact Centre, Knowledge Management, Moving to the Cloud, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Many sectors are much busier at particular times in the year. While Christmas is the biggest peak for industries such as retail, every organisation faces surges in demand that they need to meet. For example clearing for university places after A-level results are announced in August is the busiest time for higher education institutions, as we explain in this recent blog…

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Addressing the contact centre retention crisis

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

91% of contact centre staff are likely to leave their role in 2021, according to research carried out for Enghouse Interactive. And nearly half (48%) said that stress or burnout was the key reason for their decision. Given the pressures of the last year this headline figure shouldn’t be a surprise. Contact centre staff have had to deal with the…

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5 top tips for successful call monitoring

By AI & Automation, Call & Screen Recording, Real-Time Speech Analytics

An effective call recording or call monitoring system is essential for today’s contact centre. Not only does it help organisations meet regulatory compliance obligations, but it can also assist in dispute resolution and has an important role to play in improving call centre performance. It can be used to extract actionable insights from conversations and to reward good performance, or…

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4 tips for successfully reducing high contact volumes and increasing customer satisfaction

4 tips for successfully reducing high contact volumes and increasing customer satisfaction

By AI & Automation, Chatbots & AI, Customer Experience, Knowledge Management, Self Service

Customer experience has never been more important. Customer service teams are under increased pressure to deliver the right answers to a growing volume of calls, across a wider range of topics than ever before. For example, over half of respondents to the latest ContactBabel UK Contact Centre Decision Maker’s Guide 2020-21 said that calls had increased due to the pandemic. When you…

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Delivering the right service to today’s more demanding customers

Delivering the right service to today’s more demanding customers

By Contact Centre, Customer Experience, Platforms, Real-Time Speech Analytics

Customer needs are always changing, while expectations are constantly rising. For example, the questions customers ask are growing in complexity and come through a widening choice of channels – while answers have to be delivered faster at the same time. Being customer-centric is essential to success – and it starts with the contact centre. So, what exactly do customers want…

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How AI-powered knowledge management drives customer service success

How AI-powered knowledge management drives customer service success

By AI & Automation, Chatbots & AI, Contact Centre, Knowledge Management, Self Service

Accurate, up-to-date knowledge is at the heart of delivering the highest levels of customer service. Giving your agents easy access to the right information when they are answering customer calls, emails and chat sessions is vital to efficiently providing responses and boosting satisfaction. And if you invest in a single, centralised knowledge base that spans all your channels, you can…

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The state of UK customer satisfaction in 2021

By Chat, Contact Centre, Customer Experience, Email, Moving to the Cloud, Self Service, Voice of the Customer (VoC)

As nationwide lockdowns continue, how has COVID-19 impacted customer service in the UK – and what lessons do companies need to learn going forward? Based on a survey of 10,000 consumers, the Institute of Customer Service (ICS)’s latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) provides key insights for customer service teams and signposts important trends for the future. Running since 2008, the ICS’s twice-yearly…

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Choosing the right contact centre solution

The impact of knowledge on current customer satisfaction

By Customer Experience, Knowledge Management

Being able to deliver fast, accurate and consistent information to consumers and their queries has always been a central part of successful customer service. In the current crisis, its importance has deepened even more – knowledge is vital to delivering seamless, reassuring customer service that meets changing consumer needs. At the same time, it has never been more difficult to…

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