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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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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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Guest Author Dr Nicola J. Millard

The times they are a changing: how customers and agents are responding to the pandemic one year on

By Contact Centre, Customer Experience

“The times they are a changing”…according to Bob Dylan anyway. It is fair to say that the past year has been an odd one. We’ve been socialising over video rather than down at the pub, our living room has become our office, and we’ve been increasingly shopping online because physical stores have been shut. But has the pandemic fundamentally changed…

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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 Microsoft Teams underpins hybrid working

How Microsoft Teams underpins hybrid working

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

The last year has seen unparalleled change in the contact centre, with the acceleration of remote working due to the pandemic and lockdowns. As the world continues to change and moves to more hybrid, collaborative ways of working, how can organisations ensure they are ready to better serve customers – and support their staff? This hybrid future was the theme…

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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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