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Category: Software

This category includes subjects related to software of interest to contact center professionals, such as call monitoring and analysis, historical reporting, and workforce management solutions.

Monitoring Agent Activity

Too frequently, yet another story about poor call handling seems to be going viral on the Internet. Whether the story is humorous or an exposé of bad customer service, you certainly don’t want to see one of your agents in a starring role on YouTube.

In the article “Forget the Millennials, The Connected Consumer is Who You Should Be Chasing“, Shama Hyder talks about how the social web has empowered consumers to not only drive their own buying experiences but powerfully influence their peers. Hyder notes that simple and fast is no longer sufficient, they now demand personalized and proactive contact. While it has become important to develop strategies for managing what customers are saying about you on the Internet, ideally, you don’t want to give customers a reason to share their negative comments in the first place.

When assessing customer interactions with your contact center, the place to start is always with your agents. You hope that your company’s hiring practices have employed talented individuals who are committed to providing the best possible service. But on a day-to-day basis, how do you know what any agent is doing at any given time? Read more of Monitoring Agent Activity

Tags: agent, agent activity, agent productivity, call metrics, metrics, monitor, Real-Time

Four Reasons to Invest in a TASKE Support Plan

SupportYour decision to invest in TASKE software was based on the value you knew it would add to your call center, whether by improving agent productivity, streamlining call center operations, optimizing customer interactions, and so on. Just as you would expect to maintain any significant acquisition, we want you to consider how to protect your investment in our software. In fact, we believe this protection is so important that we include it free for the first year following your purchase.

Following the first year, you have the option of renewing your support plan. We offer different levels of support so that you can choose the right plan for you. Let’s look at a few reasons for renewing (or reinstating) your plan. Read more of Four Reasons to Invest in a TASKE Support Plan

Tags: best practices, business objectives, cost control, operating costs, security, software releases, support, technical support, Training

Three Reasons to Keep on Top of Telephone System Devices

Keeping tabs on the activity and performance of your call center, whether through real-time monitoring or historical reporting, means you can respond in a timely manner to changing conditions and identify issues that need correction early. There’s one caveat to keep in mind. All your diligence provides little value if the data you’re using is inaccurate.

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Tags: agent activity, agent productivity, best practices, call analysis, call flow, call lifecycle, call metrics, call tracking, call volume, database synchronization, metrics, monitor, real-time data, real-time monitoring, synchronization

Take a Fresh Look at Average Handle Time

Often, we look at particular statistics with a single focus, typically related to whether we’re meeting service levels or operating efficiently. It’s worth taking a fresh look at some of the more commonly-used statistics to see if we’re getting all the valuable insights they offer. Average Handle Time (AHT), for example, can be used to determine whether your team is meeting defined service levels and working efficiently. It can also be an important factor when forecasting call center staffing or identifying problems with the systems that support your agents.

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Tags: agent activity, agent productivity, average call handle time, backend systems, customers, first call resolution, forecasting, handle time, service levels, statistics

Re-queues: Maximize the Good and Eliminate the Bad

The systems that we use in our call centers are feature-rich to help us maximize the opportunities to keep operations efficient, particularly those that directly affect our response to customers. One of the most commonly‑used of these features is the ability to re-queue calls. Simply put, a re-queue occurs when a call is sent to an agent who can’t answer it within a few rings. Because you don’t want the customer to wait until that particular agent is available, the unanswered call is placed back in the queue to be answered—ideally—by an agent who is currently available or one who is available next. Read more of Re-queues: Maximize the Good and Eliminate the Bad

Tags: abandon rates, agent activity, agent productivity, call analysis, call volume, customer satisfaction, forecasting, real-time monitoring, reports, service levels, statistics, Training