When I started my career back in 1988, contact centers were very different. Dialers were a box nailed under our desks, scripts were pages stapled in a folder and we didn’t have computers. But one thing has remained the same, the customer has always been the top priority. With Valentine’s Day celebrated this month I wanted to share five ways to show customers love this Valentine’s Day and all year long. Continue reading →
By Gabrielle Targosz, Corporate Communications Specialist
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a time where friends, family, and loved ones put extra thought into showing how they care about you. February 14th doesn’t have to be a romantic day; it can be a day where you impress your work colleagues with a thoughtful gesture. So why not take the step and show some love in your contact center?
Last week Sheila McGee-Smith presented at the Five9 2017 Sales Kickoff discussing her insights about the contact center industry and the upcoming forecast for this year. After her presentation we had a quick conversation, diving a little deeper into the contact center.
Sheila McGee-Smith, who founded McGee-Smith Analytics in 2001, is a leading communications industry analyst and strategic consultant focused on the contact center and enterprise communications markets. She has a proven track record of accomplishment in new product development, competitive assessment, market research, and sales strategies for communications solutions and services.
It is time to modernize your contact center and you have a lot of options to consider to add to your current phone support. My customers are using email, chat, and social to name a few, so how should I support that? As a contact center leader you have questions about each of these channels. How do each of these channels improve the business? How will these channels help my agents? Will they help my agents? At the end of the day, you want to look back and be confident you made the right decision about the addition to your contact center.
When you think of a situation where you have been involved in a great customer experience, one, if not all, of these words will be used to describe it: Empathy, empowerment, enthusiasm. Did you feel like the call center agent truly understood your current situation? Were your expectations exceeded by how much the agent was aware of your past interactions or appreciation for your customer loyalty? Was your agent very interested in your needs? These characteristics are what makes a customer experience memorable and meaningful.
By Mike Perry, VP Telecommunications & Network Services
I’m taking a walk down memory lane and reflecting on what has changed since the early 2000’s began. Technology has boomed with iPods, social media, Bluetooth, cell phones, and much more. All of these technology trends have paved the way for the changes made over the years in the contact center industry.