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Turning customer journeys into profitable journeys - Calabrio - Blog

Turning customer journeys into profitable journeys

According to Carlos Muňoz at Teleopti, excellent customer service and business success are inextricably linked.  He explores how to transform your customer service from a cost center into a profit-making powerhouse using Workforce Management. 

Is your customer service a tortoise or a hare?  This was the question we asked earlier this summer to explain why customer services can, on occasion, be too fast and efficient for their own good.  The same applies to constant cost-cutting.  Put too much emphasis on doing more with less and risk alienating good staff along with loyal customers.

Sadly, too many organizations view the customer service as a drain on resources rather than a valuable, profit-making entity but it’s time to think again.  The inspiring words of Vasili Triant from Cisco who was a guest speaker at our recent Americas User Forum hailed ‘Customer experience is king’ as the mantra for customer services everywhere.  The simple logic is if the customer experience is good, increased revenues will naturally follow.  Building a contact center that is fuelled by the customer experience makes sound business sense but where do you start?

How to switch from cost center to profit center

Customers today want choice, but they also expect personalized interactions when they engage with brands.  A customer service should look to offer a whole customer experience rather than seek to solve a series of individual interactions.  Consider the following approach:

Don’t overthink the problem

Concentrate on what makes a satisfying customer experience. Ask yourself “what is important when you are dealing with a brand?” and use this litmus test to make your company’s customer experience an individual, personalized and memorable one.

Listen to the voice of the customer

But first, listen to your employees because they know if your customers are happy and what works.  Listen to what’s going on in your social media and turn it into valuable customer information for your employees.  Then combine this intelligence with speech analytics and silent monitoring to capture the voice of the customer.

Technology for technology’s sake is a big mistake

By all means, consider emerging technologies like AI but ask yourself what they really mean for individual customers and the business?

Put data at the center of everything

Don’t just leave it in your CRM, make it intelligent. Bring it all together in one place and make it actionable across all channels.  Data should be four things: contextual, suggestive, pre-emptive and predictive so that employees have all the right information at the right time to go beyond basic, reactive enquiry handling towards anticipating a customer’s every need – from the channels they prefer to the products they might buy in the future.  Watch out for more on contextual data in my next blog!

Three ways to make a difference with Cloud WFM

Once you’ve injected your customer service with a customer first culture use cloud-based Workforce Management (WFM) to create a highly effective resource that builds customer loyalty and realizes demonstrable business benefits:

Differentiate with omnichannel

This is another way of saying how you communicate with different customers across different generations. With the average company typically relying on 9 channels, question whether you need them all and decide which ones your customers really want to use?  All modern consumers want is a consistent and satisfying experience whatever the device or communications channel.  Use a cloud-based WFM solution, with modern multi-channel algorithms, combined with good planning processes to switch employees between channels as required.

Automation is the way to go

Put intelligence at the front end of customer self-service and leverage machine learning to solve simple interactions. This leaves employees with time to devote to more complex or sensitive issues.  There’s also a good business reason to go down the automation route.  The latest online Savings Calculators that use data captured from real customers to estimate ROI reveal startling results.  Through optimized WFM processes, the typical medium-sized customer service with 250 agents, sickness rates running at 6% and an annual attrition rate of 23%, can expect to save 500 hours a month and a 4% reduction in sickness and attrition rates year-on-year

Collaborative customer care

Aim to build a tightly integrated technology eco-system that unifies different systems. That way, employees can quickly locate subject matter experts and work with knowledge workers across the business to drive effective, satisfying customer interactions.

Take a step back, put yourself in your customers’ shoes then deploy the latest cloud-based WFM technology to elevate the status of the customer service. Keep it simple by improving the customer experience and building loyalty then watch the contact center transform from a cost center to a profit center.

Telia, the dominant telecom and mobile network operator in the Nordics and the Baltics, is on a mission to provide star-quality service at every level of the customer journey. Read how Telia made this ambition a reality with Teleopti WFM.


Publish Date: December 19, 2018

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eGain has rearchitected its platform to handle the messaging channels in a new way. eGain Customer Engagement Hub™, the platform that unifies knowledge, AI, analytics, and conversations to ensure that no channel is left in a silo, also powers the eGain Messaging Hub.

Startel Corp.

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Startel is a leading provider of unified communications, business process automation and performance management solutions for contact centers. Since its founding in 1980, Startel has established a loyal customer base from a variety of industries, including contact centers, education, healthcare, insurance and telephone answering service. Startel's solutions are designed to enhance the customer experience, improve employee productivity, reduce operating costs, and increase revenues.


Chat, Synthetix’s multichannel live chat solution offers customer support in real-time, driving huge efficiencies.

When customers have complex queries that require human intervention, live chat proves far more efficient than traditional channels. Not only is it quicker and more convenient than waiting on hold to be dealt with, but with AI-powered features, it produces massive ROI.

With concurrent chat slots, a live key-press feed and AI-predictive suggestions that recommend articles in real-time, Synthetix Chat reduces average handling times by up to 50% compared to standard live chat.

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Data is everything in the new era of customer serviceMay 20, 2019
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