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Article : Customer Service Aggravations

Everyone has heard friends and family complain about the service they received with certain companies, and how it gets under their skin they way their calls are handled. But when contact center professionals can point out irritants that really annoy them when contacting other contact centers, then you know something needs to be fixed.

Geoff Assing
Senior Support Operations Manager
Lone Wolf Technologies

"Unnecessary process and scripting. A customer calls a support line because they want a human connection when being serviced. In other words, a customer expects the voice on the other line to have a functioning brain that is capable of discerning necessary script and unnecessary script. The other day I called my bank to do some telebanking activities. At the end of the call I said, "Thanks for your help, that's all I need for today." The representative, after being very helpful proceeded to say, "You're welcome. Is there anything else that I can help you with today?" I replied, "No thanks." The agent continued, "Have I answered all of your questions today?" I replied, "No that's it. Thanks." The agent continued, "Very good sir. Thank you for calling and have a nice day." It goes back to the last question. In this case, empower your staff and trust that they have the experience to close a customer interaction with better dialogue. Let the IVR be an IVR and let the CSR be human."

About Lone Wolf Technologies

Even after 28 years, at Lone Wolf Technologies, we’re having fun connecting real estate and technology–combining our tech expertise with your real estate experience to make technology work the way you... (read more)
Christine Ashworth
Head of Customer Service
Zendor GSI Commerce
United Kingdom

"Staff who aren't adequately trained to give you the answer or can't because they aren't authorised to do it. Why bother getting reps to answer the phone if you have to hand the problem off somewhere else, just think of all the cost you are building in by working this way? Give your reps the authority and autonomy to do a great job on behalf of the customer yes they will get it wrong some of the time but in my experience most of the time they know the right thing to do for the customer and for the company."

Michael Clark
General Manager - Contact Centre
Workplace Authority

"My number 1 turnoff is when staff are not empowered to help me. The blame game starts and it is always the fault of a different business unit, or my fault as a customer. It is so simple to harvest the knowledge of your staff, identify the key bug-bears of clients and then empower your staff to handle them that I get very frustrated when the blame shifting happens."

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Deborah Cahill
United States

"My #1 pet peev is being transferred from person to person and having to re-explain my situation. If the original person were to document the issue where it could easily be accessed by others, it would be less frustrating."

Andres Haddad


Neil Barnes
Io Speech Analytics Ltd
United Kingdom

"Lack of agent empowerment and lack of corporate inclusion - too many agents are not brought into their company's culture so I feel as though I am talking to someone who has been dragged off the street to answer the phone - they have no interest in delighting customers and this is not their fault."

Sami Bahrawi
Managing Partner
Saudi Arabia

"long IVR that goes to sub menus to sub sub menus; as a client or customer or member, i should feel like the organization im calling understands my needs and sets up the IVR accordingly."

Larry Eiser
VP, Call Center Operations
Duke Energy
United States

"Having to repeat information or call a second time because they did not follow-thru as promised."

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is an energy company with assets in the United States, Canada and Latin America. It was founded by James Buchanan Duke.
Teri Melone
Manager of Outsourced Call Center Ops
The Home Depot
United States

"management that does not believe in getting feedback, ideas, etc. from their people."

About The Home Depot

he Home Depot is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services. The Home Depot operates 2,193 big-box format stores across the United States (including all 50 U.S. st... (read more)
Elyse Taylor
Head of Contact Centre
United Kingdom

"Their menu systems are too complicated and onerous!!!"

Bruce Ratcliff
Project Manager
US Cellular
United States

"Not getting a live agent when I want too. I prefer using automated voice response systems to do my business, but if I need to talk to a live agent, I should be able to rather easily."

About US Cellular

United States Cellular Corporation, d.b.a. U.S. Cellular, is a regional carrier which owns and operates the fifth-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, serving 4.7 million... (read more)
Robert Nana Mensah
Communication Consultant
African Business Communication

"Failure to respond to toll-free #"

Tengku Ayufeira Tengku Abraham
Call Center - Manager

"Attending to calls according to process. IT does not give the kind of service customers expect to receive."

About Celcom

Celcom Axiata Berhad, formerly Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad, is a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad. Celcom Axiata Berhad provides mobile communication services for customers in Malaysia. It offers voice... (read more)
Elaine Del Rossi
Client Experience Officer
HTH Worldwide
United States

"1. I want to be listened to. Don't assume that you have heard my issue a hundred times and know the answer. Treat me as though this is the first time you have heard this very important issue that I am describing. 2. I want the person on the other end of the phone to "take ownership" of the issue otherwise I still have the same problem I had when I called."

About HTH Worldwide

HTH Worldwide helps world travelers gain access to quality healthcare services all around the globe. HTH combines ongoing research, a contracted global community of physicians and hospitals, advanced... (read more)
Patrick Flanagan
Vice President - Customer Sales & Services
Carnival Australia pty ltd

"Too many layers of voice prompts with instructions that are not completely clear. To me this demonstrates a disregard to the callers time."

About Carnival Australia pty ltd

Carnival is a global cruise company and one of the largest vacation companies in the world with a portfolio of 11 distinct brands comprised of the leading cruise operators in North America, Europe and... (read more)
Khaled Ramadan
Consulting Leader
3D Vision Consulting
Saudi Arabia

"Inefficient processes, eventually your don't get what you want"

Cheryl Vanditelli
Manager Alt Channel Underwriting

"I don't like when I feel like people are reading from a script. Although I know they exist when it sounds too "rehearsed" it doesn't feel personal. Customer service should be a natural thing and I believe that everyone has to put their own spin on it."

About Scotiabank

At Scotiabank Atlantic Contact Centre, our success truly depends on our greatest resource – our people. We are motivated by integrity, respect, commitment, insight and a contagious can-do-spirit and w... (read more)
Cliff Wayenberg
Call Centre Manager
Vesta Payment Solutions Ltd.

"overcomplicated IVR's (More than 3x3). unnecessary transfers without proper issue handover, no resolution at end of call."

Rehan Ur Rehman
Head of Support Center- Customer Operations

"when I get "the response system is not available" or a falt helpless response this turns me off as you never know what is the situation of caller is and how urgent he needs the informaiton or service."

About Ufone

Ufone is an Etisalat Group Company that started its operations in January 2001. Since then, it has become a provider in innovation and has established presence in all the major cities, along with comp... (read more)
Ken Carosella
Partner / COO
SunSource America

"Third party verification teams not staffed adequately. Long wait or hold times will lose customers and sales and reflect poorly on our centers Customer Satisfaction surveys, thus impacting our overall quality."

Rodrigo Borgia
C.R.M. Operation Manager

"Sometimes agents don´t understand about the customer complains...."


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2021 Buyers Guide IVR

Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.

Computer Data Services, LLC

Get the benefits of an expensive, on-premise telephone system without the high price tag and annoying maintenance.

- Never miss another phone call
- No more busy signals
- Feature rich
- Answer your calls from anywhere

eGain Corporation

eGain SmartIVR
eGain SmartIVR is an over-the-top solution to modernize IVR systems. Businesses can offer smartphone callers an easy choice to resolve queries via digital messaging and intelligent self-service. And they can optimize the IVR experience with end-to-end analytics.


Virtual Switchboard
Megacall provides a fully customised Virtual Switchboard software for all companies (including IVR service). No matter the size of your business, our services adapt to the needs of each client.

Are you looking for a more effective way to communicate with your customers? Discover the advantages of using the IVR and how it can help in your communications.


MightyCall's IVR that will increase your business’s efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a secretary. Your auto-attendant is designed to:
- Greet callers
- Deliver necessary information
- Forward calls to the appropriate extension
- Take human error out of the system

Nuxiba Technologies

Provide your customers with an effortless self-service experience. Easily create menus using predefined or custom prompts and data dips and route customers to live agents when needed.

Enable your customers to make payments and access information 24/7 at their convenience. Request a quote or live demo today.

OpsTel Services

The SPEED solution solves for service level issues while cost optimizing the environment with automation.

Provides an enhanced way to speed up & optimize invoking temporary agent skills configuration changes into the contact center environment.

Speed allows you to schedule both future changes & temporary changes that auto-revert back to the original state when scheduled time expires.

Speed features:

*Automated / Scheduled Temporary Agent Skills Configuration Management
*Immediate Temporary or Reoccurring Schedule Skills Configuration Changes
*Easy to Use/Operations Administration Focused
*Descriptive Monitoring Activity Dashboard
*Detailed “End to End’ Audit Trail and Performance Monitoring

Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

IVR Edge
IVR Edge is a high performance, robust and scalable ivr system that works on various leading hardware such as Dialogic, Keygoe and Synway etc. It can handle the simplest of simple to the most complex of requirements to when it come to creating an IVR. Integration with any 3rd party database, be it for banking, telecom, insurance, travel, payment gateway etc can be handled with ease. Ideally suited to create Hosted IVR and virtual patching solutions with scalabilities that can range from 4 to 128 E1’s per setup with voice recording and CDR functionality. Integration with leading text to speech (TTS) and speech recognition ASR engines add to the flexibility and functionality.

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