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Article : Something Wicked this Way Comes. Is Your Contact Center Ready?

#contactcenterworld, @WorkingSol

Aftermath is an ugly word, isn’t it? One that contact center leaders dread and sure don’t want to hear this hurricane season, running June 1 through November 30.

The mere mention invokes images of disrupted customer service, at best—or operational disaster, at worse. In a word, consequences, especially for the inexperienced or unprepared. Either way, the outcomes can be dire.

After more than 20 years in this industry, I’ve worked with clients and served their customers through the likes of Sandy, Matthew and Harvey—and dozens of other hurricanes, blizzards and floods.

And when the worst seems behind us, something just as onerous happens, ravaging everything and everyone in its path, with ramifications felt long afterward.


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Widening Wakes: Lingering Aftermaths

A recent post by science writer Brian Kahn in EARTHER cues up the 2018 hurricane season—10 to 16 tropical storms, with "1-4 could become Category 3 or greater."

He reports that NOAA National Hurricane Center’s lead forecaster stresses dual vigilance—along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and "inland where damage from winds and torrential rain can take a huge toll."

Take Hurricane Ike, a Category 4 storm in 2008, as an example. According to the center’s Storm Surge Unit, "… the surge moved inland nearly 30 miles in some locations in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana."

A surge’s dispersion is called the "inundation depth." A map depicts its span and severity, coded in blue, yellow, orange and red. Colorful to look at, but brutal to experience.

Given this reach: Are your contact center disaster preparedness and precautions as wide and deep? Mapped out for different eventualities—beforehand?

Because, as evidenced by recent storms, the destructive wakes are widening and aftermaths lingering.

Occurring in rapid succession, 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria did more than $250 billion in damages, extracting a profound human and economic toll. Even now, almost a year later in places such as Houston and Puerto Rico, lives still try to recover and businesses rebuild.

Fluid and Flexible: Backup to the Backup

For contact centers, which were affected by all three hurricanes, it’s not just a matter of fortified operations. That has to be a given.

Rather, they should be fluid and flexible, too. Sure, swift and staffed to outmaneuver and outlast any storm. That requires mobility, scalability and sustainability—outside, and sometimes ahead, of harm’s way.

That’s nearly impossible to do with brick-and-mortar call centers stuck in a storm’s path. A case in point is Matthew, a Category 5 hurricane. Its fury far-reaching and devastation prolonged, Matthew went from the Caribbean to the Carolinas, from September 28 to October 10, 2016.

As it hit Jamaica, a client’s brick-and-mortar call center there was evacuated, with customer service shifting to remote contact center agents in California, Texas and Wyoming.

Unrelenting, Matthew roared north, up the East Coast along Florida. Its course forcing the client’s second call in Melbourne to be evacuated, as Gov. Rick Scott warned: "This storm will kill you." Again, on-demand agents outside the storm’s swath picked up work as Floridian call center agents fled to safety.

In this instance—and for other storms as well—the client had backup to the backup. Integrated physical and virtual contact center operations to ensure nonstop service, with plenty of resources at the ready.

Questions to Ask: No Silver Bullets

Such resiliency and responsiveness must be built into the business. That requires asking the right questions, with thought-out answers and well-rehearsed plans in place.

Questions such as:

  • Have your teams run through business continuity scenarios? When was the last drill?
  • Are you prepared to evacuate agents, shift work in a disaster? Have you timed it?
  • If so, do you have enough backup agents standing by and where? Is the plan in hand?
  • Are your business partners as secure as your own operations? Have you checked?
  • Short of Armageddon, are you prepared for back-to-back disasters? Said your prayers?

Not offering any silver bullets here. Just some thoughts, based on experience—good and bad.

And yes, running a contact center every day is challenging enough. Just think how overwhelming storms and other disasters will be if business continuity is left to chance. "Oh no" shouldn’t be an operational axiom.

This hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto, Hurricane Beryl and Hurricane Chris already have occurred. Other tempests await—with the names of Florence, Helene and Leslie—to blow through.

There’s still time to get ready, though. Best to be wary and wise. Wouldn’t you agree?

So, prepare contact center operations now, knowing something wicked this way comes—with several months left until the season ends.

#contactcenterworld, @WorkingSol

 


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2021 Buyers Guide Customer Experience (CX)

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1.) 
3Fiftynine

Branches
Improves customer experience by helping find the agent the right information within a click.

2.) 
Abacus Cambridge Partners

Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and business functions, Abacus works at the intersection of business and technology to help organisations meet their key priorities and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Headquartered in the United Kingdom and offices in the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt, Abacus has more than 800 global customers and over 2800 customer-focused employees working in 30+ countries.

We offer the following services:

Business Process Outsourcing
Customer Experience and Customer Relationship Management
Enterprise Resource Planning
AI & Robotic Process Automation
API M...
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3.) 
Alvaria

Alvaria CXP
Alvaria CXP empowers enterprises to deploy contact center & customer self-service solutions on voice (IVR), text/messaging (chatbots), and mobile channels (disposable apps) with a design-once-deploy-anywhere approach. CXP Pro speeds up time-to-market, lowers customer service cost, lowers average handling time (AHT), frees agents from repetitive tasks, improves the customer experience through 24/7 availability, and increases first contact resolution (FCR). Deploy on-premise or in the cloud.

4.) 
AmplifAI

AmplifAI Performance Acceleration for Sales & Service
AmplifAI integrates all contact center data sources, and uses AI to drive personas which capture the metrics and behaviors of high performing agents, and then delivers actions to the organization to replicate the high performers. This process drives a sustainable and consistent agent improvement model that allows for faster speed to proficiency and improved performance across the call center resulting in improved productivity, sales and customer experience.

5.) 
At Random Communications

Contact Center Observation Services
Remote Contact Center Monitoring Programs - Working closely with your staff every day can often take complete objectivity out of the picture when trying to evaluate quality and agent performance.

Telephone/Email/Chat Mystery Shopping - A well-planned mystery shopping program can yield invaluable data about how your customers view the quality of your contact center service interactions.

Competitor Analysis - ARC Competitive Analysis Programs are designed to objectively compare your company with your competition.

Customer Satisfaction Surveys - ARC’s Customer Satisfaction Survey programs are designed to provide you with an objective measuring tool for gauging the level of customer sa...
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6.) 
BravaTrak

BravaTrak
BravaTrak is the High-Performance Coaching System for contact centres. It helps you increase customer experience while improving employee engagement.

It does this, by:
- Providing you with a customer experience coaching framework
- Turning your managers into High-Performance Coaches
- Giving you real-time visibility of your managers’ coaching activity

We’ve refined this system over the past 27 years, working with over 50 large organisations. It’s been tested and proven across inbound sales and service, and outbound sales and retention.

Whatever the nature of your channel, BravaTrak can help you avoid missing your customer experience targets, while improving employee engagement.

7.) 
Britannic Technologies

INBOX
INBOX: A place for every digital interaction!

INBOX allows any digital interaction to be blended into single or multiple queues with zero service interruption with implementation. Organising them by business context with smart tagging and search filters, the events can be automatically prioritised and categorised.

Automating the route to the correct agent or business orchestration rule. It also connects with all your social media channels, enabling you to respond and route accordingly in real-time.

8.) 
Calabrio

Calabrio ONE Workforce Optimization
Calabrio is revolutionizing the way enterprises engage their customers with Calabrio ONE, a unified workforce optimization (WFO) suite—including call recording, quality management, workforce management, voice-of-the-customer analytics, and advanced reporting—that records, captures and analyzes customer interactions to provide a single view of the customer, and improve the overall agent and customer experience.

9.) 
Call Adapt

Soundboard Software
Call Adapt is a cloud-based digital soundboard application designed for contact centers. It works with any type of call and integrates with your existing dialer system. Powered by smart audio technology, Call Adapt gives your agents the ability to converse with customers in real time using programmed keyboard shortcuts. The result is perfect pitch delivery and less time spent on repetitive tasks.

10.) 
Callsultant

Outsourced Contact Center Services, Contact Center Consultancy Services
We offer a wide range of inbound and outbound services including;
-Sales, lead generation, market research, fundraising, appointment setting, collections, telemarketing, customer service, help desk, order taking, technical support. In addition, we provide omni channel support services such as chat & email support along with back office processing services such as transcription, data entry, Order management, E-Commerce order follow-up.

11.) 
ComSys S.A.

CFront for Digital Communication Channels
CFront by Comsys is a state-of-the-art application that enriches contact centers with digital communication and collaboration capabilities. CFront is natively compatible with Aspect Unified IP and Cisco Unified Contact Center (UCCE/UCCX) platforms and connects them with all the major communication channels.
Comsys is a provider of οmnichannel customer engagement solutions that assist companies around the world in delivering unique customer experiences. For the last 15 years, Comsys designs and implements complex projects for clients from the outsourcing, financial services, telecommunications, and retail sectors. Comsys enjoys strategic partnerships with technology vendors like Cisco®, Aspe...
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12.) 
Conectys

Conectys delivers a wide range of customer experience solutions including customer service, technical support and virtual assistant solutions.

We provide omnichannel customer support services through phone, email, web tickets, live chat, social media, good old fax, and the latest mobile apps. From switchboard solutions, to customer and technical support, we have the outsourced call center service package to fit your requirements.

13.) 
Connex One

Omnichannel
The Connex One Customer Engagement Platform enables inbound and outbound interactions through a secure, cloud-based, omnichannel engine. The feature rich platform offers everything from AI and Automation to Workforce Optimisation, consolidating the customer journey into one place.

14.) 
Consilium Software

Consilium UniRSM™
Many contact centers are providing critical services in these challenging times, with agents not only having to handle new customer situations, but also with agents often working alone from home without the face-to-face support of their supervisors and managers, who may also be working remotely. Trained and proficient agents translate into happy customers, with monitoring and coaching playing an important role in developing agents’ abilities. Consilium UniRSM™ is a perfect solution for this, where supervisors can perform real-time quality monitoring and coaching by dialing in from any phone with secure, role-based access.
Has your contact center moved to Cisco Jabber softphones for agents,...
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15.) 
ContactEngine

ContactEngine connects conversations across entire customer journeys with One Voice delivering exceptional CX and demonstrable business value for organizations around the world.

ContactEngine provides proactive customer service by helping your customers through the channels they’re most comfortable with. It aims to contact your customer before your customer contacts you.

16.) 
Creative Virtual

V-Person™
Creative Virtual's V-Person virtual agent/chatbot technology and V-Person Live Chat™ bring together humans and AI to create conversations with customers and employees across touchpoints in a seamless, personalised way and at large scale. V-Person conversational AI solutions can be deployed across any channel (web, mobile, social media, messaging apps, voice, IVR, smart speakers, kiosks, contact centre, HR, service desk) in over 35 languages.

V-Person virtual agent/chatbot and live chat implementations are underpinned by V-Portal™, our knowledge management, workflow management and business intelligence orchestration platform. We use a hybrid approach of natural language processing (NLP),...
(read more)

17.) 
CTMA New Zealand Ltd

Customer experience assessments and reviews • Customer experience baseline studies • Leadership training, coaching and events
Establishing a customer experience baseline:
Establishing a customer experience baseline helps to identify and quantify current sources of customer dissatisfaction, estimate potential returns on service investment and sets customer-driven improvement priorities for action and change.
CTMA’s customer experience assessments and baseline studies help to identify, justify and prioritise strategic and tactical improvement opportunities, and forge a solid foundation for change.


Leadership training, coaching and events:
The new urgency to get customer experience right, in a world recovering from a global health crisis, is placing even more emphasis on giving people the right skills, to do...
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18.) 
CUSTOMER SQUARE

CROSSCRM.CX
Cross CRM is powered by Customer-Square,french firm specializing in customer-relationship and contact centers, since 2008 we help companies with a large customer capital to maintain, and develop.

Originally for our own needs, the CRM analytics services and Quality Monitoring provided by Customer-Square, we began to put CROSS-CRM.COM on the market in 2013.

CROSS-CRM manages daily interconnection with your CRM tools to centralize data and analyse CX on all channels, and is able to provide deep analytics insights.
The platform also provides Quality Monitoring, Speech Analytics and Survey tools to get a 360 view of your customer interactions.

We ended this features list in 2008 by add...
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19.) 
Customer Touch Point

Engage To Influence
Customer Touch Point specialises in long-term and instant impact customer experience solutions for organisations worldwide, providing the tools and support they need to deliver effortless customer experiences. We are also the brand behind the powerful Engage to Influence™ methodology, which sits at the core of every single customer project.

By delivering real-time customer insight; designing customer journeys to positively influence behaviour; and implementing end-to-end technology solutions that provide a seamless experience across all channels, we enable our clients to improve customer experiences and reduce cost of contact at the same time.

Our solutions include:

• Contact Cen...
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20.) 
CustomerCount

CustomerCount is a feature-rich, cloud based survey solution providing intuitive real-time reporting, fast turnaround on requested updates, and detailed and dynamic data gathering capabilities to support process improvement efforts, build customer loyalty and improve your bottom line. Developed and managed by Mobius Vendor Partners, CustomerCount was initially designed for the timeshare and contact center industries and is now used by organizations across numerous different vertical markets and industries.
 
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