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A brief introduction to skills-based routing in call centers

Commonly used in the telephony industry, skills-based routing is far from being a new concept. If you still haven’t rolled out this call assignment solution in your call center, this guide is for you. As more and more brands come to realize just how crucial the customer experience is, many of them have begun to […]

7 Content marketing tips for contact centers

Content marketing can help call centers raise brand awareness, establish a credible image, and build new connections with prospective clients. Delivering high-quality content for your target audience must be one of your digital marketing goals. This is especially critical for B2B firms like call centers. Great content can give your organization a competitive edge and […]

What's the ideal conflict resolution style for customer support reps?

How well can your call center agents handle conflicts with customers? Conflicts are unavoidable during customer service interactions. Agents may encounter irate and frustrated customers, or they may run into unreasonable complaints and requests. In these cases, they must be able to communicate clearly with customers so they can reach a common understanding.

4 General types of skills all contact center reps must learn

As part of skills management, identifying what your customer support reps can and can’t do can help improve your call center’s performance. Documenting, categorizing, and managing your staff’s skills are highly abstract and complex human resource processes. So it’s not surprising that many companies skip these activities. When done correctly, however, they can be beneficial […]

The 5 most undervalued customer service skills

Are you screening your prospective employees for these skills? Tech-savviness and language proficiency often top the list of the most desirable qualities of customer support reps. Indeed, these are the same things that call center managers look for as they aim to build a stellar support team. But as we zone in on these qualities […]

Is your call center ready for a 4-day work week?

A swelling number of companies are starting to offer longer weekends—three days, to be exact—to their employees. Can 24/7 call centers also pull this off? The idea of a 40-hour, 4-day work week (and hence 3-day weekends) is quite new, but it’s already garnering plenty of thumbs-up across industries.

7 Common reasons why call center team leaders underperform

The Center for Creative Leadership, a nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership development, said that 38% to 50% of managers fail outright at their first 18 months on the job. Given this alarming figure, it looks like many executives can’t accurately predict whether someone can be a strong leader. This is true even if the […]

5 Tips to steer customer support calls and speed up issue resolution

Taking control over a conversation without offending a customer is one of the most important communication skills every support rep must master. For contact centers that receive an overflowing amount of calls, keeping conversations short is crucial. Support reps must solve problems quickly so they can attend to pending customer requests. The tricky part, however, […]

5 Types of ineffective call center team leaders

Strong and effective leadership is crucial in call centers. A management approach that suits your organizational culture and reflects employees’ interests can help reduce attrition and turnovers.

4 Things big data can't do for your business

The big data craze isn’t likely to quiet down anytime soon. It’s continuing to build a positive reputation for itself, as it helps organizations solve business-related problems in innovative ways. Across industries, entrepreneurs see data—coupled with the ability to understand it—as a means of fully understanding their customers and business processes. Indeed, plenty of companies […]

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