How to Ensure Great Customer Service over the Christmas Break

Typically, Christmas is a time when your permanent staff are slowing down and planning their summer holiday.   However, Christmas is also infamous for customer care centres to be at their busiest!   Last minutes demands or scheduling appointments while retailers dealing with product returns due to the wrong size, wrong colour or wrong delivery.

To retain those loyal customers and stay on top of things here are a few tips to keep your business ticking along nicely so you can think about winding down.

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Why Is There Such a Difference in Average Handling Time Between Advisors?

For many contact centres, Average Handling Time (AHT) is still an essential Key Performance Indicator (KPI). It affects the number of staff and the system capacity you need.

In the past, it was often thought that a low AHT was what to strive for but, over time, companies have recognised that it was too simplistic an approach to measure efficiency and that they had to take into consideration other factors such as First-Contact Resolution (FCR) rates. Continue reading

Five Steps to Customer Satisfaction Surveys in Contact Centres

We regularly discuss the ways to handle complaints and dissatisfied customers, simply because customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of any business. Complaints should always be seen as an opportunity to put things right as, for each disgruntled person who gives you a piece of their mind, there are many more that don’t but just go straight to your competitors. Continue reading

Four Simple Ideas to Engage with Existing Customers in 2018

It costs 4 to 6 times more to acquire new clients than keeping existing ones; an existing customer is 14 times more likely to buy more products or services from you, and 73% are more likely to recommend you. Yet, despite these crystal-clear statitics, businesses’ priority is still very often about capturing new clients to the detriment of existing customers. Continue reading

How to Prevent Call Center Agent Burnout

We have often talked about how demanding being a contact center agent is. Whether they are dealing with routine queries or angry customers, it can be an intense job that leads to stress and ultimately lack of motivation and decrease in productivity. It is therefore essential that managers act before this happens and reduce the risk of agent burnout. Continue reading