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How does speech analytics perform trend analysis? Isn’t it just counting how often words are used?

Question: How does speech analytics perform trend analysis? Isn’t it just counting how often words are used? Answer: Trend analysis in interaction (speech and text) analytics solutions provides deeper insights than word count frequency. At its most basic, trend analysis is designed to allow users to define “things” they know to look for in voice [...]
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What technology will help contact center agents manage the move to work from home permanently?

Question: Our contact center agents are working from home due to COVID-19 and many want to make it a permanent move. What technology will help us manage this shift? Answer: Transitioning to contact center as a service (CCaaS) infrastructure solutions will help provide flexibility for “hybrid” in-office/at-home contact centers, which are expected to be part [...]
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How much historical data is needed for AI to improve forecast accuracy in workforce management?

Question: I have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) being used in workforce management (WFM) solutions. How much historical data is needed for AI to improve forecast accuracy? Answer: Not surprisingly, the more data you have the more accurate the findings. AI-enabled WFM solutions leverage machine learning (ML), an AI technology that is effective at finding [...]
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How should agents handle calls when customers are sharing their concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic?

Question: How should agents handle calls when customers are sharing their fears and concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic – or other personal issues, for that matter? Answer: Although the current COVID-19 pandemic is different from anything we’ve experienced and worked through to date, fundamental contact handling communication or “soft” skills that have been around for [...]
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What are some high-level considerations we should keep in mind as we evaluate cloud-based contact center infrastructure vendors in our RFP process?

Question: We are planning to include cloud-based contact center infrastructure vendors in our RFP process for the first time. What are some high-level considerations we should keep in mind as we evaluate these solutions? Answer: For most companies, putting contact center systems and applications in the cloud, whether public or private, is the way to [...]
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What contact center organizational structure is being used by enterprises to deliver an exceptional customer experience?

Question: What contact center organizational structure is being used by enterprises to deliver an exceptional customer experience? Answer: While there is no “one-size-fits-all” alignment, many successful companies now include a customer experience (CX) executive who manages all customer-facing operations either directly or indirectly. To underscore the importance of this position, it typically reports directly to [...]
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How should we use gamification in workforce management (WFM)?

Question: Our new workforce management (WFM) solution includes gamification capabilities. How should we use this feature? Answer: Gamification can enable employees to earn rewards, recognition, and/or social rank for achieving key performance indicator (KPI)-based goals, helping peers improve performance, successfully completing eLearning activities, adhering to schedules, and much more. Organizations in many industries are leveraging [...]
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Can I use workforce management for managing a back-office team?

Question: I’ve used workforce management (WFM) in a contact center, but now I’m managing a back-office team. Can I use WFM here too? Answer: WFM solutions can help back-office (and branch) organizations optimize employee utilization, however these environments require applications that are purpose-built to address their unique needs. First of all, back-office WFM suites need [...]
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Is voice biometrics used only for live-agent interactions or does it work with intelligent virtual agents too?

Question: Is voice biometrics used only for live-agent interactions or does it work with intelligent virtual agents too? Answer: Voice biometrics can provide authentication for interactions that take place with humans as well as with intelligent virtual agents (IVAs). Voice biometrics and IVAs are complementary solutions that deliver enhanced and additional benefits when used in [...]
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I’ve heard of speech analytics to analyze phone calls; what’s used for the new digital channels?

Question: I’ve heard of speech analytics to analyze phone calls; what’s used for the new digital channels? Answer: Interaction analytics (IA), which combines speech and text analytics capabilities, enables enterprises to gain insights from both voice and digital channels. IA solutions convert unstructured recorded and/or live-stream audio and digital customer conversations into transcripts. Once transcribed, [...]
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Is robotic process automation another name for workflow management software?

Question: Is robotic process automation another name for workflow management software? Answer: Robotic process automation (RPA) and workflow management software applications are different – but complementary – solutions. Both applications are intended to help organizations streamline processes and optimize resources, including the use of automation. While there are some similarities, the differences are significant. Here [...]
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Can contact center infrastructure solutions integrate with home-grown servicing systems or only commercially available CRMs?

Question: Can contact center infrastructure solutions integrate with home-grown servicing systems or only commercially available CRMs? Answer: Although many contact center infrastructure vendors offer pre-built, out-of-the-box integrations with leading customer relationship management (CRM) solutions like Salesforce, Zendesk, Microsoft Dynamics, etc., they generally support custom integrations for proprietary applications as well. To integrate with a customer [...]
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What’s the difference between customer journey mapping and customer journey analytics?

Question: What’s the difference between customer journey mapping and customer journey analytics? Answer: Customer journey mapping provides enterprises with a visual representation of the touchpoints that prospects or customers traverse when interacting with their organization, from the first touch through the last. While customer journey mapping provides valuable insight into the channels and activities experienced [...]
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Are multi-channel and omni-channel contact centers the same?

Question: I used to hear about multi-channel contact centers, now it’s omni-channel. Are they the same thing? Answer: While there are some surface similarities – both terms refer to contact centers that support customer interactions in more than one voice and/or digital channel – the differences are significant. Multi-channel contact centers manage each channel (e.g., [...]
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How can we confirm IVAs will provide the same information as our contact center agents?

Question: We’re considering the addition of intelligent virtual agent capabilities to provide 24/7 customer service. How can we confirm they will provide the same information as our contact center agents? Answer: To ensure an intelligent virtual agent (IVA) delivers responses that are consistent with a human agent – and vice versa –requires a single source [...]
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Choosing an omni-channel cloud-based contact center infrastructure solution

Question: Should the business case to acquire an omni-channel cloud-based contact center infrastructure solution be multiple mini-business cases (by channel) or one overall? Answer: A business case, which DMG defines as “a document designed to convince a decision-maker of the need for and benefits (contribution to the bottom line) of an investment,” are not one-size-fits-all. [...]
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What’s the best way to use contact handle time as a key performance indicator?

Question: What’s the best way to use contact handle time as a key performance indicator? Answer: The amount of time agents spend handling interactions in each supported channel (e.g., inbound/outbound calls, chats, emails, short message service (SMS)/text, messaging, social media, etc.) is a critical key performance indicator (KPI) for contact centers, and has been one [...]
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Are calibration sessions necessary in an AQM environment?

Question: We’re implementing analytics-enabled quality management to perform automated evaluation of customer interactions. Do we still need to do calibration sessions? Answer: Analytics-enabled quality management (AQM), which leverages capabilities that include speech, text, and desktop analytics to automatically evaluate up to 100% of customer interactions, enhances, but does not completely eliminate, traditional quality management (QM) [...]
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Implementing a balanced scorecard to measure agent and contact center performance

Question: We’re implementing a balanced scorecard to measure agent and contact center performance. What categories should we evaluate? Answer: There are hundreds of key performance indicators (KPIs) available in most contact centers, as each operating system – automatic call distributor (ACD), dialer, interactive voice response (IVR), recording, workforce management, customer relationship management (CRM) and more [...]
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“Smart” contact center solutions that use artificial intelligence

Question: I keep hearing about "smart" contact center solutions that use artificial intelligence. How does this work? Answer: Answer: Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science focused on the development of computer programs and machines to solve complex problems by simulating behaviors associated with intelligent beings. Specific capabilities include learning, reasoning, problem-solving and [...]
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What additional information can we use to determine customer satisfaction?

Question: Our customer satisfaction survey response rates are declining. What additional information can we use to determine customer satisfaction? Answer: Contact centers have a wealth of data that provides insight into customer satisfaction and can be used to augment enterprise feedback management (EFM)/surveying results. Here are some suggestions: Speech/text analytics – use contact center analytics [...]
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What can we do to attract candidates for contact center agent job openings?

Question: What can we do to attract candidates for contact center agent job openings? Answer: With 2018 US unemployment rates hovering near 18-year lows, contact center leaders need to think outside the box when attempting to fill agent positions. Here are some options: Consider automation to reduce the need for “entry-level” agents – Contact center [...]
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How do omni-channel contact centers route interactions?

Question: How do omni-channel contact centers route interactions? Answer: In an omni-channel contact center, interaction routing is centralized and agents have a comprehensive view of what happens with customers across all channels. In these environments, companies have one unified system that receives, queues, and routes all types of interactions, and is smart enough to identify [...]
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