Automated Coaching is the Next Phase of Workforce Management

By: Laura Stotler    8/2/2019

Automated and AI-based coaching technologies are being integrated into workforce management and contact center solutions to help agents improve their …

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Five9's Continued Success Shows Cloud and AI are the Future of Work

By: Erik Linask    8/1/2019

Five9 announced increases in quarterly revenues, driven by its enterprise business and continued migration of contact centers to the cloud.

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Analyst Group Predicts Brisk Growth in Cloud-Based Workforce Management Solutions

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    8/1/2019

As companies strive to do more with less workforce, workforce management becomes a critical element of operations. Workforce management, deployed prop…

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DMG Delivers Verint Top Marks

By: Maurice Nagle    7/26/2019

A new report from DMG consulting - 2019/2020 Intelligent Virtual Agent Product and Market Report - put Verint front and center. The VoC solution provi…

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AI Technology Will Improve the Workplace for Customer Service Agents

By: Laura Stotler    7/26/2019

AI and virtual assistant technologies stand to transform the entire customer service industry, improving the speed and quality of customer service whi…

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Reducing Customer Level of Effort by Automating Capture of Outcomes and Insights

By: Special Guest    7/22/2019

One of the key pillars in assessing the effectiveness of customer service, and the quality of each customer's experience, is to reduce the effort requ…

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AI Already Improving Customer Service and Transforming the Call Center

By: Laura Stotler    7/19/2019

AI has already made major inroads in customer service and is set to transform the entire contact center industry, improving both customer and agent en…

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The Next Level of Agent Training: Teaching Empathy, Organization and Communication

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    7/19/2019

It's 2019, and we tend to still consider call center work "low skilled." While once upon a time, this may have been the case, customer support today i…

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Verint Riding Wave of Accolades

By: Maurice Nagle    7/11/2019

Verint, also self-proclaimed "The Customer Engagement Company", had the latter confirmed in not one, or two but three customer service evaluations boa…

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Boost Agent Performance in the Contact Center by Returning to Basics

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    7/10/2019

The contact center is a complex place today. We have so many channels, so many solutions, so many screens and so many processes, that agents - once cu…

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What AI Can and Cannot Do for CX: The Next Generation Balancing Act of Data and Humans

By: Special Guest    7/10/2019

Gartner's Hype Cycle traditionally shares the "peak of inflated expectations" and the "trough of disillusionment" that precede the "plateau of product…

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Why Speech Analytics Aren't Optional

By: Maurice Nagle    7/3/2019

In the contact center, speech analytics are invaluable. For firms not embracing this future-forward approach the ignorance is certainly not bliss. Let…

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Cloud or On-Premises Contact Center: It's Your Choice

By: Special Guest    7/3/2019

Frost & Sullivan's Nancy Jamison speaks with Noble Systems CEO Jim Noble about the single-code base that allows customers to easily move their contact…

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How Your Agents Talk to Customers Matters

By: Stefania Viscusi    7/1/2019

How your agents speak and the words they choose to use when responding to customers needs is directly related to the end result of the call. Upbeat ac…

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Verint Solutions 'Magical'

By: Maurice Nagle    6/27/2019

This week, Verint was the only vendor to be recognized in two 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrants. Specifically, the customer engagement company earned accol…

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Reducing Stress in the Call Center is Good for Business

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    6/27/2019

If you made a list of the top 10 most stressful jobs, there's a good chance that call center agent would land on it somewhere, alongside "emergency ro…

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Innovative Ways to Make Visual IVR Work For You

By: Erik Linask    6/24/2019

Visual IVR merges IVR with digital technology, bringing it to smartphone and other digital device screens to give customers a user-friendly and easy-t…

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County Council Selects Verint to Improve Engagement

By: Maurice Nagle    6/20/2019

The Hertfordshire County Council recently announced the selection of Verint's government and public sector portfolio, making the management of governm…

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DVSAnalytics Announces Salesforce Integration

By: Maurice Nagle    6/18/2019

DVSAnalytics announced an advanced Salesforce integration for the Encore Workforce Optimization (WFO). The quality management and WFO firm is engineer…

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Constant Contact Leverages Glance Networks' Visual Engagement to Transform Service Centers into a Revenue Centers

By: Erik Linask    6/18/2019

Constant Contact increased its contact center efficiency, productivity, customer satisfaction, and revenue thanks to Glance Networks solution.

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Tips for the 'Nesting' Stage of Call Center Agents

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    6/18/2019

What is "nesting?" Nesting, sometimes known as the transition stage, is the point at which new call center hires are finished with their classroom tra…

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Creating Custom IVR Applications for Your Contact Center

By: Erik Linask    6/17/2019

When most people think "IVR," they think of the basic inbound IVR systems that, frankly, don't do the modern IVR justice. Today's IVR systems can do m…

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Finance Industry Banking on AI to Improve the Customer Experience

By: Laura Stotler    6/13/2019

The use of AI and automation is on the rise in the banking, financial services and insurance sectors. Financial customer service is an ideal fit for a…

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Motivation and Rewards Are Essential to a High Functioning Workforce

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    6/13/2019

While there are many moving parts to properly managing a workforce, it's the soft skills - the ability to understand and motivate people - that often …

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CallCabinet, Call Journey Unveil Contact Center Solution

By: Maurice Nagle    6/12/2019

CallCabinet announced a new partnership with Call Journey to introduce conversation analytics to an already robust call recording solution.

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Trends that will Improve the Customer Service Experience in 2020

By: Special Guest    6/12/2019

Customer service has long been a necessary factor in a company's success. With a growing number of in-person and e-commerce businesses entering variou…

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Will the Right Combination of Platforms and People Drive the Next Generation of Customer Service?

By: Shrey Fadia    6/11/2019

Recently hired Genesys CEO Tony Bates comes to Denver this week for Xperience19, bringing together thousands of customers, partners and contact center…

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Blending High Tech and High Touch, New CX BPO Launched at Genesys Xperience 19

By: Special Guest    6/11/2019

Even as companies in the contact center and "CX" industry continue to push self-service, chatbots, social messaging apps and "automation" that enable …

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Increasing Contact Center Efficiency While Reducing Costs

By: Erik Linask    6/10/2019

Modern contact center technologies allow customer service teams to operate much more efficiently to reduce cost per interaction, increase customer sat…

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What is Workforce Management and Why Do I Need it in 2019?

By: Stefania Viscusi    6/7/2019

As older workforce retires and makes way for younger Millennials and Gen Y, even the style in which workforces are being managed is shifting. All of t…

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Business Tips Every Beginner Must Know

By: Special Guest    6/7/2019

There's no doubt that running a business takes a lot of time and effort. For someone who has just begun in this field, it's important that you have a …

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New Growth and New Customers for 8x8 Contact Center

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    6/6/2019

The goal of a cloud-based contact center solution should be to enable an optimal customer experience by matching each customer with the best agent, re…

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Can Software Truly Improve Performance and Outcomes for Large Contact Center BPOs?

By: Shrey Fadia    6/6/2019

High turnover translates into high costs for recruiting and training, diminished employee productivity, and low morale among the very people who are i…

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Using Analytics to Improve Workforce Management

By: Laura Stotler    6/6/2019

Most businesses collect and store huge amounts of data as a routine course of action. But often that data sits unanalyzed. A proper WFM solution can p…

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Getting to Know Your Customers: How IVR Helps Make Surveys Fast and Effective

By: Erik Linask    6/3/2019

How much do you know about your customers, their experiences, and their needs? The fact is, the more you know, the more you are able to adapt your ent…

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Monet Solution Makes Club Med Contact Center Scheduling a Day at the Beach

By: Laura Stotler    5/31/2019

Club Med's use of spreadsheets to schedule its contact center agents and forecast customer service demand levels was outdated and unreliable. The comp…

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Workforce Management Today: Overseeing Multi-generational Employees

By: Stefania Viscusi    5/31/2019

Today's workplace is more diverse than ever before. As Baby Boomers transition out of their roles and Gen Y enters, the age range of workers is expans…

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Promero, BrightPattern Partner to Provide Omnichannel

By: Maurice Nagle    5/30/2019

BrightPattern and Promero unveiled a new partnership, which brings together a midsize and enterprise contact center software provider and a CX firm wi…

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Are You Leveraging Your Greatest Asset for Advocacy?

By: Erik Linask    5/28/2019

When it comes to customer engagement, there's no better resource than your brand advocates. With so many buying options, advocacy carries more weight …

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Why Call Centers Need WFM

By: Stefania Viscusi    5/22/2019

Call centers have become a key focus for businesses when it comes to growth and brand loyalty. Once viewed simply as "cost centers," or a place to man…

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In the Context of Conversations, One CX Company Takes On AI and ML for Scalable Analytics

By: Arti Loftus    5/21/2019

All conversations are contextual - how we feel at any given time, what we need to know, the problems we need to solve happen in a real time world.

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Preventing Customer and Agent Turnover Is Your Best Workforce Management Strategy

By: Tracey E. Schelmetic    5/21/2019

In the contact center, managers spend a great deal of time preventing turnover. Customer turnover, since it costs far more to acquire a new customer t…

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TechnologyOne Turns to Cloud Communications

By: Maurice Nagle    5/20/2019

Australia-based enterprise software as a service (SaaS) firm TechnologyOne announced the selection of RingCentral's cloud communications platform to p…

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Will The Combination of Vidyo and Enghouse Systems Up The Ante for Live Video Customer Experience Interactions?

By: Arti Loftus    5/20/2019

Enghouse Systems last week announced they have acquired Vidyo for a price $20 million dollars lower than Vidyo's annual revenue. At a purchase price o…

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Making Your Entire Organization Part of the Unified Customer Experience

By: Erik Linask    5/20/2019

In building a truly customer-centric operation, businesses must flip the traditional model on its head. Instead of the contact center supporting the r…

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Verint Unveils WFM Industry First

By: Maurice Nagle    5/17/2019

Verint Systems unveiled enhancements to Verint's Desktop and Process Analytics solution, which claims to fundamentally change the nature of work. The …

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Appian Intelligent Contact Center Sees Twilio Addition

By: Maurice Nagle    5/16/2019

Appian announced a new partnership with Twilio, joining the robust performance of Twilio with the Appian Intelligent Contact Center. The final product…

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Reversing the Call Center Turnover Trend

By: Laura Stotler    5/14/2019

Call centers have one of the highest rates of employee turnover in the U.S., at more than double the national rate. This trend may be reversed through…

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Is Your Contact Center Ready for Millennials?

By: Erik Linask    5/13/2019

As the first generation of digital natives to enter the workforce, Millennials have changed how businesses interact with customers, which also means f…

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