Customers nowadays tend to be less and less patient when calling in to get answers to their questions or problems. This leads to higher abandon rates during peak hours or times where fewer agents are online. Offering alternatives to waiting on hold for the next available agent will not only improve customer satisfaction but also lead to better SLAs and a better customer interaction for the agent. Let's face it, who doesn't dread taking the call that's been waiting in a queue listening to the same music looping for 30 minutes.
You have the unenviable task of assembling the bookcase that you bought and have left in the middle of your living room since it was delivered more than a month ago. You quickly realize that the instructions which say that the entire bookcase can be assembled with a single screwdriver is way beyond your mechanical prowess. You go online and start a chat conversation with the customer services department, and when the agent asks which bookcase you are asking about and what your order number is, your mind goes blank, and the only thing you can type is “The #$%$^ one that I cannot assemble.”
Contact Center Solutions like Cisco UCCX are designed to deliver a highly secure, available, virtual, and sophisticated customer interaction management solution for your agents.
However, as with any technology, advancements happen at a rapid pace. This guide of Tips and Insights is designed to assist organizations who are looking at improving adoption and efficiency of their contact center solution.
One of the pain-points most contact centers experience is abandon rates - callers who simply get tired of waiting for an available agent to service their call, and disconnect. The result is that the customer is dissatisfied with the experience, and the contact center experiences an abandoned call - calls that drop from the queue. The caller's intention was never satisfied, and the caller may, or may never call back.
The largest complaints callers have with regards to call centers is waiting on hold for an excessive period of time or navigating through an endless phone menu with hard-to-follow/lengthy prompts. In fact, social media is filled with sites that consumers can voice their criticisms: On hold with.
This problem is further compounded by organizations who have IVR (Interactive Voice Response) and ACD (Automated Call Distribution) technologies but only use the ACD component in combination with simple rules to route calls to agents. These shortcuts are often because of the costs or challenges associated with deploying.
Inevitably delivering the bare minimum queuing with no self-service results in overloaded agents, angry consumers and excessive queue times.