Contact Center Best Practices: 10 Areas of Focus

Written by gcsagents on February 15, 2017
contact center improvement

                  “You will never reach your destination if you throw stones at every dog that barks.” — Sir Winston Churchill   As history shows, Winston Churchill was right when he warned against the dangers of distraction. And as those of us in this industry know all too well, it’s very easy for center management to

Top Contact Center Industry Benchmarks

Written by gcsagents on February 4, 2017
contact center benchmarking

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu One of the most effective ways to determine how your contact center’s performance stacks up against other providers in your industry is to benchmark. Many enterprises are satisfied when their contact center meets goals

16 ROI-Proven Ways a Consultant Can Help Your Call Center

Written by gcsagents on November 11, 2016
contact center roi

As a contact center outsourcer and consultant, we’ve responded to countless requests for information (RFI). The issues that come up in these RFIs range from easy to complex. The most difficult ones require a seasoned contact center team to answer. We’ve picked 16 of the tougher questions and ROI-proven approaches that a worthy consultant should

The Value of a Smile and a Wave (over the phone)

Written by Greg Alcorn on January 23, 2014

  About five blocks from one of our client sites in New York City, on the corner of 28th St and 39th Ave, there is an elementary school.  Every school morning, a crossing guard positions herself on that corner to provide traffic control and safe passage for the students. Her duty is one that is

Have You Ever Done Work in Our Industry? [Expressed Interest]

Written by Greg Alcorn on April 25, 2012

Did you have a Johnny Stratton in your high school? Johnny went to my high school. He could do everything. He played four sports and was a star in all of them. He played the trumpet in the band, was class president and dated the prettiest girl. To top it all off, he was, and still is, a really nice guy. Johnny

Tips for Protecting Your Goldmine

Written by Frank Camp on April 12, 2012

Have you been considering an outreach program to your customers or prospects to tell them about your products or services but just aren’t sure about the customer experience? Good for you! In the wrong hands, that investment could disappear. What things should you consider before collaborating with an outsource contact center? What controls should they

The Most Difficult Job at a Contact Center

Written by Greg Alcorn on January 5, 2012

I read a couple of articles this morning that got me to thinking about the nature of the Customer Management Representative position.  I’m going to suggest that the CMR has one of the most difficult positions at the interaction center. The two articles I read this morning re-enforce my position. First, CMR’s on outreach campaigns

Engaging, Professional & Valuable Customer Contacts

Written by Greg Alcorn on December 5, 2011
contact center KPIs

Our business has changed recently. We are winning and growing more customer service and business process outsourcing (BPO) programs and refining our outbound programs to be more customer friendly. I wrote last week about a major retailer that contracted with us to take supply orders by phone and post those requests to their order entry