Common Outbound Metrics Measured in a Contact Center

Written by Frank Camp on January 24, 2012
contact center consultants

The Client Services team at GCS is charged with not only the overall, daily management of our programs, but also in keeping the pulse on what is important to our clients. Knowing their key metrics for success means we can focus on the right things internally to translate our results into what is most important

Use Your Emotional Intelligence to Connect to Your Customers

Written by Greg Alcorn on January 20, 2012
fix your call center

Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive, control and evaluate a person’s emotions. As customer service representatives, possessing emotional intelligence is key in understanding and incorporating the customer’s point of view in your presentations. There are four ways to navigate through your customer’s emotions: Perceiving emotion. You can’t physically see your customer so you

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

Four Absolutes of Quality

Written by Greg Alcorn on August 8, 2011
call center technology

In the 1980’s, Philip Crosby came up with the Four Absolutes of Quality. We have used the Four Absolutes as the foundation for planning sessions, key decision-making and process improvement. I’m not a big fan of how Dr. Crosby originally wrote his Absolutes, so I’ll paraphrase: Conform to client’s expectations Prevention, not appraisal Zero defects

Tips for Selling Anything!

Written by Greg Alcorn on June 7, 2011

We did a webinar with the ABIA yesterday.  We covered some marketing and communication tips and best practices for your agency.  Here are some of the tips that were covered. 1. Feet on the Street still work Keep yourself visible at all times. Promote your agency both internally and externally. Everyone you know should know what

Win with Effective Training | Use One on One Engagement

Written by Bucky Cline on May 3, 2011
contact center consultants

Over the past several months, I’ve been working on launching some back-end tools for our online application process for the HR department allowing them to better manage applicants during the hiring process.  One of the final steps is the training of the 15 users of the  new system. I have done my best to communicate

Engaging Customers

Written by Frank Camp on March 23, 2011

  According to Michael LeBoeuf, Ph.D., author of  How to Win Customers and Keep them for Life, 68% of customers are lost due to indifference. Indifferent customers are a result of pure neglect. He goes on to say the that the biggest secret in business is that success is not determined by dollars, facts or

Diffuse the Difficulty | Working with a Difficult Customer

Written by Bucky Cline on February 8, 2011

At some point, you are going to come across a difficult customer or even co-worker. Those situations are often uncomfortable. What do you do if you have an irate customer on the line or a co-worker screaming about something you did or did not do? First, make sure you RESPOND to the situation instead of