Contact center management

Five ways to reduce queuing time in your contact center

Customers generally hate waiting on hold, and the longer that they have to hold the more chance there is that they’ll abandon the call. High call abandon rates are never good but they’re particularly problematic if your business is running any kind of inbound marketing campaign when every call abandoned can mean lost business. Even […]

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12 New Year’s resolutions for your contact center

Tips and ideas for 2016 based on new features and developments of Syntec’s integrated contact center systems   Cloud contact center management innovation Effectively track call outcomes – Using Syntec’s AgentCall contact center management system, your agents can mark the outcome of each telephone call they handle using the call history tab, either during or after […]

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10 key developments for contact center managers in 2016

Companies need to consider making the move from a multichannel to an omnichannel approach It’s becoming more commonplace now for organizations to engage with customers through multiple channels. You have your call center and for most customers, talking to a live agent is still the best way to get the result they want (and many […]

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How to make IVR payments (and your call center) PCI DSS compliant

Let me start with an important distinction here first. If you want to take payment over the phone via an automated IVR system without call center agents involved, then it’s correct to talk about this as ‘an IVR payment system’.  But if it’s compliant card payments between customers and call center agents that you are […]

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Confidence tricks – how PCI DSS compliance helps you win your customers’ trust

Loss of confidence in online transactions and data held on individuals is amongst the greatest potential risks facing any on line retailer, financial institution or public facing body. Headlines abound on data losses from banks, social websites and health providers. Each breach represents a significant blow to the reputation of the business suffering it and […]

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Telephone number changes – 0845 ain’t dead yet!

You’re probably aware that the regulator Ofcom imposed a change to the revenue regime on all UK numbers beginning 08, 09 and 118, which took effect on the 1st of July 2015.  This suggests another review of inbound telephony numbering may be worthwhile, after CCICACR (the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations) which […]

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Connected customers: are you meeting their needs?

Most people expect to be able to interact with family, friends and neighbours instantly using the channel and device of their choice. According to Ofcom, 82% of households have fixed broadband, and 89% have mobile broadband. These levels of connectivity bring expectations and increased demands when we interact as customers with organizations. But are organizations […]

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10 simple ways to reduce average call handling time in your contact center

Average call handling time is one of the most common metrics that call center managers use to measure the performance of their teams. It’s an easy metric to measure and provides a clear indication of how efficiently the call center is operating. Reducing average call handling time can lead to significant gains in productivity but […]

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