This month, Oscar Rickett of The Guardian wrote an article which suggested that: ‘Customer service is becoming more Kafkaesque by the day, with rounds of Muzak, the endless repeating of your name, address, birth date and maybe name of a childhood pet, the name of the street you grew up on …’ It rightly stated that this leaves people feeling somewhat frustrated.
When we visited the recent 2014 Customer Contact EXPO at Olympia, London, speakers were focusing on how to achieve good service and value at EVERY customer touchpoint.
With customers using everything from mobile, to email to webchat to communicate with contact centres and expecting a fast and helpful response, speakers concluded that technology should play a large part in meeting their needs, as must well-trained staff. Continue reading
Having a multichannel environment can involve several departments – IT, marketing, corporate – not just the contact centre. Consistency can only be achieved if everyone involved is briefed properly and methods and processes are integrated. This may sound obvious but it doesn’t always happen. The organisational structure, responsibilities and required skills needed should be considered as one big picture when planning strategy.
You may have heard about the outrage caused in the past week when a mobile phone company introduced a new charge for contacting its call centre. Basically it’s offering customers the choice of paying an extra 50p to skip the queue when calling customer service.
Providing scripts to your contact centre team to base their conversations with customers around can really boost their performance in a variety of situations and ensure compliance – and not just during training.
Scripts can also help to achieve higher first call resolution rates; a well-informed customer service advisor who is confident about how to handle a call because all the key elements are in their script is likely to make the customers’ experience more positive and resolve the interaction faster.
The direct marketing industry contributes financially to the economy and UK call centres alone employ more than 1 million people. Direct marketing techniques are used by numerous companies to generate business and good campaigns can help consumers find the best… Continue reading
Your contact centre’s purpose has changed from transactional activity to an environment where your customers can contact you for a wide range of reasons and through a variety of communication channels – you can talk to your clients on the phone, by email, text message, chat, social media … the list goes on.
Gales, floods, illness … disruptions to daily life this winter have massively impacted contact centres, some of which are struggling to cope.
Call volumes have rocketed – and so have customer complaints, which have become increasingly vocal, through the use of social media.
The contact centre’s purpose has changed from transactional activity to one where your customers can contact you for a wide range of reasons and through a variety of communication channels – you can talk to your clients on the phone, by email, text message, chat, social media … the list goes on. Continue reading
As simple customer transactions shift channels to self-service your contact centre “conversations” – phone calls, emails, text messages…. – become more complex with an ever-increasing proliferation of systems used by the agents to complete the activity.
Rostrvm Solutions, customer service hub software designer and developer for the contact centre and back office, is expanding. You may hear new voices on the phone as it has recently appointed two new telesales executives, Simon Gaut and Naila Khan to its growing team.
Simon Gaut previously spent five years working in a contact centre, working his way up to become the Manager. Naila worked in various Retail Management roles for nine years and then did a year in a Business Development role prior to joining Rostrvm.
The contact centre has a long history of managing and measuring activity and rostrvm is a leader in providing facilities to support this key aspect of delivering excellent customer service.
We know that providing great customer service needs to happen outside the contact centre too. Whilst all contact centres measure performance, many back office operations do not have any criteria or metrics to do the same.
Microsoft Lync delivers a unified communications environment, connecting people across different locations and multiple media from their PC, phone, browser and tablets. The rostrvm suite of applications complements Lync to provide a comprehensive, purpose- designed platform for contact centre operations.
Providing excellent customer service whilst keeping to budget, meeting targets and complying with regulations is a challenge for most contact centres, especially if the type of services required increase.
This situation happens to many organisations and they find that, although… Continue reading
We have joined the newly formed Network Answering Machine Detection (AMD) Working Party as founder members.
Our recent survey reviewed how the Back Office is using both Desktop Applications and Social Media.
Our findings show that, although the Back Office is now handling much more and has become increasingly complex, it doesn’t get monitored so much as the call centre.
Our recent survey has highlighted that agents are having to battle with a large number of applications to handle call centre telephone calls.
We’ve had plenty of reports of difficulties in contact centres because of the snow. Staff have struggled in, some sharing lifts, which often leads to in-day shift changes; some centres have closed early and customers have endured increased queue times.
We’ve been running ocassional articles describing the wide range of devices you can use to access rostrvm Contact Centre management information, While we wait for Father Christmas to bring us some new toys to try we thought we would share quick roundup of the devices we’ve used
Continuing our series describing the wide range of devices you can use to access rostrvm Contact Centre management information we’ve checked out the latest version of Google Chrome on the iPhone. And as you would expect, just make an IP connection to the rostrvm server, enter your security details and your call centre management information is available to you.
If your contact centre is being flooded by phone calls and messages and you’re short of resources, make sure you’re making the most of your available agents with innovative use of call centre technology. Try these solutions from software developer Rostrvm:
Does the name Richard Herman ring any bells? He might be a customer of yours – or he might be on your list of potential customers. What you should know though is that he has won his argument against AAC, which sells referrals to management companies, for receiving nuisance cold calls.
Rostrvm Solutions is sponsoring the Outbound Stream for the Professional Planning Forum’s National Best Practice Seminar being held next week at Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester. This is a must attend event for planners and analysts who want… Continue reading
The winners of the 2012 North West Contact Centre Awards have been announced. Over 450 guests representing 37 companies attended the Hollywood-themed gala dinner, held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester on Friday 12th October – with table wine sponsored by Rostrvm Solutions!
Gary Thompson, Operations and Support Manager who joined software developer Rostrvm Solutions recently, says, “Successful contact centre solutions include the right price, efficiency, functionality, robustness, user-friendliness … and they’ve all got to integrate and work with other systems. Not only that but, of course, every business requirement is different so the product has to be configured to match the need. That can be a pretty tall order unless you’re working with suppliers who have got the experience to achieve it all … and then a contact centre still needs a support team who won’t leave them high and dry once installation is complete.”
The latest edition of the Telecoms Complaints Bulletin from Ofcom shows that complaints about abandoned and silent calls have almost trebled in recent months. “Since the start of the year, the number of consumer complaints made to Ofcom about silent and abandoned calls has been steadily increasing.”
One-Sure Insurance Services is one of the UK’s fastest growing independently owned insurance intermediaries, with offices in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Its contact centre currently has around 70 staff with 55 seats and there are plans for strong future growth.
As our business continues to grow, the pace of change in the contact centre increases and our software supports a broader range of technology platforms, media channels and business applications we are expanding our software test team… Continue reading
Rostrvm sponsor the table wine for CallNorthWest’s Annual Contact Centre Awards on 12 October, Manchester 2012 CallNorthWest’s Annual Contact Centre Awards on 12 October, Manchester 2012
Tiziana Giardina has joined contact centre software developer Rostrvm Solutions as Sales and Marketing Development Manager. Read more about Tiziana
Rostrvm Solutions have launched Live Chat, go to:- http://www.rostrvm.com and talk to us!
Rostrvm Solutions is the Outbound Stream Sponsor for the Professional Planning Forum’s National Best Practice Seminar being held on 8th November, 2012 at Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester. This is a must attend event for planners and analysts who… Continue reading
Rostrvm Solutions has announced its results for the last financial year which show continued growth. Turnover increased by more than 10% with a corresponding rise in profitability.
Many call centres have replaced scrolling wallboards with PC-driven large screen displays for delivering operational information. The rostrvm MIS presents information using web technology. So can MIS be presented using an Internet-TV removing the need for a PC to drive the display? The answer is YES. Continue reading
Complying with the latest regulatory guidelines whilst striving to achieve targets on outbound predictive dialler campaigns is often a tough challenge for contact centres – but there is an answer. Using intelligence from inbound communications can not only aid compliance but also achieve a significant increase in outbound contact success…
We have moved to new premises. We’re still in Dukes Court, Woking but our new home gives us a great working environment with very impressive meeting, training and demonstration facilities. Our postal address stays the same but our contact details have changed . . .