hosted pbx

What Is a Hosted PBX (Private Branch Exchange)?

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PBX is an acronym for “private branch exchange”. It’s basically a way to connect phones in a business to the external public switched telephone network (PSTN) using plain old phone telephone service (POTS) lines. Originally, this was done using dedicated hardware installed within a business’ office, usually in something called the “phone closet”. Since it was located on the business’ site, […]

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Exceptional CX: The Business Case of Going from Good to Great

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According to Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer at Ventana Research, over two thirds of organizations today, and in the future, indicate customer experience as their top way to compete for customers. Let that sink in for a moment. When it comes to growing their business, these organizations are betting that customer experience is […]

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quality management

What is Quality Management Analytics?

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You’ve heard of quality management (QM), and your contact center probably has a quality program in place today. But what’s all this hype about using analytics to perform quality activities, and could it help you? Analytics allows you to analyze every interaction to understand what was communicated by agent and customer, identify outcomes and evaluate […]

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How to Build a Compelling Business Case for Modernizing Your Contact Center

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Increasingly, the contact center is used to deliver holistic customer experience throughout a lifetime of customers’ journeys. This makes sense since many of the activities designed to acquire and retain customers and to deliver and support products and services all utilize the contact center in some fashion. But what do you do if your outdated […]

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cloud contact centers

Future-proof Innovation – Vendors in it for the Long Haul

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It probably goes without saying that one major benefit of a cloud-based contact center is the access to continual, automatic upgrades and innovation as they happen. Unlike on-premises systems, where system updates or enhancements can translate into significant disruption to you operations, a cloud contact center enjoys the flexibility and seamlessness of updates—even larger scale […]

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What Is a Virtual Call Center Agent?

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At first glance, the term “virtual call center agent” sounds like a Siri-like creature who exists in the ether, saving the day for troubled customers. Is it a bot? AI? No, a virtual call center agent is a regular human being. “Virtual” modifies the call center, so the call center is virtual but the agent […]

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Contact Center Terms

7 Contact Center Glossary Terms You Need to Know

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I could take you through a litany of common contact center terms and definitions … but why? There are plenty of places you can go to find that information. In fact, I’ve included a link to an unbiased market source at the end of this blog. There are, however, some terms you should know today, that might […]

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call center attrition

10 Steps to Reduce Call Center Attrition

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Keeping good employees is a priority in every industry. But in call centers, it can be significantly more challenging. QATC estimates that the turnover rate in the call center industry ranges between 30-45%. If you’re a veteran of the industry, you already know this because hiring and retaining good agents is something successful contact centers […]

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How to Build a Call Center Evaluation Scorecard

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I’ve ditched a company due to bad customer service before… have you? If so, you and I reflect the 8 in 10 consumers that are willing to switch companies due to poor customer service. We, like most consumers, have come to expect high quality interactions at each company touchpoint. That’s why it’s critical that contact centers have solid quality programs […]

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