The US and the UK: Arguably divided by the same language, but undoubtedly united by the same contact center agent pain points

George Bernard Shaw famously said that the US and England were divided by a common language. He would not say the same about contact center agents—CSRs in both geographies are in total agreement about the biggest hurdles to providing good customer service. In an industry-first survey of hundreds of agents, contact center agents worldwide cited the following as their top challenges: Finding the right answers to customer questions: 26% Different systems or information sources give different answers: 25% Hopping from…



Sorry, Kaplan and Norton, you need to invent an “unbalanced scorecard” for knowledge-powered contact centers!

We understand the need for tradeoffs in performance metrics to balance the proverbial scorecard. However, there are some technologies that transform business, creating value tides that lift all “metric boats”. Contact centers/customer service organizations are no exception—here, transformation means that the contact center doesn’t have to nickel and dime in value creation, figuring out tradeoffs for one metric over another! The question, then, is what technology transforms customer service? A mammoth consumer survey that Forrester conducted on our behalf showed…



Getting out of summer doldrums

Well, I read that autumn just began this week though I’m not so sure given the recent heat wave in the Bay Area! While the Northern Hemisphere might be inching its way out of summer doldrums, it appears that omnichannel customer service is not getting out of it, according to the recent Forrester survey of 10,000 consumers, sponsored by eGain. Here are some details on the doldrums. A majority of consumers rated customer service as “about the same” or “worse”…



No Pain, All Gain (When it is Customer Pain)

Research studies by the likes of Accenture have repeatedly shown that over 50% of consumers have switched brands due to customer service pain. It’s obvious that no (customer) pain is all (business) gain. So what are the biggest pain points and what can you do about them? Here are findings from a Forrester survey, where 5000 consumers were asked to check the biggest pain points when they get customer service (they could pick upto two options) across a wide variety…