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Interested in contributing a guest column to the Pipeline blog? We welcome instructional posts on contact center business strategy, staffing, customer experience, operations management, performance management, training & development and technology. Email your topic or story idea to Susan Hash at susan[at]contactcenterpipeline[dot]com.
5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Contact Center Agent Training

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Agent Training

When trying to meet and improve service level agreements, reviewing agents’ performance and providing adequate training is imperative for success. Unfortunately, making time for agent...

Workforce Management in the Omnichannel Age

Thank you for calling, your call is important to us, please wait for the next available agent… ♪ The contact center credo is simple: When...
Minimizing Contact Center Costs

Driving Margins by Minimizing Contact Center Costs

Understanding your contact center costs is vital to successful management and administration of your center. Before we begin the discussion about reducing your cost...
How to Create Web Chat Plan

How to Create a Blueprint for Web Chat

Customers want the ability to decide when and how they will communicate with your company. That’s old news, isn’t it? It is more like:...
10 Tips to Improve Agent Scheduling

10 Tips to Improve Agent Scheduling

Work in a contact center for any length of time and it soon becomes apparent that the largest capital expenditure is in staff. Agents...
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Scheduling with Workforce Management - WFM

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Scheduling with WFM

Workforce management (WFM) technology has developed alongside the contact center, coming a long way from the single-channel scheduling tool it once was. WFM helps...
Skills based routing impact on service level in the call center

Skills-Based Routing: Assess the Impact of Crosstraining on Service Level

Skills-based routing (SBR) is a strategy that provides a contact center flexibility when different skills have different call arrival patterns. SBR also offers tenured...
Real Time Speech Analytics in the Call Center

Pondering the Power of Real-time Speech Analytics?

Do you listen to your customers in real-time? What types of things do you need to know about what’s happening now versus reviewing post-call...
Contact Center Experimentation: A scientific test and learn approach to contact centers

Experimentation… Why Not?

Humans learn things in a variety of ways that span the range from formal to accidental. School is a formal way to learn. There...
A Guide to Determining Call Center Staffing Needs

A Guide to Determining Staffing Needs

There are three foundational building blocks that need to be optimized to consistently deliver engaging customer experiences over the phone: people, processes and leadership....
3 Winning Data Strategies for your Customer Service Call Center

The 3 Winning Data Strategies for Contact Center Success

Effective data use can separate the preeminent contact centers from the rest of the pack. As you work to leverage your center’s data, consider...

10 Survival Tips for Call Center Agents in 2016

It’s no secret that the work of a call center agent requires saintly patience and nerves of steel, and as customer expectations go up,...