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Lori Bocklund

Lori Bocklund
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Lori Bocklund is President of Strategic Contact, an independent consulting firm that helps companies optimize the value of their customer contact technology and operations. Lori helps corporate and government contact centers develop and execute plans tied to business goals, such as technology strategy, VoIP and virtualization planning, technology requirements and selection, and project management and implementation. Backed by more than 20 years in the industry, Lori has developed a deep understanding of a broad spectrum of systems, applications and operational environments and extraordinary skill in making today's complex technology environments more easily understood. She's a popular, enthusiastic presenter, author and advisor, and shares her knowledge and practical guidance through numerous speaking engagements, articles, technology courses, and her book, "Call Center Technology Demystified." Email: [email protected]
Measuring First-Contact Resolution

Measuring First-Contact Resolution

In an ideal world, first-contact resolution (FCR) metrics reflect the customer’s perspective. They capture the center’s ability to resolve the customer’s inquiry within each...
You Can’t Afford NOT to Pursue Knowledge Management

You Can’t Afford NOT to Pursue Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management (KM) may be the single most impactful technology to help centers address key goals: Reduce workload through greater self-service and shorter handle...
What to Do When Your IVR Goes Out of Support

What to Do When Your IVR Goes Out of Support

As some folks gaze into the future, they see a world filled with smartphones where users routinely text instead of call. With that in...
Opportunities for AI in the Contact Center

Opportunities for AI in the Contact Center

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is breaking the hype meter in the contact center industry. While it’s only in the early adopter stages, it appears to...
2018 Contact Center Technology Survey Reveals Critical Needs

2018 Contact Center Technology Survey Reveals Critical Needs

Our 2018 contact center technology survey shows that some things never change, even in an era of massive change! It had been six years...
Contact Center Volume Reduction Is a Multichannel Opportunity

Volume Reduction Is a Multichannel Opportunity

Our annual challenges and priorities survey, as well as our project experience, show that high attrition, absence and adherence issues, and the uphill battle...
How to Get the Best Results from Your RFP

How to Get the Best Results from Your RFP

Request for Proposal. RFP. Frontline users and vendors alike let out a collective groan at the prospect of a long, cumbersome and painful process....
Good, Fast and Cheap! Can You Really Have It All?

Good, Fast and Cheap! Can You Really Have It All?

The old saying, “Good, fast, cheap… pick two,” tells us we can’t have it all. But today’s low-cost contact center technology options send a...
Implementation of Contact Center Technology

Fast Implementation with Success

Look up “hasty” and you will find synonyms that convey speed and quickness next to others with less flattering connotations: injudicious, thoughtless, impulsive, and...
Is SIP Right for Your Contact Center?

Is SIP Right for Your Contact Center?

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) has been around for many years and has become the de facto answer for both network trunking and endpoints, or...
Fraud Prevention in the Contact Center

Build Your Strategy for Authentication and Fraud Prevention

Optimizing authentication and preventing fraud are hot topics in the industry. Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) has been the approach for most centers until now;...
Cloud Ushers in New Rules for Contact Center Technology Selection

Cloud Ushers in “New Rules” for Technology Selection

Procurement processes are undergoing change in concert with the revolution ushered in by cloud solutions. Buyers want the benefits of advanced technology without the...
Fraud Prevention in the Contact Center

Fraud Prevention

“Bad guys” seem to be lurking around every corner these days. Whether you are a financial institution protecting people’s money and identities or are...
Building a Resilient Contact Center

Building a Resilient Contact Center

In the era of “five nines” of reliability, contact center leaders didn’t worry too much about the resiliency of their technology: It was always...
Deciding on Cloud vs On-Premise Technology for the Contact Center

Big Decisions Loom Beyond the “Cloud vs. Premise” Debate

Choices, choices, choices. They are great and yet overwhelming when considering platform replacement. Cloud-based vendors serve up their offerings as private (single tenant), public...
Make Your Contact Center Smartphone Friendly

Time to Make Your Contact Center Smartphone Friendly

Seventy-seven percent of Americans have a smartphone. Two-thirds of Americans access the Internet via smartphone at least as much as by computer. Of the...
Work Together to Optimize Contact Center Technology

Work Together to Optimize Technology

Technology is the great enabler but too often falls short in delivering promised results, leaving users and executives frustrated. Whether pursuing exciting new technology...
Use Technology to Optimize Contact Center Staff

Use Technology to Optimize Staff

If you manage a contact center, you know the drill. Agents struggle to achieve proficiency and meet performance goals. Supervisors don’t do enough—or the...
Reduce early turnover with the latest call center tools

Reduce Early Turnover with the Latest Tools

Many centers struggle to find the right frontline staff, and then suffer further when hirees don’t show up for training, quit during training, or...
Credit Union Contact Center Survey Results

Credit Union Contact Center Benchmarking Survey: The Results Are In

Credit union call centers are between a rock and a hard place. They recognize the need to raise their standards of service in response...
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