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Call Centers For Dummies

By: Real Bergevin and Afshan Kinder Published: 04-16-2010

Tips on making your call center a genuine profit center

In North America, call centers are a $13 billion business, employing 4 million people. For managers in charge of a call center operation, this practical, user-friendly guide outlines how to improve results measurably, following its principles of revenue generation, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. In addition, this new edition addresses many industry changes, such as the new technology that's transforming today's call center and the location-neutral call center. It also helps readers determine whether it's cost-efficient to outsource operations and looks at the changing role and requirements of agents.

  • The ultimate call center guide, now revised and updated
  • The authors have helped over 60 companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their call center operations
  • Offers comprehensive guidance for call centers of all sizes, from 20-person operations to multinational businesses

With the latest edition of Call Centers For Dummies, managers will have an improved arsenal of techniques to boost their center's bottom line.

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Primary Components of the Call Center Business Model

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Thinking about creating a business model? Such a model gives you a great place to start because it’s critical for the successful operation of your call center, helping you clearly identify your mission, your business goals, and the performance drivers you need to focus on to achieve these goals. Here are the primary components of the call center business model: Mission: Identifies how the call center supports the company’s goals and strategy Determines what the company needs from the call center in the long term Business goals: Represent short-term to midterm goals — perhaps one year in duration Define what the company needs from the call center right now Outline specific outputs that the call center needs to produce Performance drivers: Represent processes and behaviors that help the call center achieve the company’s business goals Are measurable (usually) Can model the call center goals Represent the controllable measures that actions in the call center affect

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Members of the Call Center Team and What They Do

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

No matter how sophisticated or high-tech a call center is, for any call center operation to be successful, it needs the right players in place to bring it all to life. Here’s a list of the key call center roles and call center jobs, from call center agents to business analysts and call center managers, to name a few. Roles and Responsibilities in a Successful Call Center Role Core Responsibilities Senior manager Establish the mission and vision for the call center. Establish the annual business goals for the call center. Call center manager Work with the senior manager to establish business goals that support the mission. Identify the key performance drivers that affect and control the business goals. Identify and assign the key roles and responsibilities required to achieve the call center goals. Create a culture that supports the mission of the call center. Ensure that all policies and procedures support the mission, business objectives, and performance drivers. Resource analyst Forecast customer demand, including call volumes. Determine the resources required to meet customer demand within department goals. Determine when the call center needs those resources. Ensure that sufficient resources are available when the call center needs them. Reporting analyst Provide statistical feedback on business goals and key performance drivers. Conduct analysis to identify opportunities to improve call center results. Computer and network analyst Recommend the appropriate tools to meet the business goals and improve performance. Configure the tools to work properly and reliably. Provide the appropriate maintenance and troubleshooting support. Agent performance team (recruiter, trainer, team leader, and quality analyst) Recruiter: Hire the right people to do the job of call center agent. Trainer: Tell them what to do and why. Team leader: Show them how to do it. Quality analyst: Support them and give them feedback on performance. Call center agents Handle customer contacts in a manner that supports the call center’s objectives and their own performance goals, as outlined by their team leaders.

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Tech Tools Your Call Center Needs

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Are you thinking about what technology you need for your call center? Or do the terms VoIP, ACD, IVR, and CRM intrigue you, and you want to find out more? Here are some of the top tech tools that your call center can benefit from: Telephone network Data network/Internet Automatic call distributor (ACD) system Interactive voice response (IVR) system Predictive dialer Web applications (such as e-mail, online chat, and online collaboration) Local area network (LAN) Computer workstations Customer relationship management (CRM) tools, such as a billing system, scripting, and customer analytics Knowledge base Computer–telephony integration (CTI) software and hardware Agent performance dashboard Workforce management software Call-recording equipment Data warehouse for data collection, reporting, and analysis Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications technology

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