Friday, December 27, 2013

Tapping a Call Center For Your Business

The call center industry is one of the biggest outsourcing markets in the world. With global telecommunications making rapid advances, it becomes easier for people to stay in touch with better clarity. The interactions range from family calls carried out over Skype to simple business calls over long distances. The latter in particular may put strain on a business handling orders from across the country, hence underlining the need for call centers and their advantages.
A phone in hand provides a medium of communication to exploit, even better when you need customer support on a product or service you just bought. A call center agent assigned to a certain business account will be trained in the vagaries of the product or service. As they are the go-to person in dealing with a customer, the training will make a difference in answering the customer’s concerns and bringing customer satisfaction.
However, assessing the number of agents you need for your business account will come into play. Some studies show that accounts might lose money because some customer service agents have no inbound calls to handle. If there’s little activity in your account, your call center provider may task the agents to handle other accounts.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Factors that Play into Pricing Call Center Services

If you feel that your business is in need of a company that can make or take calls for you, don't just hire the first call center service firm that pops up in your Google search. Instead, consider doing proper research on the company that can give you the services you are looking for—service that is efficient and affordable. Here are some factors to consider:

Did you know that where pricing is concerned, the choice of whether your call center will be taking calls, or making them, matters? Communication support that's meant only to receive calls from your clients (and relaying the information to management) actually cost a lot less in pricing and work effort than when agents themselves are required to make calls, such as those related to marketing or selling your products.

The variations in actual call center services that you have contracted them to perform for you play a role in total service cost. For instance, while some companies offer mere phone call services, others provide live-chat options on websites, among others.

When you're hiring a call center company to take (or make) business calls for you, it's also important that you consider how long the company has stayed in business and the quality and size of their present and past clientele. Experience and length of service in the business undoubtedly figure in their service charges.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Know your Needs Before Hiring a Call Center

By outsourcing call center services, a company can effectively satisfy the needs of their customers while core staff can focus on process improvements that will enhance customer relations. However, choosing the wrong call center company might be detrimental to a company's success; after all, their agents or front liners are effectively representing your brand. It is thus important to choose a call center company carefully.
Before you come up with a short list of possible providers, try to identify your specific needs e.g. a phone answering service, 24/7 coverage, online order fulfillment, tech troubleshooting, etc. The Internet is actually an effective way of acquiring leads, so the second option might be a good idea. However, if you are just starting out, you might want to consider other options.

By identifying your specific needs, you can easily narrow down your choices to the right companies that offer the exact services you're looking for. However, before making a final decision, check whether the company is indeed reputable by asking for references. Additionally, get to know who runs the company and arrange for a site visit. You can even test out their services by making a call to see how the customer service representatives handle specific problems.