Category: Call Center Quality Assurance
Call Center quality assurance (QA) is a set processes, procedures and tools that are used to evaluate customer-agent interactions to help identify and close critical agent quality, compliance and skill gaps. Automated call center quality assurance software tools are helping customer-facing organizations reduce the time it takes to review calls and provide feedback to agents by more than 50% by intelligently selecting calls and providing evaluators with a QA 'to-do' list.

Latest Version of VPI EMPOWER Contact Center Quality and Performance Optimization Suite Rated 'Avaya Compliant'

  • VPI Avaya Compliant Tested Call Recording and Performance Management SoftwareCall recording, contact center performance management reporting and analytics now compliant with key Avaya communications solutions
  • Helps enterprise, government and public safety emergency contact centers optimize quality, operational performance and customer experience, while providing capabilities for compliance and risk management

VPI (Voice Print International), a leading provider of contact center performance analytics and compliance recording solutions, today announced that its VPI Empower Suite is compliant with key communications solutions from Avaya, a global provider of...

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Setting Call Center Quality Monitoring Goals

As we embark upon a new year, many of our organizations are looking to improveproductivity, increase the bottom line.  The idea is to find creative ways to improve performance.   In addition, it is understood by many executive managers that improvement derives from performance management and training.  For call centers, this can include enhancements to quality and training programs.  Here’s some food for thought as you begin your journey of process improvements as it relates to service quality.
 
1. Clearly define your goals. Get committed to goal setting based on what your customers deem as...
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Bell County 9-1-1 Shares Public Safety Recording and Quality Assurance Best Practices

Bell County 9-1-1 Communication Center’s mission is to provide consolidated and integrated communications for public safety entities within Bell County, Texas. The public safety recording system Bell County had in place was inefficient – communications personnel had to look for information in many different places and assemble results manually.
 
The pursuit of internal efficiency led Bell County Communications to the award-winning VPI EMPOWER 911 suite, which was implemented to record, monitor, and evaluate emergency and non- emergency communications. 
 
Bell County 9-1-1 greatly improved public...
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VPI’s New Instant Analyzers Drive Faster Access to Customer and Operational Insights

 

VPI (Voice Print International, Inc. http://www.VPI-corp.com), the world’s premier developer of Contact Center Workforce Optimization solutions, today announced new capabilities for the award winning VPI EMPOWER™ and VPI EMPOWER 911™ software suites. VPI solutions provide a unique and powerful advantage – every mix-and-match software module is enhanced with embedded analytics and workflow automation – from call recording and quality monitoring to performance management reporting and E-learning. Building upon this outstanding value proposition, VPI’s new version 5.4 now includes advanced...

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Priority Dispatch and VPI Unite to Offer the Most Advanced Quality Assurance Solution for Emergency Communication Centers

 

VPI (Voice Print International), the global leader in public safety recording, quality assurance and Coaching systems,and Priority Dispatch,  the leading  provider of emergency call taking, dispatch and training systems, today announced that they have forged a groundbreaking strategic partnership. Leveraging decades of experience and expertise, the two companies have united their award-winning, first-class technologies to provide the industry’s single most advanced, integrated quality assurance solution. The companies will be demonstrating the integrated solution at the Navigator 2013...

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VPI VirtualSource Virtual Agent Call Automation Solution Wins Ventana Research Award for Customer Technology Innovation

 

VPI (http://www.VPI-corp.com), the leading global provider of contact center workforce optimization solutions, todayannounced that Ventana Research, an esteemed benchmark research and advisory services firm, has selected VPI VirtualSource as this year’s Customer Technology Innovation Award winner. The prestigious awards distinguish pioneers that have developed clear visionary and transformative technology. The Technology Innovation Awards showcase what technology vendors have done to advance the potential of their applications and technology to drive better productivity and outcomes.

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American Century Investments Uses Analytics to Improve Call Center Quality Assurance and Client Experience

As seen in the Quality Assurance and Training NewsletterWith a business focus that emphasizes the quality of customer care, contact center quality assurance (QA) has always been very important to American Century Investments. In the past, QA methodology was focused primarily on agent performance, with a manual process of call selection, export, evaluation, and Key Performance Indicator tracking. American Century Investments optimized client experience with the award-winning VPI EMPOWER suite of analytics-driven Quality Assurance and performance management software. 

Click here to read the full American Century case study that has been featured in...

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Top 5 Most Downloaded Call Center Optimization Guides of the Year

As you prepare for success in the year ahead, we thought that you and others in your organization would be interested in reading some of the year’s best, most popular educational white papers from the VPI Contact Center Optimization Resource Center. They’re packed full of great cost saving and profit boosting ideas. Enjoy!

Navigating Call Recording Law

Navigating Call Recording Law

Authored by analyst Dick Bucci from Pelorus Associates

Learn about the many new and evolving call recording laws, regulations, and industry standards that most profoundly affect contact centers and what you can do to avoid problems. Download here!...

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40 Best Practices for Better Public Safety Communications

Public Safety Best Practices ForumWe've complied 40 of the most innovative and useful best practices that were shared by the many PSAPs and experts that attended this year's regional Public Safety Best Practices Forum events and 'Top 40 Public Safety Best Practices' Webcast hosted by VPI, Priority Dispatch, Avaya, Avtec and Replay Systems

Better Hiring

1)     Schedule an ‘All-in-one-day’ Hiring Blitz – use to significantly speed up the hiring process. Job orientation, computer-based pre-employment skill tests, suitability screening assessments, application and supplemental background pre-screening questionnaire, and...

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Tips for Assessing Ongoing Call Center Training Requirements

Training for the agent shouldn’t stop after the new hire orientation and initial training period is completed.Training is anongoingevolutionary process. The goal of your call center’s ongoing training program is to provide training for the skills necessary to perform the job, plus training for the skills necessary to enhance ongoing performance. In developing your ongoing training program, it is useful to define what employees need to know and be able to do at defined job anniversaries. Common milestones are at 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. For each of these timeframes, a checklist...

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VPI Collaborates with Other 9-1-1 and Tech Industry Experts to Successfully Test 21st Century 9-1-1 Capabilities and Features at NENA ICE8

NENA: The 9-1-1 AssociationRepresentatives from more than two dozen public safety service providers recently came together to test the features that would enable 9-1-1 centers across the country to keep pace with consumer technologies and introduce multimedia “call” capabilities, allowing  text, images, and real-time video to be sent from those in need of emergency assistance directly to 9-1-1 call takers.

This Industry Collaboration Event, dubbed “ICE 8,” focused on testing interfaces for logging of processing events and recording NG9-1-1 multimedia and call data, as well as interfaces for retrieving and reproducing...

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Boosting 9-1-1 Dispatcher Retention with Consistent Quality Assurance

911 Dispatcher Quality AssuranceBest Practices shared at the Public Safety Best Practices Forum in Washington DC, September 26, 2013

9-1-1 call taker and dispatcher recruitment, screening, training, accreditation and retention were the dominant topics at the most recent Public Safety Best Practices forum – for a good reason. Stakes are much higher than for any other customer service contact center, and so the process from the day of recruitment to the first day of active duty is longer, more stringent, and far more expensive.   The cost of training a new PSAP employee is typically estimated in the tens of thousands...

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Know The Real Truth on Agent Performance and Workforce Optimization?

And have you really done what it takes to win the battle for customers?  Check the latest article from Ventana Research to find out.  

There is a lot of buzz around deploying systems and processes for multi-channel customer communications and self-service as a path to earning customer trust, loyalty and repeat business.  That is certainly commendable…but did you know that over 90 percent of customer communications are still over the phone?  Most people continue to prefer getting help by talking to people. Yet, Ventana’s research shows that many companies are still immature in managing their...

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QA & Training Tip: Coaching to Celebrate: Focusing Quality Assurance on Strengths

Coaching to celebrate simply focuses on all the positives that take place during the call. This is the coach’s time to reinforceeffective behaviors that you want to see repeated on future calls. Coaching to celebrate sessions are great for boosting morale and motivating your strong performers (or maybe just an average performer that had a strong call) to keep up the great work.

Remember when you celebrate a call, do so immediately and be specific with your feedback.

Ask questions to help agents reflect on the call center and company goals they are helping to achieve when they are succeeding on...

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QA & Training Tip - Keep a Call Center Quality Assurance Calibration Log

It’s a good idea to track key decisions points that arise during your call calibration sessions. A Calibration Log should contain the following: date, quality evaluation attribute, discussion points, and notes onany action items required to communicate the outcome to agents and others (supervisors, trainers, and coaches). 

Below is an example:

Date: Quality Attribute: Discussion Points: Action:
11/14/08 1.2 Verifies customer address and phone number What if agent verifies street address and not city/state/zip? Update Quality Standards Doc to include: Verifies address means street, house or apt. number,...
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QA & Training Tip: Use Speech Analytics to Run Call Campaigns Specific to Call Types for Evaluation

We use speech analytics to run call campaigns specific to the types of calls we are interested in sampling month-to-month, seasonally, and based on a current issue in the media or public eye. 

For example, every summer we run a campaign on high water use calls (or high bills).  In the winter, we run a campaign on emergency calls for frozen pipes.  In January, we will run a campaign on the rate increase and in April we will run a campaign on the new services installed in a specific area.

As we evaluate these calls, we can ensure that the majority of the volume we are handling at the time is...

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QA & Training Tip - Use a Best Call Library to Highlight Best Practices.

Duke Energy utilizes a Best Call Library. The Best Call Library is a collection of call recordings that allows customer service agents to plug into best practices. Callrecordings are archived and cataloged for easy access and identification. The Library allows supervisors, team leads and trainers to select a region, call category and a specific type of call within that category to share with agents as an illustration of best practices in that situation. 
 
The Library features both audio and video recordings so that agents can watch, listen and learn. We utilize a SharePoint site to manage our...
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40 Stats Shaping the Future of Contact Centers

The Future of Call Center Workforce OptimizationDid you know that almost one in every 25 jobs in the US is within the contact center industry? Pretty thought provoking, huh? But just what does the future hold for the people, processes and technologies of this constantly evolving environment? As the leading developer and provider of contact center workforce optimization solutions and services, we at VPI decided to compile a list of compelling statistics that are shaping the future of customer contact and our solution portfolio. Check it out:

Customer Experience

1) Even in a negative economy, customer experience is a high priority for...

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911 Voice Logging Recorder Comparison – Legacy vs. Next Generation

911 Voice Logging Recorder ComparisonThe ways in which we communicate today are very different from the analog wired telephony world of 1968, when the nation’s first PSAP began serving the public. The advent of mobile text messages, mobile video, automatic crash notification systems, geographic positioning systems and other communications channels provide an exciting opportunity to provide faster and better emergency services. Leveraging these new technologies is just one of many reasons for the federal government-sponsored Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 initiative. 

911 voice logging recorder systems in NG9-1-1 are evolving to become...

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