Some “Let’s get real” questions to ask yourself

Some “Let’s get real” questions to ask yourself

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I am always perplexed by the concept of outsourcing call center services to a company that pays their employees minimum wage. Contact centers should have an added value or higher performance standards to justify the increase in salary. If the same job can be done at a cheaper price with the same quality, than what’s the purpose of outsourcing to that location?

There is no need to fall in love with the city or country you are outsourcing contact center services to. Fall in love with the way your customers are being treated! Fall in love with the value your contact center services provider offers. Being an “American” call center is useless if that’s your whole competitive advantage.

Some “Let’s get real” questions to ask yourself

  • How long will your front line agents stay on the account?
  • Do they see their position as a career or just a way to make some money that’s better than flipping burgers until they find something better?
  • What is the turnover rate?
  • What is the interest level you hear when auditing calls?
  • Do the agents sound like they care about your customers or is it just another call?

If call center companies invest the time to hire, train, motivate, educate and create an environment that creates the service levels that their customer’s desire, they can’t afford to lose their employees because they only pay minimum wage. This leads to question, so do they really spend the time necessary to hire, train, motivate and educate as they should? Can your business afford to have mediocre customer service as your front line representation when your customers contact the company? Scary thought isn’t it.

It’s time to be real when it comes to outsourcing. Don’t get all excited by the bells and whistles that big box call centers show you. The huge facilities, the amazing recreational rooms are all fine and dandy but at the end of the day, their employees pay are still taking a beating in order to finance the high infrastructure costs of these operations.

Test run call centers. Create competitive environments and allow the call center to prove their worth with performance and reliability. Your customers and business will be glad you did!

Obsessing about Customer experience

Obsessing about Customer experience

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Obsessing about Customer experience with a few employees is one thing, but if you’re looking to scale, focus on creating a structure that allows your employees to deliver a meaningful customer experience.

In reality, that’s easier said than done. Creating structure that allows employees to give a superior customer experience consistently and maintain that level of excellence in scale is a big undertaking.

If you ask most company leaders they’ll tell you they want to give a great customer experience. Employees also want to give a great customer experience. Lets face it, we’re all customers. The thought of treating others as we would want to be treated is great. So why do companies fail so miserably so many times?

We’re not all the same.

Yes, the end goal is we all want to feel good/satisfied interacting with a company, but what we consider good/satisfied is not necessarily the same for another person. What motivates one person does not necessarily motivate another. What one wants, isn’t necessarily what another wants. There has to be different ways of helping people in order to achieve the ultimate goal of customer satisfaction, or as we say here at GuateCall, “Meeting and exceeding expectations.”

Creating a great product or offering a certain service takes time, effort, training, fine tuning and constantly looking for ways to improve. Creating the customer experience we want to deliver takes the same amount of consistent planning, training and effort. The kicker is most companies are good at bringing a product or service into the market. They may be good at promoting and selling the product and even servicing the product, but as the company grows there is a strain in management’s time and so most of the energy is placed on sales and marketing. Customer service or experience is usually left for people to patch together as a reaction to growth needs. Usually this patch has a general training, key metrics that need to be hit and a QA system that rewards or punishes the customer service representatives based on adherence to key elements of the interaction with the customer. As customer complaints rise, CSAT scores and other measurements are added. More reward and punishment naturally follows and at this point the customer service representatives are more interested in reaching their bonus and protecting their job than they are delivering a great customer experience.

Being customer focused is no different than bringing products or services to market.

  • It takes effort.
  • It takes time.
  • It takes a commitment to excellence.
  • It takes building a culture that encourages the customer experience to be a priority.

Most companies do not have the level of experience or staffing necessary to create such an environment.

Outsourcing to a company that specializes in creating the customer service experience is a great way to increase customer satisfaction while continuing to focus on what the company does best. At GuateCall, we have years of experience delivering superior services. Our team will work hand in hand with yours to create the processes necessary to become a seamless part of the organization.

This article is written by Perry Silber. Perry Silber is one of the founders of GuateCall. GuateCall is a nearshore contact center located in Guatemala Central America / Latin America. Our location allows us the ability to increase our service levels while still being priced competitively. If you would like to learn more about our call center and its bilingual English and Spanish services in voice, chat or email, reach out to me at 713-474-2222 or by e-mail perry@guatecall.com .

Bilingual Outsourced Call Center Services – GuateCall

Bilingual Outsourced Call Center Services – GuateCall

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What are Outsourced Call Center Services?

Outsourced call center services are a cost-efficient and scalable way to create a customer centric, high quality customer service department. Customer centric outsourced call center services is a way of doing business with your customers that creates a positive customer experience before and after the sale in order to drive repeat business, customer loyalty and profits. Whether a business is looking to provide inbound customer service, create a customer retention program, follow up on new inquiries or prospects, outsourced call centers provide solutions for these types of services and more.

Virtually any business process you can do by phone, web or email can be outsourced to a call center services provider. Call center services can help companies extend your reach into new markets, provide a more effective and stronger customer support or even retain your existing customers. Outsourced call center services providers offer all the above services while minimizing staffing and overhead costs.

What Call Center Is Best for Your Business?

When selecting the right call center services company for your business, make sure the call center can provide the focus necessary to help your company succeed. Cost and customer service play an important role in the selection of the call center services company. Ask yourself how much focus will the call center put on your business based on their size and the percentage of business your company represents to the company. This, more likely than not, will have a big impact on the level of service your company will receive. Look for a call center that is the right size for the outsourcing support you project.

How Will Our Outsourced Call Center Services Help?

GuateCall’s call center services company is located nearshore in Guatemala City Central America. We offer Bilingual English Spanish call center services which help small businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies. We improve their customer support and offer a scalable solution built to handle high call, email and chat volumes. If your company is looking to offer a high end customer centric call center services offering, you owe it to your company to give us a call.

Why Pick Us Over Other Outsourced Call Center Services?

Simple:  Quality, Service, Price!          

In countless times, we have outperformed our customer’s other outsourced call center providers and even their in house team. We help find new solutions and create a higher standard for performance in the call center.

Our attention to detail and performance comes with higher CSAT scores as well. We believe that performance must be aligned with customer satisfaction and our Quality Assurance processes and continual training is developed to meet those standards.

Our Outsourced Call Center is located nearshore in Guatemala, Central America. Located nearshore allows us to offer a more attractive price than outsourced call center providers in the U.S. We are also able to expand our Team Lead to call center agent ratio as well as have a more robust Quality Assurance staff in order to maintain the highest standards.

To Top It All Off- We’re Bilingual

Our bilingual English Spanish call center services are an additional benefit of selecting our call center. Guatemala is known as having a neutral English and Spanish accent and we offer the bilingual service without an additional hourly charge.

The more you learn about our call center services, the more you’ll see that GuateCall is the right choice for your outsourcing needs. Contact us today and learn more!

This article is written by Perry Silber. Perry Silber is one of the founders of GuateCall. GuateCall is a nearshore contact center located in Guatemala Central America/ Latin America. Our outsourced call center solutions offers multi-channel bilingual English and Spanish call center services. If you would like to learn more about GuateCall and its services in voice, chat or email in both English and Spanish, please reach out to me at 713-474-2222 or by e-mail perry@guatecall.com .

Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing Call Center Services

Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing Call Center Services

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There are advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing call center services. Outsourcing is a business practice used by many companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency or when outsourced correctly both. This is accomplished by using external third party vendors to do tasks normally done by internal staff.

How does a company decide whether call center outsourcing is right for it? Each company should create an advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing list. Put advantages on one side, disadvantages on the other and see what’s best. Sometimes you will find that you should outsource all call center services. Sometimes you will see an advantage in keeping certain processes in house and outsourcing other processes. Each company needs to decide what’s best for it based on their circumstances and business targets.

Here are a few Advantages and Disadvantages of outsourcing call center services. Its important to keep in mind that what is an advantage for one company could be a disadvantage for another:

  • Outsourcing enables companies to focus their attention on their core competencies.
  • Outsourcing saves money. When calculating the cost of management, overheard, technology, training, space, payroll, hiring, firing, taxes incidentals and more, outsourcing to a call center lowers the overall cost of operations.
  • Outsourcing to a call center that specializes in certain tasks allows for operational efficiencies. This will not only save money, but increase customer satisfaction, revenue and the like.
  • Outsourcing call center services to a legitimate company, allows the benefit of using up to date technology. Technology is constantly changing and legitimate outsourcing companies have IT management on staff to keep up with the changes.
  • Since the main resource of outsourcing is people, outsourcing service providers focus their attention on recruiting, training and maintaining good people. This allows companies the flexibility to scale quickly and to focus their energy on other tasks.

It’s important to have a proper strategy in place to minimize disadvantages of outsourcing call center services such as:

  • Sharing company data with an outsource provider
  • Losing control of daily activity that is being outsourced
  • Partnering with a call center that does not adhere to the same standards in terms of quality of service, adherence to policies and other sensitive aspects of the business
  • Being a small fish in a big pond. Since the call center has other customers, there is the need to make sure that the business receives the proper attention from the management and staff to meet and exceed expectations
  • Lack of cultural understanding of the customer and even lack of understanding the culture of the business being represented can alter the image the company is trying to project.

From my experience, the majority of disadvantages are due to poor site selection and lack of planning. Though there are advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing services, the many benefits that outsourcing brings far outweigh its disadvantages.

Once you have decided on outsourcing call center services, it’s important to decide on the correct call center for your company. There is outsourcing onshore, nearshore and offshore. There are advantages and disadvantages to all three such as cost, cultural affinity, ease of understanding and quality of service. Learn more about choosing a call center here: http://guatecall.com/how-to-choose-the-right-outsourced-call-center/

If bilingual skills are important, it would also be a good opportunity to select a location that can handle the language without a need to increase labor wages. An example would be if needing bi-lingual English Spanish call center services, it would be best to outsource nearshore where the Spanish language would be readily available.

My biggest advice when choosing a call center would be to partner with a management team that shares the same vision as you and understands the needs of your company. Together you can create an action plan and constantly fine tune it to meet and exceed the company’s targets. Feel free to reach out to me to speak more in depth about this or other outsourcing topics.

This article is written by Perry Silber. Perry Silber is one of the founders of GuateCall. GuateCall is a nearshore contact center located in Guatemala Central America/ Latin America. Our contact center solutions offers multi-channel bilingual English and Spanish call center services. If you would like to learn more about GuateCall and its services in voice, chat or email in both English and Spanish, please reach out to me at 713-474-2222 or by e-mail perry@guatecall.com .

Call Center Scripting

Call Center Scripting

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A call center “expert” was just explaining to me why call center scripting has no place in the customer service environment. I mentioned that only BAD scripting and POOR delivery of the script has no place in the customer service environment. We agreed to disagree.

Call center scripting is a valuable tool. When used correctly, it helps a call center agent deliver the correct message, consistently and with confidence.

I know that call center scripting gets a bad rap. We’ve all received telemarketing calls from agents that are clearly reading from a script or have called a company for service and had to deal with a scripted customer service agent that could only say canned responses that where totally useless.

Is that a scripting issue? I think it’s most likely a training issue, a management issue or a mix of both.

When actors deliver their “scripts” in the movies, we sit and watch for two hours without once thinking to ourselves, wow, he really followed the script well. This is because good actors are professionals. They hone their skills so that the script sounds natural. As though the words where theirs. Same with a call center agent.

A scripted sounding agent is a product of lack of training, lack of desire or a mix of both. Usually caused by poor management or a client that does not want to pay for training and believes that agents can just be thrown into the deep end and learn to swim as they go.

Call center agents that sound scripted need more training. They need to understand the business they represent, their customers and the call flow. They need to memorize their scripts. They should know that script inside and out. They need to understand where the emphasis needs to be placed and the pace necessary in delivering. They should practice it until people believe it’s their own words coming out of their mouths.

But what about customers questions? What about building empathy? I have scripts for that too haha! I’m just kidding but just partially. I do find that most customers questions tend to repeat themselves over and over. For this I would suggest creating FAQ (frequently Asked Questions) scripts and you guessed it, have the agents know those just as well as the other material.

In coaching customer service, listening skills are key. There are many opportunities within a conversation to build like and trust with the customer. Even though we have a script for agents to follow, if agents are trained well, they can find “bonding opportunities” with their customers. In fact, it should be encouraged that agents find these opportunities within the call if only for a moment.

A script takes agents on the road from start to finish of the call in the most efficient way possible. Learning how to take a quick detour on the trip to bond with the customer is the icing on the cake for great customer experience.

Call center scripting is designed to scale a great message across a large group of agents. When used correctly, it offers consistent and measurable results and most importantly, great customer service!

GuateCall is a nearshore contact center located in Guatemala Central America/ Latin America. Our contact center solutions offers multi-channel bilingual English and Spanish services. If you would like to learn more about GuateCall and its services in voice, chat or email in both English and Spanish, please reach out to me at 713-474-2222 or by e-mail perry@guatecall.com .

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