3 Steps To Bettering Your Business In 2017

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2017 is almost here! But before we officially offer you our best wishes, we thought it wise to offer some suggestions about how you can truly have a happy new year. Running a call centre is no easy feat. Each and every day, you have many responsibilities that involve motivating your team of phone agents to boost sales and elevate customer satisfaction. But, you also have to work to ensure that your company is making the most out of its advertising dollars.

Is there a way you can improve upon all of that in the new year? Here are three steps to bettering your business in 2017:

1. Focus more strongly on ROI. Making the most out of your advertising dollars means having a strong handle on which of your marketing methods are driving the most calls to your centre. Is it your billboards? Your flyers? Your radio spots? Your magazine ads? Your website banners? Your social media interactions? Your television commercials? If you’re investing in any or all of the above mentioned methods, you may not be sure which is the most successful.

At SIClytics, we offer Call Reports & Analytics that come complete with depth graphs, charting and reports of your incoming calls. With our services, you’ll be able to determine which of your advertising methods are bringing in the most business to your company. That way, you can focus your energies (and marketing budgets) on the advertising avenues that are the most successful. This will improve your returns on your investments.

2. Provide better feedback to your phone agents. No call centre can be successful without a manager who is regularly providing his/her team members with feedback. This is because call centres are working environments that require high energy and regular sources of motivation. A happy staff is a productive staff. So providing positive reinforcements will go a long way in helping to generate sales.

Of course, providing helpful tips and advice is also necessary so that your team members learn from their mistakes and regularly improve upon their performances. SIClytics’ Live Call Monitoring services provide you with the tools to be an expert feedback giver. With them, you can instantly listen in to calls live and as they happen. You may also whisper information to your agents without the other parties hearing, or even barge in on the calls to take them over when absolutely necessary.

3. Take advantage of modern technology. Gone are the days when phone agents needed to manually dial the phone numbers of their leads. Also gone are the days when phone agents needed to write down information on pieces of paper in hopes of keeping neat and accurate files for their clients. Today, web-based technology allows for click-of-a-button dialing and the ability to maintain client files online.

SIClytic’s Lead DaFeeder doesn’t just allow your team members to easily dial their leads, but it also allows them to keep accurate notes within files for each of their clients. As well, the campaigns loaded into the system – by you – help for your phone agents to focus on particular industries in specific locations at the right times of the day. Calling a restaurant during the busy lunch hour, for example, can be avoided by having such leads placed into campaigns that are loaded for contact during later hours.

All of the above mentioned services are available to you in order to help make 2017 your most successful year yet! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

Happy New Year!

3 New Year’s Resolutions To Make For Your Call Centre

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With a new year almost here, most business owners are considering ways in which they can improve their companies. Yes, it’s New Year’s Resolutions time! No matter the industry you’re in, you’re bound to want to increase profits and drive up customer satisfaction. Of course, that includes call centre businesses who know – arguably more than anyone else – what it means to focus on driving both sales and customer satisfaction.

Here are three New Year’s Resolutions to make for your call centre:

1. I’m going to publicly acknowledge my staff members more often. Please, don’t ever underestimate the power of employee morale. Injecting energy and enthusiasm into your phone agents should be something you do on a daily basis. Perhaps, you missed out on doing that in 2016. When the calendar flips over, it will be time to – likewise – turn over a new leaf.

Acknowledge the great work done by your staff at your meetings and reward those who perform at high levels. This will encourage other members of your staff to follow suit and work harder in order to achieve the same accolades. In many cases, it will be wise to offer bonuses and incentives to your top performers. But, most often, a pat on the back and a genuine show of appreciation will go a long way in keeping your phone agents motivated to perform at their best.

2. I will offer feedback more regularly to my phone agents. The SIClytics Blog has very often championed the need for call centre managers to provide helpful feedback to their staff members. Remember that “helpful” feedback can be either positive or negative. Constructive criticism, advice and helpful tips will always be necessary in the call centre environment. Phone agents often need assistance in order to continually get better at their jobs.

What call centre managers know better than most team leaders in other business types is that monotony can really wear on people. Sales agents who constantly hear objections need reminders that things will eventually pan out. By learning new ways to overcome objections more effectively, answer questions more concisely and handle customer complaints more calmly, your team members will be become more confident and therefore more productive.

3. I will supply my team with the best tools to do their jobs effectively. In many cases, a phone agent can only perform as well as the technology that he/she uses allows him/her. Are you still using age old telephone equipment and having your staff members manually dial their leads? Are you still recording your calls and listening to them after your phone agents have ended them? Perhaps, it’s time to invest in new phone equipment and phone services.

“The customer service agent is the essential starting point of a chain reaction that will determine how effectively the company will compete, grow or retain revenues, build customer loyalty, and keep existing customers in order to survive,” says Guy Tweedale on CallCentreHelper.com, “It is important that these agents are given the tools necessary to enable them to deal with your customers.”

At SIClytics, we’re happy to help you realize each of these New Year’s Resolutions. We offer a fantastic Live Call Monitoring service that allows you to listen in to live calls and whisper feedback to your phone agents while they are on them. As well, we offer Lead DaFeeder which enables you to create, assign and distribute lead campaigns to your team using a web-based system that also allows for one-click dialing.

For more information about these and any other service that we offer, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com. Happy holidays!

How Can You Make Life Easier At Your Call Centre?

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There’s no question that this is the busiest time of year for most businesses across Canada. As a result, it’s quite likely that the call volumes at your call centre have picked up. Needless to say, this can be stressful for your phone agents. Whether they are performing outbound calls or receiving inbound calls, it’s quite likely they are busier than ever. As a call centre manager, it’s your job to help your team to not lose its energy or slack on its dedication to excellent customer service.

What can you do to make life at your call centre easier? Start off with stepping up your feedback sessions. Always keep in mind that feedback is necessary for call centre agents. And we definitely mean both the good and bad kind. There really is no bad kind of feedback though. Constructive criticism and words of advice are important so that your agents can learn from their mistakes to become stronger at their jobs. However, you always want to offer words of appreciation for jobs well done.

Both types of feedback are needed to keep confidence levels high and performances at their best. The holidays are exciting times, but they can be stressful as well. With high call volumes, members of your staff can feel overwhelmed. When they get inundated with what feels like too many calls, it can impact their days in negative ways. People need breaks. Take your team members off of the phones for just a few minutes each day to provide them with some extra motivation.

How important are team meetings in the morning? During this time of year, those morning meetings are more important than ever. It’s wise to keep the moods of your staff members as positive as possible. The holiday spirit is something you need to inject in each member so that they are encouraged to do the same when they’re on the phone. The key to securing customer satisfaction is having the same type of high quality customer service every time your customers call.

It shouldn’t matter who your customers speak to, the type of customer service being received should be at the same high level. Morning meetings help to get everyone on the same page. Encourage your agents to share their concerns, ask questions and even offer up their own tips and advice. The more you encourage teamwork and team building in the morning, the easier everyone’s days should be.

How important is it to utilize modern calling technology? It should come as no surprise to you that, at SIClytics, we believe that the software you use to make your phone calls is of paramount importance to the success of your call centre. We offer a fantastic service known as Lead DaFeeder. It’s an easy-to-use web-based telemarketing software that allows even the most inexperienced computer users to manage campaign dialing and dispositions.

Lead DaFeeder rethinks how web-based technology can help small and medium-sized businesses manage their telemarketing, customer acquisition and political survey strategies. It delivers a feature-rich set of processes that enhances effectiveness, drives sales, improves customer satisfaction and provides insight into performance.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

The Importance Of Focusing On Customer Satisfaction

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It should sound like a “no brainer” to even suggest that focusing on customer satisfaction is the most important aspect of any business. But not all business owners think alike. There are those that believe that sales are king. As long as product is being shipped out the door, then all is well. However, great products alone don’t always necessarily lead to customer satisfaction. Consumers require an enjoyment of their interactions with the companies they support.

This is especially true during the busy holiday shopping season when customers are regularly making calls to businesses to inquire about the various products they wish to buy as holiday gifts. Questions about delivery dates, return policies and number of items in stock are abound. If you run a business where over-the-phone customer service is performed, it’s of vital importance that customer satisfaction be your focus.

How does a focus on customer satisfaction promote loyalty? Well, let’s consider the fact that the items you are offering the general public may be available from a number of other businesses. If that’s the case, what is separating you from your competition? Sure, you may offer a “higher quality” option. But if the interactions with your customers don’t outshine those made between your competitors and members of your target audience, you may stand to lose customers.

“Customer satisfaction is a gateway to earning loyalty,” says InfinitContact.com, “Measuring customer satisfaction and loyalty are like comparing apples to oranges because the former is a function of attitude while the latter goes much deeper. Loyalty is a belief that was formed from having a customer encounter good experiences from your brand. Ensuring that a client is satisfied with every point of interaction is a process that leads to loyalty down the road.”

How does a focus on customer satisfaction prevent customers from leaving you? As mentioned earlier, consumers cherish their experiences with the companies they do business with. It’s important for people to feel valued and appreciated when they spend their money. If you’re under the impression that good prices are the best ways to keep customers, you’re mistaken. Signs of respect and gratitude go a long way in holding on to your supporters.

“The main reason for attrition is not changes in your price points, but bad customer service experience,” InfinitContact.com informs us, “The good news here is that as long as you pay attention to your customer’s needs and continue to ‘wow’ them by exceeding their expectations, it’s easier to justify price increases when the time comes.”

How does a focus on customer satisfaction grow your company’s reputation? Never forget the power of word-of-mouth promotion. Disgruntled customers are quick to spread the word about how badly they’ve been treated. And with social media being such powerful forces these days, word can spread quicker than ever! As InfinitContact.com points out, “negative word of mouth can be a death knell to a company, especially in today’s wired and interconnected world. It’s so much easier to spread negative reviews on various platforms.”

At SIClytics, we offer business owners who run call centre environments a fascinating Live Call Monitoring service that allows them to keep on top of the performances of their phone agents. If you’re focused on customer satisfaction – as you should be – this service will greatly assist you in your ability to provide feedback to your phone agents so that they maintain the same focus.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.