11 July 2017

Meet us at Microsoft Inspire 2017

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Events, ComputerTalk

Formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft’s biggest partner event was renamed Microsoft Inspire to align with other flagship conferences, including Microsoft Build and Microsoft Ignite.

ComputerTalk partners closely with Microsoft to deliver the only enterprise-class, native Skype for Business contact center. Skype for Business tears down communication barriers, and ice Contact Center enables a powerful integration, extending the capabilities of the unified communications platform. The unique ice Contact Center platform enables businesses all over the world to provide customers with an intelligent, personal and valuable experience.

Meet with us to see how you can play a part in our growing partner network, or how we can build on our existing relationship. Leverage this unique opportunity to work with a one-of-a-kind, best in class platform and team. Our extraordinary partner network provides contact center solutions to customers all over the world. Schedule a meeting and let us show you how we can add a valuable solution to your business application offering.

19 June 2017

Facebook: Find your customers where they already are

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Contact Center

It’s no secret that most of the online world is on Facebook. With nearly 2 billion active users1, it is no longer a question whether you should communicate with your customers on Facebook. The questions now are “when” and “how.”


Conversing with customers

There is clear value for a business to be on Facebook, but simply having a presence on the platform is not enough. The true value arises from conversations between businesses and customers. Facebook reports that 2 billion messages are exchanged between people and businesses each month. This statistic includes automated (chatbot) and human-initiated messages. The company also reports that 53% of people say that they are more likely to do business with a company that they can message. Whether through chatbots or agents, businesses must provide instantaneous access to information and support.

Meet customers on their platform

Your customers are already on Facebook. So are you. It is imperative that customers can have a dialogue with your business, without ever leaving Facebook. Consider the ecosystem of Microsoft Office 365 or Apple’s device and application ecosystem. These platforms are designed so that users can perform all of their tasks in a familiar place, with a familiar UX, without ever having to leave the ecosystem. The same rationale applies to customer conversations on Facebook. Your customers are familiar with Facebook and they already use the platform. Enabling customer conversations on Facebook removes the perception that receiving support is an arduous or time-consuming process.

25 May 2017

LIVE WEBINAR: The Contact Center of the Future: Customer Engagement with Facebook

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Webinars

JUNE 14, 2017 - 1PM EST - 60 MINUTES

Once upon a time, a contact center was a call center. Customer service was provided exclusively over the phone and was considered the ideal way to communicate with customers. At some point, the call center became a contact center. Since then, the definition of a call center has expanded to include email, instant messaging, SMS, and, most recently, social media.

Many businesses understand the value of providing customer service through social media channels. However, these same businesses often lack the expertise to effectively leverage social media tools. These tools are isolated from the contact center, lacking a unified vision between marketing and customer service activities. In order to maximize the effectiveness of social media, it needs to be integrated into the omnichannel customer experience provided via the contact center.

We all know that Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world, hosting nearly 2 billion active users, which represents one quarter of the world’s population. Facebook interactions occur by the millions, and many of these interactions slip through the cracks. What if your contact center could monitor thousands of posts, comments and replies? What if your agents could be notified instantly of posts regarding specific keywords or pages? What if you could enable personal conversations with your customers on Facebook without ever leaving the contact center? In this webinar, we are going to discuss the possibilities of using Facebook in the contact center.

28 March 2017

Making sense of the upheaval in the UC market

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Contact Center, Unified Communications

As recent events have shown, there is no question that the UC market is in the midst of a rapid transformation. The market’s landscape is changing, as big players exit stage right, and new names come to the forefront. Clearly, the biggest news in the industry is Avaya’s chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration. Don’t forget that only two months before that, Genesys acquired Interactive Intelligence. This same Interactive Intelligence had seen a $41 million decrease in economic earnings over the previous 5 years after moving to the cloud. (Forbes) Earlier in the same year, Aspect Software also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, emerging quickly and repositioning itself in the market as part of the process. 

Despite this apparent turmoil for some of the longest-standing companies in the industry, the cloud contact center market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.9% by 2022.

So where is this growth coming from? We know that many of the largest players are struggling to maintain pace in the growing cloud sector of the market. 

13 February 2017

LIVE WEBINAR: Embarking on the digital transformation journey: 5 trends driving change in the contact center.

Written by Nicole Robinson, Posted in Webinars, ComputerTalk

Embarking on the digital transformation journey: 5 trends driving change in the contact center.

Customers drive business. According to the 2016 Microsoft State of Global Customer Service Report, 56% of global consumers say they have higher expectations for customer service now than they had just one year ago. How do we use interactions to build sustainable relationships with customers in a digital world? The answer is no longer a simple one. The market is more fluid than ever before, so what decision should organizations be making? In this webinar, we discuss strategies to unify your communications ecosystem, enabling faster, more frequent and remarkably effective business process and customer interactions.

Join ComputerTalk March 15th - 1PM EST as we discuss trends driving change in the contact center.

You will come out of this webinar knowing:

  • The top 5 trends affecting the contact center industry
  • The role of the contact center in the digital transformation strategy
  • How to leverage the contact center to turn your vision into reality

This is an exclusive webinar with limited live seats based on a first-come, first-registered basis. All registrants will receive a link to an on-demand version after the webinar. At the end of the webinar there will be a Q&A session where we will address specific questions you might have.

Register now for a live seat!

 

06 February 2017

Providers in turmoil: futureproofing your contact center

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Contact Center, Unified Communications

The technology world is evolving too fast for some companies to keep pace. Contact center solution providers are no exception in this. As companies file for bankruptcy or merge, it becomes apparent who will innovate and who will be left behind. Customers are left wondering if their contact center will be supported next year, next month, or even tomorrow.

A contact center investment is crucial to any business. The worst outcomes are that this key investment reaches end-of-life or end-of-support. Luckily for customers, there are alternatives: a select few solutions are capable of performing a fast, effortless upgrade to a futureproof contact center. With this in mind, let's look at what to avoid and what to look for in a solution provider:

  1. PBX Agnostic Solution: Some organizations cannot upgrade all components of a PBX solution at once, yet some contact center providers don't offer options to integrate with other PBXs. To prevent service interruptions, contact centers require full functionality during the upgrade process. It is crucial to work with a provider offering PBX agnostic compatibility with your current solution, to upgrade one piece at a time.

  2. Innovation: Does your contact center offer social media integration? Does the solution offer hybrid cloud/premises capabilities? What new technologies does your provider enable you to leverage? If the answer to any of these questions is no, the solution is not future-proof. These concepts are here to stay, and you need a provider that offers them now, not as roadmap items.

  3. Homegrown Solution: As companies purchase smaller providers and attempt to integrate multiple solutions, it has become clear that this approach simply doesn't work. Rather than a multi-functional product, it results in independent products masquerading as a unified solution. Find a provider with a homegrown solution to ensure that your products are seamlessly compatible.

  4. Preparation for the Future: Many contact centers cannot upgrade overnight, in 6 months or even in a year. If your supplier won't be around next year, neither will the upgrade. Look for a provider that can see an upgrade through to fruition- at your pace, not theirs.


One final question remains: how does one find a contact center provider with these capabilities? You've come to the right place! ComputerTalk does it all and more- our solutions are endlessly configurable to suit your needs. Contact us today and see how we can help you futureproof your contact center.