CPI Revamps Panera Bread's Agent Desktop - Improving Agent Handle Time by 50%

Chris Dellen

One of the biggest measurements of success we have at CPI is when we have the opportunity to help our customers raise the bar, do something innovative, and sometimes even help them revolutionize their industry.


Agent Desktop: the Contact Center's Secret Productivity Killer

Chris Dellen

I have been sitting in contact centers for years listening to calls, crunching numbers, speaking with everyone from CEO’s to agents. I am continually amazed at what is on an *agent's desktop.

On average, I see agents tabbing, clicking and dragging between 10 - 20 unique programs and windows (databases, CRM's, websites, Excel documents, binders, sticky notes, printed emails, and even shouting over their cubes to their colleagues) to get the answer their customer needs. It is a situation that is right in front of our noses and yet the challenge persists.


4 Keys to Unlocking the Voice of the Customer in your Contact Center

Recently a co-worker was planning a camping trip with her family. Of course every successful camping trip involves S’mores. So while going shopping for all the items she needed, she ran across something that really caught her off guard -- S’more sized marshmallows!

Customer Service Whac-A-Mole

Steve McKinney

For all those Customer Service Managers and Directors out there who read that title, you may think you know what I’m about to say. Spoiler Alert! This will not be a blog telling you how to improve your processes or what to do about social media in your contact center. While we can learn a lot from those topics, I believe we, as customer care professionals, often feel as though we are getting hit from every angle with tons of great ideas, but sometimes not knowing where to start. So today I want to level with you and to talk to you about some of the pain points in your contact center.  


3 Simple Steps to Build an ROI for Your Customer Experience Projects

Chris Dellen

It happens time and time again, and never fails to break my heart. The customer experience executive proposes a project that will improve customer satisfaction by 10-15%. The executive team commends the individual on their incredible work, but then the sales executive presents his proposal. If his initiative is funded, he projects to drive an additional $4 Million in sales.

You know how this story goes. Perhaps you’ve been in a meeting similar to this.

10 Key Takeaways that Could Rock Your Contact Center's World

Chris Dellen

In the past 3 weeks, I have had the opportunity to listen to experts from around the world discuss where contact centers are headed in the next five years. During that time I have traveled over 2,500 miles on planes, trains, and automobiles; consumed 27 cups of Starbucks; and sat through 44 sessions from industry experts.

I’ll present more detail surrounding each of these in subsequent blog posts, but for now, I hope you take a second and think about how these will impact your contact center.

Here's' what I have learned:

10 Tips to Managing Inbound Emails in Your Contact Center (Part 2)

Chris Dellen

As I mentioned in my last post, inbound email can be one of the most inefficient, disorganized and unmeasured channels of communication in the contact center.  

Here are the final 5 tips to help you reign in and better manage those inbound emails.

10 Tips for Managing Inbound Emails in Your Contact Center (Part 1)

Chris Dellen

Inbound email can be one of the most disorganized, inefficient, unsupervised, and unmeasured communication channels in the contact center. With our customers’ expectations climbing at an unprecedented rate, it is a communication channel that can’t be left behind. 

Through experience and research, I have discovered 10 effective ways to help contact center supervisors overcome the inbound email challenge. 

High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service

Ruth Lochary

You Need to Read This!

I’ve never told folks who read our blog that you have to do something. I’ve made suggestions, recommendations and hopefully, a few thought-provoking statements. But this time, I’m telling you. You need to read the book “High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service” by Micah Solomon. 

Culture vs Strategy in the Contact Center

Steve McKinney Have you ever heard the phrase, “Culture eats Strategy for breakfast”?  What does this really mean, and is it something you should worry about?