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Call Center Consulting: Increase Your Cross- and Upselling by Utilizing Expert Advice

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Attila Szűcs No Comments

While cross- and upselling is vital for any call center, achieving successful sales results depends on a couple of factors. Firstly, a reliable technology solution will put you on the path to success. Secondly, leveraging call center consulting will help your call center move ahead. Ultimately, it is the combination of the two that will make the biggest difference.

In my previous article, I talked about the importance of choosing a software provider that offers proactive consulting services as well. In this article, I’ll take things a step further and tell you how you can increase your cross- and upsell figures by relying on call center consulting services. Don’t miss out on this one!

Building a better IVR experience with the help of consultants

While there’s no doubt IVRs are designed to improve customer experience, to be honest, they rarely serve their purpose. And, needless to say, a customer frustrated with dealing with a troublesome IVR will not consider upgrading their service. On the other hand, if you manage to provide a seamless customer experience via your IVR, you’ll more likely to be able to successfully use cross- and upselling tactics, and encourage your customers to purchase.  

Therefore, the secret of increasing sales via IVR technology is simple: provide your customers with an exceptional IVR experience and make sure they leave your business 100% satisfied.

Designing an IVR solution, of course, requires significant time and resources. In addition, businesses often involve a third party in the project, making the process even more complex and time-consuming.

However, although you may not believe it, you can actually also design your IVR solution on your own…but only if you utilize the knowledge of industry experts. And if you decide to leverage call center consulting services, the chances are you’ll end up with a better-constructed IVR that truly fits your needs. In addition, if your consultant is also your provider, you can be sure that your IVR will be perfectly integrated with your other systems.

By relying on VCC Live®’s industry knowledge, for example, our customers can design their own IVR solution together with our team of consultants, who provide advisory services and support during the design as well as the implementation process. The results are well-constructed and tailor-made IVR structures designed to fit specific business needs.

Creating powerful scripts by utilizing call center consulting

When it comes to cross- and upselling, it is still the human factor that helps tip the scales in the right direction. Therefore, if you want to improve your sales figures, then make sure to provide your agents with the right tools they need in order to close as many deals as possible. A powerful call center script is definitely one of those tools.

When used properly, they can help your agents provide an excellent customer experience, as well as allow them to benefit from cross- and upsell opportunities. On the other hand, a lack of effective call center scripts can easily turn your customer service into a nightmare and reduce your sales performance levels.

By relying on call center consulting services, you’ll be able to build powerful and successful cross- and upsell technique scripts. Providers that offer consulting services work with a great number of call centers and acquire an in-depth industry knowledge over the years. In addition, they can offer invaluable insights from several other industries, and their industry-specific mindset allows call centers to think outside the box and come up with ideas they would never have previously thought of.

Call center scripts can have a powerful effect on your business – but only if the script you use is powerful itself. One thing is for sure: if you get it right, it definitely works, so make sure to rely on experts. And speaking of powerful call center scripts, as a first step, it may be a good idea to check out our ultimate guide to building effective call center scripts!

Real-time payment – leveraging the latest industry trend

Real-time payment is definitely the next big thing in the call center industry. And, as the name suggests, it is the perfect tool to increase cross- and upsell figures.  

Real-time payment, also called instant payment, is becoming and more and more popular, mainly due to customers’ increasing expectations for speed and convenience. It’s no surprise, therefore, that forward-thinking businesses reacted to this new demand and started to offer a portfolio of real-time payment solutions.

How can real-time payments help in reality? Well, let’s say you receive a call via your IVR and your agent successfully closes an upsell deal. Normally what you receive will be merely a promise, but with real-time payments, you can now turn promises into actual payments. In other words, you can close the sales cycle.

Furthermore, as already mentioned in a previous article, the greatest chance for a successful conversion is during a conversation. And thanks to the latest technology, it is now possible for agents to initiate bank card payments during a single phone call. Yes, really!

This method of providing customers with the option of making a real-time payment during a phone call is a unique technology solution, and is available as part of VCC Live®’s software solution.

Of course, the technology is complex and requires a thorough planning and implementation process. And, again, this is where call center consultants can make all the difference. When we implemented the solution for the first time, as well as the technical implementation process, we also provided our customer with in-depth training on how to use the payment option and effectively approach customers and close deals using it. The results spoke for themselves!

As you can see, you can benefit greatly from choosing a provider that has in-depth industry knowledge and is ready to share it with you. Make sure to bear this in mind when looking for a new provider!

Choose a Software Provider That Offers Call Center Consulting Services

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 by dorarapcsak No Comments

Ask any call center manager what they need most for their call center to operate successfully, and you can be sure they’ll tell you it is reliable call center software. However, what many call centers fail to realize is that leveraging call center consulting services is equally important for a call center to get ahead.

And you will see the best results if you can utilize both a reliable software solution and efficient consulting services from the same provider.

In this article, I’ll show you why you need to look for a software provider that offers proactive call center consulting services as well. Read on and make sure you are getting the most out of your business!  

The importance of call center consulting services

There’s no doubt that having comprehensive call center software in place is a prerequisite for any call center that aims to thrive.

However, call center software alone will not be enough to ensure that your call center runs successfully. Elevating your call center’s performance and your agent team’s effectiveness is also part of the game.

Amongst other things, KPIs, effective workforce management, strong process knowledge and reliable quality management are key to the successful operation of any call center.

Defining and optimizing these business processes is not an easy task, so it’s no surprise that more and more call centers are increasingly looking for consulting services.

Call center consulting services provide industry expertise, authenticity and consistency. They can use their industry expertise to help call centers overcome specific challenges and make suggestions for improving their products or services.

The goal of such services is to maintain the successful and long-term operation of call centers, and help improve their customer experience.

But if you think about it for a minute, call center software providers have some of the most valuable industry knowledge around, and luckily many of them are ready to share it with you.

So why look for a third-party consultancy, when you can turn to your software provider, who not only knows their software but also the industry like the back of their hand?

Improving customer satisfaction with consulting services

There are a great number of factors that contribute to the success of a call center, and customer satisfaction is definitely high on the list. One thing is for sure: in order to put your call center on the path to success, you’ll need to keep your customer satisfaction level as high as possible.

Nowadays, it is clear that the best way to win your customers’ trust is by providing them with a personalized customer service, in other words by offering them tailor-made solutions.

But it is only if you also offer continuous high-quality personalized service that you will be able to truly win customers’ long-term trust.

And this is exactly another reason why your business needs to rely on a call center software provider that offers call center consulting services as well.

A software provider’s call center consulting services will give you continuous support, helping you to listen more effectively to your customers’ needs, and offer them more appropriate tailor-made solutions. And, as well as helping your company’s profits to increase, your customers will also feel that they are contributing to the success of your products or services. As a result, you may even be able to turn your customers into brand advocates.

Choose a provider who can advise you

As technology advances faster than ever, so do the call center software options available on the market.

Today’s saturated market offers a wide range of call center software providers with cutting-edge technology and rich features. All you have to do is to find the one that is the most suitable for your business (if you need help in that, check out our article on how to choose a call center software).

Depending on your core activities, however, your needs may vary greatly. So you’ll need to make sure that the call center solution you choose is a personal fit for your needs and business expectations.

Ultimately, it should be the responsibility of any software provider to not only promote and sell their products or services but also continue to support the customer in the long-term. By assessing challenges, deploying action plans and drawing conclusions together as a team, business goals can be more easily achieved.

As already mentioned, the best way to keep your customers satisfied is to listen to their needs and provide them with tailor-made solutions. And what better way to ensure that then by choosing a software provider that offers consulting services as well.

A software provider with call center consulting services will be able to analyze your customers’ needs and help you get the most out of the software you use, as well as improve your business results by combining their industry knowledge and deep understanding of the software.

Furthermore, by sharing your knowledge with your provider while also relying on their industry expertise and best practices, you can mutually support each other.

Take away

As you can see, to achieve your call center’s potential it is highly advisable to turn to a software provider that also offers call center consulting services. Follow my advice, and make sure you place your business in the hands of experts!