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How do Call Centers Work?

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A call center is part of the service department that manages incoming and outgoing calls of customers. The department includes representatives who operate through call and resolve customer queries. 

Call centers are of two types: Outbound and Inbound. 

  • The Outbound Call Center allows the agents to make calls to the customer/client.
  • In an Inbound Call Center, the customers reach the agents with their issues.

The ultimate goal of the call center is to provide satisfactory customer service. For this, companies sometimes establish their own call center or hire a third-party call center. 

A call center owned by the company/brand will have a better understanding of the services, products, and reputation of the brand. The agents will be able to generate more leads and satisfy more customers because of their knowledge and familiarity with the company. 

Third-party call center agents despite being efficient may not be familiar with the brand. This may pose hardship when assisting the customers. The agents may not know the policies or the services in detail and so, may not be able to help the customer in complex situations.

What are the Types of Call Centers?

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Work-from-home Call Centers

Work-from-home is the fastest-growing mode of working across the world. And similarly, in the industry of customer service, the Work-from-home Call Center is being adopted.

  • These call centers use software that makes it easy for agents distributed across various locations to work from the comfort of their homes. 
  • The company provides all the tools required by an agent. Also, the agents are trained to operate and navigate through the software to prepare for the customer interaction. 
  • Since the agents are spread around in different locations, they can provide customer service in various zones. 

Inbound call Centers

Inbound Call Center involves a customer calling the company’s call center to seek assistance. The agents are assigned the task to help the customer with their issue and resolve it. 

  • The agent is trained in technical support, communication and customer approach, and problem-solving. 
  • The customer can become angry, emotional, or confused; however, the agent must be prepared to deal with all sorts of situations.
  • The inbound call center agents must be skilled to provide quality service to the customer.

Outbound Call Center

Outbound Call Centers involve the agents calling their customer/client for different purposes. 

  •  The purpose of the agent’s call could be to generate leads and close a deal with a client. It could also be to receive feedback from a customer after they have received their purchased item. Or, to follow up on an inbound call a customer made.
  • Outbound calls are often preferred by customers because it shows that the company cares for their customers. This sentiment motivates loyalty among the customers.

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How Does a Call Center Work?

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When we call a call center number, we don’t think much about it. We just wait for our call to get connected to ask the agent for assistance. And, if our call does not connect we drop it. 

The only way customers understand the working of a call center is that a customer dials into the call center and issues a complaint, the call center responds to the complaint, and lastly resolves the issue. 

However, to understand it in detail let us break it down.

Customer calls the Call Center

The process begins the moment a customer dials in the number of the call center. The customer can either call directly or request a call from the customer service department. 

  •  Call centers with advanced software also provide the option of scheduling a callback to the customer. If the customer needs help and requests a callback, the agent can schedule a call according to the customer’s wish. 

After the call is connected, it may be filtered through the software or a live agent to assess the complexity of the customer’s issue. The call will then be routed to a designated agent skilled enough to manage the call. 

  • Some agents are skilled in handling and resolving specific issues. Transferring calls to the right agent boosts case resolution. Moreover, the issue can be resolved quickly which will result in an improved customer experience.

The Agent Resolves the Customer’s Issue

Following the previous step, the designated agent works to resolve the customer’s problem. Agents with successful case records know the right approach to resolve the issue. They are talented in communication, have product knowledge, and blend all their previous experience to ensure the customer receives the help they need.

  • Customer may become confused or may not believe the agent. It is the agent’s job to convince the customer but also, make sure that they understand the solution to the issue.
  • The goal every call center agent tries to achieve is First Call Resolution. Solving an issue in the first interaction often leaves a strong positive impression on the customer. This contributes to brand reputation.

Follow Up by Agents

The agents try their best to resolve the issue during the first interaction between the agent and the customer. However, at times when the issue is complex, it is not possible. The customer service agents have to follow up with the customer after they receive more information. 

  •  A follow-up call helps not only the customer but also the agent. The agent learns and gains experience by managing such situations. Moreover, the customer receives help which establishes their faith in the customer service department and by extension, the Company. 

 

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What are different types of contact centers?

Inbound Contact Center

Inbound contact centers tend to incoming communications from callers/customers. These contact centers are usually created for customer service and their main objective is to respond to customer issues like service questions, sales inquiries, technical concerns, and general help.

Outbound Contact Center

Outbound contact centers are what businesses use to reach out to their customers. These centers are usually used for marketing and sales purposes. Some outbound call centers can even place automated calls to customers for self-completion of a pre-recorded survey.

Multichannel Contact Center

Multichannel contact centers facilitate communications through modes beyond just phone and email. These contact centers can provide support through social media, mobile apps, chatbots, websites, SMS, and more.

Omnichannel Contact Center

Similar to multichannel contact centers, omnichannel contact centers also use various modes of communications to deliver service to their customers. However, the pivotal difference between the two is that omi-channel contact centers can seamlessly integrate all communications from all modes into one single integrated platform. This ensures that all data collected is easily available and accessible in one place.

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What are the key features of a Contact Center?

The following are a few key features that good contact centers must have:

Advanced Call Distribution and Skill-based Routing

Contact centers are often equipped with features that efficiently distribute calls, and ensure calls are routed to agents best qualified to respond to them. An example of a feature that does so is IVR. IVR significantly increases first call resolution (FCR) and reduces the average time in queue.

Real-Time Reporting

Contact centers keep track of agent performance and customer satisfaction through various metrics that are reflected on dashboards. Keeping track of these metrics helps call centers identify the ways in which they can improve by highlighting areas of weakness in the call center.

Call Recording

Contact centers often have the ability of live call monitoring and the ability to record full or partial calls. This allows recorded conversations to be used for training purposes in order to provide better customer service and improve customer experience (CX).

Power Dialing 

Power dialers allow agents to select phone numbers from a stored list, eliminating the need for manual dialing. These dialers increase agent productivity by allowing them to focus wholly on their calls rather than dialing as well. 

Call Whispering and Live Coaching

With call whispering, supervisors can not only listen to calls between agents and customers but can also “live coach” the agent without the caller being able to hear this interaction. This is an important feature for quality control as it facilitates coaching new agents or helping agents through difficult calls.

Call Transferring and Conferencing 

This feature enables multiple agents and/or supervisors to be on call with a customer. Additionally, call transferring allows agents to transfer calls to other agents or supervisors in case the first agent cannot address the caller’s concern.

FAQs on Call Centers

What is call center outsourcing?

Call center outsourcing is when businesses hire an external organization that specializes in managing sales, appointment setting, inbound customer care, technical support, compliance, and other call center functions.

What type of business is a contact center?

Contact centers are usually categorized as business-to-business (B2B) companies. They’re also a part of the telecommunications industry and business process outsourcing.

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