A customised contact centre: the efficient solution for better CX!
The continuous improvement of the customer experience (CX) is what many organisations strive for. A smart contact centre solution is indispensable for this, but certainly not the ultimate or only solution. After all, a great customer experience is not created in the contact centre alone. It takes an entire organisation to make that happen.
Purchasing a standalone contact centre platform – no matter how smart – is therefore not a turnkey solution for improving the customer experience or business results.
After all, what good is a smart system if it does not provide access to customer data that is located in countless other systems within the organisation? If it doesn’t match the complexity of the organisation off the shelf? In that case, some customisation will be needed to ensure that the chosen contact centre solution exactly matches the wishes, needs and business processes of your organisation.
Greater efficiency thanks to seamless integration
‘Ready-made’ contact centre solutions usually do not automatically connect to systems that employees work with on a daily basis, such as the CRM software, billing package, support tickets or booking system. As a result, employees are forced to access different systems, usually while talking to the customer. This takes time, is prone to errors and causes frustration. Moreover, it does not provide customer contact employees with a complete picture of the customer, and reports are fragmented.
One of the key prerequisites for the success of any contact centre solution is the seamless integration with all these backend systems. To ensure that data is synchronised in real-time across all applications, and employees have access to a 360-degree customer view, so they can serve the customer 100% efficiently. This has a huge impact on the customer and employee experience, and saves time and costs.
The user interface is another area that can be enormously improved by means of customisation. It is a well-known fact that staff churn in contact centres is high, and that the cost of training new employees is huge. A user-friendly interface makes a big difference here. It not only speeds up the onboarding process, but is also a lot more convenient for employees.
A single integrated interface that displays all applications the agent works with, and omits all the bells and whistles that are irrelevant. After all, these are likely to only cause confusion and ambiguity.
A custom user interface and screen pop result in increased agent productivity, as all relevant information and telephony functionality is immediately available, without having to manually switch between different screens.
From complex to super-easy
Many contact centres deal with complex processes, and they all have access to vast amounts of data. Especially in larger organisations, the routing strategies tend to be complicated, and ready-made reports and dashboards don’t usually provide sufficient detail.
The ideal contact centre solution is one that can be fully adapted to the needs and complexity of the organisation, so all channels flow seamlessly into one other to provide full insight into all relevant data at all times. This is the only way to make adjustments when necessary, and thus optimise the customer experience.
The trick is to make the right translation from the complexity 'behind the scenes' that you simply cannot escape in a diverse contact centre, to the simplicity of a user interface with which the business can implement changes independently. This is much more efficient! Our customer case about a Belgian telecom provider is a good example of this.
Also when it comes to data security, customisation is often requested. Not only as a consequence of laws and regulations, but also due to the increasing media attention for data breaches. Organisations are all too aware that a privacy violation or security breach can have enormous consequences. Not just financially – e.g. paying ransom fees, or the costs associated with downtime, data loss and system recovery – but also with regard to the company's reputation and its customers’ trust. According to a study1), 70% of consumers would no longer do business with a company if it fell victim to a data breach.
As a result, organisations increasingly have additional data security requirements when it comes to selecting a contact centre solution. This usually means architectural changes, or an additional piece of data encryption. This kind of customisation ensures that customer and company data is kept extra secure, and that international data security standards are met.
1) VansonBourne (commissioned by Gemalto) – Data Breaches and Customer Loyalty Report 2018
In-house or outsourced?
But customisation is not always a given. The possibilities are usually limited, especially when it comes to public cloud solutions. Nevertheless, in the vast majority of cases, significant steps can be taken to improve contact centre efficiency as well as the customer experience.
Many organisations have an in-house IT team responsible for managing the contact centre platform. Nevertheless, outsourcing the development of customised solutions to an external party seems to be increasingly popular. That makes perfect sense, as it requires the kind of knowledge, skills and experience that you really only keep up through repetition. Lots of repetition! While building and customising a contact centre platform tends to be daily business for a specialised party, this is simply not the case for the vast majority of in-house IT teams. So it pays to outsource this type of work.
Have you also encountered shortcomings in your organisation’s current or future contact centre platform? Do you wonder what the customisation options would be to increase usability and efficiency, and improve the customer experience? Let us know! Our experts have years of experience and are happy to help.
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At DDM Consulting we believe that our customers benefit most from tailor-made advice, without preference for a particular product or specific supplier. That is why we offer a wide range of intelligent omnichannel contact centre solutions, delivered by renowned partners who are all specialists in their field. This approach makes us flexible in finding the solution that best suits our customers’ specific needs and ambitions.
We guarantee a successful implementation, ensure integration with all existing back-end systems, and take care of managing and maintaining the platform. Our clients come from a wide range of sectors, from major financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies, to telecom operators, healthcare institutions, government agencies, retail, and media. We are especially known for delivering customised solutions for corporate clients with complex structures, such as customer-specific integrations with back-end systems and the development of add-ons. Sometimes we even build a completely new product! That is how we ensure that the chosen contact centre solution exactly matches our customer’s wishes, needs and business processes.
We have grown into a team of about 30 contact centre experts and are mainly active in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.