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Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect

Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect Total cost of ownership (TCO) is an important factor to consider when deciding whether or not to migrate your contact center to the cloud. However, unlike a move from one on-premises application to another, calculating the TCO for a cloud-based app is like comparing apples to...

Calculating the (TCO) Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect

Amazon Connect, the Deconstructed Contact Center

When Amazon released its contact center service, Amazon Connect, it was met with skepticism by some industry insiders because it didn’t have the features other solutions offer. After working with the cloud-based contact center service for a little over a year, we’ve seen firsthand the power of Amazon Connect in its simplicity. It’s not that...

Amazon Connect: What’s DIY and What’s Not

It’s no wonder that “self-service” is one of the first adjectives Amazon uses to describe Amazon Connect. Self-service is quite possibly the most notable difference between the cloud-based contact center service and traditional contact center technology.  But self-service doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it all yourself. Let’s look at areas where it behooves you...

5 Things That Are Different About the AWS Public Cloud

When Amazon released its cloud-based contact center service, it was met with skepticism. In a feature-by-feature comparison with any of the existing leaders, Amazon Connect usually came up short. That was a little over a year ago, and much has changed and continues to change when it comes to feature functionality, but we’ll get to...

Customer Self-Service for Better Customer Experiences: Webcast On-Demand

Providing excellent customer self-service tools not only improves the customer experience (CX) but also manages to do so while lowering customer service costs. That sounds like a pretty good business case for helping customers help themselves. This webcast describes how to create frictionless customer experiences that actually attract users without forcing them through an unwanted self-service channel....

Updates on Contact Center Security: Understanding and Managing Risk

Contact centers must deal with risk every day - compliance violations, financial fraud, data breaches, identity theft - they're all present. This white paper explores the various ways to mitigate risk while still providing personalized services. Topics that are covered: Understanding contact center risk and the primary response type The role of PCI-DSS in the...

Financial Services Institution Simplifies Mobile Self-Service with Visual IVR

A top 10 global bank developed over 40 separate self-serve applications across a multi-decade relationship with USAN. Utilizing voice self-service best practices, USAN and the bank were able to achieve IVR containment rates ranging from 45-89%. However, in a continuous improvement initiative, the bank wanted to boost its self-service numbers further, while at the same...

Does Your IVR Really Save You Money?

Does Your IVR Really Save You Money? As the original self-service tool, IVR technology has long been a cost savings mechanism. Unfortunately, many organizations today don’t realize that their antiquated IVR solution is actually driving up contact center costs because the options are so limited and the containment rate is so low. So, what can...

IVR is Dead. Long Live IVR!

Some folks in the contact center industry would have you believe that IVR technology is dead. Perhaps you agree, based on your own high opt-out rates and low customer satisfaction scores. In reality, the saying couldn’t be further from the truth. Advancements in IVR are ensuring the technology’s role in the modern contact center. The...

5 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your IVR

Let’s face it, there are other technologies in the contact center that are more exciting than your IVR. But despite the rise of other communication channels, telephony remains “by far the largest inbound interaction channel,” according to ContactBabel. That being the case, it’s worth asking, “Is it time to upgrade the IVR?” Here are five...

The Hybrid Customer Contact Center

In the last post, I talked about the Big Buckets. One bucket holds transactional (self-service) events. One contains interactional (live-agent) events. And the third is home to the hybrids: events that are both transactional and interactional. That third bucket—let’s call it the blended bucket—could soon be the biggest bucket as more and more companies adopt...

The First Step in Planning Your Self-Service Investment

The First Step in Planning Your Self-Service Investment Planning your self-service investments means making decisions across multiple disciplines. USAN, in association with ContactBabel, has just published a nearly 200-page report on that topic—50 charts deep, covering all the critical topics that make up today’s self-service investment strategy. Those topics include transitioning to self-service, evaluating ROI,...

Metaphor Worforce, powered by Teleopti

Metaphor Workforce enables your business to achieve continuous improvement in customer service, employee satisfaction, and operational excellence. Our WFM platform provides a solution for the vital processes involved in customer service including forecasting, scheduling, preference and request handling, communication, intraday management, reporting and performance management.

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Omnichannel: Balancing Cost and Control

Two of the most critical issues companies deal with when deciding on the right omnichannel solution are what it costs and how it’s controlled. The cost of installing and maintaining a sophisticated omnichannel operation is as low as it’s ever been, for three reasons: The cost of all the pieces of compute-network-store infrastructure becomes cheaper...

Omnichannel KPIs - A New Focus

As contact centers evolve into omnichannel centers, they’ll need to establish and track new KPIs that accurately measure value and success. That means taking new approaches and establishing new metrics that map to omnichannel strategies and goals. Here are a few examples of each. New Approaches Qualitative as Well as Quantitative We’ve been primarily focused...

Omnichannel in Action

The other day my errands turned into one omnichannel adventure after another. My experience offers three examples of how companies in three different industries improved my customer experience with their omnichannel solutions. Pick Up Prescriptions My first stop was my pharmacy. The pharmacy sent me a text telling me that a prescription had been automatically...

Metaphor Contact Center Overview

Watch this video to learn how USAN’s Metaphor Contact Center makes it easy to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty while lowering total cost of ownership with the industry’s most secure, reliable and flexible cloud contact center solution.

Omnichannel Villains

There is a widely believed superstition that an omnichannel investment is expensive, complex and disruptive. Central to this myth are twin villains: the first is Rip and the second, Replace. Their shared mission: drive up omnichannel costs to the point where it’s an unjustifiable investment, with slow payback and weak ROI. Rip and Replace is...

Business Case for Contact Center as a Service

Cloud-based SaaS, or Contact Center-as-a-Service (CCaaS) models are being considered for all kinds of business applications and the shift to cloud includes contact center technology. Download The White Paper