As your business continues to deal with rising consumer expectations, an ever-increasing number of communication channels and rapidly evolving technologies, it may be difficult for your contact center to maintain strong customer relationships. But maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is key as customer churn can put a significant dent in a company’s bottom line.
As such, many contact center managers are looking toward the cloud to better serve their customers and their unique needs. Last year, over 30 percent of businesses implemented cloud contact center technology; another 30 percent now have budgets in place to begin taking advantage of the many benefits offered by cloud technology, such as simplicity and agility, according to research conducted by International Customer Management Institute (ICMI).
It’s clear that more enterprises are plugging into the cloud. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers for companies still considering whether a cloud contact center solution is also right for them:
Q: How will the cloud drive profit for my business?
A: Providing a consistent, high-quality customer experience equates to winning business and maintaining customer loyalty. According to recent research compiled by Aspect's Customer Experience Index, 91 percent of customers will not conduct business with you again after an unresolved poor experience. Companies must also grapple with finding ways to better serve customers, like offering seamless agent-assisted and self-service across a growing number of communication channels. With a powerful omnichannel contact center solution, your call center can seamlessly communicate across a myriad of new channels, unify the customer experience and stay at the forefront of rapidly evolving technology. Siloed contact centers do not have the internal resources to keep up with the demands of the changing customer, but an agile cloud contact center platform enables businesses to to add or scale applications as the need arises, empowering your contact center with better service options to meet expectations.
Q: Can the cloud really help better manage my call center traffic?
A: In a short answer, yes. One of the key advantages of a cloud contact center solution is on-demand scalability. For instance, let’s say there are sudden spikes in traffic due to seasonal fluctuations or unexpected incidents, like a product recall or widespread service outage. Does it make sense to build out capacity for these instances that occur only a few days out of the year? Instead, your call center can leverage the on-demand elasticity of the cloud, which supports seamless delivery of high-volume proactive notifications via outbound voice and SMS. The solution can also ensure your IVR, other self-service portals and agents stay available and are ready to serve your customers at any time. Your cloud contact center solution provider should offer a network model that supports capacity well in advance of peak call volume, with a common-sense pricing model that ensures you only pay for the resources you use.
Is it possible to migrate an existing premise contact center to the cloud?
A: Many large enterprises make the mistake of indefinitely postponing a cloud software migration out of concerns about the complexity of such an undertaking. Any cloud provider who promises that migration to the cloud is "simple" is vastly underestimating the considerations involved. However, an experienced migration team can confidently ease the transition and ensure that your business experiences minimal downtime or interruptions of normal interactions. Aspect's team of implementation experts has extensive experience guiding seamless and cost-efficient moves of large, premise-based contact centers to the cloud.
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