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SQM is dedicated to helping call centers improve their First Call Resolution, customer and employee experience, and lower their operating cost. To help you with that, we have developed blog posts based on research and best practices for people, processes, and technology to improve customer’s experiences doing business with your call center and employees working in your call center.

What separates our call center customer service blogs from other organizations is that they are based on customer, employee, and operational research. SQM blogs are based on our research for conducting over 500 VoC benchmarking studies with leading North American call centers on customer service on an annual basis.

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FCR is More Than a Metric, it’s an Operating Philosophy
FCR is the KING of all call center metrics - learn how to measure it and improve it to reduce operating costs, improve Csat, and the NPS®.
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Powerful Agent VoC Recognition to Deliver Great Customer Service
SQM's VoC certification program has been one of the most effective recognition practices for helping call center leaders motivate agents and…

Employee Experience 4 min read
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How to Create a Customer Service-Centric Culture
Creating a customer service-centric culture requires leaders to align their people, processes, and technology practices to support their…

Customer Service 4 min read
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25 of the Best Customer Service Stories from Award Winning Agents
Customer service storytelling is a communication and coaching practice used with all employees. Storytelling allows you to deliver a message in a way…

Customer Service 3 min read
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Using Servant Leadership to Deliver Great Customer Service
Servant leadership is a leadership style and philosophy whereby individuals interact with others to achieve authority rather than power. These…

Customer Service 2 min read
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Agent Engagement Remains Low
Agent engagement remains low for the contact center industry and has been an Achilles heel for the 25 years SQM has measured it. Perhaps this is one…

Employee Experience 3 min read
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Multi-Channel Customer Experience
Multi-channel CX continues to be poor for customers trying to resolve the same inquiry or problem.

Customer Service 6 min read
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Why Great Customer Service Matters
Customer service matters because when it's great, it helps retain customers, which can drive revenue growth and higher profitability. Discover the 10…

Customer Service 6 min read
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What to Train Agents on to Deliver Great Customer Service?
We have developed four training approaches and tips for what to train Agents on to deliver great customer service.

Customer Service 3 min read
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Intelligent Skill Based Routing
Intelligent skill-based routing is a call assignment practice used in call centers to assign incoming calls to the most suitable Agent rather than…

Customer Service 3 min read
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7 Characteristics of an Effective Key Performance Indicator
Many contact center leaders struggle with determining which Key Performance Indicator is the right metric to focus on improving customer service,…
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Good to Great Customer Service
Customer service is the most critical component of a contact center. It offers assistance to customers before, during, and after they purchase a…
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Agent Call Handling Impact on FCR and Call Resolution
SQM Group has evaluated over 500 leading North American call centers using a VoC measuring and benchmarking approach to determine agent call handling…

Customer Service 4 min read