SQM Group

Business Case for mySQM™ FCR Insights Customer Service Management Software

SQM Group’s mission is “Helping call centers improve their FCR, reduce operating costs, and deliver great customer service, and employee experience performance – one agent at a time”.

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Great Customer Service Business Case

mySQM™ FCR Insights customer service management software is specifically designed for call centers to help them reduce operating costs, and deliver great customer service and employee experience performance. The main metrics that SQM uses to help clients improve customer experience and operating costs are First Call Resolution (FCR) and Call Resolution for each individual agent and supervisor. FCR is a rare ‘silver bullet’ metric for measuring call center quality and cost performance. 

FCR is extremely effective at measuring and identifying the areas to improve both service and cost. As such, it is the main reason why FCR matters the most for measuring a call center’s customer service and cost performance. It is also a leading indicator to improving customer journey metrics (e.g. customer satisfaction, customer experience, etc.) as well as business outcome metrics (e.g. Net Promotor Score®, Net Retention Index, etc.).

Our high-value software is designed to help call centers improve their operating costs. Our client's average ROI is 450% and the payback period is less than 3 months. The high ROI and quick pay-back period are tied to the following six main benefits of using mySQM™ FCR Insights software: reduced operating costs and customers at risk of defection, improved customer and employee satisfaction, increased opportunities to sell, and increased high performing agents. 95% of new clients who measure their first call resolution (FCR) with SQM for more than 1 year improve. The FCR gain shown by these clients ranges from 1-20% with the average being 3%.

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Benefits of mySQM™ FCR Insights Customer Service Management Software:

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Reduce Operating Costs

For every 1% improvement in FCR, you reduce your operating costs by 1%.

  • For a call center performing at the FCR industry average of 70%, potentially 30% of customers will have to call back because their issue was not resolved on the first call.
  • For the average call center, it takes 1.4 calls to resolve a customer’s inquiry. For 30% of customers who do not achieve FCR, it takes 2.5 calls to resolve their inquiry.
  • Repeat calls represent 23% of the average call center’s operating budget, which is an enormous opportunity to reduce a call center’s operating costs.
  • For the average midsize call center, a 1% improvement in their FCR performance equals $286,000 in annual operational savings.

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Reduce Customers at Risk of Defection

95% of customers will continue to do business with the organization as a result of achieving FCR.

  • If the call was unresolved, 23% of customers express their intent to not continue to use the organization’s products and services as a result of their call center experience.
  • It costs five times more to attract a new customer than it does to retain one.
  • For many call centers, retaining customers represents the biggest opportunity to add true value to their organization.
  • Resolving calls is the key to reducing customers at risk.
  • For every 2% improvement in FCR there is a 1% improvement in call resolution, helping the call center retain customers.

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Improve Customer Satisfaction

For every 1% improvement in FCR there is a 1% improvement in Csat.

  • FCR is the metric with the highest correlation to Csat out of all call  center internal or external metrics.
  • The absence of FCR is the strongest driver of customer dissatisfaction.
  • Csat (top box response) average drops 15% every time a customer has to call back to get their initial call resolved.
  • If a customer had to call in three times to get their call resolved, their Csat would be 30% lower than a customer who had their call resolved on the first call.
  • On average, 14% of customers describe their call as a complaint call. For every 5% improvement in FCR you reduce your complaint calls by 1%.

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Improve Employee Satisfaction

For every 1% improvement in FCR there is a 1% to 5% improvement in Esat.

  • Call centers with high FCR tend to have high Esat. Conversely, call centers with low FCR tend to have low Esat.
  • The level of stress is very high for the agent who handles the second or third call when a customer’s issue was unresolved on the first call.
  • Increasing FCR improves both Esat and Csat. Consistently resolving inquiries on the first call can increase Esat substantially.
  • Most call center managers understand that high Esat can provide high Csat/FCR, but high Csat/FCR can drive high Esat too.

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Increase Opportunities to Sell

When a customer's call is resolved the customer cross-selling acceptance rate increases by up to 20%.

  • SQM’s research shows that the customer’s needs must be resolved before the agent has earned the right to move on to any type of sales activity.
  • If the agent cross-sells before the inquiry or problem is resolved, the customer typically becomes irritated.
  • The customer can feel that the organization is pushing its needs, rather than serving the customer’s needs.
  • Focusing on business needs versus customer needs can cause the fundamental customer relationship to be undermined.

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Improve Net Promoter Score®

For the average call center, every 1% improvement in FCR increases transactional NPS by 1.4.

  • The average call center FCR is 72% and their NPS is 48
  • FCR and NPS have a high correlation of .64
  • NPS goes down by 18 points for each additional call made
  • NPS is 64 points when customers resolved their call in one call (FCR)
  • NPS is 40 points when customers resolved their call in two calls
  • NPS is - 10 points when customers call is unresolved on the first call


What Differentiates SQM:

SQM differentiates itself from our competition based on mySQM™ FCR Insights customer service management software, research, best practices, and awards. Specifically: 

Call Center Specialists

We are Call Center specialists that deliver actionable FCR and CX improvement opportunities to individual agents and their Supervisors.

Best Practices

SQM best practices are specifically designed to help call centers improve FCR and provide great call center customer and employee experience and reduce their operating costs.


SQM has been awarding call centers and agents for FCR and CX excellence for over 20 years. Our FCR, CX, EX, and Best Practice awards are considered the most prestigious and sought after North American call center industry awards.

High-Value Software

Our high-value software is designed to help call centers improve their operating costs. Our client's average ROI is 450% and the payback period is less than 3 months.

FCR, CX, & EX Improvement

Specializing in call center FCR, CX, and EX improvement, SQM has over two decades worth of data and experience proving its effectiveness for driving performance improvement.

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