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Call Center Services
Call Center Services
Large corporate entities like insurance companies, banks, multinational
companies, financial institutions, stocks and shares brokers, mutual funds, and others
usually have a widespread customer base spanning across the globe. Huge volumes of
inquiries and other telephone calls from their customers flood their offices during
business hours. Answering these calls requires an effort of manpower and resources that
departmental representatives often are unable to provide and still perform the other tasks
involved with their positions. Many companies have turned to setting up specialized
branches in their offices to deal with the massive amount of telephone calls received
during the course of a normal business day. This branch is called a call center and
comprises a whole area of business known as Call Center Services.
The backbone of call center services is a staff of telephone operators with
computerized access to complete account information for all customers. This tremendous
amount of data is easily accessible to the call center services representative through a
few mouse clicks. Sophisticated technologies such as Computer Telephony Integration
(CTI), Automatic Call Distribution (ACD) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
synchronize the database account information with the caller within seconds of
answering. These processes line up the callerís information with the customer service
specialistís workstation answering the call. However, even before the customer speaks
with an operator, customers are enabled with access to their account information and
many answers to their questions even before they speak with a call center agent. Callers
can often bypass speaking with a live operator altogether. Should they wish to speak with
call center representative, their agent has complete access to the information that he or
she needs to quickly answer the callersí questions. This telephone experience is designed
to replicate an actual visit to a physical location.
Call center staffers have centralized telecommunications equipment at their
disposal to monitor and route customer inquiries to an appropriate specialist. Calls are
transferred with the assistance of call routing software in addition to the use of Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to the correct representative who can answer
the callerís questions by referring to the database in their computer.
Call center service locations, especially those hosted by international companies,
often answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Global companies
stagger their staff shifts according to the time zones their customers are calling from. For
example, during daylight hours in North America, a call center staff in India works an
overnight shift to answer the normal business day calls from customers calling from the
United States and Canada. Whenever the customer needs specialized care, his business
receives priority attention.
About the Author: Ira Spere is a writer for EFLS . com where you will discover a wealth of resources on call center services and other related information.