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Contact Center Leaders: 16 Telling Questions that Reveal How Well You Really Know Your Customers

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Did you know today, April 19, 2018, is this quarter’s “Get to Know Your Customer Day?” I didn’t, but now that I do, it gives me a great reason to quiz you on how well you know your customers.

As you well know, contact center data captured during your agents’ interactions with customers can give you critical insights that help you outpace your competitors and evolve your business. And today’s rich combination of speech analytics, text analytics and desktop analytics can tell you a more comprehensive story about your customers, their needs and their experiences—knowledge that helps you more quickly identify the root causes of customer complaints and more easily overcome the customer-related challenges plaguing your business.

You also can better interpret what customers are trying to tell you—through both verbal and non-verbal, and conscious and sub-conscious, cues—and more accurately anticipate their needs.

Despite these compelling benefits, a 2017 Forrester study found one-third of decision makers said their contact center staff doesn’t use analytics to capture customer data insights because their day-to-day responsibilities keep them too busy.1 Wow!

Contact center leaders such as those surveyed by Forrester might think they know their customers, but—without purpose-built contact center analytics—they’re likely missing out on key insights that could drive monumental, positive change at their companies.

Are you one of them? Let’s find out.

The Modern Contact Center: Questions that Determine if You Really Know Your Customer

  1. What is your contact center’s average:
    1. time in queue;
    2. hold time;
    3. speed of answer rate;
    4. handle time;
    5. talk time;
    6. after-call work time; and
    7. contact abandonment rate?
  2. Are each of the above metrics increasing or decreasing? Do the metrics vary greatly between agents or geographic locations?
  3. What is the current top complaint from your customers (by both category and specific details)?
  4. About which product do your customers complain most? What is the most frequent complaint made about this product?
  5. What is your customers’ top complaint about your service level?
  6. Can you tell if a customer is complaining because they want a better deal or because they actually intend to switch to your competitor? How accurate is the method you use? How do you know?
  7. What is the top feature or capability your customers are asking you to add to your product(s)?
  8. How easy is it for your customers to do business with you?
  9. What are the top things you can do today to reduce the effort your customers need to expend in order to do business with you?
  10. What is a customer’s experience like with your company (via both quantified customer satisfaction ratings and anecdotal feedback—and across all departments, not just your contact center)?
  11. What are your customers’ biggest frustrations with your company? Have those frustrations changed recently?
  12. How can you improve the overall customer experience?
  13. What are the top 3-5 contact center metrics each of these departments—marketing, finance, human resources and product development—need from you in order to improve their own plans and programs? When can you provide them with that information?
  14. Can you easily identify your most passionate and evangelical customer advocates?
  15. How often do your customers mention competitive brand names when interacting with your contact center agents?
  16. Which marketing campaigns do your customers mention when calling your contact center?


1 Forrester, “Maximize Customer Data with Analytics.” May 2017.

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