CFI Group’s 2019 Contact Center Satisfaction Index (CCSI) slipped to 68, as measured on a 0-100 scale, down 3% from 2018. Private sector CCSI historically has run a few points higher than has the public sector. Although the gap had closed in 2017, it has now broadened again in 2019.
Part of the drop is attributed to the effectiveness of online self-serve tools available on the company website, mobile apps, and other digital properties. Ironically, the better the customer experience is with these online resources, the worse the score can be for the contact center. Less complex problems are getting handled online, while more difficult issues still require the help of a customer service agent.
According to the study, contact center managers should consider three areas of opportunity to improve the overall customer service journey:
- Empowering agents to solve customer problems
Those who reach an agent directly are 27% more satisfied than those who first reach an IVR
- Designing better IVR flow to reach live agents
44% reach some version of IVR when they call customer service
- Making chat available for mobile devices
48% of those who try the company website before customer service visit with a mobile device
To effectively monitor the effects of these improvements, contact center managers need to implement a rigorous data measuring and modeling system across the entire customer service journey.
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