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This Doesn’t Have to Keep You Up at Night: How to Seamlessly Transition Your Outsourced Customer Care Program

Love them or hate them, in business, as in life, transitions are inevitable. On the Blue Ocean blog, we talk a lot about the process of sourcing a strategic partner for your outsourced customer care program. Usually, we focus on the buying cycle or key decision-making elements to consider, but the fact is, choosing your […]

A Comprehensive List of Resources for the Contact Center Sourcing Process

  Your organization is ready to find a new contact center outsourcer. What’s your next step? We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful outsourcing resources, in order from discovery to launch. We’re here to help! Read on!   Is It Time to Outsource? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Maybe your organization is so early […]

Blue Ocean Named as Finalist in 2024 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Blue Ocean, a world leader in customer care solutions, was named a Finalist today in the “Contact Center Outsourcing Provider of the Year” category in the 18th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Blue Ocean will ultimately be awarded a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award during a gala banquet on Friday, April […]

Seeking a True Strategic Partner: Green Flags in the Outsourced Customer Care RFP Process

It’s human nature to focus on the red flags that pop up when you’re deep into the customer support RFP process. But knowing what a green flag looks like is just as critical. Here are a few green flag markers that help indicate that you’ve found the best-fit outsourced customer care partner.   If you’ve […]

Why SaaS Leaders Should Outsource Their Customer Success Program

When we are talking to organizations in the sales cycle, we will often hear from SaaS companies that the customer success role is too complex, too critical, too deeply embedded in their internal operations to ever be outsourced. We are here today to say, with respect, they’re wrong. It’s kind of ironic because many (most?) […]

eBooks

You’re Asking the Wrong Questions: A Better Way to RFP for Outsourced Customer Care [eBook]

The RFP is the slog you need that 3rd cup of coffee to get through—especially when it’s an RFP for outsourced customer care. After all, we’re talking about a complex, customer-facing solution that needs to align seamlessly with your brand. In our experience, technology, attrition, and business continuity are the hot three areas of any […]

Your Guide to the Post-Pandemic Contact Center Is Here!

  Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself: “How will contact centers navigate the post-COVID world?” It’s a question we contemplate often here at Blue Ocean, and we’re glad to say we didn’t stop there. After much thought, deliberation, and research, we’ve come up with the quintessential guide for your post-pandemic contact center. And […]

Customer Care Outsourcing Amidst Uncertainty: A Pandemic Resource [eBook]

When the world turned upside down in February and March of 2020, no one could have guessed what was ahead. Many of us hit the pause button with the assumption things would return to normal soon. Soon never happened, and so we are left with the question of when and how to get back to […]

Is a Strategic Contact Center Partnership Even Possible? [eBook]

Your company is quick to outsource a handful of operational functions without a second thought – think: maintenance and cleaning crews, office supplies and equipment, and coffee and catering, among many others. But the people you hire to take care of those things aren’t really “partners” in the full sense of the word. They’re not […]

What Your Outsourcer Should Tell You About Managing Contact Center Agents: A Client’s Guide

Trusting an outsourced contact center with your brand takes more than a well-crafted RFP. Putting your customer service in the hands of unknown agents requires a thorough understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. More than just hiring and training them, you need to know how your outsourced partner is managing contact center agents […]

Infographics

It’s 2021. Are You Going to RFP for Your Contact Center This Year?

After a year flirting with the ever-present “pause” button, we’re seeing many more businesses hit the gas on their customer care program—in particular, seeking out the right outsourced partner. Sound like a familiar scenario? If so, the RFP is about to become the friend you love to hate. It’s a necessity—but it doesn’t have to […]

The Cost of In-House vs Outsourced Contact Centers: An Infographic

Maybe you’re a math person and love nothing more than a hefty Excel document to dig into for a few hours. Or maybe math isn’t your strong suit and you’re just looking for hard numbers to tell you what you need to know. Either way, we’ve put together this handy infographic to help you compare […]

The 10 Most Important Contact Center RFP Questions [Infographic]

The RFP is the friend you love to hate. The necessary evil. The document that will make or break your decision of which new outsourcer to partner-up with. A generic vendor RFP template may promise to make things easy, but when you’re about to hand over your customer interactions to an outsourced contact center, generic […]

How to Turn Contact Center Workforce Management into Champions

When you think of a call center, the last thing you’d associate it with is baseball. But for those of us who work in contact center workforce management (WFM), the connections are obvious. You might ask, what do baseball and WFM have in common? In short, it’s statistics. Predictive pattern analysis is essential to managing […]

Celebrating 1 Year in Roadside Assistance Customer Service [Infographic]

We like to refer to Roadside Assistance Customer Service teams as the special forces of customer service being able to ramp up for unpredictable and extreme peaks in volume And boy-oh-boy did the past year deliver extreme swings in volume due to record weather events and various polar vortexes. When we tallied up the team’s results, we […]