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RFP Resources for Procuring an Outsourced Customer Care Solution

Choosing an outsourced customer care partner might just be one of the most complex procurement scenarios out there. After all, this is a partner who will hold your brand and reputation in their hands, interfacing with your loyal (and often concerned) customers day in and day out. No boilerplate RFP document will do the job. […]

Blue Ocean Wins 2020 Silver Stevie® Award

Blue Ocean, a world-leader in customer care solutions, was awarded a Silver Stevie® Award in the “Customer Service Team of the Year” category at the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is Blue Ocean’s third Stevie Award. The company won a Bronze Stevie in 2017 and a Silver Stevie in 2019. […]

Our 5 Favorite Customer Experience Articles Right Now

You know we’ve always got your back, dear Reader. We’re continually exploring, expanding, reading, learning, asking questions, and sharing our insights. Trends are gonna trend and we’ll be here to bring you up to speed, challenge the status quo, and let you know what you need to know! With that mission in mind, we’re sharing […]

How to Determine Cultural Alignment in Your Outsourced Contact Center

We talk a lot about the need to align your corporate culture with your outsourcer’s, but we know it’s a lot easier to say than it is to do – after all, it’s not a particularly quantifiable element. And it’s not totally subjective, either. In the same way that there are specific personality types – […]

Blue Ocean Named as Finalist in 2020 Stevie® Awards for Customer Service Success

Blue Ocean, a world leader in customer care solutions, was named a Finalist in the “Customer Service Success – Technology Industries” category in the 14th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie placements from among the Finalists will be revealed during a gala banquet on Friday, February 28 […]

eBooks

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 […]

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

You already know that the quality of your customer service depends heavily upon the quality of your customer service agents. But it’s easy to imagine that you can solve that problem by building a robust agent profile and a strong hiring strategy. Spoiler alert: It’s not that easy. When you’re outsourcing your contact center, the […]

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

Are you exploring outsourcing for the first time? Or perhaps you’re looking for a better alternative to your current contact center vendor? Either way, the idea of trusting someone else to take care of your customers can be overwhelming. You’ve worked hard to build your brand and establish customer loyalty. Can an outsourced contact center […]

[eBook] The End-to-End Contact Center Solutions Buyer’s Guide

If you’ve landed on our website, chances are you’re somewhere in the buying cycle for contact center services. We published this eBook for you –  The End-to-End Contact Center Solutions Buyer’s Guide. From customer service support and roadside assistance to tech support and more, we’ve built the expertise you need when you’re considering outsourcing your […]

Infographics

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 […]

9 Winning Strategies for Scheduling and Managing the Contact Center Workforce [Infographic]

In the contact center industry, workforce management is both an art and a science – kind of like baseball. Statistics matter and so does the human ability to “read the play.” Collaboration between client and outsourcer (like an owner and team manager in Major League Baseball) is key to setting your team up for success. […]