Resource Center

Browse by Resource Type

Blogs

Contact Center Attrition and the RFP: You’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Attrition seems like it should be an easy enough term to define, and determining which bidders’ attrition results best match your own requirements should be easy enough in a contact center RFP. In this article, we are making the case that it’s not always so straightforward. Not all attrition is created equal, and there are […]

60 Customer Care RFP Questions for the Contact Center of Today

2020 marked the workplace like no other year in recent history. For more than two years, everyone worked to settle into new patterns of working and communicating, and we’re finally seeing a return to “normal.” We rejoiced when our favorite coffee shops re-opened, and we got all dressed up again when the commute to work […]

Blue Ocean Wins Contact Center Thought Leadership Award

We often hear from our readers how helpful our published content is when they are in the decision-making process for partnering with a new contact center outsourcer. We were excited to see that the readers and award committee of the 2022 Customer Contact Central MVP Awards agreed! Our article, How to Launch a Successful Outsourced […]

Deep CX: My Discussion with Tony Won, Player Support, ProbablyMonsters

  We have another great episode of Deep CX: A Blue Ocean Podcast for you this month! We were lucky to sit down with Tony Won, a leading specialist in player support and our very first guest in the gaming industry. Tony has built up quite the gaming résumé over the years, working with industry […]

Building a Better Loyalty Program (and the Reward for Getting It Right)

  Check your wallet (digital and/or physical) – do you have loyalty cards for your favorite retail outlets? Gas, grocery, fashion, technology… and probably more. Salesforce research says consumers like us belong to 4.3 loyalty programs on average. And you’re probably spending a decent amount of money at those places. If, for example, you’re a […]

eBooks

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]