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Rethinking the Outsourcer Selection Process in the New Normal

by Kim Campbell in Contact Center Outsourcing, Contact Center RFP, Kim Campbell

  Over the years, we’ve written many articles singing the praises of on-site visits with potential customer care outsourcers. We firmly believe that shaking hands with leadership and frontline agents, seeing capabilities in action, and experiencing the corporate culture first-hand are the intangible, immeasurable, yet essential final steps in evaluating and comparing potential partners. Do […]

 

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Redundancy: Preparing Customer Care for Crisis Situations

by Andrew O'Brien in Contact Center Outsourcing, Contact Center RFP, Customer Service Outsourcing

Redundancy. Business Continuity. Those are major check boxes in every RFP we’ve ever responded to. Boxes to be checked on both sides of the equation – the buyer asked: “What’s your plan in case of disaster?” The bidders answered: “Here’s our plan in case of disaster….” Well, as the saying goes, humans plan and the […]

 

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Hitting the Brakes or Pedal to the Metal? Selecting an Outsourced Customer Care Partner Mid-Pandemic

by Amy Bennet in Amy Bennet, Contact Center Outsourcing, Customer Service Outsourcing

It’s late February, 2020. Place: Your office. Situation: You’re tasked with choosing a new outsourced partner for your organization’s customer care program. You have nine months to run a procurement process and get the program launched, and you’re ready to get your hands dirty.   Three months later – May, 2020. Place: Your living room […]

 

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What Now? How Will Contact Centers Navigate the Post-COVID World?

by Kim Campbell in Customer Experience, Customer Service Outsourcing, Customer Service Trends, Kim Campbell

If one thing’s for certain in these most uncertain times, it’s that humans are resilient. There have been comparisons of the coronavirus pandemic to an earthquake, where the initial quake shakes us to the core, but the aftershocks continue to reshape the world for months and years to come. Even after the immediate threat is […]

 

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Current State of Affairs at Blue Ocean

by Andrew O'Brien in Andrew O'Brien, Blue Ocean News, News

Stating the obvious, the past few weeks have been a turbulent time for everyone the world over. In response to this crisis, the world of work has been rapidly evolving.  For our clients, our partners, our employees, and our followers here on this site, I want to share a short update about current state of […]

 

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RFP Resources for Procuring an Outsourced Customer Care Solution

by Amy Bennet in Amy Bennet, Contact Center Outsourcing, Contact Center RFP, Customer Service Outsourcing

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. […]

 

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Blue Ocean Wins 2020 Silver Stevie® Award

by Blue Ocean News in Blue Ocean News, News

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. […]

 

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