I speak with many companies who install custom call centre software or use multiple tools to meet the needs of their customer service and sales teams. While these tools might deliver many of the features needed, agents often need to access them in different ways, impacting their ability to provide an excellent customer experience (CX).
Microsoft Teams integration for contact centres provides a central place for agents to communicate with customers and collaborate with others inside your organisation. It integrates with Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS) solutions to deliver voice calling, instant messaging, presence and one-click transfers, all in a single user interface.
Depending on your staff’s preferred way of working, they can choose from two options to best leverage the integration of these two powerful applications. Either embedding the CCaaS solution within the Teams user interface or embedding Teams functionality within the CCaaS user interface.
How Contact Centre as a Service benefits customer service teams
CCaaS is a software deployment model that delivers contact centre technology services via the cloud. It allows you to outsource your contact centre technology to a service provider that manages the service within their infrastructure.
CCaaS provides a range of benefits, including: continuous enhancements and feature updates, no need for internal ICT skills to manage the technology resulting in reduced support costs, high levels of scalability, reliability and availability, a better customer experience and agent experience as well as better transparency and significant cost savings.
Microsoft Teams and CCaaS integration enables agent collaboration
Microsoft Teams is a communications and collaboration platform that integrates and expands the capabilities of your contact centre software by providing an efficient way for employees to communicate with customers and each other. A best-in-class solution enables either the Teams functionality to be embedded within the CCaaS interface or the CCaaS interface to be embedded within Teams.
For agents whose primary function is to process large volumes of inbound and outbound customer interactions, across a range of contact channels like voice, email, chat and SMS they may prefer embedding the Teams functionality within the CCaaS user interface. This ensures they can easily connect with colleagues across the organisation for call transfers or for assistance in answering customer enquiries whilst still accessing the CCaaS user interface for the majority of their work.
However, for staff who need to spend the majority of their work day within Teams (mainly communicating within the organisation) and only occasionally take customer service or sales calls, then embedding CCaaS within the Teams user interface may provide a better experience for your staff.
Whatever their function, by having one interface, agents can communicate and access the information they need. By collaborating on projects, agents can achieve better results for customers. Agents can quickly identify the availability of their colleagues to determine if they are ready to receive a call or join a three-way conference call. If so, the agents can connect with their colleague with a single click.
Connect agents with subject matter experts in your business
Microsoft Teams and CCaaS integration goes beyond improving CX and connects agents with subject matter experts. Contact centre agents can easily collaborate with subject matter experts to immediately get the answers they need for a customer, which creates a more streamlined customer service experience. Experts can also easily offer their help, which will improve customer satisfaction.
Microsoft Teams integration bridges the gap between contact centre agents and subject matter experts by allowing them to connect in real-time and from anywhere in your organisation. Agents can reduce call handling times by contacting the right person via click-to-call or direct message.
If agents are unsure who to contact, they can identify experts by department. Once they have found the right person, agents can initiate a one-on-one call, a conference with the customer or transfer the call to the subject matter expert. Regardless of how the agent handles the call, the goal remains to resolve the customer’s issue the first time, every time.
Improve first call resolution with Microsoft Teams and CCaaS integration
First call resolution is a key measure to ensuring your agents deliver outstanding CX. Microsoft Teams and CCaaS integration helps to improve first call resolution by enabling agents to quickly identify and solve problems or access previous customer information without ever leaving the agent desktop.
When contact centre agents have access to the caller’s profile and history, they can quickly address their needs on the first call.
First call resolution times decrease when agents connect callers to the right people. By identifying subject matter experts, your agents can quickly identify the source of a customer’s issue and provide the right solution. With Microsoft Teams, organisations can also provide a better customer experience by routing customers to agents with specific areas of expertise.
Microsoft Teams is also a great way to keep customer interactions organised. All conversations with customers are archived and searchable, so agents can quickly find the information they need, which helps ensure that agents always have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.
Premier Contact Point integrates with Microsoft Teams
Premier Contact Point leverages the power of Microsoft Teams to help customer service and sales staff take customer experience to the next level. Request a demo for more information on how we can help you get more out of Microsoft Teams.