08.06.2020

Automated Analysis of Calls and Telephone Conversations

Five Key Examples of Using Speech Analytics in Oki-Toki Service for Internal and Outsourcing Contact Centers.

Automated Analysis of Calls and Telephone Conversations

One of the most intriguing developments for contact centers recently has been the analysis of phone conversations and software for it. Now, it allows for the automated processing of up to 100% of all conversations. Two technologies form its foundation: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence, unlocking a wealth of operational and business information. The question is, what to do with it? Let’s look at five primary uses of speech analytics in this translated article we have.

 

1. Fighting agent violations and customer fraud

 

Typically in a contact center, supervisors and quality control departments listen to only 1-2% of calls. The records of the rest of the calls simply ‘sit on the shelf’ until an incident occurs, such as a complaint against an agent, deal issues, or confidentiality breaches. Having these records will undoubtedly help understand what went wrong, but the damage will have been done by then.

Modern speech analytics software can swiftly analyze all call records in a row, detect customer service issues, and either caution the agents or alert the managers that the situation needs correction. Some apps can even do this “on-the-go,” right during the call.

Agents, understanding that every call is being listened to and checked for compliance with established norms, will strive to avoid transgressions, which in turn, will help to avoid reputational and financial losses.

As for customers, they are, of course, always right, except when they are doing wrong. Voice analytics can not only detect but also predict the likelihood of fraud by the customer.

 

2. Increasing agent efficiency and reducing turnover

➀ The majority of supervisors and quality assurance (QA) agents can only listen to a few calls per reporting period for each agent, if they’re lucky. However, call listening is still an essential tool to ensure that agents are on the right track: they’re learning, developing, and adhering to standards and quality norms.

➀ The supervisor’s task is to identify indications of improvement or deterioration in an agent’s performance through monitoring and comparison with criteria. However, if only a fraction of calls are listened to, it is challenging to draw conclusions, as there is a high probability of encountering a genuinely ‘unsuccessful’ call.

➀ Unlike supervisors, speech analytics software can ‘listen’ to all calls. It can track key words and phrases, ensure script compliance, analyze speech and its tonality, and assess phone conversations on a variety of parameters. As a result, identified gaps in agents’ skills and knowledge can be remedied by addressing mistakes. When working with newcomers, this can accelerate their learning speed, and consequently, reduce attrition in the crucial initial period of work.

➀ Speech analytics will also help to ‘keep a finger on the pulse'”

This solution keeps a close eye on the emotional state of agents as it analyzes the tone and mood of both conversation participants. If an agent exhibits signs of stress, disappointment, anger, or other negative emotions, it will inevitably be detected, and the manager will get an alert that the agent needs help – either engagement, additional training, or maybe just advice.

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3. Predict, Understand, and Improve Metrics

 

Knowing and tracking the key performance indicators (KPIs) of customer service is one thing, but understanding why they are as they are is another.

By using speech analytics software, you will be able to predict the satisfaction (or loyalty) rating that a customer would give after a specific call based on tone and used vocabulary. This means that you can get this satisfaction rating for each interaction, instead of relying on the opinions of a small proportion of customers who may have been surveyed.

Linguistic analysis of phone conversations will enable you to identify phrases and formulations used by customers that describe what exactly they like or dislike about your products, service quality or procedures. Once enough of them are accumulated, you can expand your metric analysis with the collected data — this will help understand why customers give such ratings and what they would like you to improve.

 

4. Understand Customers and Competitors

 

If you’re only listening to a fraction of the call recordings available, as is often the case for training and monitoring purposes, then you’re not leveraging a significant amount of valuable information that’s being gathered through these interactions.

In their conversations with agents, customers often casually reveal invaluable details. This can range from how they utilise the products, your pricing levels, accessibility and quality of after-sale services, and most importantly, how you compare to your direct competitors. These conversations are a river filled with golden grains, usually uncovered through thousands of surveys. Meanwhile, this knowledge is already in your storeroom, buried within these unheard conversations, due to the efforts of your agents.

Your marketing and sales teams need to meticulously study everything extracted from customer conversations, and base all of their decision-making on this knowledge. From product development to marketing, pricing, and channel selection.

 

5. Increasing Sales

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