Text Analytics for Call Centers: A Rich Source of Insight into your Customers

    Customers expect better support than ever before—no matter the channel they use to contact you. Whether they call your contact center on the phone or communicate via live chat, your customers want the same exceptional service. And that’s where call center text analytics comes into play.

    Text analytics helps your business be customer-centric by gathering insight during every text-based interaction, no matter the channel.  It helps your company go beyond great products and good service to provide your customers with what they need and want most--- excellent customer service.  Topics you want insight into are almost always covered in customer interactions with your call center. 

    The key is collecting the correct text analytics data for the 57% of customers who would instead contact your company via text-based messages versus voice-based support. The good news is that this type of data is everywhere. You can find it on social media, in purchasing history, support tickets, live chat, email, and more.

    In this blog, we take an in-depth look at the power of call center text analytics. So, let’s dive right in.

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    What is Call Center Text Analytics, and How Does it Work?

    Today, more than 41% of customers expect live chat on your website. And if a customer contacts you on their mobile, that number is as high as 50%. The problem is that few customer support teams have a way to monitor, analyze, and understand text-based interactions.

    Text analytics software analyzes text to extract insight into sentiment, emotion, problems, trends, language, and key phrases. Through natural language processing and machine learning, the software automatically reviews every text-based channel—live chat, email, transcript, and customer support tickets—to provide a holistic view of the customer experience.

    Using AI for real-time analysis of every text interaction, the software monitors your conversations to detect and break down important information. It can segment and see trends in customer behavior and opinions to offer real-time conversational guidance. In addition, it aggregates and creates a repository of your text interactions to build predictive models for successful call center operation.

    Text analytics works by:

    • Identifying keywords and phrases within text conversations.
    • Extracting and filtering this critical text for analysis.
    • Transforming the extracted text into a readable format that AI can interpret.
    • Mining the text through unique algorithms to identify essential insights:
    • Sentiment: This categorizes text conversations as positive, neutral, or negative.
    • Intention: This mines text conversations for specific desires among users and consumers.
    • Trends: This takes sizeable textual data sets and identifies significant shifts in consumer behavior.
    • Concept: This classifies and ranks text conversations by predetermined service and operational improvement criteria.

    Why Does Your Call Center Need Text Analytics?

    The truth is that your customers are not always going to fill out your product surveys or tell you exactly what’s going on or causing friction. But if you implement call center text analytics, they don’t have to.

    Text analytics software uses artificial intelligence to help you:

    • Better understand how, why, and when your customers use text-based channels to contact your company
    • Drill down into text interactions to better understand conversations and identify trends
    • Track customer feedback about new and existing products and services to ensure issues are resolved
    • Identify areas for improvement when it comes to how agents interact with customers via text
    • Better improve and scale your customer support by detecting self-service opportunities
    • Alert your contact center, in real-time, to faulty processes that could be generating extra costs

    How Does Text Analytics Fit Into the Call Center?

    With text analytics, your call center can spot trends, understand the percentage of users who have a particular issue, and improve products, services, and customer support based on this feedback. Like most call center software, the ultimate goal of call center text analytics is to measure and improve customer satisfaction by tracking performance.

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    There are Three Types of Text Analytics Approaches in the Call Center:

    1. Descriptive Analytics

    Gathers data from unstructured text to identify conversational themes and trends for a clearer picture of customer satisfaction, purchasing habits, and support issues over time.

    2. Predictive Analytics

    We are focused on forecasting future events by interpreting text with the final goal in mind. For example, this type of text analytics might review open customer support tickets to recommend the ideal number of agents needed to keep up with demand.

    3. Prescriptive Analytics

    Leverages predictive analytics to create contingency plans for specific future outcomes. 

    Leveraging customer feedback via text conversations is essential to know how and why your customers engage with your products. When you know how they feel about what you offer, you can drive essential changes and mold your business processes and services to better fit your customers’ needs.

    What Data Does Text Analytics Provide?

    Reporting on every customer interaction is vital to running a thriving contact center. It’s how you ensure your performance is up to standard. And the good news is that text analytics data can be enriched by traditional support metrics, such as the ones below, to understand how each specific area or category of user queries behaves in terms of support. 

    A few support metrics that can be enriched or augmented by using text analytics are:

    1. New Tickets/Interactions

    Reveals how many new tickets were created during a specific period, which provides you an overview of how often your customers are contacting you. Depending on whether or not this data trends up or down, you can decide whether you should invest in more support staff, improve your online knowledge database, or speak to your IT team about recurring issues.

    2. Solved Tickets

    Reveals how many customer support tickets were completed during a period. This allows you to determine whether or not your contact center is keeping up with demand.

    3. Backlog

    It helps determine how many unanswered issues your contact center is dealing with, which is a significant indicator of customer satisfaction.

    4. Customer Satisfaction Rating

    By reviewing sentiment, text analytics can provide you with data on how happy your customers are

    5. First-Time Reply

    It tells you how long it took for your agent to make the first public reply and how quickly your agents resolve issues. Speed is critical to customer satisfaction, especially for text-based interactions.

    How Can Text Analytics Improve Call Center Performance?

    Call centers are constantly busy. There’s always another customer to interact with and another customer support ticket to complete. This means that your call center agents and managers are too active to review every text interaction accurately and effectively.

    Even if you have a system where agents are expected to tag conversations and tickets to identify what happened, it’s unreliable. Often, agents rely on the easiest and most common tags—question, concern, IT issue, etc. And, every agent tags customer interactions in their way. This means you won’t have the information to analyze these interactions accurately. 

    However, with text analytics software that uses AI to review all text-based interactions automatically, you take work off the plate of your agents and managers. Still, you gain access to much more accurate and helpful information. Text analytics can automatically analyze all text conversations and app various tags, keywords, and categories. And you can set rules for consistent and reliable reporting.

    You can delve into each text conversation in granular detail or from a high level for rich, flexible, and helpful analysis. Best yet, text analytics in the call center can keep you from making erroneous assumptions.

    For example, an overly long or negative LIVE chat conversation reviewed just based on manager involvement or time spent could be automatically placed in a pile of harmful interactions. However, what if the customer had a more complex issue or was angry due to not receiving their order, overcharging, or missing their refund? The agent is not at fault for the negative customer sentiment in these cases.

    With text analytics data, you can filter text conversations based on topics, issues, queries, and problems to ensure performance and customer satisfaction match each situation. Then, you can compare how each agent performs compared to the case (specific topic) and not just overall.

    How Can Call Center Managers Use Text Analytics?

    There are many ways for call center managers to leverage text analytics. The main one is to look at individual agent performance and see what can be done to improve overall customer satisfaction to keep your customers happy.

    With text analytics, managers can assess the customer’s perception of their interaction with the contact center and identify sentiment trends for each agent and as a whole. From there, call center managers can identify overarching areas for improvement, agents who need training, agents who deserve rewards, and more.

    To successfully use text analytics, call center managers should:

    1. Start with the Obvious Problems

    These areas need your immediate help and can make the most significant difference in your call center’s success.

    2. Organize the Wealth of Information Available

    Examine all of the information provided by your text analytics software by keyword and volume. This is a good indicator that the issue/trend is essential.

    3. Allow your Customers to Write What they Want

    In their own words, Genuine customer feedback is much more valuable than written responses that are restricted to a list of options. By allowing customers to express themselves freely, you get a better insight.

    4. Provide Coaching Based on Precise Topics and Issues

    Managers should be able to drill down into the specifics of every customer interaction in just a few clicks. They can offer highly personalized coaching and training to increase customer satisfaction at every level.

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    What Features Does Your Call Center Text Analytics Software Need?

    Your text analytics software should automate and simplify repetitive tasks. The goal should be to allow your support team to focus on resolving the most complex customer problems.

    Here are a few key text analytics features to look for:

    1. Customer Sentiment Analysis

    The text analytics solution you use should monitor, analyze, and intelligently score every text-based interaction for customer sentiment. This means using text recognition technology to identify keywords and text structure to identify customer opinions and behavior.

    2. Real-Time Analysis

    It would help if you had a real-time understanding of your text conversations to improve the quality of your service immediately. There should be alerts for situations where politeness isn’t detected, or empathy is missing.

    3. Post-Interaction Analysis

    After every text conversation, you should be able to perform a detailed analysis of the text for information about the top reasons for contact, product mentions, quality assessment, sentiment evolution, intent, and more.

    4. Integration

    Look for integrations with other major contact center software such as Zendesk, LiveChat, Salesforce, Zoho, and Scorebuddy.

    5. Reports

    With one click, you should be able to discover how your text interactions have gone, who your star-performing agents are, what issues come up most often, contact drivers, and more. The reports should automatically summarize the critical data of your text interactions with graphs, tables, and more detailed breakdowns.


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    The Long-Term ROI of Call Center Text Analytics

    There are many short and long-term benefits to call center text analytics. When you can adequately review and analyze every customer interaction, there’s much-hidden value for improving ROI.

    For example, with text analytics, you can:

    • Identify Contact Center Trends: What’s most important to your customers? Why are your customers chatting with you? What issues are they experiencing, and what are they asking for? Are there emerging issues and escalations? Text analytics provides answers to all of these questions and more to make better decisions about where and how you should be focusing your efforts.
    • Provide More Specific Agent Training: When you can granularly break down text interaction by topic and issue, it becomes pretty apparent how your agents perform. You can quickly and easily identify problems and areas for improvement and then create training and coaching for those specific issues. This means you can focus your efforts where they will make the most difference.
    • Save Time with Better Self-Service: Self-service knowledge databases and AI bots are great time savers if they are effective. Text analytics provides detailed breakdowns of customer support topics, categories, and themes so you can improve these systems. You can offer better automatic troubleshooting, saving your contact center agents unnecessary time and energy.
    • Reduce Compliance, Regulatory, and Legal Risk: By capturing and reporting on text-based interaction, there are no blind spots in your quality assurance process. You have the data you need to review every customer interaction to ensure all business processes are followed.

    Overall, text analytics is essential for bringing new insight into every text-based customer interaction. It complements your existing contact center processes and provides your team with more knowledge and insight into your agents, business processes, and customer satisfaction. 

    Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about how Scorebuddy works alongside text analytics for your contact center's complete quality assurance analysis.



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