Abandoned Calls

Abandoned calls occur when a caller disconnects before reaching an agent or receiving a response. They commonly occur when customers experience long wait times, inadequate self-service options, or when their needs aren’t met promptly. Abandoned calls can significantly impact your contact center’s performance and customer experience.

The Impact of Abandoned Calls on Your Contact Center:

Decreased Customer Satisfaction: Abandoned calls lead to frustrated customers who may perceive your contact center as unresponsive or uncaring. This negative experience can damage your brand reputation and lead to customer churn.

Lost Revenue Opportunities: Each abandoned call represents a lost opportunity to convert a potential customer or address an existing customer’s needs. Unresolved issues can result in missed sales, upsell opportunities, or customer retention.

Additional Contacts: Abandoned calls often result in future contact when the customer tries again to reach an agent. These contacts can throw off forecasting and result in higher average handle time (AHT) and escalations, as customers may already be dissatisfied with the effort required to get to an agent.

Inaccurate Metrics: Abandoned calls can skew key performance indicators (KPIs) such as average speed of answer (ASA) and forecast accuracy. This can occur because abandoned calls are excluded from ASA, and high abandonment rates typically result in additional contact attempts.

Practical Strategies to Reduce Abandoned Calls:

Implement Self-Service Options: Offer customers alternative ways to address their queries through self-service channels such as interactive voice response (IVR) systems, chatbots, or comprehensive knowledge bases. Self-service options empower customers to find answers independently, reducing the likelihood of abandoned calls.

Optimize Workforce Management: Use forecasting and scheduling best practices and tools to ensure staffing levels align with call volumes. By accurately predicting demand patterns, you can minimize wait times and decrease the likelihood of abandoned calls.

Improve Call Routing: Implement intelligent call routing systems that direct calls to the most appropriate agent based on skills, availability, and customer history. Efficient call routing ensures customers are promptly connected with the right resources, reducing the chances of abandonment.

Monitor and Analyze Call Data: Leverage analytics tools to track and analyze call data, including abandonment rates, average wait times, and call patterns. These insights can help identify bottlenecks, improve operational processes, and proactively address customer pain points.

Provide Callback Options: Offer customers the choice to request a callback instead of waiting on hold. This feature allows them to continue their day while ensuring they receive the needed attention, minimizing abandoned calls.

How COPC Can Help

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