March 11, 2015

Birch Earns Prestigious “Center of Excellence” Recognition


February 13, 2015 – Birch Communications, Inc., (“Birch”) a leading technology service provider of IP-based communications, broadband, cloud and IT services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, has achieved “Center of Excellence” for the third time by BenchmarkPortal for 2014.

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March 9, 2015

Synchrony Financial Re-Certified as 2015 Customer Service Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal


 Synchrony Financial Re-Certified as 2015 Customer Service Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal February 28, 2015 -- Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, today announced it has been re-certified as a 2015 Customer Service Center of Excellence from BenchmarkPortal, LLC, a global leader in the contact center industry.

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January 20, 2015

Church Mutual Service Center Certified Sixth Straight Year


Church Mutual BenchmarkPortal Center of ExcellenceJanuary 20, 2015 -- Church Mutual Insurance Company's National Customer Service Center (NCSC) has been recertified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal.
To achieve certification as a Center of Excellence, a company must undergo a rigorous benchmarking process, which compares the organization’s operational metrics to those of its peers, using the world's largest database of contact center metrics.  During this process, BenchmarkPortal experts audit and verify key data from the contact center applying for certification.

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December 17, 2014

MAXIMUS Contact Center Operations in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Vermont Achieve Recognition as Centers of Excellence

The MAXIMUS customer contact centers achieved the Center of Excellence distinction based on best practice metrics drawn from the world’s largest database of objective and quantitative performance data from thousands of contact centers. Performance data collected from all six MAXIMUS contact centers achieved BenchmarkPortal’s objective and quantitative criteria in areas such as operational efficiency, service-level standards, customer satisfaction and employee training. Georgia Health Services for Families and GACAPS have now received certification for five and four consecutive years, respectively. Indiana EBS, Michigan EBS and Vermont Green Mountain Care Member Services have now been certified for three consecutive years. This is the first certification for Illinois Modification and Employer Services.

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December 10, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Call Center Named a Certified Center of ExcellenceThe Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) Retail Sales and Retention team has been certified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal, a leading contact center research and consulting organization. “Only the top 10 percent of those benchmarked annually achieve this distinction,” said BenchmarkPortal CEO Bruce Belfiore. “Achieving Center of Excellence certification is an acknowledgement of strong management and leadership in the call center industry.”

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December 1, 2014

Canon U.S.A. Earns Center Of Excellence Certification By BenchmarkPortal


December 1, 2014 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that for the sixth consecutive year it has earned the Center of Excellence certification by BenchmarkPortal, placing its customer support center in the top 10 percent for efficiency and effectiveness in the technical support category. The Center of Excellence is a prestigious recognition based on best-practice metrics drawn from the world's largest database of objective and quantitative data that is audited and validated by researchers from BenchmarkPortal. “Only the top 10 percent of those benchmarked annually achieve this distinction,” said BenchmarkPortal CEO Bruce Belfiore. “Achieving Center of Excellence certification is an acknowledgement of strong management and leadership in the call center industry.”

Click here to learn more: http://www.benchmarkportal.com/call-center-certification/certified-customer-service-center/canon-usa

October 31, 2014

Contact Center Economics 101: Nobel Prize for Economics - The Link Between Customer Contact and Economic Growth


Call Center Economics 101By Bruce BelfioreSenior Research Executive and CEO, BenchmarkPortal

Ok.  Here’s my bid for a Nobel.  One of the macro questions for the customer contact industry is: “Does a robust customer contact industry correlate with higher economic growth?”

The implications of this question are enormous.  If such a relationship can be shown to exist, then governments that want to foster economic growth should actively encourage the growth of the customer contact industry within their borders.

As we grow our database of contact center performance metrics here at BenchmarkPortal, we look forward to the day that we will have enough data to prove a correlation between the state of the contact center industry and GDP growth in countries throughout the world.  However, there are already circumstantial indications that this relationship exists, and governments would do well to consider their policies even now.

I note as well that contact centers represent clean, non-polluting operations that involve “knowledge worker” skills at a variety of levels.  Contact centers are often the first point of entry for workers who later are promoted into other parts of the enterprise - - but hopefully retain their appreciation for customer service and bring their experience with them as they advance professionally.

Estimates regarding the number of people who work in contact centers in advanced economies is astounding. It was estimated that about 3% of the working population in the United Kingdom is employed in contact centers, while the estimated percentage is over 3% in the United States and Canada.  These economies have been among the most resilient over the last 20 years, while advanced, G7 economies like Japan and Italy, which have much less robust customer contact sectors, have languished.

My hypothesis is that consumers the world over are more likely to trust and buy a product or service when:

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October 30, 2014

GE Capital Fleet Services Contact Center Achieves Its Fourth Certification as a BenchmarkPortal Center of Excellence


GE Capital Fleet Services, BenchmarkPortal Center of ExcellenceBenchmarkPortal recognizes the exceptional efficiency and effectiveness of the GE Capital Fleet Services Contact Center by awarding it Certification as a Center of Excellence for the fourth year. The granting of certification is based on a company’s operational metrics, customer satisfaction and agent satisfaction.

October 30, 2014 -- The GE Capital Fleet Services’ maintenance control center, has been certified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal, a leading contact center research and consulting organization. “The achievement of the Center of Excellence represents a contact center’s commitment to delivering customer service that is both effective and efficient,” said BenchmarkPortal CEO Bruce Belfiore. “It is the culmination of important initiatives that were undertaken to achieve sustainable service excellence.”

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October 29, 2014

EFG Companies Achieves Certification as a Center of Excellence


EFG Companies, BenchmarkPortal Center of Excellence

BenchmarkPortal recognizes the exceptional efficiency and effectiveness of the EFG by awarding it Certification as a Center of Excellence. The granting of certification is based on a company’s operational metrics, customer satisfaction and agent satisfaction.

10/28/2014 -- The EFG Companies customer claims and administration group has been certified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal, a leading contact center research and consulting organization. “Only the top 10 percent of those benchmarked annually achieve this distinction,” said BenchmarkPortal CEO Bruce Belfiore. “Achieving Center of Excellence certification is an acknowledgement of strong management and leadership in the call center industry.”

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October 28, 2014

You're Invited To Participate In Our Quality Assurance Survey.

BenchmarkPortal is reaching out to gather data about your center's Quality Assurance Program. Participants will receive a summary report of data compliments of BenchmarkPortal.
 
The goal of our QA efforts is to provide effective coaching that has a short term impact and long term improvement in our agent’s performance and our customer’s/caller’s experience. 

In this survey, we will be asking you what tools you are using, how many and which persons are involved in the Quality Evaluation process and more helpful information for you to practice continuous improvement in your Quality Evaluation Program. 

Click on the link below to start the Survey now:
http://benchmarkportal.qa-oms.sgizmo.com/s3/

BenchmarkPortal appreciates your time and effort in contributing valuable data to our research.

Note* Responses are anonymous, and will only be reported by average. We're gathering this information for statistical purposes only. The data will not be used to identify you personally, or your Company, in any way.

Sincerely,

Bruce Belfiore
CEO, Senior Research Executive
BenchmarkPortal