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In mid-May, Byram Healthcare Centers Inc. officially launched automated voice assistant (AVA), an interactive voice response (IVR) system that's expected to greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its customer response.
"We take thousands of calls each day and want to make sure that each time a customer calls in they are answered promptly and routed to the customer service team that can best assist them," Jeff Mignone, the company's senior vice president of operations, stated in a press release.
A distributor of disposable home medical supplies and services to patients at home, Byram Healthcare's livelihood depends on how fast and effectively it can respond to queries and orders from customers across the country. While the company supports some Web-based ordering with healthcare organizations, it deals with hundreds of thousands of customers over the phone.
"Making sure every detail of their interaction with AVA is exactly right has been a monumental undertaking," notes Philip Mutino, Byram's manager of telecommunications.
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Creating Customer Value, Maximizing customer interactions to build customer equity with Don Peppers, July 2009.
Measuring and building customer equity is important in any economy, but it can be especially challenging during difficult economic times. It all starts with leveraging the time spent interacting with customers and making the most of customer data. In this installment of our Creating Customer Value podcast series, Don Peppers gives tips and best practices for maximizing customer interactions to build customer equity and how to establish call center metrics that encourage customer satisfaction and profitability.
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