Cresta Blog

Generative AI in the Contact Center – Seven Predictions

AI has crossed the inflection point for working with human language. The innovations around large language models has led to a Cambrian explosion of applications. We believe that, more than ever, the future contact center will be fundamentally built around AI.

ChatGPT and Generative AI in the Enterprise

ChatGPT, a recently released Generative AI model, has taken the world by storm and sparked the interest of business executives. Its ability to generate fluent and useful text has understandably captured the attention of many leaders, across a wide variety of industries, looking to stay ahead of the curve.

Cresta named 2022 Hot Vendor by Aragon Research

Aragon Research’s Hot Vendor Awards are a yearly opportunity to select and recognize companies across different markets that are ‘noteworthy, visionary, and innovative.’ Cresta has been specifically recognized in the category of AI for the Contact Center.

Banking on loyalty: How to build differentiated CX in financial services

How can financial services leaders build better CX to foster a loyal customer base? In a complex industry growing more saturated, a few key opportunities to stand apart have emerged. We’ll outline the ways financial businesses can differentiate themselves, and highlight the ways Cresta can help. Read this blog post to learn more.

A Three-Phased Guide to Happier Agents

As customer service agents grapple with high volume and increased pressure, it’s harder than ever to perform well. Agents who are good at their jobs are happier (and vice versa) — happy agents are less likely to leave. But long ramp times and short tenure mean many agents only achieve proficiency right before churning. Read this blog post to learn more why contact center should want to make their agents happy.

Cresta Achieves TISAX Compliance

Today, Cresta is excited to announce that we’re expanding our security compliance footprint with our recent achievement of TISAX compliance.

Simplifying The Agent Workflow

Introducing Omni Search and Guided Workflows. Now agents have everything they need to be a top performer on day one. No more searching for answers and workflows across knowledge bases.

Introducing Coaching Plans and Scorecards

Introducing Cresta's Coaching Plans and Scorecards, a contact center's home for coaching and scoring. Managers can score conversations, monitor agent performance over time, and create data-backed coaching plans, all through a single console.

How Gamification Can Keep Your Contact Center Agents Engaged

Gamification is the secret to some of the most successful contact centers. It encourages reps to achieve goals, motivates them to be more productive, and makes them feel more fulfilled in their roles. The happier the employee, the better the customer experience.

Cresta’s Commitment to Security with GitHub

Security of the Cresta platform is a core part of our strategy and competitive advantage. Cresta leverages GitHub in our software supply chain to ship secure code and cultivate a culture of security at Cresta.

How to Clone Your Best Agents (Ethically)

Cloning humans, while technically legal, is very, very not cool (ethically). But you can clone your top agent behaviors, 100% ethically, with AI-driven contact center training.

Why Transcription is Vital to Contact Center AI

No matter how rapidly contact center AI (CCAI) evolves, it’s important to understand it remains tethered to an easily overlooked factor — transcription accuracy — and it's crucial to understand why.

Contact Center Employee Churn: How to Stop the Revolving Door

Employee churn isn’t new — but today’s businesses are experiencing never-before-seen attrition levels. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employee turnover rates are at near-record levels across the U.S., including retail, healthcare, and the foodservice industry.

Can You Hear a Smile?

Increased sales, larger deals, greater retention –– the benefits of offering great customer experiences (CX) are many and well documented. But significantly less research has been conducted into the relationship between customer experience and employee experience (EX) in the contact center. In short, so much time and energy are focused on the benefits of pleasing customers we forget there’s a serious upside to pleasing agents. And this is a big miss for those in CX leadership.

3 Compounding Benefits of AI-Driven, Real-Time Coaching

Cresta’s real-time coaching provides contact center agents with versatile coaching in-the-moment. By going beyond 1:1 coaching sessions and putting coaching into action during customer conversations, teams are able to unlock new levels of productivity.

Contact Center ROI: Transform Cost Centers into Value Centers

Like the call centers of yesteryear, modern customer service (CS) contact centers aren't known for being money makers for big brands. If anything, they're traditionally seen as cost centers, with a big focus placed on efficiency and cost savings. But CS leaders are challenging traditions as they continue to adapt to the pandemic rethink the contact center in the age of remote work.

Close the Retention Performance Gap with Real-Time Coaching

Our performance gap analysis of almost 20,000 conversations from a Fortune 50 software company revealed that top performers had a 65% higher retention rate than bottom performers. And through our additional analysis of 70,000 conversations from a leading telecom company, we determined that the bottom quartile performers had 42% more churn per conversation and 48% more lost revenue per conversation. These discrepancies in our metrics represent massive opportunities for retention teams.

2021’s Top 5 Contact Center Agent Swear Words

Unsurprisingly, these are three utterances that were completely absent from the 1.84 million customer conversations we analyzed from more than 15 contact centers to determine which swear words are most used by contact center agents.

The 4 “Magic” Behaviors that Close Sales Performance Gaps

We’ve identified a surprising gap in sales performance. We analyzed 340,000 sales conversations in Q1 2021 and discovered top performers generated $47 million in sales, compared to just $19 million by lower performers (~2.5x). So, what exactly made for such a huge gap between top and low sales performance?

Investing in Cresta: Supercharging Agents in Real-Time

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Nailing customer experience is tough. Every conversation, across every channel, counts. And while much in our lives has changed since the 1960s, the site of these customer conversations has not: the contact center.

A Letter From The Founders

At Cresta, we’re on a mission to enable everyone to be 100x as effective at work. And today, we’re excited to announce our $50M Series B round of funding.

Action Directed GPT-2

How we made a new controllable language model to make chat agents more effective by making them follow best actions.

Experts On Day One

Becoming an expert is difficult. We spent years in our PhD programs sitting in classrooms, reading papers, and programming to become “experts.”