Use of Profanity by Customers in Contact Centres Rising

Use of Profanity by Customers in the Contact Centre is On the Rise and That’s Bad for Business

New CallMiner data shows calls from consumers are angrier, more profane, and lasting longer, adversely impacting operations and the bottom line

CallMiner have unveiled the findings of new data analysis on consumers’ use of profanity when they call the contact centre. In a review of more than 82 million calls, the data indicates that callers are becoming more frustrated with issue resolution and are using profane language to verbalize their displeasure.

In a new infographic entitled, What the %!#* is Going On, CallMiner outlines the critical issues related to customers using profanity when calling the contact centre. Key findings from the analysis include:

87% of calls with customers using profanity contain profanity throughout the duration of the call.

Calls with consumer profanity usage are on average 8.3 minutes longer than those without.

The top 5 reasons callers are angry include: long wait times, having to repeat themselves from one contact channel to the next, failure to have their issue resolved on the first call, long messages before being routed to the right person, and calls that are misrouted after speaking to a call centre employee.

Jeff Gallino, founder and chief technology officer at CallMiner said,

“Customers using profanity when calling the contact centre isn’t just rude, it’s a strong indicator that some part of your operation is falling short,”

“Consumer use of profanity in the contact centre is a key behaviour worth tracking as it is a measure of customer experience and client sentiment, and negatively impacts the working environment for your agents. Any way you slice it, when profanity becomes prevalent, your business is impacted.”

Direct customer interactions are extremely valuable to a company’s bottom line and when customers use profanity in contact centres it hurts performance, client relationships and accelerates agent churn. Contact centre agents need to be able to de-escalate volatile situations – assisting consumers more efficiently and proactively. Speech analytics technology provides the insights companies need to track patterns of customers using profanity and to identify areas for training and improvement.


Additional Information

To download the CallMiner profanity infographic Click Here

CallMiner empowers organizations of any size to extract and take action on intelligence from customer interactions for improving customer experience, sales, marketing, and compliance, as well as agent and customer engagement centre performance. Highlighted by multiple customer achievement awards, including eight Speech Technology implementation awards in the past six years, CallMiner is recognized as a leader in the speech analytics industry by third party analysts.

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