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What Is Average Handle Time?  

A key metric that shows the average amount of time agents spend assisting customers.  

Average handle time (AHT) is a metric used by contact centers to measure how long each agent spends interacting with a customer. It typically includes conversation time, hold time, and any after-call work required. Average handle time is measured by tallying up the total conversation, hold, and follow-up time, then dividing it by the total number of calls in a certain period, for example, per shift or per day. 


Purposes of Average Handle Time

AHT is used for multiple purposes in a contact center: 

  • As a key performance indicator (KPI) to gauge overall contact center performance

  • To gauge the number of transactions they can handle in a given amount of time

  • To measure agent and software efficiency  

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Cloud-Based Agility

Moving to the cloud will allow for faster, easier deployments, seamless upgrades, flexible scalability, and reduced capital expenditures associated with on-premises systems.


Connected Journeys

The contact center should support customer journeys across web chat and social messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and others.


Omnichannel Unification

Shoppers will be coming in from many different channels, so it will streamline the customer experience to route interactions using the same logic.

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Customer Context

Agents must begin the conversation right where the customer left off online. When the customer’s needs are transferred to an agent in real time, your brand is creating a seamless transition from web to contact center. Remove customer stress, unneeded customer repetition, wasted time, and deliver a world-class customer experience



Customer relationship management (CRM) system integration can improve the shopper experience by using CRM data to find the last person spoken to, use shopper purchase history to find the best expert, etc. In addition, once the connection occurs, your staff can access past interaction history and CRM information to understand the customer’s journey and deliver a more personalized experience.


Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI can deliver next- best-action recommendations and assist in responses that will improve conversion rates, increase shopping cart value, and speed up responses.

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Real-Time Management

Supervisors should monitor messaging interactions in real time and assist if needed, even if they are not in the same location.


AI & PCI Compliance

Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) can automate payment processing across digital channels and reduce your compliance risk by collecting sensitive customer data without revealing it to a human agent. Make sure that the IVAs can easily integrate with your payment gateways.


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