Defining Quality – Then Monitoring It

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    100% of all calls are now analysed.

“From our perspective, it’s been a model managed service. We’re benefiting from powerful speech analytics software, without having to buy it – and we’re able to call on Davies’ experts to ensure it’s delivering the insights we need.”

Simon Evans, Business Performance Director, Vitality

Transformative quality management using managed analytics.


Increase the scope, depth and accuracy of your quality and compliance monitoring with Davies’ interaction analytics services. We’ll use our extensive experience to provide you with the ability to analyse 100% of your interactions rapidly, providing greater assurance around regulatory compliance and a far richer insight into agent performance.

By identifying potential problem areas and recognising any ‘red flag’ issues, we are able to construct the perfect foundation for individual coaching and overall quality improvement.

The Situation

Davies’ managed analytics service has helped life and health insurer Vitality to transform quality management in its busy contact centre – releasing the quality team from basic call listening to focus on value-adding activity.  That resulted in improvements to the customer experience and increased compliance with core internal processes.

With a team of more than 550 customer service advisors, Vitality manages over 1M calls a year. Many of these are highly sensitive, focused on health and life cover and claims – and with a reputation for award-winning customer service to protect, it’s essential that Vitality’s advisors handle these calls correctly.

To that end, the company has a large quality team in its contact centre, whose role used to be focused on quality assessment of the thousands of calls. Team members would spend large amounts of time listening back to call recordings to check whether advisors had asked all relevant questions and covered terms and conditions.

It was a slow and time-consuming process and one that nobody relished. For the quality team,  it felt like a ‘policing’ role that monitored quality, rather than a supportive one, focused on  improving quality. Advisors, meanwhile, found it similarly frustrating; they would have the one  call where they’d missed a detail played back to them, with little or no recognition of the 99%  they’d managed correctly.

With these issues in mind, Vitality began to explore the possibility of introducing speech analytics to support quality assessment. Analytics solution vendors promised the ability to automate quality monitoring – using the software to do the bulk of the initial monitoring and flag up any recordings where the advisor didn’t follow QA process.

On paper, it looked like a far more effective approach, but as Business Performance Director Simon Evans explained, “we didn’t have the expert knowledge in-house to deliver speech analytics.” While clearly recruitment and training could resolve that, it would add to the total cost of introducing analytics and delay the time to benefit; after all, Vitality hadn’t even procured a solution yet.

Around this time, Davies had re-launched its managed analytics offer, and Vitality, as a long-term Davies client, was amongst the first to hear about it. It was the ideal solution; an opportunity to gain the benefits of speech analytics without the costs and complexity of buying and managing the software in-house.

Discussions began in earnest, with Davies seeking to understand Vitality’s aims and examining its existing contact centre solution set. The Davies team recommended CallMiner Eureka and Coach as the right solution – due, in particular, to its frontline agent performance management dashboard, which would support the quality assessment requirement. With Vitality’s agreement, Davies then procured and deployed the Call Miner solution, configuring it to meet Vitality’s immediate needs.

  • “The whole process was so easy for us,”  Simon recalls. “Davies’ knowledge of the market shone through from the very start, so we were confident in the choice of solution. Then because it was deployed as a managed service, we could leave Davies in complete control – just reporting to us once they had begun the analytic work.”

Our Approach 

The first task was to focus on quality assessment; Davies configured the Eureka solution to provide Vitality with all the answers it needed. Every call is now recorded, transcribed and analysed for key terms that relate to the quality monitoring, with detailed reports being shared regularly with Vitality to help it track quality against business targets.

As well as the overall picture, the system supports individual learning and development: where a call is flagged as raising potential concerns or uncertainties, the Vitality quality team can listen back to the recording or check transcripts.

This is a far more targeted approach than previously, freeing up the quality team to focus on exceptions, rather than going on lengthy ‘fishing’ expeditions to find problems. Victoria Franz Head of Quality & Efficiency explains “Instead of spending the majority of their time reviewing calls, they can focus on the next step; working with advisors to improve their performance.” Victoria added, “It’s more rewarding for them and it is a far better use of their time.”

Return on Investment

Crucially, because 100% of calls are being analysed, the quality team are able to consider the context of each advisor’s wider work. That, in turn, means that it is clear where a failure to stick to the script was a one-off – or where there appears to be a specific training need. The response of advisors has been extremely positive, as they recognise this as a fairer and more measured way of looking at their performance.

Freed from the constraints of simply checking that advisors had ticked all the necessary boxes, the quality team are now able to consider softer aspects of call handling. For example, Davies has added additional rules to the CallMiner system that enables the quality team to assess whether calls are being managed with the empathy that Vitality expects.

For Victoria, this has two benefits: “Davies’ advice and input has meant we can now quantify these important factors, which feeds into our understanding of the customer experience. What’s more, we can then use that insight as the basis for highly focused individual coaching for advisors – which is far more effective, as it’s personalised for them.”

Further changes to the analytics system, all made by Davies as part of the managed service, have focused on different processes, including claims handling and renewals. Again, these support individual training and business-wide performance management, as well as providing insights for process change.

  • “From our perspective, it’s been a model managed service. We’re benefiting from powerful speech analytics software, without having to buy it – and we’re able to call on Davies’ experts to ensure it’s delivering the insights we need.” – Simon Evans, Business Performance Director, Vitality

For more details of our analytics services or to discuss how we can help you generate richer insight from your customer interactions, contact:

Lee Mostari

Director of Insights & Analytics

Michael Anderson

Vice President – US/Canada

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