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Poly Builds on its 50-year Heritage of Contact Center Solutions Designed to Enhance Customer Satisfaction


December 3, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Poly’s latest EncorePro family products and the MDA500 QD Series are industry-leading solutions designed to bring contact centers into the future. Contributed.)

Poly’s EncorePro family of headsets and MDA 500QD Series audio processors round out the broadest range of devices available for dynamic contact center environments

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, today announced the introduction of the EncorePro 300 headset and MDA 500QD Series audio processor. These endpoints join Poly’s portfolio of voice and video solutions designed to address the needs of the modern-day contact center and ultimately enhance customer satisfaction.

According to a recent Nemertes study1, 55 percent of self-service instances eventually escalate to voice interactions with contact center agents, proving that reliable headsets and cloud communication tools still outweigh the chatbot trend. This means that call center agents and their supervisors are more dependent than ever on reliable, durable technology and audio to hear clearly as they troubleshoot customer problems.

“Growing consumer expectations, ever-present social media touch-points, and brand transparency continue to increase the demand for reliable communication tools within the contact center,” said Richard Kenny, Senior Product Marketing Manager for the Contact Center, at Poly. “The addition of EncorePro 300 and MDA 500QD to our portfolio delivers the flexibility and freedom that contact centers need to solve issues clearly and effectively, to drive maximum efficiency and customer satisfaction.”

Poly’s long-standing EncorePro family of headsets brings the crystal-clear audio, comfort, and long-wear durability which the EncorePro family is well known for. The EncorePro 300 is the entry-level headset in the EncorePro family which also includes the EncorePro 500 Series and the EncorePro 700. The EncorePro line provides scalable options for fully integrated audio and asset management for today’s knowledgeable contact center workforce.

The MDA 500QD Series is designed for organizations moving their contact center to the cloud. Audio processors allow contact center users to connect from either a desktop phone or PC/Mac to offer a level of flexibility for hybrid scenarios that may require multiple use cases of bringing PC audio and desk phone audio together. The MDA 500QD Series also provides insight through analytics to ensure optimization for each call and supports call centers on any stage of their journey to the cloud.

“Today’s customer-care representatives are much more skilled and educated. They have to be in order to solve complex, sensitive, and personalized issues that chatbots and self-service knowledge bases cannot address,” says Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research, who adds that 70 percent of successful companies are hiring more skilled agents and increasing compensation by 28 percent, according to a recent study of more than 500 companies. “As CX becomes more vital to business success, demand will continue to increase for a diverse set of tools that help agents communicate clearly and efficiently.”

Pricing and Availability
The EncorePro 500 and Encore Pro 700 Series are currently available worldwide. Both the EncorePro 300 and MDA 500QD will be available in December in North America and available in March 2020 for EMEA and APAC regions.

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1 Nemertes Intelligent Customer Engagement 2019-20 Research Study.


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