Why EyeMed scores top customer service marks for 12 consecutive years

EVERYDAY LIFE & CULTURE

Dennis Williams, head of EyeMed’s Customer Care Center, shares EyeMed’s approach to customer care


As a 2020 BenchmarkPortal Center of Excellence, and 1 of only 10 call centers in the nation to have received this distinction for 12 straight years, EyeMed’s Customer Care Center delivers extraordinary customer service time and again.1

59% of customers say they have higher expectations for customer support than they had 3 years ago.2

Meet the expert

Dennis stands behind his super team and the ultimate experience they create for EyeMed members. Read on to discover the 3 key elements his team focuses on to create and maintain outstanding customer service. 

Our call center reps are the lynchpin to outstanding service 

EyeMed’s number one commitment is to hiring, training and retaining the best customer service agents. In fact, EyeMed scored 20 points higher than the industry average in Top Box Customer Satisfaction and 3 points higher in retention in 2020.1 Bottom line, happy and engaged call center agents make happy customers. Dennis explains that these impressive stats are the result of hiring the right agents and training led by experts who were once agents themselves. 

Knowledge is king when interacting with customers  

According to Microsoft’s State of Global Customer Service report, one of the most frustrating aspects of a poor customer service experience is an agent that lacks the knowledge or ability to solve the issue.2

Dennis knows that members interacting with the call center will get the information they need if leaders provide the right tools and resources for agents to support customers. “We do the leg work so members don’t have to,” he explains. “When our members call in, agents are able to answer even the most complicated of questions.” 

The proof is in our everyday amazing member experience,” says Dennis. “98% of EyeMed members are satisfied with EyeMed, and the call center is a huge part of that experience.”3

We regularly re-evaluate metrics to create the most value for customers 

When members call our Customer Care Center, their expectation is quick resolution, no matter the complexity of their benefit concern. While there are a slew of metrics we measure to ensure our service exceeds expectations, there are 4 metrics we consistently hone to make sure we always deliver an extraordinary experience: Average Speed of Answer, Average Hold Time, Abandonment Rate and First-Call Resolution.

There is a direct correlation between the speed a call is picked up and a better customer experience. At EyeMed, our Average Speed of Answer is 2x quicker than the industry average.1 

Once a customer call is answered by our Interactive Voice Response (IVR), our aim is to reduce this time as much as possible to eliminate customer frustration. Our Average Hold Time is half that of the industry average.1

Longer hold times can result in the customer hanging up before they even reach an agent. EyeMed recently won a 2020 BenchmarkPortal contest for effectiveness boasting the lowest call Abandonment Rate of all contact centers based on key operating metrics.1

And to boot, our call center resolves 99.4% of issues during the first call.1

Putting it all together

With top-notch, highly trained agents, EyeMed’s Customer Care is at the ready to help members understand and use their benefits. Don’t just take our word for it, our numbers speak for themselves. Live agents are standing by on average 362 days a year, 102 hours per week, 15 hours a day. 

Learn more about how EyeMed provides a best-in-class customer care experience for our members. Reach out to your EyeMed representative or visit eyemed.com.


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1 - Purdue University Benchmark Portal independent assessment of call centers nationwide, 2020.

2 - 2018 State of Global Customer Service Report, Microsoft Corporation, March 2019. 

3 - EyeMed Client Satisfaction Survey conducted by Walker, 2020.