Sundance Vacations Stevie Awards – Recognized for Best Use of Technology
Since 2006, Sundance Vacations has received Stevie Awards for everything from hospitality and tourism to sales and customer service. This year, Sundance Vacations received two Stevie Awards in Best Use of Technology in Customer Service and Innovation in Customer Service categories.
The winners were honored at the awards banquet for the Sales & Customer Service Awards at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, March 4, 2016.
As a finalist alongside industries not only across the United States, but all over the world, Sundance Vacations is honored to have received both a silver and bronze Stevie Award for using technology to improve our traveler’s satisfaction.
Sundance Vacations New Client Services team was honored with a silver Stevie for our use on technology in customer service and our Customer Retention efforts landed us a bronze Stevie Award in Innovation.
The prestigious business awards are distributed across the globe to honor and recognize businesses and working professionals for their achievements, and are coveted by many for the respect they bring. Sundance Vacations was recognized for its implementation of CallMiner, a new automated software to monitor calls in the office.
CallMiner, a quality assurance monitoring system, allows our travel company the opportunity to listen to call-centered customer interactions and provides Sundance Vacations with important data for improving our traveler’s experiences.
SuAnn Ritter, Sundance Vacations Chief Technology Officer, says she sees everyday how CallMiner affects both our employees and our customers.
Prior to the launch of this technology, customer interactions were randomly selected for quality assurance monitoring. Now, with CallMiner, phone conversations are run through the speech recognition software. Much like the voice control command on an iPhone, spoken words are converted into text which is stored in a searchable database. These keywords can be found in the software much like using Google’s search bar, giving managers more thorough monitoring capabilities.
Gathering more precise data allows Sundance Vacations to better serve the needs of our travelers, according to Joe Molitoris, Sundance Vacations Vice President of Marketing.
Through the use of CallMiner, Sundance Vacations has discovered that it is indeed not what you say, but how you say. Rather than beginning a call with a bland recap of what we need from the traveler, we now ask them where they would like to go next, show them what we have available and offer to book their reservation on the spot.
Highlighting our new destinations and focusing on how we can assist customers helps us to get more people traveling and improves their experiences. Serving our traveler’s needs is at the forefront of our mission, and Sundance Vacations Co-Founder Tina Dowd is thrilled with the improvements CallMiner has brought to how we approach our customer interactions.
Sundance Vacations was up against other big named industries in the final rounds of the 2016 Stevie Awards. Other industries honored for Best Use of Technology in Customer Service included Allianz Insurance, Fairhaven Health, HCA IT&S, HomeServe USA, and more. For the category of Innovation in Customer Service, Sundance Vacations was contending with companies such as Albridge, Concentrix, Consumer Priority Services, and others.
For more information on other Stevies received by our travel company, please visit our Sundance Vacations awards on our website.
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I was thinking about what this Stevie nomination means on my way to work this morning. My thoughts landed on Thomas Edison and how many times he tried and failed before inventing the light bulb and Disney stories about kissing alot of frogs to find a prince. Getting this public recognition for best use of technology or innovation in customer service makes it a lot easier for our dedicated employees to return to work tomorrow and kiss some more frogs. I’m not the only one thinking of Edison this morning. Kate Casler, Regional Account Manager at the American Management Association posted this quote from Thomas Edison on LinkedIn, “The value of an idea lies in using it.” I couldn’t agree more.
Great Job Sundance!!!
Great job again.It’s alot to be proud of!
There are lots of Sundance Vacations awards out there for customer service. As a traveler, I think it’s great how Sundance Vacations employees work so hard to make sure people enjoy their vacations. Love that Sundance Vacations Stevie Awards keep flowing in. Congrats!
Interesting and Impressive! Good luck Sundance, bring him me the Gold again!
I look forward to the Stevie’s every year to see what awards we’re bringing home!