The requirements are demanding, individual and personal, up to date and consisting of modern technical standards and in all this showing immediate results - our digital era has led to business activities in which customer communications take centre stage, demanding a great deal of rethinking from companies of all sizes and segments. Read More

Banks Need to Move from MultiChannel to OmniChannel With AI

Banks like in most other business, the customers are now more demanding than ever. With the rise of smartphones, Amazon’s Alexa, Social Media, and the growth of self-service options both online and at ATMs, there’s now an expectation that consumers should be able to complete major banking activities whenever and however they want. Banks are now under pressure to improve and offer more channels. But in today’s environment, simply having an online banking solution or self-service options in the contact center is not enough, and this is where banks that have not yet fully embraced OmniChannel need to do so. Read More

Digital transformation for the last mile of customer experience

Customer-facing processes and operations have one moment of truth that moulds the customers’ perceptions. You will ask yourself whether it’s when first contact is made with your business or whether it’s the last memorable chain of interactions. Or perhaps it might be somewhere in between the two, along the line of contact between your business and the customer. Read More

‘Go Digital or Die’ goes beyond supported channels: the challenges at hand

The Customer Contact Expo in London is an impressive event with lots to see, learn and experience. There are keynotes, workshops and exhibits galore. But some remain etched in our memory even now. Paul Scott of Dimension Data presented a talk entitled “Go digital or die”, which falls into that memorable category. Read More

Artificial Intelligence Leads the Way to Customer Experience Excellence

Millennials are often labeled as being less social than preceding generations because they use smartphones and tablets sometimes more often than they physically interact with people. For them, however, these devices are not a boundary to communication, but rather a portal that allows them to establish relationships and achieve goals across a vast geographical space. Read More

Customer Self-service and the Importance of Context

Foto: (c) In today’s customer service environment, it is essential to offer self-service possibilities. With the use of enabling technologies and features, customers can get the service they require and businesses can provide that service. If intelligent technology is used effectively, the potential for providing contextual, creative service is great and can give businesses a competitive  advantage. Businesses can help diminish their overheads by using an already connected customer base to leverage collaborative problem-solving with strong community elements. This is, of course, the ideal situation. Read More

Digital Transformation: May I Help the Next in Line please?

© Not long ago, waiting in line was accepted as part of our daily lives. For public services, banks and retail, concert or sporting event tickets – waiting in line was the order of the day. Thanks to modern software, the Internet of Things, and more efficient customer service models and new organizational structures, the norms being challenged. Are you still seeing a line? Something must have really gone wrong! Read More

How Customer Queries are Changing, from Call to Contact

© David Nanescu Before the Internet, “word-of-mouth” allowed a business to create a positive impression about the product or service they were offering. Today, with the dominance of Internet-based social media channels, a consumer’s feedback can be much more influential, as their words can reach an incalculable number of eyes in a shorter space of time than ever before. As a result, the modern call center has had to change its approach, and the modern customer is no longer just a voice heard over the phone. The modern customer tweets, likes, posts and emails – and so must the customer service. Read More

The Future of Customer Service

Endless wait times, unprepared and misinformed customer service representatives, no transfer of information when switching from one communication channel to another – it’s safe to say, consumers are tired of the experience they get when trying to get support from many organizations. Businesses have long recognized the importance and value of delivering high end customer service, many continue to struggle to provide service in ways desirable to the end customer. A recent study (Philipp Klaus: Measuring Customer Experience)1 states that 80% of CEOs believe their companies deliver outstanding customer service, while the same study indicates that 8% of those customers feel the same way. What is the cause for this massive perception gap? Read More

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