In an environment where 80% companies say they deliver outstanding service while just 8% of their customers agree, organizations are turning to big data to provide a better, more personalized service experience.
We’ve all heard of “big data”. It’s the combination of powerful algorithms and vast troves of random data that enables us to predict hurricanes, prevent diseases, fight crime and do lots of other worthwhile things.
But using it to improve customer service?
Absolutely. Big data is the next frontier in customer service, and certainly a worthwhile one – especially since 80% companies say they deliver outstanding service but just 8% of their customers agree. Continue reading →
Get ready for the next big thing in customer service: Virtual reality. By bridging the gap between self-serve and representative-based options, it promises to revolutionize the way we interact with tomorrow’s organizations.
In the near future, the person we turn to for help fixing our computer or how to assemble our IKEA furniture may not be a person at all.
It may be a computer-generated avatar – one that knows a whole lot about us and will be able to effortlessly guide us through complicated processes that previously required human interaction.
At least it appears we’re heading in that direction. Self-serve customer service is already here and knowledge bases are all over the Internet, which makes virtual reality customer service the next logical step. Continue reading →
New technologies enable us to fix things we previously left to the pros. That means a new and exciting future role for contact centers: expert problem solver – the ones we call when we’ve run out of options.
I’ve seen the future of contact centers… reflected in my washer.
Trust me, I haven’t gone stark-raving mad. But I have been doing a lot of reading lately, including an article about the dramatic increase in people who, instead of calling a repair expert, are fixing their complex home appliances all by themselves.
This trend would seem to defy logic, since even a cursory glance at the newest models shows that they’re more complicated and feature-packed than ever. But it’s true. Continue reading →
The right working environment makes all the difference for employees who spend time talking on the phone. Here’s how to create an environment that increases the productivity and satisfaction of your call-centric workers.
What do a private banker and a contact center agent have in common?
Both are among the legions of workers who rely on updated versions of a 19th century tool – the telephone – as an indispensable part of doing business.
The telephone is perhaps more vital to business today than ever. It enables the most powerful form of communication: conversation. In an increasingly digital world, we still want to ask questions, get instant answers, dive into the details and interact with other people. Continue reading →
At a time when customer service calls are more complex than ever, the workers who specialize in them are more distracted than ever. Here’s why this matters to you, and what can be done about it.
Ever called a customer service number and experienced an excruciatingly long hold time? Or once you got through, the rep seemed frazzled – or often needed to consult notes or with others to find your answer?
The reasons may trace back to the employee’s work environment. Call-centric workers have long indicated that distractions in the workplace are preventing them from being as productive as they can be.
You never see them, but they’re there. Those voices at the other end of a telephone line who skillfully listen, provide vital information and, most importantly, help resolve your issues. It’s time to give them their due.
“Hello, Mr. Reisinger. My name is Gretchen, and it will be my pleasure to assist you today. I understand you have an emergency….”
The voice on the other end of the line was soothing, professional, reassuring – and exactly what I needed during this time of crisis. Instead of hiking through the Austrian part of the Tyrolean Alps, I was helping paramedics get my friend, who had taken a bad fall in a remote area, off the mountain. Continue reading →