From Knowledge Base to Virtual Agents: The Shift to AI-powered Self Service

TechSee

Customer self-service refers to customer-initiated interaction technologies that enable customers to access information and perform routine tasks without requiring the assistance of a live customer service representative. You may not realize it, but every time you change your password, track a package, or pay a bill without calling the company for assistance, you are performing a self-service task. Drivers for customer self-service.

What Is an AI-powered Virtual Agent and What Can It Do?

SmartAction

Everyone knows the limitations of IVR systems, and customers have a gag reflex when they hear most call automation. These omnichannel solutions are known as AI-powered virtual agents. What is an AI-powered virtual agent? Account & Membership Services.

Step 2 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – Virtual Agents Need “Guardrails”

SmartAction

This is the second of a five-part blog series that outlines the Five Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise. Read Part 1 here >> Gartner predicts that customers soon will prefer using speech-driven interfaces to other forms of self-service when given a choice.

Vlog: How AI-Powered Virtual Agents Have Changed the Contact Center Landscape

SmartAction

AI-powered virtual agents present significant potential to improve the customer experience (CX) via call center automation. As a result, organizations must find prepackaged cloud-based AI solutions so that they don’t need to devote IT resources to custom development.

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement is white hot. As a pioneer in AI for contact center customer service and customer. companies to transform—not just improve—customer service and. center customer service. Guide search and service.

DMG Consulting Releases 2019-2020 Intelligent Virtual Agent Product and Market Report

DMG

DMG Consulting Releases 2019-2020 Intelligent Virtual Agent Product and Market Report. Foundational component of next-gen, digitally transformed service organizations. Who: DMG Consulting LLC, a leading provider of contact center, back-office and real-time analytics market research and consulting services. What: Releases 2019-2020 Intelligent Virtual Agent Product and Market Report.

Millennial Generation Customer Service – The Ultimate Guide

TechSee

This penchant for technology has shaped their consumer behavior and preferences, and brands must tailor their customer service strategies to suit Millennials’ attributes. Key preferences to consider in Millennial generation customer service: Text me, I don’t like to talk: Millennials prefer to communicate over text messaging and rarely make phone calls. They demand highly convenient and fast service. Self-service platforms. AI-powered virtual agents.

Virtual Agents are Automating the Contact Center: Natural Language Greeting & Intent Capture

NICE inContact

With all of the new improvements and changes in modern day customer service technology, it’s no surprise that customer expectations have evolved to follow suit as well. Customers want better and faster self-service options, especially in the voice channel thanks to the popularity and increased adoption of conversational home/personal assistants. This is the first of four ways that virtual agents are automating the contact center.

Avaya Puts SmartAction Virtual Agents to the Test

SmartAction

In November 2018, SmartAction’s AI-powered virtual agent solution was successfully tested by Avaya in its DevConnect program, a developer community and marketplace for third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology ( read news release ).

Step 3 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – AI Without Data is Like a Race Car Without Fuel

SmartAction

This is the third of a five-part blog series that outlines the Five Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise. Gartner predicts that customers soon will prefer using speech-driven interfaces to other forms of self-service when given a choice.

How to Achieve Personalized Customer Service with AI Tools

TechSee

Personalization as a driver in customer service. For organizations to succeed in creating a truly personalized CX, innovative approaches must be implemented that resonate deeply with customers so that they feel valued and appreciated. Virtual Assistants. Hello.

100+ Customer Service Statistics & Facts of 2019

ProProfs Blog

Do you know how to keep your customers satisfied? Customer service is a high-stakes game. Every company is competing for the same customers, and customer satisfaction is one of the main differentiators between success and failure. Latest Customer Experience Trends.

Buzzwords, De-buzzed: 7 Other Ways to (Not) Say Chatbot

Fonolo

I mean, you wouldn’t call your customer service agent by a different name other than the one they gave you, right? with artificial intelligence, so that people can interact with brands or services through bots. Brand Agent. Virtual Agent.

Step 3 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – AI Without Data is Like a Race Car Without Fuel

SmartAction

This is the third of a five-part blog series that outlines the Five Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise. Gartner predicts that customers soon will prefer using speech-driven interfaces to other forms of self-service when given a choice.

SmartAction to Showcase Top-Rated AI-powered Virtual Agent Solution at Enterprise Connect 2019

SmartAction

SmartAction’s cloud-based virtual agents automate conversations that live agents traditionally handled over voice, chat, and text. SmartAction uses proprietary conversational AI to automate conversations that used to be handled by call center agents over phone, chat, and text.

IVA is the New IVR

SmartAction

The first hold onto their existing IVR and merely transfer routine conversations to AI-powered virtual agents while transferring the rest to live agents. This gives them a feel for the customer experience and immediate ROI.

Step 1 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – Identifying the Perfect Fit

SmartAction

Gartner predicts that customers soon will prefer using speech-driven interfaces to other forms of self-service when given a choice. This combination has led to the growing adoption of AI-powered virtual agents to automate conversations traditionally handled by live agents.

11 Keys to Designing Effective IVAs

DMG

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with consumer partiality for digital channels, are driving interest in and adoption of intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) and a related technology, robotic process automation (RPA), or “bots.” Organizations are starting to engineer service experiences that combine the best of self-service automation with human-assisted elements, a win-win for enterprises looking to reduce operating costs.

Omnichannel Customer Service is Important, But Don’t Hang up the Phone!

Advantage Communications

In this blog we often talk about the innovative omnichannel technology that a modern outsourced call center will bring to your organization, and how those technologies will help your company realize significant benefits to your customer service strategy. Customer Service Trends

Let's go back to the future--it is time to start planning now for customer service in 2021

Ian Jacobs

What they saw seems both supremely silly and surprisingly prescient: video conferencing, holograms, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In Forrester's new report " Plan Now For Customer Service in 2021 ," we assess and evaluate five developing customer service technologies according to their potential impact on the customer service experience in the year 2021.

IVAs Can Remake the Self-Service Landscape

DMG

IVAs Can Remake the Self-Service Landscape. A remarkable thing is happening in the realm of customer service: After years of rejecting self-service, customers are changing their tune. The Latest (and Greatest) in Self-Service: IVAs.

Three Cheers for Customer Service Week

Creative Virtual

Happy Customer Service Week! Every year during the first full week of October we celebrate the importance of customer service and the people who serve and support customers around the globe. The customer service landscape is more challenging than ever with a growing number of customer contact channels and increasing expectations for always-available support. Virtual Moron-Idiot!”: By Mandy Reed, Global Head of Marketing.

How DSW Reduced Their Average Handle Time By 19%

SmartAction

While DSW has encountered tremendous growth, that has also meant mounting customer service pressure yielding millions of inbound calls per year. DSW turned to SmartAction in 2018 to collaborate on a self-service strategy to augment their NICE inContact platform with conversational AI.

4 Reasons Your Customers Won’t Reach Out to Customer Service

GetFeedback

To relieve customers’ hard feelings about problems with some products or services, companies usually choose to improve the customer service skills of their agents. Followed by how you turn it around can make them reach out to your customer service instead.

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How to Setup a Virtual Call Center for Under 50 Bucks and Under an Hour

Fenero

Gone are the days where you have to find a location to house your agents and sign a long-term lease for call center space. Now are the days where you need to spend time to find a partner that can help you set up your virtual call center in under an hour and without any upfront CapEx. Gone are the days where you have to go to your personal banker to take out a loan to purchase an expensive PBX or a dialer.

The Cycle of a Successful and Harmonious Customer Service Experience

Creative Virtual

It’s 2019 and time again to celebrate Customer Service Week. The cyclical concept seems apt this week as we mark this week-long celebration again this year (although we should be thinking about customer service every week of course!) Happy Customer Service Week!

Incorporating AI into Your Call Center

SmartAction

A better alternative exists for call centers that still use live agents for even the most routine and repetitive inquiries. It’s artificial intelligence (AI), and it is being incorporated into existing call centers – with a low amount of effort – to benefit both the business AND its customers.

AI in Customer Service – How to Deliver Real Value Now

TechSee

The customer service industry, in particular, pinned high hopes on AI, expecting that upon its introduction to the market, smart machines would truly transform the customer experience. In 2017, all eyes were on chatbots and virtual agents – the assumption being that they would take over a significant part of the customer interaction and deliver real value in communicating with customers. Virtual Agents.

AI Will Mold Future of Customer Service: Verint CEO

Verint

A recent Newsday article spotlighted Verint CEO Dan Bodner describing how artificial intelligence will help shape the future of customer service. This translates to organizations such as banks placing a high value on customer engagement. “To To create a competitive differentiation, banks need to focus on engaging customers,” he said.

The Ever-Changing World of Customer Service Chatbot Creation

Creative Virtual

I started building virtual agents and chatbots for customer service more than 12 years ago. In my experience, there has been a major shift in customer expectations since 2015/2016 in the customer service chatbot industry. Now, as we approach the end of 2019, chatbots and virtual agents are increasingly becoming the face of company help centres. Simple chatbot implementations are no longer enough to meet customer expectations.

Customer Service Is Everyone’s Responsibility

DMG

Customer Service Is Everyone’s Responsibility. Customer service must be an essential element of the culture of every company, and all relevant departments must be part of the overall workflow. The days of interdepartmental squabbles must end, as it’s detrimental to customers and expensive for most organizations because it increases the number of employees who are involved in handling an issue, negatively impacting the bottom line. WHAT CUSTOMERS WANT.

SmartAction Names Former Convergys CEO, David Dougherty, to Board of Directors

SmartAction

The former Convergys Chief Executive Officer becomes the latest addition to SmartAction’s Board of Directors to assist in the growth of its top-rated AI-powered virtual agent solution for contact centers. I don’t want to wait on hold to talk to a person, and neither do customers.

Step 4 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – Avoid Siloed Channels With a Unified, Omnichannel CX Platform

SmartAction

This is the fourth of a five-part blog series that outlines the Five Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise. Gartner predicts that customers soon will prefer using speech-driven interfaces to other forms of self-service when given a choice.

5 Customer Service Tech Trends to Explore at MWC 2018

TechSee

Well, if you happen to be in customer service, this list is for you. We’ve narrowed down the 5 key customer service technology trends to watch out for in 2018. 360-degree view of your customer. customer exhibitors at MWC 2018: Verto Analytics.

Step 5 of 5: AI Self-Service Without Compromise – Human-Centric Design from a Team of CX Experts

SmartAction

This is the fifth of a five-part blog series that outlines the Five Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise. Use this guide to automate your contact center and Customer Experience (CX) with AI self-service in voice, chat, and text. Step 4>> . .

New York Times Op-Ed Mentions Containment Rate

Fonolo

Containment rate is a well-established performance metric in the customer service world, but not as well-known as NPS or hold time. In general, we say that a transaction was “contained” if it was completed entirely through self-service and didn’t require an agent.

Knowledge Management in the Era of AI

DMG

Organizations that invested in them spent lots of time finding and loading the data and trying to get their employees, particularly those in contact centers, customer service organizations, technical support functions and field service, to use the solutions. Customers are buying their solutions at a rate never seen in the past. Knowledge Management in the Era of AI. 7/4/2018. By Donna Fluss. View this document on the publisher’s website.

5 Customer Service Tech Trends to Explore at MWC 2018

TechSee

Well, if you happen to be in customer service, this list is for you. We’ve narrowed down the 5 key customer service technology trends to watch out for in 2018. 360-degree view of your customer. view of customers by accumulating data from the various touch points that a customer may use to contact a company. Whether via social media, websites, or online communities, companies can gather a massive amount of digital data on their customers.

Guest Blog: Want to Excel at Customer Service? Transform your Contact Centers into Customer Engagement Centers

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by Mansi Bhatia who looks at ways organizations can transform contact centers into a customer engagement center. I like the idea of a customer engagement center. – Shep Hyken. Customer service has the power to make or break a company.

What was the best customer service and contact center content from 2018?

Liveops

12 customer service resources that CX leaders need to review before 2019. When it comes to running or working with a contact center in 2019, there is a lot leaders can learn from what experts had to say about the state of customer service in 2018.