Preparing Your Contact Center for the Age of Virtual Agents

Taylor Reach Group

These past few months, we’ve watched contact centers turn to backup plans C and D as work schedules were impacted by stay-at-home orders or their agents’ refusal to go in because of the pandemic. So how can companies prepare for what might be the new normal of virtual contact support? It’s time to take a deeper dive into the word of virtual agents. So how can organizations begin to take advantage of virtual agents today? by JD Fairweather.

3 ways virtual agents can boost call center efficiency


From knowledge bases to virtual agents, the potential disruption that a solid set of self-service applications can bring to contact center efficiency and customer experience is unquestionable and justifies all the buzz. Self-service is a hot topic in the call center industry.


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What is a virtual agent and how does it work?


This tendency, coupled with increasingly mature artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, has raised attention to the role and impact of virtual agents in contact centers and customer experience (CX). What is a virtual agent?

Contact Centers Stream Past Virtual Agents to Virtual Presence

CX Global Media

For many contact centers taking the leap to implement virtual agents to handle the simple and repetitive tasks is somewhat an easy decision to make. But for one contact center that implemented virtual agents, their call handle times quadrupled! After implementing virtual agents, more of the complex customer interactions remained. What about your live agents leveraging some virtual power of their own?

5 Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise

Speaker: Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction

Advances in conversational AI have led to the growing adoption of cloud-based virtual agents to automate conversations traditionally handled by live agents over voice, chat, and text. Join Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction, and learn 5 best practices that leading organizations are using to transform to AI self-service without compromising an ounce of Customer Experience (CX).

Unleash Your Customer Service Team’s Full Potential with Virtual Agents


And there’s a very simple way to unlock each of your customer service agent’s full potential—give them a rock-star number two player. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you double your workforce; we’re suggesting you give your agents a virtual sidekick. The UJET Virtual Agents.


Electrolux Assesses Their First 6 Months with Virtual Agents


Electrolux, the 2nd largest home appliance manufacturer in the world who sells under a variety of brand names worldwide like Frigidaire and AEG, made the transformation to AI-powered virtual agents six months ago to automate more in their contact center. Q: Why were you considering AI-powered virtual agents to automate more in your contact center? Here’s the breakout: 60% of callers are successfully contained within virtual agent automation.

Live Agents and Virtual Agents: The Spectrum of Care


Imagine yourself on a busy day trying to cancel an appointment and you keep getting put on hold waiting for a live agent. After 30 minutes of waiting you finally get put through to an agent, who is able to quickly cancel your appointment. Virtual Assistants

The Chatbot & Virtual Agent Experts Have Spoken: Experience Matters

Creative Virtual

At Creative Virtual, whitepapers are not created too often as they hold a special place in our repository of resources since they offer information that stays valid for a much longer time than other documents. Blog chatbots experience resources vendor guide virtual agents whitepaper

Conversational IVR: Deploy a Virtual Agent for High ROI at Low TCO


Customer service agents have a big load to carry. Intelligent virtual agents can efficiently shoulder more of the weight when it comes to customer service.They also save time. Intelligent virtual agents can be used with IVR to effectively tackle this surge in inbound volume.

4 Ways AI-powered Virtual Agents Automate the Contact Center

Speaker: Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction

Most contact centers have an over-reliance on live agents for even the most rudimentary and repetitive call types. Hear examples from AAA, MGM Resorts, Hyundai, and Office Depot on how they are leveraging the power of conversational AI through cloud-based virtual agents to automate the call and chat types handled by live agents.


Improving customer experience with a virtual agent


AI-powered conversational assistants, or “virtual agents”, can quickly deliver the answers and outcomes over voice-enabled channels. A virtual agent is ideal for solving common issues and automating routine tasks when agents are not available after hours, or to free agents during peak traffic periods, allowing them to focus on more complex issues. The post Improving customer experience with a virtual agent appeared first on Talkdesk

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


This combination has led to the growing adoption of AI-powered virtual agents to automate conversations traditionally handed by live agents. Best Practice #2: Virtual agents need “guardrails”. There is a fine line between what should be automated by conversational AI and what should be transferred to live agents. The first “guardrail” for a virtual agent typically involves the eligibility of a customer to stay within automation for self-service.

Tips for Deploying AI Chatbots & Virtual Agents

Creative Virtual

Chatbots, smart help, virtual assistants, virtual agents, conversational AI – there are lots of names for this automated, self-service technology being used today. In the webinar, Tips for Deploying AI Chatbots & Virtual Agents , I talked about some key questions to keep in mind when adding one of these solutions to your customer experience (CX) strategy. The post Tips for Deploying AI Chatbots & Virtual Agents appeared first on Creative Virtual.

What is a Virtual Agent and How Can it Benefit your Business?


The post What is a Virtual Agent and How Can it Benefit your Business? Remote AgentsYou have less of a commute these days, but you’re still feeling pressed for time. The last thing you want to do is wait on the phone for the answers you need. Recognize this feeling?

The 5 Categories That Rule Virtual Agents

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, Mark Landry, VP Product, Marilyn Cassedy, Director of Customer Success, SmartAction

It just so happens that whenever we design and deploy a new AI-powered virtual agent over voice, the self-service application invariably falls into one of 5 distinct categories. This has been true for more than a hundred clients encompassing hundreds of use cases across 12 industries. Having a keen awareness of where or how AI fits in your contact center for a great CX and ROI begins with understanding how to broadly classify your interactions. If it fits into one of these 5 categories, a live human agent should never handle it. Join Brian Morin, Mark Landry, and Marilyn Cassedy of SmartAction, and learn how to streamline your customer service.

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


The cost and effort to build automation that isn’t very good or might not even work (and isn’t omnichannel) is why most contact centers have an over-reliance on live agents, even for the most routine and repetitive call types. These omnichannel solutions are known as AI-powered virtual agents. What is an AI-powered virtual agent? At the most basic level, an AI-powered virtual agent can do many things that a live agent can do.

Video (Part 3): Frost & Sullivan Shares Real Examples of Companies That Use AI-powered Virtual Agents


This newly acquired accuracy means that call center virtual assistant solutions are now demonstrating their true power in a variety of interesting and beneficial ways. Here’s how two innovative companies are using AI-powered virtual agents to automate more in their contact centers. Case Study 1: Leading Healthcare Company Automates 75,000 Conversations per Month with Virtual Customer Assistant Solution. Expensive agent costs and time-consuming hiring processes.

Virtual Agent Usage Spikes as Self-Service Rescues the Customer Experience

Creative Virtual

More customers are turning to company websites and apps for support, in some cases out of sheer desperation because they can’t get through to a contact centre agent and in other cases because they have been proactively directed there by the business. In a recent blog post, my colleague Laura Ludmany talked about the sharp increase of traffic Creative Virtual’s banking virtual agents had experienced over the previous month. By Mandy Reed, Global Head of Marketing.

From Skeptic to Believer: The Choice Hotels Story on AI-powered Virtual Agents for Voice


Earlier this month, Choice Hotels, the 2nd largest hotel franchiser in the world with more than 7,000 locations, took the stage for the virtual Customer Response Summit hosted by Execs In The Know.

Implementing Virtual Agents: Where to Start, and How to Finish

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Aarde Cosseboom, Director of GMS Technology and Product, TechStyle Fashion Group

Join us for this in-depth conversation with TechStyle Fashion Group, as they openly discuss their decision to go virtual, and the challenges they faced along the way as they dabbled with both building the omnichannel self-service platform themselves, and outsourcing the design to a partner.

Managing Through COVID-19: A Roundup of Tips, Tools and Tech for Contact Centers

Contact Center Pipeline

Crisis Management call center change management Collaboration contact center COVID-19 leadership remote communication strategic planning technology selection virtual agents work from home workforce managementWe are finally at the end of a turbulent 2020.

Virtual Agents in 2020: Usage Spikes and the Banking Sector

Creative Virtual

Back in April I took a look at the impressive spike in virtual agent traffic starting in late February and early March that surpassed anything Creative Virtual had seen in over 16 years of being in the industry. By 12 April 2020, those virtual agents had reached nearly 50% of the total traffic they had recorded for all of 2019 despite being only about a quarter of the way through the year. Blog 2020 banking coronavirus covid-19 virtual agent traffic

Satisfy Your Curiosity About Deploying AI Virtual Agents and Chatbots

Creative Virtual

Do you have a chatbot or virtual agent on your roadmap? Are you curious about successful use cases for AI-enhanced virtual agents? If so, you’ll want to reserve your spot now to join Creative Virtual and Engage Customer for their upcoming webinar, Tips for Deploying AI Chatbots & Virtual Agents. Questions to ask when selecting a chatbot or virtual agent solution. Blog AI chatbot Engage Customer live demo virtual agent webinar

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


AI-powered virtual agents present significant potential to improve the customer experience (CX) via call center automation. Agent turnover. Greet every customer with a natural language “front door” – “How can I help you?” – and capture intent before routing calls and chats to live agents, AI-powered virtual agents, or other automation. Cloud-based AI automation can also gather data upfront and pass it to live agents (i.e.

The Post-Covid CX Powered by AI

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Aarde Cosseboom, Director of GMS Technology and Product, TechStyle Fashion Group

Adapting to a post-Covid world means recession-proofing your contact center with AI that reduces reliance on live agents with virtual agents that are always on, perfectly trained, and at a fraction of the cost. Most companies looking to ditch a "Press 1" experience struggle with where to start and how to infuse natural language into their existing technology stack. Join this webinar with TechStyle Fashion Group who recession-proofed their contact center with personalized and frictionless experiences to customers who prefer self-service. Also joining is SmartAction who manages the AI-powered CX for more than 100 brands.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Data Gathering Made Easy

NICE inContact

When it comes to reducing expenses within contact center operations, one of the best ways to do so is to reduce the amount of time that live agents spend on the phone. With that being said, one of the biggest time-consumers of live agent minutes comes from repetitive and tedious data gathering. This happens on virtually every call, as agents generally perform customer identification duties whether or not the system has already done so (more on that later).

Purchasing Power’s AI-Powered Virtual Agent Wins Top Honor for Excellence in Self-Service


Frost & Sullivan awards Purchasing Power ® for their AI-Powered Virtual Agent created in partnership with SmartAction ® to enable conversational self-service for their customers. Brands from around the world competed in the “Big Kahuna” category, recognizing companies for excellence in self-service, including Virtual Assistants, web self-service, interactive voice response, and integrated customer collaboration and support capabilities. .

From Tension to Resolution: 90 Seconds with a Virtual Agent


Fabletics leverages a Virtual Agent to interact with their customers every time you call them. If you have multiple self-service destinations and a variety of agent skill-sets, it’s in your best interest to allow the user to tell you why they called. The refund is processed faster than a human agent could do it, and the caller is rewarded with the relief of having accomplished her goal.

The state of virtual agents


The State of Virtual Agents. There’s no denying that virtual agents – or “chat bots” (or simply, bots) – are experiencing a tremendous resurgence in interest, and along with that, a rapid advance in innovation and technology. This resurgence is driven by four primary factors – it’s a perfect storm – a confluence of drivers causing massive interest, adoption, growth and innovation. Read More. Jacada Blog

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

Answer: Virtual assistant (VA) Also called virtual customer assistants, chatbots, avatars, virtual. agents, or concierges, VAs help businesses wow customers with. the natural language capabilities of eGain Virtual Assistant™ to. agents. agents.

The AI-Powered Virtual Agent by Frost & Sullivan


The following is an excerpt from Frost & Sullivan’s white paper, “The AI-Powered Virtual Agent: Actionable Strategies for Contact Center Leaders.”. Read the full paper to find out how leading companies are using cloud-based virtual agents to automate more in their contact centers. As a result, contact centers have an overt dependency on live agents to handle even the most rudimentary call types, chats, and data gathering processes….

The State of Virtual Agents


There’s no denying that virtual agents – or “chat bots” (or simply, bots) – are experiencing a tremendous resurgence in interest, and along with that, a rapid advance in innovation and technology. This resurgence is driven by four primary factors – it’s a perfect storm – a confluence of drivers causing massive interest, adoption, growth and innovation. Read More. Jacada Blog

Automation: The Contact Center’s Grocer

Contact Center Pipeline

Technology AI artificial intelligence call center automation chatbots contact center technology intelligent virtual agents robotic process automation RPA virtual assistantsIn times of crisis, we often find heroes in the unlikeliest of places.

The Impact of and Opportunity for Virtual Agents on Call Center Outsourcers


All the while, Virtual Agents and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) threaten to eliminate much of the human capabilities that outsources have built their business on. Amazon, Google, Microsoft) and well-funded start-ups are selling the value proposition of bots, virtual agents and AI to their enterprise customers. The answer to that question represents the threat to their core business presented by Virtual Agents and RPA.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Automate One Routine Call Type at a Time

NICE inContact

The biggest challenge facing every contact center is agent churn. Many agents are bored, unengaged, and generally unhappy, and they churn at a rate of 33% across all industries. As a contact center leader, you work extremely hard to mitigate these challenges, but because you are pulled in many different directions, it is tough to keep your best agents. Not to mention, technology constraints can sometimes make it difficult to improve the agent experience.

APAC Contact Centres Embracing AI and Virtual Agent Technologies

Creative Virtual

Creative Virtual was excited to be invited back to participate again by our partner Continuous Technologies International Ltd (CTINT) in the Symposium held on 31 October and to attend the Gala the following evening. We had more enquiries this year than ever before about using virtual agent and chatbot technology internally to support contact centre agents, relationship managers and other employees. The advancements in AI and virtual agents are bring more changes.

Top Tips for Implementing a Chatbot or Virtual Agent in 2019

Creative Virtual

Chatbots and virtual agents have proven themselves to be quality self-service solutions, being increasingly implemented by smart organisations to provide support and being increasingly preferred by customers and employees for quick, easy access to information. Many more organisations around the world either have a virtual agent on their 2019 roadmap or are considering adding one. By Mandy Reed, Marketing Manager (Global).

Video (Part 2): Frost & Sullivan Discusses the Cognitive Abilities of AI-Powered Virtual Agents


AI-powered virtual agents present significant potential to improve the customer experience (CX) in the contact center. Automate More with AI-Powered Virtual Agents. This memory is important for contact centers because it actually extends beyond the aptitude of live agents in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Imagine if live agents were able to recall every conversation a customer has ever had with the business! Level Setting at a Time of Rapid Change.

Is voice biometrics used only for live-agent interactions or does it work with intelligent virtual agents too?

DMG Consulting

Question: Is voice biometrics used only for live-agent interactions or does it work with intelligent virtual agents too? Answer: Voice biometrics can provide authentication for interactions that take place with humans as well as with intelligent virtual agents (IVAs). Voice biometrics and IVAs are complementary solutions that deliver enhanced and additional benefits when used in conjunction with each other.