Your customers are buying this from someone else

You have put a ton of effort into finding and winning those customers that you have, and now you’re just going to leave them to source their technology and services elsewhere – is that right?

You are not a Jack of all trades?

I see?

So what are you then?

Its worth thinking about isn’t it? To consider what your value proposition is to your customers and how you help them with technology and advice, so that they get the most from the investments they have made with you and appreciate your value-add for future consulting, advice and services ..

Koopid is vertical agnostic, and we are seeing opportunities to help with customer engagement for many different industries. I will develop this post with different examples, but strating here with Hospitality

Hospitality

Koopid is a SaaS offering that enables your customers to delight their customers.

Customers dislike:
  • Waiting in call queues and listening to Greensleeves (a bit out of date I know, but making a point here)
  • Going in circles with webchat bots that are extremely limited
  • Communication silos – messaging you via Twitter or Facebook and finding you can’t help me because it’s a departmental “run” channel and disconnected from the business main operations
  • Hitting the buffers on the channel I start the conversation in, and having to start all over on a different channel or start queuing again
  • Being told that you cant talk to me
Agents dislike
  • Angry or frustrated customers “taking it out on them”
  • Repetitive and mundane engagements
  • Lack of tools to do their jobs effectively
Organisations dislike
  • Unhappy customers
  • Unhappy agents
  • High operational costs
  • High transaction costs
  • Inefficiencies

Would love to hear from you and if you want to learn more – drop me a line here:

Automation, bots and more

We have all experienced web chatbots havent we? How was your experience?

The thing about automation and Digital Channel engagement, is that it needs to be well thought out and implemented carefully – too often it seems like a knee-jerk reaction and tactically deployed and siloed from other customer-facing areas of the business. For example, a twitter account, or Facebook account are set up and the marketing teams engage with customers driving news, promotions and the like, but when customers reach in through that “window” for help, they are left frustrated and alienated because the social team are “unable to help”…. never a good look is it.

A much better solution is to create a unified engagement experience – built on a “universal engagement” platform that allows an experience to be created once and deployed on any digital channel available, allowing customers to choose their route into your business, and to always receive the same high quality conversations – including self-serving where appropriate. So whether this is WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram or SMS, the experience can easily be deployed.

Not stranded

When the self-service attempts fail – and they will on occasions, because the customer might be after something you had yet to consider they might need, your customer needs to be carefully handed over from automation, to a human agent ALONG WITH THE CONVERSATION TO THAT POINT, so they do not feel frustrated, abandoned or marginalised.

Imagine the response from a customer when the agent engages and knows, not only who they are, but also understand their journey to that point.

Contact Centres – YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK, GOODBYE

Contact Centres – YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK, GOODBYE

Change or die is the message here. Progress means change is inevitable, yet we often see reluctance from business in this regard.

Changing gradually, is more of an evolutionary path and generally means a less bumpy and more controlled transition.

Change for the sake of change is questionable, however, change because your customers are demanding it is smart and clearly demonstrates customer-centric behaviours. It says “we are listening, and we are implementing the services you’re telling us are important to you”

A business’s inability to evolve generally results in frustrated customers, and ultimately customer defections.

It does increasingly feel like businesses make it difficult for you to contact them, doesn’t it, and although many of them are embracing digital channels like social media to broadcast their marketing messages. Ironically, this opens up new channels for customers and, yet those same organisations have so far failed to embrace the two-way nature of the communication that it enables. Broadly speaking, this is because these have become siloes that are unconnected, and unregulated, and staffed by unprepared team members.

There is no excuse for this, because the technology to rapidly deploy a connected omni-channel solution is available today. And to meet customers on their chosen channel without needing to rip and replace existing investment can be in place within days.

When technology fails

Frustration with technology

It’s interesting isn’t it how we all have a different perspective concerning technology and its role in work life especially when it comes to interacting with people.
For example there’s a lot of friction caused by technology in the contact centre world, as customers generally hate queueing and certainly dislike a lot of the queueing technology, music and repetitive queue messages.

Too much friction and frustration.

It’s probably fair to say that technology is often blamed but is actually rarely at the root, as most often it’s how the technology is implemented and whether it’s a good fit for the problem that you’re trying to solve that is actually the cause.
One high priority action I’d strongly advise is to listen to your customers and examine their behaviour, and this will inform your technology choices to some degree.
Don’t be too quick to blame the technology but certainly do review regularly and take the pulse of your customers regularly. Technology evolves very quickly as do people’s adoption rates and being easy to do business with is a Critical Success Factor for you, and should certainly be one of the key measures you keep your eye on.

Who cares about modernisation?

Your customers do!!

Queuing isn’t fashionable amongst customers these days. When we want to contact an organisation, we want to achieve an outcome pretty quickly, without friction, which includes not queuing and listening to repetitive messages telling us how valuable our call is and that all agents are currently helping customers!!! I don’t care! I want service NOW
We are so “over” queuing

What we really want is to be able to access services from our Smartphones, whenever we want, day or night
And this is where smart AI services come in.

Putting the customer in control by enabling access to information easily, on any channel, at any time. And with a well thought out, intelligent service, this workflow automation results in really happy customers.

Imagine accessibility via WhatsApp, or Facebook messenger, Twitter or webchat, in a conversational style, providing you with answers to your questions and queries and allowing you to book appointments and return unwanted goods and checking deliveries, progressing orders, etc, etc, the list is vast, and puts you at the heart of the engagement

This is what a conversational AI solution like Koopid can deliver.
And is deployed rapidly in just hours. And on existing legacy Contact Centre platforms that you thought were incapable of supporting such witchcraft ☺️

I’ve got all the technology I need ok!

It often feels like there’s always someone trying to sell us something doesn’t it?

If not now, then when?

And that’s certainly true to some degree, because there’s always something new to be sold. That’s the nature of innovation and progress.

However, there’s often a lot of great technology already invested within a business, but it’s just not been put to good use for some reason. It could be lack of knowledge, or loss of knowledge with staff movements, or supplier relationship continuity issues. Whatever the cause, help is at hand

As experienced business and technology consultants, Trust Business Partners offer technology agnostic consultancy that help you evaluate your position and plot a map of development activities to get you where you want to be, and no product brochures in sight.

If you’re keen to grow and develop your business and don’t think you need even more technology adding, then contact us to find out how we help.

People + Technology + Know how = Growth

Pinch punch it’s 1st Jan (2021)

Pinch punch it’s 1st Jan
2020 is over and I wasn’t a fan

Covid is still with us and as virulant as ever
We’re keen to be vaccinated to rid us forever

We’re missing our families especially at Christmas
And longing for hugs – we miss them and they miss us

The boffins have vaccines to give us immunity
So we can once again live in community

Working from home will soon recommence
At school, our children will be tested with our consent

It’s a big year for our kids with important exams
But testing as usual isnt right, it’s a sham

They’ve had so much disruption and it’s so unfair
It’s time for governments to change and declare

A different assessment based upon their work
Let’s show understanding, and don’t be a jerk

2020 has at last come to an end
This year ahead can help make ammends

So with good cheer we raise a glass
And wave goodbye to 2020 with a kick up its arse

Pinch Punch it’s December 1st

Here we are again, another month has passed and my creative juices have been at work to continue the story of Covid, lockdown and customer experience around the Contact Centre. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts

Pinch Punch it’s the first of the month https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHxLBXE1fy5FfhPyTfybsUBBCk68Dv1YK

Pinch punch it’s December the First,

The government and COVID is equally cursed.

We’re done with this now and we’re ready to leave.

Not talking about Brexit, It’s the year we want to heave.

I’m a positive guy with barely an occasional dip,

but this year’s challenged us all.

It’s got right on our pip.

The workplaces are our homes – Our kitchens good Lord

Our lounges and even the ironing board.

For many, this mode is totally sustainable.

For others, it’s completely replaceable.

There’s a strong desire for getting back to the office,

but it’s not for everyone coVid has taught us.

There is a place in our lives for the traditional workplace.

It’s valued and important to meet face to face

We’re social, you see, and it gives us a lift.

To meet our colleagues and partners is a gift.

Interaction with businesses has not been easy.

They’ve struggled too with staff shortages we see.

The older technology that’s not in the cloud

has limited the business and remote working has been disallowed

A tactical fix needed but meeting strategic intent,

A shrug of the shoulders from most seeking to augment

The voice only services with some messaging adjacent

With the former established and the latter just nascent.

Bringing all elegantly together is what’s required

An intelligent solution to enhance should be hired,

Helping to avoid call queues, where customers self serve

Shows significant demand and a hockey stick curve.

This AI technology is proven but new,

Needed by many, but so far adopted by few.

The mass adoption is on the way now.

Adopting is quite easy as Koopid shows you how

Koopid Ai has an impressive heritage to shout about 

with “firsts” and patents to allay all doubt.

But enough of the boasts and positive chat.

We’re ready to help you, that’s where we’re at.

Chat bots are a waste of time and effort. Or are they?

Many organisations have turned to quick fixes in order to attempt to address the deficit in resources in their businesses and to avoid having to take the call of at all possible.
Primarily this is because they do not have the personnel available due to Covid restrictions, and technology shortfalls – Shortfalls in that their technology was designed for a traditional office Contact Centre with office based workers, and not for a dispersed homeworker, workforce. Some might hand out criticisms of short sightedness, but let’s be fair – how many of you predicted the Covid crisis and it’s impact accurately?? Thought not.

Increasingly we are, as consumers, looking for flexible ways to connect with our suppliers, but to avoid the often lengthy queues that drive us potty. We are also seeking simplicity – for transactional interactions, we don’t always want or need to speak with a human, and we might also just need something text based, such as a balance check on our bank account, or checking a booking, ordering a ticket, making an appointment, etc,….

Often seen as the quick fix, business may turn to adding a webchat capability, or a chatbot capability, and more often than not, they are another silo in the communications morass, that simply pushes customers away.

Most chat technologies offer a synchronous engagement only, and very often these services are manned by social media teams, who are probably not well versed in the issues customers want resolving. This often leads to added frustrations for the consumer, as they are still not getting their questions answered, and may well STILL end up having to break off and make that call, joining the queue they were trying to avoid, and having to explain the whole thing again – It’s simply not very customer-centred is it?

Automation has been on offer for years, including IVR, and yet the way we, as consumers want to engage has changed. Yes we do still want to talk to a human being where appropriate, but by no means always.

Artificial intelligence is bringing a new paradigm into play, enabling intelligent automation, where consumers can share the intention of their inquiry using natural language, and receive a higher quality engagement, and satisfactory outcomes.

Well thought out solutions also allow for a joined up and customer centred journey. Meaning that we reduce friction with a single persistent conversation, that captures the discussion and passes it all to an agent, if required, avoiding repetitive questioning. Resulting in a well prepared agent, and a really satisfying customer experience.

Is this were possible, without the need to replace existing platform technology, wouldn’t that be of enormous value?

Ask me how Graham@koopid.ai