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.

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 ☺️

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

Artificial intelligence is now, successfully replacing contact centre agents

Contact centre leaders have for some time been evolving from their original call centres, (handling just phone calls) Into multi-channel and ultimately Omnichannel solutions, whereby customers can arrive on any channel and enjoy a continuous conversation wherever the engagement takes them.

For some contact centre operations, this has meant an extremely slow evolution, due in some part to the often significant investments required, but also the time taken for full deployment, and user adoption schedules can be lengthy.

This delay in moving to digital-first contact centres often causes frustration to customers as increasingly they (customers) are choosing to make contact using their conveniently located smartphones, and want to use one of the common messaging apps.

Typically this means starting on a digital channel – such as:

  • Webchat
  • Chatbots
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook messaging,

Etc.,

and escalating to a voice call with a human being where circumstances dictate.

Serving customers on their channels of choice is a critical Customer Experience “moment of truth”, and ensures that focus is on them rather than us.

This transition certainly needs managing with care, as the last thing customers want, is repetitive questioning after they have authenticated or explained the reason for calling on the digital channels.

All of this conversation MUST remain with the caller just like it would on an SMS chat on your smartphone.

This is what we expect from any technology offering chat today, and anything less than this is UNACCEPTABLE.

To learn how Koopid.ai delivers this capability without a rip and replace strategy – click here

Pinch punch it’s October 1st – 192 days into lockdown

The latest in my Pinch Punch series of posts. It’s my clumsy attempt at poetry, aiming to capture the moment of the Covid lockdown, along with my own passion for Customer Experience excellence and the technology landscape that either enables or thwarts this

Pinch punch its September 1st!!

The latest in my Punch Punch series of posts, where I attempt to describe what’s going on under the Covid crisis using my finely honed poetry skills, 

😜
Pinch punch, it's September 1st
Covid 19 has made the workforce dispersed
 
Working remotely is now the new way
But for many they're excited for the office return day
 
Life's been a bit different for a large part of the year
And I've read that we're all drinking more beer
 
Social distancing continues to be followed
And facemasks are being bought by the load
 
We're yearning for our cancelled events to reopen
Going to concerts that evoke our emotion
 
Business as usual is no longer the case
We're meeting by video and not face to face
 
Communication tools have become more critical
As they're bridging the gap to replace the physical
 
As we increasingly use our digital options
Business must accelerate their adoption
 
Meeting customers the way they want to engage
Before you send them into a rage
 
Don't make us queue for hours and hours
Give us the tools and self service powers
 
We don't need to wait to get something done
We want to do it ourselves whilst on the run
 
When you make it easy, we're as pleased as can be
Calling is ok but but it's not always for me
 
WhatsApp and other asynch channels are a boon
They save me holding and queuing and feeling like a buffoon.
 
It's easy to do with software in the cloud
No rip and replace need to be allowed

And It's ready in hours rather than weeks
The solution is exactly what everyone seeks

Make the move now, don't get left behind
Your customers will appreciate you're that way inclined

Koopid AI is leading the surge
And they're poised and ready for when you get the urge