STOP You’re doing it all wrong

How many of us have used a chatbot on a website when we felt it might be quicker than waiting in the call queue, or in some cases where you just could NOT find a phone number anywhere to call!?

But it was an unmitigated disaster!

The BOT was more of a NOT as it didn’t seem to understand what you were asking for!

Next stop was SOCIAL MEDIA- RIGHT. Facebook and Twitter, and this time a very different experience. But still shocking. You’ve reached the corporate marketing team and they can’t help you with your query, but instead suggest you use the website (doh), or call the Contact Centre.

So far, you’ve got absolutely nowhere and your patience is dwindling….

Thankfully there are genuinely joined up and intelligent solutions available and the “no code” cloud offering from Koopid can be set up, and built in a few days. Critically ALL CHANNELS are orchestrated for a single uninterrupted conversation INCLUDING real agents and with chat persistence.

No more repetition

No more, please dial this number

No more “The Computer Says No”

It’s time to transform your customer experience journeys and remove the barriers to customer intimacy

Go on, ask me to show you, and I’ll be delighted

If you’re implementing bots to reduce your call volumes, then you’re starting from wrong place

I often observe a wry smile or perhaps a small sneer appear on people faces when I mention the words “chat and chatbots”, and I reckon this is because they have been around long enough now for most of us to have encountered one on a website, and unfortunately most of those experiences have been what I would call SUBOPTIMAL. 

From my perspective this boils down to a bunch of reasons, and a summary list is here to share my viewpoint:

  • Poor implementation.
  • Poor understanding of the customer requirements.
  • Poor technology – often free or low cost DIY.
  • Lack of any integration into business process or workflows.
  • Very binary bot – with zero intelligence. 
  • Business driver is to reduce call volumes to the call centre. 

For me, the right place to be starting, is with an understanding of the customer you serve, and their communication and engagement preferences.

For many of your customers, they will wish to call you, and if there is a queue, some will be ok waiting briefly. For many others, they will not have the patience, and will quickly seek an alternative. So injecting a digital/self-serve option, in the early part of the calling options is a good idea. 

Other groups within your customer base will wish to find a digital engagement option first, and so offering them an INTELLIGENT chat option on the website, as well as via commonly used social channels, is a must. We see huge growth in WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and webchat interactions, as customers seek rapid responses and resolutions, without the need to sit in a call queue. Often there is a resistance to even speaking with someone!

Moreover, customers dislike getting stuck, or isolated on a channel

… and this is where the first generation of dumb chatbots has failed. Should the digital channel hit a snag, then the ability to route the customer immediately to a live agent (critically with the context of the interaction to that point also), is pure gold. Nothing less is acceptable.

So don’t worry if your first generation chatbots are failing, but DO TAKE ACTION and ensure your customers are having the kind of experiences you would want, and you would want them to have.
Unsure how – then drop me a message or call me – you’ll find me here: https://grahambunting.com/findme/

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 ☺️

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.

Pinch punch it’s August 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, 😜 with a slant on prevailing Customer Experience for us all

Pinch punch it’s August 1st
Lockdown is easing, being reversed

Businesses and offices are now resuming,
Pubs and bars welcoming people consuming

We want to stay safe away from the virus
The isolation however is starting to try us

Inspite of the crisis we’re currently enduring
Technology projects are rapidly maturing.

Agents working hard to service their customers’ needs
Customers queuing because no alternative feeds

Automation is desirable, else customers you’ll lose
Give them digital channels and see what they choose

Access when they need it to check something out
Agents are free when the complex ones shout

Human to human and voice is the best
And intelligent automation for the rest

Almost half will leave you if you don’t improve
This lack of choice and automation will force customers to move

So act right now and give us a call
To serve customers better not the few, but them all.

Pinch Punch it’s the first of July

This is my third and latest attempt at combining poetry with the #Covid_19 situation and our business engagement with #KoopidAI. I am kind of getting into the swing and hoping it tells a story (It works ok in my head). Here you go (with video link below also)

Pinch punch it’s the first of July
The days and weeks, they just fly by

The lockdown is easing, going back to work
Covid is still with us, but where does it lurk

Businesses are hurting, they’re battered and bruised
The new rules aren’t clear, I’m slightly confused

Pubs begin to reopen, just hear them cheer
We’ll soon be back there socialising with beer

The new normal is the central debate
Businesses are pivoting to keep the books straight

We continue to drive for an improved experience
Automating processes making customers delirious

Agents are freer for the more complex calls
Artificial intelligence catering where complexity is small

Getting Koopid up and running is surprisingly swift
The no code solution is simply a gift

From Monday to Tuesday is all the time we need
A clear map of workflow and we’re up to speed

Whatever your age and whatever your vintage
Digital and Mobile first is the greatest percentage

And there’s no need to rip and replace
Evolving new channels at your own pace

Pinch punch it’s the 1st of July.

How Koopid.Ai are disrupting the Contact Centre space

Here’s a short video explainer for Koopid.ai – and we’re exhibiting at the Call and Contact Centre Expo at the Excel on March 18th and 19th, so please come and say hello and learn more. This could be what your customers have been waiting for.

Want to chat? Then call us on 0800 999 1882 or mail me graham@koopid.ai

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