AI can’t solve your customer service problem. Here’s why.
Everyone’s talking about AI. Like "the cloud" numerous years ago, if your product isn’t powered by AI, forget it. If you believe everything you read, you’d think AI is the answer to everything from driverless cars (which it is) to natural and engaging chatbots, intelligent assistants, and IVR systems (which, unfortunately, it isn’t).
Start With the Caller: Why UX Research is Vital to Great IVR
Too many IVRs are developed without giving due thought to the callers who use them. Here’s why it pays to do user experience (UX) research. Steve Jobs famously said: “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back towards the technology – not the other way around.” Yet for many companies designing and developing interactive voice response (IVR) systems, that user experience is...
Want Your IVR to Perform Like Alexa or Google Assistant? Here’s How You Do It.
Consumer expectations are being set by voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. We interact with this technology every day. So do business leaders. We often hear clients complain that their own voice channels pale in comparison to the voice assistants offered by tech giants. Frequently, they assume the solution is investing in new technology.
8 Steps to a Brilliant Bot Strategy
It’s time to build a Bot Strategy. Are you ready? Now I’m going to cover how to do that. How to build a bot strategy that suits you, and your business. This is not trial and error, nor a 1-day workshop delivered by a tech partner to convince you to buy their stuff. This is a 6-8 week process. There are 8 steps.
A Conversation About Conversational AI
Alexa, Black Friday, and boiled tea(?) - A chat with an expert. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Reitsma, Director of UI at Waterfield Technologies, to discuss conversational AI in the contact center and how it is helping industries of all sizes and types provide better user experiences, streamline processes, and meet the expectations of today’s customer.
Evaluate your IVR by asking these 4 questions
Customers develop a perception of your brand based on their experience with your IVR. Your IVR is one of the many faces of your brand and a significant component of your customer experience. However, many companies neglect to keep tabs on how their system is operating. That’s really not surprising. After all, how often do you call and engage with your own IVR system for customer service...
Common Voice and Chat Script Problems – Part 2
In the first part of our blog, Common Voice and Chat Script Problems, we began to discuss some simple tips to improve customer experience during voice and chat interactions. Steps such as adjusting tone, simplifying prompt complexity, or rearranging them altogether can transform the entire customer experience. Remember, a good experience positively impacts your brand and is good for business. ...
Common Voice and Chat Script Problems – Part 1
Contact centers are complex and delivering quality voice and chat interactions is among one of the most challenging initiatives out there. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some relatively simple enhancements every company can make to improve performance. What is one of the most effective? Implementing script best practices to your voice and digital channels to make them easier to navigate and...
3 Ways to Help Your Customers Avoid Contact Center IVR Hell!
We’ve shared just how critical a well-tuned IVR system is. After all, your customers consider your inbound contact center to be as much a representative of your organization as your storefront or your salespeople. When it doesn’t deliver, and your customers are relegated to shouting at their phones in frustration, or even worse, hanging up altogether, they directly connect that negative...
Is Your IVR Contributing to a Better Customer Experience?
When your customers contact you for support, sales or other purposes, what’s their experience like? Do you have a system in place for measuring your customer experience? Tracking contact center metrics is critical to delivering positive, brand-reinforcing customer service with every call. However, many companies lack the proper system to track and measure their data. Are you aware of what IVR...