I travel around a lot with work and often stop to grab a coffee maybe some breakfast after an early start. I did this just last week. The restaurant was relatively quiet with just a few like me taking the chance to re-fuel before a meeting and some new mums out catching up and hoping for 2 minutes peace and quiet with a coffee and something to eat.
I was working in a large financial services contact centre recently. I picked up on the fact that their new starter training programme was suffering from a high churn rate within the first month of new agents taking calls. Being curious as we always are we started to ask a few questions.
Many companies say they offer omnichannel communications, through an internal omnichannel solution. What they really have is a multichannel approach. Delivering an omnichannel solution means a customer can contact you through their channel of choice and their history will travel with them seamlessly and instantly.
OK Google – play Absolute Radio. Alexa – add 15 avocados to my shopping basket.* Natural Language IVR (NL IVR aka Voice Recognition) I’ll admit it - I have a smart speaker. At first, I was uncomfortable speaking to it and making it do simple tasks that I was more than capable of doing myself. But it only took a few days for me to feel that pressing a few buttons now felt like such an effort for my lazy hand.
Many businesses are looking for new ways to reduce the cost of customer contact without impacting negatively on their customer experience. One of the key areas we work in is channel shift – moving customers from agent answered phone calls to self serve telephony or to digital channels. We have a lot of experience