Article : How to Get Started: Effortless, Personal Omnichannel
Want to implement personal omnichannel into your contact center? Would you like it to be effortless and seamless for your customers? How about easy for agents to use?
Can this be a reality or is it merely the dream of all call center owners, managers, and agents?
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At the CCW Online 2018 event, Ted Hunting, SVP of Marketing at Bright Pattern, explained true omnichannel and provided his top tips for getting started with effortless and personal omnichannel. Before diving into his keys for success, he discussed the current state of the contact center.
The Current State of Customer Experience
Although customers want effortless and personal customer service with new and emerging channels like social, SMS, and bots, companies aren’t truly there yet. Many companies claim to be omnichannel but IQPC and other analysts believe that only 5–12% of companies are doing true omnichannel. Many companies are multichannel, but 60% are totally siloed and find customer experience too difficult. What is the outcome of companies failing to provide omnichannel communications? From what we’ve seen from 2015–2018, customer experience flatlines and CSAT satisfaction ratings plateau.
Where Do Companies Want to Be?
Most companies understand the need for seamless omnichannel communications. Midsize companies want to transition to digital from voice and email only, with chat being the top channel they would like to add. Most larger companies are already multichannel but they want a truly omnichannel platform. The bottom line is that everyone wants to reduce effort, increase personalization, and add emerging channels.
Tip #1: See the Journey and Act in the Moment
To create an effortless, personal omnichannel journey, you must be able to see the journey. Agents who can see each step in the customer journey are more empowered to act in the moment to make communication effortless and personal. It is important that agents can see each channel with all context from each channel interaction.
Tip #2: Get Your Top Channel Working with Your Voice Channel
For many midsize companies, you are just getting started with multiple channels. It is very important to get your top channels working seamlessly before adding every channel under the sun. Once you have your top channels working together it gets easier to add more channels. The most common use case we hear from our customers is getting web chat working with their voice channel. By that, I mean seamless escalation from the web to a live agent via voice or even video chat. But it doesn’t stop there—true omnichannel will also provide omnichannel reporting and quality management on all channels.
Tip #3: Effortless and Personal for Today and Tomorrow
Once you start adding in more channels it is important never to create silos. All emerging channels like bots and messengers need to work seamlessly with other channels. In some industries it may be important to get new channels implemented quickly. But if done in a silo, that quick, siloed implementation will affect customers’ ability to connect with a live agent, in turn wiping out CSAT. Give agents the ability to communicate over traditional and emerging channels. Lastly, ensure that your customer service platform handles all bots of your choice (e.g., IBM Watson, Alterra) and messengers of your choice (e.g., Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp), and in-app messengers.
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About Bright Pattern Inc:
Bright Pattern is an effective cloud contact center software which helps businesses to simplify multichannel service. Bright Pattern’s solution features enterprise-grade architecture that offers non-disruptive maintenance with on the fly upgrades and scales from 5 to 10,000 concurrent agents with a measured 99.99% uptime. Bright Pattern’s out-of-the-box CRM integrations increase agent productivity with integrated UI, click to call, screen pop, and activity history, automatically saved with the ticket. Bright Pattern’s solution has usability that is second to none with a new intuitive desktop for managing omnichannel experiences, a unified interface to set-up and modify workflows, and a monitoring, reporting, and quality management for and across all channels.
Published: Monday, October 22, 2018
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