You're on a web site looking to buy a holiday. After registering personal details you search through flight/villa/car combinations for the perfect family break. But what about parking? Does the villa have wheelchair access? Does the insurance cover you for sailing? You probably have a million and one questions, many of them unique to your set of circumstances.
How much easier life would be if you could simply click on a single web page button and instantly connect to an adviser who knows who you are, what you’ve been searching for, your holiday preferences from previous bookings, and what feedback you’ve previously given. And how much better would that customer experience be?
Sounds like the contact centre of the future. But in fact it’s all possible today thanks to a new technology called Web RTC.
WebRTC, or Web Real-Time Communications, is a communications standard developed by the W3C and supported by Google, Mozilla, storm(R) and others. WebRTC allows Web browsers and other HTTP-based applications to send and receive real-time media with the aim of allowing browsers, mobile platforms, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to communicate via a common set of protocols.
Using WebRTC-enabled applications, consumers can make audio or video calls from Web pages, with the media sent directly and securely from one device to another - and without the need for them to download an application or use a browser plug-in like Flash.
For software developers WebRTC is major news. It means they can now simply and securely integrate real-time communications into mobile and web applications and, like in the example above, interact with greater context, creating a much more efficient information exchange. It also means developers can control telecom and other comms applications without requiring detailed knowledge of telecom technologies and protocols. All they need is web development know-how.
WebRTC and customer service
One area where WebRTC is predicted to have a massive impact is customer service. And there has already been plenty of activity in this area.
As early as 2013, Amazon took live agent support to the next level with its WebRTC-enabled Mayday ‘video contact centre’ for Kindle HD users. Mayday is a single-click support solution that lets users work with remote tech support personnel to solve problems with their tablets. The service enables users to see the remote tech support people in a small window on their screens - and remote tech staff to see users’ screens on their computers. Remote staff can not only watch what users are doing online but also co-browse, annotate their screens and tap through their interfaces.
WebRTC developers have also been active in communications-enabling Customer Relationship Management applications - giving CRM users quick and easy access to live agent support via phone and web chat - as well as using WebRTC to integrate WebRTC with other media streams such as PSTN or SIP to provide more unified customer communications.
The success of these initiatives has already gone some way towards proving the potential worth of WebRTC to service operators. However, we’ve really only scratched the surface of what is possible.
Developers are now looking to use WebRTC to:
When it comes to creating faster, seamless and more personalised customer experiences, WebRTC is clearly a potential game changer.
About Martin Taylor:
A graduate from King’s College London, Martin worked as a futures analyst in Asia before returning to the UK to help launch Redwood Technologies (1993) and Content Guru (2005). Martin speaks regularly at international conferences and sits on the CBI Intellectual Property Committee and King’s College Department of Management’s Advisory Board.
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Content Guru is a global provider in cloud communications solutions. We deliver off-the-shelf and bespoke customer engagement and cloud contact centre services, through the 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺® platform. 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺 Customer Engagement and Experience platform brings together intelligent automation, third-party systems integration, and on-demand scalability to enhance all customer communication functions. With true omni-channel engagement capabilities, 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺 gives organisations the power to create consistent and seamless experiences for customers, inspiring loyalty and powering success.
Published: Monday, January 25, 2016
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