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Article : What Was the Buzz at Customer Contact Week Vegas 2019?

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Author: Shelby Faris, Marketing Manager, Bright Pattern

This year Customer Contact Week celebrated 20 years of unforgettable conferences that bring together the world’s leaders in customer experience. The conference always provides attendees with amazing learning opportunities, networking options, and the chance to preview contact center technology. So what were people talking about this year? In this blog we’ll cover a few of the top buzzwords filling the halls at CCW Vegas 2019.


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Omnichannel

"Omnichannel" has been a buzzword at industry events for several years now, but I still get the question, "What is the difference between multichannel and omnichannel?" This question shows that contact center professionals are still confused about the meaning and benefits of omnichannel. Simply put, multichannel contact centers have more than one channel, but the channels are siloed and do not provide a seamless customer experience. Omnichannel means the multiple channels you have work together, in a single agent desktop allowing both the agent and customers to transition between channels without missing a step or having to repeat information already explained.

Although many companies are trying to achieve seamless omnichannel support, IQPC and other contact center analysts like Gartner and Ovum predict that only 5–12% of companies can provide an omnichannel customer experience. Will 2019 finally be the year that contact center leaders start adopting omnichannel instead of just talking about it at industry events?

Ted Hunting, SVP of Marketing at Bright Pattern presented at CCW Vegas 2019 with "Creating and Measuring Great Omnichannel Customer Journeys." In the session, he explained that sometimes it is easiest to get over the omnichannel hurdle by first making sure your top two channels are omnichannel. For most businesses, the bulk of the contact center interactions come from the website and the phone. By making sure those two channels work seamlessly together you’ve finished the hard part. Then as you grow and add more channels, it is simpler to maintain omnichannel communications.

Quality Assurance

It is very important to maintain a desired level of quality in the contact center. Customer experience leaders use an array of metrics, KPIs, dashboards, and wallboards to keep staff performing at a high level and to analyze where there is room for improvement. Reporting capabilities, quality assurance, omnichannel reportsand quality management were also hot topics at the show.

The use of AI for automation has streamlined quality assurance in the contact center and more CX leaders are looking to adopt AI for speech/text analysis, omnichannel quality management, and sentiment analysis.

At CCW Vegas, Ted Hunting presented best practices for measuring omnichannel customer journeys. By tracking CSAT, NPS, and sentiment over all channels, you can pinpoint problem areas in the customer journey. It is also possible to use AI and other quality management tools to track interactions across different business units in your company. For example, a bank could track performance on new credit cards versus performance on mortgages to see where improvements can be made.

Bots

AI wasn’t only talked about for quality assurance automation, but also for creating bots. AI and bots stole the show as the topic of numerous interactive discussion groups and sessions (and not always for good reasons). 2018 was a big year for bot implementation, especially Facebook Messenger bots and web chatbots. And although there were great innovations made, several bots just didn’t make the cut and ended up providing a worse customer experience.

IQPC believes this is because businesses were looking to cut costs and reduce the number of agents instead of improving the customer experience. Brian Cantor of IQPC believes bots can be extremely successful and improve overall CSAT, but they must be customer-centric. For more information on how to build a customer-centric bot, read the latest IQPC report on chatbots, titled The State of Chatbots.

Some companies failed to implement bots, but others have succeeded and created an improved way to talk with their customers. Madison Reed implemented a Facebook chatbot that helps customers pick out their desired hair color, taking out all the guesswork. Alterra.ai created a travel bot that helps travelers plan and book trips, hotels, and excursions. A South African customer of ours even created a pizza chatbot where customers can send in a pizza emoji to order!

CCW Vegas 2019 was a great conference for the contact center industry, providing new ideas and innovative ways to improve the customer’s experience. Do these buzzwords match with your desired goals as a CX professional?

#contactcenterworld, @brightpatternus


About Bright Pattern Inc:
Company LogoBright 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.
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2021 Buyers Guide Help Desk Software

 
1.) 
eGain Corporation

eGain CallTrack™
eGain CallTrack™ is a dynamic call tracking and case management solution that helps companies provide quick, high-quality, and cost-efficient resolution of customer issues across traditional and emerging interaction channels. It is one of the many innovative customer interaction products in eGain Solve™ suite, the unified customer engagement and knowledge management software suite, which helps businesses transform their traditional call centers into omnichannel customer engagement hubs. eGain CallTrack will enable you to track, manage and resolve cases and maintain service level agreements (SLA), across channels.

2.) 
Happitu

Happitu is your customer support team’s personal coach. It guides your team through every interaction with custom workflows, responsive scripting, and dynamic help topics.

Documentation in Happitu is automated, detailed, and consistent. Go beyond handle times and service levels with the rich insights of Happitu – from granular interaction data to aggregate data and trends – you get the complete CX journey!

We intentionally built the Happitu Workflow Designer with your customer support team in mind. Using our intuitive tools that provide quick and safe iteration, you eliminate the need to involve IT or Development. Yes, you will no longer have to dread submitting a change request to Devin from IT!

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Knowmax

Knowmax
Knowmax is an omnichannel knowledge management platform. Our mission is to transform contact centers into resolution centers and drive customer self service.
The platform is an industry-agnostic enterprise-grade knowledge platform with components helping in easy findability of actionable information at the right time across the desired touchpoint.

4.) 
Nuxiba Technologies

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Nuxiba's Help Desk Software is ideal for delivering top-level contact help desk services. It not only tailors to your existing technology resources but also allows you to set staff priorities that forward clients to the most knowledgeable agents.

Give personalized assistance, and analyze performance with our real-time monitoring, recording, and reports. Integrate Salesforce or VTiger CRM systems, be TCPA compliant, protect your cardholder's data during calls, and more!

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OneDesk

OneDesk's software combines Helpdesk & Project Management into one application. No need to purchase, integrate and switch between applications. Your team can support your customers and work on projects in one place. Aimed at SMBs as well as departments at large enterprises, OneDesk is frequently used by project managers, customer service, IT, professional services and more. This easy-to-use, feature-rich, and highly configurable software can manage both ticket & task workflows.

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Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

ActivDesk Help Desk Software
ActivDesk Help Desk Software is an intelligent ticketing software for multi- channel customer interaction & engagement. It streamlines the entire ticket management process. With its SLA & escalation management, it enables your help desk to deliver enriching customer experience.
 

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