News : 44% of American Consumers Say They Prefer Chatbots for Customer Service
Phoenix, AZ, USA, Dec 5, 2016 -- According to new research from the 2016 Aspect Consumer Experience Index, the desire for automated interaction is real. Forty-four percent of the respondents to the company’s annual survey said that if a company could get it right they would prefer to use a chatbot or an automated assistant for customer service interaction, up 4 points from the 2015 survey. Half of them said that they would rather conduct all brand interaction via text/messaging, with 39 percent saying the digital-first methods are more effective than talking.
"The accuracy and interaction quality of Intelligent assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo are driving consumer interest for similar experiences with the brands they do business with. This is no longer just a way for companies to reduce costs by handing simple and repetitive queries over to automated assistants," said Joe Gagnon, Aspect’s Chief Customer Strategy Officer. "This is an opportunity for companies to satisfy a growing customer demand. But even though a large number of consumers now prefer using chatbots, they aren’t going to tolerate a substandard experience. The important thing is that companies who deploy automated interaction must provide an experience that is connected to the rest of the customer experience ecosystem."
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A key survey finding is that brands that deliver automation in isolation risk alienating customers. An overwhelming number of consumers (88 percent) expect the context of their interaction on a chatbot to follow them as they transition to a live person. Delivering on this is essential because a good number of respondents think automated assistance will end up giving them the same frustrating experience that antiquated Interactive Voice Response solutions did.
A chatbot experience, broadly defined as a self-service experience, creates good will with customers. Sixty-One percent said chatbots will allow simple to moderate requests to be handled faster. But more importantly, Two-thirds of consumers said they feel good about themselves and the company when they are able to answer a question or solve a problem by themselves without the help of a customer service agent.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: Aspect Software
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Aspect Software contact center and workforce optimization solutions engage consumers, empower agents, improve quality, and lower the cost of delivering remarkable experiences. Our cloud, private cloud and on-premises products are used by millions of agents every year – supporting billions of consumer interactions. Aspect provides flexible, reliable,comprehensive solutions for all areas of customer interaction and workforce management including inbound (automatic call distribution/ACD), outbound (auto dialing, predictive dialing and more options), interactive voice response/IVR, self-service through chatbots, workforce optimization (workforce management, quality management, performance management) and speech analytics. Leveraging a worldwide cloud infrastructure and over 40 years of industry ingenuity, Aspect conveniently and easily connects questions to answers while helping enterprises keep service levels high and operational costs contained.
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