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News : Salesforce Reimagines Service Cloud to Transform Customer Service from Anywhere

#contactcenterworld, @salesforce

San Francisco, CA, USA, April, 2021 -- Salesforce, [NYSE: CRM], a global provider in CRM, introduced the next generation of Service Cloud — technology to support changing customer service expectations and provide connected, personalized service from anywhere on one digital engagement platform.

Over the last year, service agents moved quickly to work from their kitchens and living rooms, but relied on legacy technology—disparate, on-premise solutions and spreadsheets—that wasn’t designed to manage globally distributed workforces. At the same time, agents were reeling from a monumental surge in the volume of customer requests across all digital channels and new, in-demand experiences like appointment setting and curbside pickup.

Today, parts of the world are beginning to re-open—53% of U.S. consumers plan to fly on a plane by the end of this year, and 97% plan to shop inside a store. Reopenings will also introduce a slew of new questions around updated policies, protocols, and safety measures. This adds a new level of challenge for agents, who will be on the frontlines, and who are already contending with increased workloads and more demanding customers. In fact, 82% of consumers expect to continue contacting customer service at pandemic-level rates yet just 36% of service professionals feel fully prepared to handle a surge in service and support cases.

"We are on the cusp of a great reopening of society, and companies know they need to move quickly to seize the moment," said Clara Shih, CEO of Service Cloud, Salesforce. "While customers and companies alike are eager to return to in-person experiences, digital behaviors we learned and grew accustomed to during the pandemic are here to stay."

According to a Forrester report authored by Kate Leggett, VP Principal Analyst, Forrester, "Customer service leaders must stay abreast of three megatrends in 2021 as they weather the storm: AI-fueled digital experiences underpin great customer service, modern agent desktops empower agents to best serve customers, and customer service technology enables resilience and sustainability.1

Service from Anywhere with Service Cloud 360

For companies to thrive, they need to make every customer engagement — from online to curbside to in-person — more valuable and empower their service employees to quickly help, whether they are working from home, are in the field, or working in a hybrid model. Today’s announcement includes key updates to Service Cloud Voice, Workforce Engagement, Visual Remote Assistant, and more, all applicable across industries from retail to manufacturing.

Modernizing the contact center

With many contact center leaders planning to maintain remote or hybrid work, old ways of working — like handling one support channel at a time or looking over a desk to ask a coworker or supervisor for help — are now obsolete. COVID exposed an opportunity to deliver great service from anywhere.

Service Cloud Voice brings together phone, digital channels and CRM data in one central view for service agents, and offers the agent real-time call transcription and AI-powered guidance on recommended next steps. 

Businesses have had to rethink their operating model and create a more flexible workforce. For example, with retailers seeing less in-store foot traffic, service associates working on the store floor need to have the ability and the training to also support digital requests in the contact center. But in this new environment, it’s critical more than ever to have the right customer service agent —with the right skills —talking to the right customers at the right time.

Service Cloud Workforce Engagement is a new workforce planning product that uses artificial intelligence to help service leaders predict how many requests will come into the contact center, and on which channels — including phone, email, web chat, text and social. 

Automating digital service

Eighty-one percent of service decision makers report that they are accelerating digital initiatives, and in the past year Einstein Bot conversations surged 706%, while service channels like chat, messaging apps and video support saw double-digit adoption gains.

Scaling field service

Field service is undergoing a massive transformation as in person safety and new precautions and ways of interacting become essential for how businesses reopen and effectively stay open. Office buildings, sports stadiums, and malls will need to ramp up to address throngs of people excited to be back together in the community again. Sectors including food service, manufacturing, sanitation, and utilities in particular are increasing their use of Salesforce Field Service to prepare for the surge in infrastructure and servicing demands– everything from elevator maintenance, lights and air quality systems as people return to work, to concert and sports venues, airports, and museums. These indoor spaces have largely sat vacant for the last 12 months, and require checks and maintenance before they are ready for prime time.

The Estée Lauder Companies: "At The Estée Lauder Companies, we look to bring high-touch service to every aspect of our business. Having a 360 view of the customer within Salesforce gives us the ability to build empathy and a connection with the consumer beyond product questions and transactions. With Service Cloud Voice, we’re further extending our high-touch services by digitizing our phone channel, allowing our advisors to deliver personalized service supported by automation and intelligence," said Michael W. Smith, Chief Information Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies. "And now with Workforce Engagement, we can plan and optimize support across our channels globally."

SONOS: "Things are always changing so being adaptable — empowering your people to be able to do what they need to do in the moment — is absolutely critical for us," said Patrick Spence, CEO, Sonos. "Salesforce’s technology enabled us to both be successful having all of our employees working at home and also shift our business to direct-to-consumer, which allowed us to scale and support all of our customers as we hit a period of tremendous growth."
SmileDirectClub: "Empowering our Customer and Dental Care Teams with Service Cloud Automation tools has been key to creating a single view of our customer and resolving their questions or concerns more quickly and with personalization," said Justin Skinner, Chief Information Officer, SmileDirectClub. "Service Cloud’s AI-powered workflows have streamlined things like our queue management process and made case tracking more visible for customers, saving our Care Teams’ time that can be spent focused on customer success."

#contactcenterworld, @salesforce

Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: https://www.salesforce.com


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2023 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!

Try it free for 45 days!

3.) 
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.) 
LiveAgent

LiveAgent Help Desk
LiveAgent is a cloud-based Help Desk Software with over 195+ compatible integrations. Streamline all customer communication channels and manage them from a single shared company inbox. Enjoy social media integration, unlimited ticket history, call recordings, hybrid ticket streams, and more. Companies like BMW, Yamaha, Huawei, Orange, or Forbesfone use LiveAgent to deliver customer wow to 150M end-users worldwide.

5.) 
Nuxiba Technologies

CenterWare
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!

Request a quote or demo today and start the journey to increase your first-contact resolution percentages in less than three months!

6.) 
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.

7.) 
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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