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The Do's and Don'ts of How to Use Chatbots for Customer Service

The pace of technological change continues to increase. In 2018, cutting-edge technologies like AI, IoT, and blockchain had a collective market value of $350 billion. By 2025, the value will be $3.2 trillion — nearly a tenfold increase in less than a decade.   These numbers are astounding. They’re also easy to misinterpret. As more companies...

Speech Analytics: The Myths, The Truths, and Best Practices

High-performing contact centers appreciate the art of listening. The very best also practice the science of listening, and AI-enhanced speech analytics solutions can help. Put simply, speech analytics captures the voice of the customer and turns unstructured language into usable — and insightful — data. Speech analytics transforms agent-customer conversations into a rich transcript to categorize what was said...

The Top 3 Most Underutilized Features of Amazon Connect

Most contact center platforms include a set of features designed around highly specific engagement scenarios. Amazon Web Services (AWS), however, offers a much wider array of scalable, pay-as-you-go services. With self-service technologies such as Amazon Lex, Lambda integrations, and Polly text-to-speech capabilities — none of which requires multiyear contracts, paid plugins, or additional license fees...

3 Ways AI Improves Customer Engagement

Building strong relationships with customers and offering the best possible customer experience is the single most effective differentiator in business.   Research from Gartner indicates that confident, satisfied customers are 2.6 times more likely to continue interacting with a company than their only somewhat satisfied counterparts. They’re also less likely to leave negative public reviews or stop...

The Truth About Chatbots Today

It’s never been more important to offer an excellent customer experience (CX). This means it’s also never been more important to have a CX strategy in place. Research shows that satisfied customers generate 2.6 times more revenue than those who are lukewarm. At the same time, unhappy customers can leave negative reviews that scare away future business....

Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect

Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect Total cost of ownership (TCO) is an important factor to consider when deciding whether or not to migrate your contact center to the cloud. However, unlike a move from one on-premises application to another, calculating the TCO for a cloud-based app is like comparing apples to...

Calculating the (TCO) Total Cost of Ownership for Amazon Connect

Amazon Connect, the Deconstructed Contact Center

When Amazon released its contact center service, Amazon Connect, it was met with skepticism by some industry insiders because it didn’t have the features other solutions offer. After working with the cloud-based contact center service for a little over a year, we’ve seen firsthand the power of Amazon Connect in its simplicity. It’s not that...

Amazon Connect: What’s DIY and What’s Not

It’s no wonder that “self-service” is one of the first adjectives Amazon uses to describe Amazon Connect. Self-service is quite possibly the most notable difference between the cloud-based contact center service and traditional contact center technology.  But self-service doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it all yourself. Let’s look at areas where it behooves you...

5 Things That Are Different About the AWS Public Cloud

When Amazon released its cloud-based contact center service, it was met with skepticism. In a feature-by-feature comparison with any of the existing leaders, Amazon Connect usually came up short. That was a little over a year ago, and much has changed and continues to change when it comes to feature functionality, but we’ll get to...

Does Your IVR Really Save You Money?

Does Your IVR Really Save You Money? As the original self-service tool, IVR technology has long been a cost savings mechanism. Unfortunately, many organizations today don’t realize that their antiquated IVR solution is actually driving up contact center costs because the options are so limited and the containment rate is so low. So, what can...

IVR is Dead. Long Live IVR!

Some folks in the contact center industry would have you believe that IVR technology is dead. Perhaps you agree, based on your own high opt-out rates and low customer satisfaction scores. In reality, the saying couldn’t be further from the truth. Advancements in IVR are ensuring the technology’s role in the modern contact center. The...

5 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your IVR

Let’s face it, there are other technologies in the contact center that are more exciting than your IVR. But despite the rise of other communication channels, telephony remains “by far the largest inbound interaction channel,” according to ContactBabel. That being the case, it’s worth asking, “Is it time to upgrade the IVR?” Here are five...

The Hybrid Customer Contact Center

In the last post, I talked about the Big Buckets. One bucket holds transactional (self-service) events. One contains interactional (live-agent) events. And the third is home to the hybrids: events that are both transactional and interactional. That third bucket—let’s call it the blended bucket—could soon be the biggest bucket as more and more companies adopt...

The First Step in Planning Your Self-Service Investment

The First Step in Planning Your Self-Service Investment Planning your self-service investments means making decisions across multiple disciplines. USAN, in association with ContactBabel, has just published a nearly 200-page report on that topic—50 charts deep, covering all the critical topics that make up today’s self-service investment strategy. Those topics include transitioning to self-service, evaluating ROI,...

Omnichannel: Balancing Cost and Control

Two of the most critical issues companies deal with when deciding on the right omnichannel solution are what it costs and how it’s controlled. The cost of installing and maintaining a sophisticated omnichannel operation is as low as it’s ever been, for three reasons: The cost of all the pieces of compute-network-store infrastructure becomes cheaper...

Omnichannel KPIs - A New Focus

As contact centers evolve into omnichannel centers, they’ll need to establish and track new KPIs that accurately measure value and success. That means taking new approaches and establishing new metrics that map to omnichannel strategies and goals. Here are a few examples of each. New Approaches Qualitative as Well as Quantitative We’ve been primarily focused...

Omnichannel in Action

The other day my errands turned into one omnichannel adventure after another. My experience offers three examples of how companies in three different industries improved my customer experience with their omnichannel solutions. Pick Up Prescriptions My first stop was my pharmacy. The pharmacy sent me a text telling me that a prescription had been automatically...

Omnichannel Villains

There is a widely believed superstition that an omnichannel investment is expensive, complex and disruptive. Central to this myth are twin villains: the first is Rip and the second, Replace. Their shared mission: drive up omnichannel costs to the point where it’s an unjustifiable investment, with slow payback and weak ROI. Rip and Replace is...

The Biggest 2017 Trend

It’s December now. Snow, in some places, is falling. Soon, holiday lights will be flickering and thoughts of what the new year will bring will occupy us. And we know what that means. That’s right. It will be time to read all the articles about IVR and contact center and customer service trends for 2017....

How to Show Customers Respect: The Gen X Edition

  How to Show Customers Respect: The Generation X Edition   Every customer wants respect and, of course, you want to give them that respect. The question is: How? What’s perceived as respectful by one generation may be perceived as an inconvenience by another. We’ve previously taken a look at how the values of Millennials...