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Product News: USAN Contact Suite and Amazon Connect

The Amazon Connect features released last year provided a striking new set of tools for increased productivity. These include several enhanced self-service capabilities that can be of significant value to companies in light of recent global commerce and employment challenges.   Businesses everywhere have utilized these new features in various ways. For example, some have created an...

How Amazon Connect Improves Agent Productivity

Want to Improve Agent Productivity? Adopt a Proactive Approach to Customer Service.   Despite the disadvantages, an overwhelming majority of organizations still lean on reactive customer service models, rather than proactive service models. In fact, research from Gartner suggests that a mere 13% of customers receive proactive service.   When customers move from chat sessions or...

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...

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....

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...

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 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...