Hear more about how Customer Engagement has evolved from 'carbon based interaction' (live contact centers) to 'silicon based interaction' (self service applications and communities), and how this is quickly becoming the new recipe for customer engagement success.
Customer service has evolved from a reactive activity viewed largely as a cost center-based tactical necessity, to a proactive management task that can in many ways set a company apart from the competition. At the same time, the channels by which customers receive support are growing and fragmenting very rapidly. The telephone is still the primary mode of support, but is steadily declining as text, social media, chat, knowledge bases, email and online communities provide new avenues for customers to get the help they need. Some organizations are embracing this evolution by implementing technologies that enable them to interact with customers regardless of the channel or the device they’re using. This approach not only improves customer service, but also boosts the brand image and helps companies achieve broader business goals.
Want to rein in support costs without sacrificing service quality and customer satisfaction? You can. New social business solutions eliminate the traditional service trade-offs, providing an optimal combination of assisted peer-to-peer support communities, call deflection, selective escalation and productivity-enhancing collaboration. The result? Reduced call volume and faster resolution times, happier customers and lower costs.
According to Forrester Research, 76% of consumers are using online self-serve to find answers—more than any other support channel, including phone.
And they are no longer just looking for customer support directly on companies’ Facebook or Twitter sites. They are seeking help from their peers for quick and easy answers. Companies are recognizing this social service trend and are using customer communities as a platform to enable customers to socially self-serve. This approach can greatly enhance the overall service experience and reduce escalations to an agent. In looking at social service trends and benefits, it’s important to strategically think about the customer community implementation and planning process.
Written by: Forrester Research and Sponsored by: Art Technology Group, Inc. In this economic climate, no one can afford to lose a customer. Rather than halting spending, smart customer service executives will use this economic downturn as an opportunity to regroup and reprioritize. What should they focus on?
Setting up and maintaining and external collaboration initiative can be big investment of time, knowledge and money. Despite this, collaboration with customers is worth the effort, leading to a variety of benefits, including lower cost of customer service, better marketing insights and analysis, development of more innovative and high-need products, and developing long-term relationships with customers. In this whitepaper, learn 7 ways successful organizations have turned interactions in customer communities into cost savings, revenue and profit.