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Has customer service and experience changed? What’s next for your business?

That is a very good question! The answer is yes, and no. I’ll explain why.

Why the meaning of customer service and experience hasn’t changed

The description of ‘customer’, ‘service’ and ‘experience’ remains the same in the dictionary:

Customer: Someone who buys goods or services from a business or a person who has a particular quality.

Service: The action of helping or doing work for someone.

Experience: Direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge.

I like to keep service simple, because it is. (Except it is so simple, it often gets missed).

Service = kindness.

Good Service is Good Business - Combine High Tech with High Touch

‘We better pay attention to the future because that's where we'll spend the rest of our lives’ - Arthur C Clarke

Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - Thoughts from Oovvuu, Canva & The Minerva Collective

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is all the buzz right now, and rightfully so with the significant contributions it has made to redefining many aspects of business. However, many people are still skeptical about the application of AI and ML to enhancing customer experience.

Some would argue that machines cannot possibly take over customer service, something that has a heavy focus on human interaction. Machines lack the empathy and emotional intelligence core to providing a great customer experience. On the other hand, many also see the benefit of applying AI and ML to automate repetitive tasks, allowing humans to dedicate more time to, well, being human.

We reached out to some experts from Oovvuu, Canva and The Minerva Collective to pick their brains about the issue.

Let Your Humans Be Human

There’s an industrial revolution under way in businesses across the world, and it is all about automation. Businesses are embracing machine learning and artificial intelligence to make better decisions automatically. And the reason for this revolution is the comparative strengths of humans and computers.

Want Your Customer Service To Be Sustainable? Be Dynamic.

Customer service is subjective. It's no longer about responding in the ‘right’ way. There is no such thing.

It's about having the ability to be agile enough to facilitate the right answer in the right moment. Because every customer will want something different, depending on the product, the medium, the day, their mood... it's all up for negotiation. And without this kind of flexibility, you're losing out.

The right way is dynamic. The right way is the fastest, easiest way possible; no matter where your customer is.

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Navigating Your Way Past The “Trough Of Disillusionment” For Artificial Intelligence In Customer Experience

The hype around Artificial Intelligence technologies is at its peak. According to the 2017 Gartner Hype Cycle, emerging technologies such as deep learning, machine learning and virtual assistants are at the “peak of inflated expectation”. Cognitive expert advisors have passed this peak and are now descending towards the “trough of disillusionment”. This occurs when interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver.

The benefits of AI for customer experience management are potentially game changing. AI has the capability to analyse vast amounts of data in real time from various sources, including human behaviours and emotions. Expectations are high because this capability can then be used to create seamless and personalised customer experiences that are optimised to the device and channel of choice.

Pragmatists and battle hardened cynics will recall that when automation was first introduced into customer service channels, the results were often spectacularly underwhelming. So, is the application of AI to customer experiences destined to fall into the trough of disillusionment before climbing the slope of enlightenment? Or is there a path to follow to avoid the pitfalls of unmet expectations?

 

Am I Targeting The Right Audience?

When you’re working online, targeting the right audience is your main concern as it goes hand in hand with your success. A business that is unable to reach its target audience doesn’t just experience lower visibility on the internet, it also has to face failing or lagging sales and a waste of resources since it is unable to utilise them effectively.

Try This Digital Transformation Checklist, To Ensure Your Project Is Working Perfectly

A digital transformation takes a lot of hard work and you can’t expect it to happen overnight. Many businesses tend to be so rigid in their ways that they find it difficult to transition to digital media. For them, the digital transformation can be very problematic.

4 ways of delighting your customer using technology

Today’s customer service landscape is changing faster than the blink of an eye and businesses which continue to stay out of the loop - perhaps out of ignorance, arrogance or a combination of them both – are doomed to get phased out of existence by other competitors that manage to keep up with the pace. A study carried out by SalesForce in 2016 showed that 57% of consumers expect the companies, which they purchase their products from, to innovate. This is an obvious consequence of the rapid adoption of technology and as the average Australian becomes increasingly tech savvy, so do their demands. A 2014 PwC study reported that 91% of Australian CEOs believe that technology will significantly change business trends. Here are just somemeans of winning over your customer with the use of technology:

3 Creative Ways You Can Ensure Your Clients Always Succeed!

The one key area that you need to look at when you want to run a successful business is ensuring that you can keep your clients happy. How can you manage such a thing? Well, by making sure that your clients are successful, and that isn’t always possible. There are many businesses that struggle to provide their clients with meaningful services that result in them being successful.

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