Incorporating real-time chat in your customer service initiatives

Posted by Kristen Braun on Apr 30, 2015 12:38:57 PM

We all remember the early forms of chat: AIM Messenger and high maintenance chatbots or “virtual agents” that frustrated consumers 20 years ago. In a world where immediacy is almost necessary, and many customers are on the go, real-time chat has become a mainstream form of communication and more prevalent in customer service platforms, especially in the contact center world. Whether it be texting, instant message chats through email, Skype, and even Facebook messenger, this type of communication is often utilized daily by customers, and often from their smart phones. So what are the benefits of this “new chat” and why should you reevaluate this form of communication?

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Topics: multichannel contact center, chat, multichannel communications, real-time chat

The Role of Multichannel Communications in the Contact Center Space

Posted by Rachel Brink on Oct 16, 2014 9:01:00 AM

According to Oracle, businesses following a multichannel customer care strategy achieve more than double (9.7 vs. 3.9%) year-over-year improvements in customer satisfaction, as opposed to those using only a single channel. While voice has always been the dominant mode of communication, with 98% utilization amongst businesses and the channel with the highest client satisfaction ratings across all generations, alternative means of communication are playing an increasingly important role within the customer service space.

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Topics: customer service, call center, crm integration, multichannel contact center, multichannel call center, email, contact center, social media, voice, chat, text, virtual assist

Why Contact Center, Not Call Center?

Posted by Madeleine Coe on Jul 16, 2013 2:00:00 PM

In the past few years, you may have noticed a change in the telecom industry. Contact center has replaced call center in industry jargon when discussing the type of business you run. Why? Because the customer of today wants to experience customer service that makes them feel special, but they want to be able to do it on their own time.

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Topics: call center, 360 view, contact channels, contact center, social media, call blast, voice, chat, text

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