When evaluating software, it’s easy to fall back on what you’ve done in the past. Your work computer likely has Windows and the Office suite installed directly on the machine, so why shouldn’t you have software for sales, customer support, marketing, or other industries right alongside it?
Running a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company is fun. It’s usually created by a couple tech enthusiasts with a great idea and extensive coding knowledge. Getting those first few customers feels amazing, and your core focus is on making them happy. They’ve got your cell number and you’re just a phone call away for anything they need.
It’s no surprise that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is really starting to make an impact in the customer service industry. How companies interact with customers is being strongly influenced by this emerging technology. Sure, the “chat bot” comes to mind immediately, but even that has taken a backseat to larger uses of AI which still involve (and improve upon) the human element.
Customers often seek out service because they have a problem and they want a person to empathize with them and make it right. Even with extremely sophisticated AI, a chat bot won’t be able to relate to a human experience, especially if it’s fueled by an emotional attachment.
So, how is AI changing the customer service industry to enable agents to make these human-to-human moments more impactful? Here are a few ways…
It usually requires a special kind of person to succeed in customer service. These individuals are in constant contact with customers, which makes them symbols of how a business performs. Good customer service employees are eager to help; bad ones are eager for the day to be over.
If you’re a customer service manager looking to hire new agents, or if you’re an agent looking to do better at your job, there are certain traits to look for and improve upon. Here, we’re going to break down four of the best customer service traits, so you can optimize your service strategy and improve the overall customer experience.
Living in an era where there’s seemingly a statistic for everything, it can be difficult to truly understand the real value of each data point. You may look at your email count for the day, see it’s in the triple digits, and say “wow, I’ve had a busy day”. But on closer examination, half of the emails are holiday junk and a quarter are from a vendor who can’t get meeting invites right, leaving only the usual amount of “real” emails in your inbox.
In business, sometimes making the wrong decision is worse than making no decision at all. This is especially true when it comes to the customer service industry. With customers being the foundation of so many businesses, going against their needs can be a make or break decision. And, in the fast-paced technology age we live in, making the wrong call is costlier than ever before.
Customer relations are very important to all businesses. Building positive relationship with your customers can do wonders, because customers want to have a positive relationship with you, and if you're lucky they will actively work to maintain it Of course, businesses also put in considerable time and effort into making a relationship rewarding and enriching for both parties. Problems can still arise, but customers are more likely to be patient with businesses that they like and trust. Every interaction a business has with a customer shapes the attitude the customer has towards that business, even if it seems like an inconsequential instance. Businesses can control many aspects of their relationships with customers, but the one thing they cannot control is the customers themselves.
Attending an industry conference can sometimes feel overwhelming. Juggling session schedules, facility maps, and EXPO hall navigation isn’t likely something you’re going to master the first time. Add this to what’s likely an already busy workload can lead to long days. And here you thought a few days out of the office would be a nice break!
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