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…
Competing in the business world can create excitement. Winning a hard-fought deal over a top rival can be a huge morale boost and lead to new opportunities for your company that weren’t possible before. But, what happens when a competitor comes for one of your key accounts? In this scenario, it’s not up to the sales team to provide the victory, but instead the onus falls squarely onto the customer success group. With customer retention critical to business success, fending off the competition means a healthy balance sheet and minimal churn.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can have many different definitions, and can sometimes cause confusion. Does CRM include correspondence before a company becomes a customer, such as sales and marketing? Should CRM extend to all areas of a business, including internal IT teams who don’t interact with customers? Drawing the line of what is and isn’t part of the CRM experience can be difficult.
We’ve all seen or heard about a customer success team that’s just “missing something”. Maybe the agents are a little slow to follow up, or they just can’t seem to get your issue requests in the hands of the right person. Mistakes like this happen for even the best teams, but when it’s a recurring issue it’s time to take some action.
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