Customer Service Automation

Unlocking the Potential of AI-powered Chatbots: Insights from Engage Hub's Webinar with MaxContact

By Simon Brennan 14 February 2024

In December, we sat down with our partner, MaxContact, to discuss and explore the transformative capabilities of AI-powered Chatbots – and dispelling common myths.

Here are the key takeaways from the discussion:

Dispelling misconceptions

Contrary to popular belief, AI Chatbots don’t have to provide impersonal or frustrating experiences. Instead, they offer significant advantages for organisations seeking to streamline operations and enhance customer service.

With advances in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and data integration, Chatbots not only mimic human conversation but also, importantly, understand customer intent and context. They can therefore offer a fast, intuitive, and tailored customer service experience.

Managing contact centre demand

AI-powered Chatbots play a pivotal role in managing and reducing demand on contact centres. By automating routine queries and tasks, they enable organisations to handle high volumes of customer interactions efficiently. This not only alleviates pressure on human agents, but also ensures prompt and consistent responses to questions.

Enhancing agent efficiency

Chatbots enhance agent efficiency by streamlining processes and automating repetitive tasks.

With Chatbots handling initial customer interactions, human agents can focus on more complex issues requiring their expertise. The overall impact is improved agent productivity and the ability to deliver personalised and value-added support to customers.

This is particularly important for sectors like utilities and financial services that have obligations to vulnerable customers (and compliance requirements under Consumer Duty).

What to look for in an AI-powered Chatbot

Another part of the webinar discussion revolved around the procurement side. What should you look for when comparing solutions?

Here’s the list of 4 factors our speakers recommended focusing on:

  • Personalisation – You need the Chatbot to leverage available data sources to deliver personalised experiences that resonate with customers. By understanding customer preferences and behaviour, you can then tailor interactions to meet individual needs, such as for repeat callers or VIP customers.
  • Real-time customer journey data – Look for real-time data visualisation of the end-to-end customer journey. This enables you to monitor Chatbot performance and identify areas for optimisation immediately.
  • Cross-channel capabilities – You don’t want lots of different Chatbots crowding your tech stack. Instead, you need one solution that works across all channels (voice, web, WhatsApp, SMS, etc). That way, the Chatbot learns from all interactions. And it ‘remembers’ customers regardless of which touchpoint they use at any given time, thereby providing a seamless experience.
  • KPI tracking – This is not a ‘deploy and forget’ type of technology. You need the ability to set and track KPIs so you can evaluate its effectiveness on an ongoing basis. By setting clear objectives and monitoring relevant metrics, you can then gauge the impact of Chatbots on customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and other business outcomes.

AI-powered Chatbots are a valuable tool for organisations looking to optimise customer interactions, improve agent productivity and drive business growth

By dispelling common misconceptions and leveraging the right solutions, you can harness their full potential – delivering exceptional customer experiences and more easily achieving business objectives.

To learn more about our AI services and expertise, drop us a line now. To see the webinar in full for more insights, click here.

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VP Sales

Simon Brennan has more than 14 years’ experience in the customer engagement sector, working with a wide variety of companies from tech start-ups to FTSE100 organisations. He is an expert in improving corporate customer communication, using technology to supercharge internal processes and deliver increased sales. Simon has a strong track record of successfully delivering cross-channel communication solutions for Engage Hub's corporate customer base, across multiple divisions within an organisation.

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