Business development · 11 July 2019

4 essential technologies for great customer service

If businesses want to survive in the future, having great customer service is important. For customers today, being able to interact with a business in the way they want is a key component of their customer experience.By 2020, the majorityof customers will consider customer experience to be the most important differentiator between brands, above price and product.

Technology is fast becoming the best way businesses can ramp up their customer service. But what are the most useful digital channels to use? How do you make them work to your advantage? How can you manage it when the boundaries between traditional and non-traditional communications are so blurred?

Increase your conversions?

According to a study, 44% of customers believe that getting live answers to their questions when shopping online is one of the most important features a website can offer. In addition, 68% of them stop buying from a company when they perceive that they are indifferent to them.

Live-chat is great

One of the most effective ways for any site to provide great service is through live chat. This channel allows agents to chat in real time with customers while they are visiting the website.

A great feature of live-chat is the use of triggers to create an opportunity to instigate that conversation. A live chat can be triggered according to specific criteria, such as the volume of products added to a basket, visits to certain pages or time spent on a page.

Offering a live chat conversation is a good way to accelerate the sales process in a proactive way, and remove any barriers that stop customersfrom completing a transaction.

Another live-chat feature to consider is co-browsing. This allows a customer service agent to view the same page in real time as the client. This can be done without any special software installation and can help the agent to highlight certain areas of a web page.

The benefits of WhatsApp

Have you considered using WhatsApp as part of your customer service?
Live chat is great for instant interactions but it has some limitations. Its synchronous nature means the customer must remain on the website waiting for an answer, which can be frustrating.

Messaging is a way to bypass these limits and will be more suitable for situations that do not require an immediate response.

By using WhatsApp, businesses can communicate with customers on a channel that they already use daily to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues.

Rather than being forced to use channels such as online forms or the phone, customers can simply send a message and be notified when they receive a response.

What else does it offer?

WhatsApp offers features such as sharing media, voice messages, and localisation to provide more context and facilitate problem-solving.

Another challenge for any SME is the management of customer reviews and comments.For example, 95% of shoppers read online reviews before making a purchase.

This makes it the most widely used source for research, ahead of search engines and the wider website. One of the most important channels for reviews is Google My Business. This is where 44% of local businesses are already registered for free, with their reviews visible directly in search results.

A negative comment left unanswered can quickly have negative impacts on the brand.

As many as 96% of internet users are influenced by the presence of negative opinions during a purchase. This makes it essential for retailers to effectively manage Google My Business.

Make the most of your app investment

A mobile application can be one of the most important investments a company makes.


 
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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Julien Rio is Head of Marketing at RingCentral Engage Digital, he is passionate about how essential technologies can help companies communicate effectively with customers and boost conversions.

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