Customer service jobs require a composite mix of soft and hard skills for success. To positively interact with customers and team members we need social and emotional intelligence, and self-regulation skills. We also need lots of technical expertise, general industry and product knowledge to handle everyday customer requests effectively.
In our blog we have already published a series of articles highlighting skills for being awesome at customer service. Following those posts I would like to add up another skill crucial for service industry employees — critical thinking. This blog post also puts together some helpful techniques that foster this skill. I hope that these tips will help you grow personally and professionally, and let you progress to the next level along your career journey.
Predicting what the future of customer service will be like a few years from now there is absolutely no room for doubt that artificial intelligence is going to transform the way businesses interact and engage with customers. In fact, chatbots are already dramatically changing the way customer service is provided in various industries.
Gartner predicts that by 2020, customers will manage 85% of their relationship with the enterprise without interacting with a human. A survey by Oracle found that 8 out of 10 businesses have already implemented or are planning to adopt AI as a customer service solution by 2020.
According to a recent report by Grand View Research, the global chatbot market is expected to reach $1.23 billion by 2025, a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.3%. Within the global chatbot market, approximately 45% of end users prefer chatbots as the primary mode of communication for customer service inquires. >>>
As a live chat software provider, we saw many of our clients adding direct messenger links to their websites and missing on the opportunity to see additional details about their customers and improve the quality of their customer service. Direct links to the messenger, although they allow the customers to chat with the company, don’t have the capability to pass any information from the visitor’s browser.
While we are aware that some of the live chat tools available in the market today don’t have this feature, which may be the reason some of our customers are not expecting to see this functionality, we try to encourage our clients to utilize the chat tool to its full potential and make sure that they take advantage of the benefits that real-time monitoring offers. >>>
Have you ever heard “No” as a customer? How did you feel? Were you disappointed? Sometimes it may happen that we need to say “No” to our customers or deliver negative news. In fact, this is one of the most unpleasant parts of customer service workflow. Dealing with negative news requires specific skills and self-control. It is not easy to say “No” and continue a smooth conversation.
In any customer interaction, the words you say either ruin your relationship with a customer or build it up. That is why it is important for any company to do this right across all customer service channels. So, how to say “No” without spoiling your customer service experience? Here are 8 tips to begin with. >>>
With the growth in messaging apps and automated bots, live chat is becoming the most popular customer service channel that offers huge opportunities for businesses, from support to marketing. In fact, more and more businesses are realizing today that live chat is much more than just a budget-friendly support channel. According to Kayako research, 79% of businesses say offering live chat has had a positive effect on sales, revenue, and customer loyalty.
Why Do Сonsumers Love Live Chat?
Because they want quicker service, faster resolution and greater flexibility. Live chat offers immediate support with no need to wait on hold: Zopim survey found that it takes a service agent less than a minute on average to reply and resolve an issue. But most importantly, it’s convenient. People can carry on working, shopping, eating or whatever they were doing while maintaining a chat conversation. It’s customer service that perfectly fits into their lifestyle. >>>
Acquiring new customers is important, but retaining them is more profitable. In order for a business to survive, it needs money. To make money, you need customers. More specifically, you need happy and loyal customers. If your business focuses on customer satisfaction, it is more likely to keep these customers happy and returning.
Gaining a new customer is similar to making a new friend, as it is exciting and rewarding. Just because you’ve made a new friend, you wouldn’t ignore your old friends. The same applies with customers. The long-term customers add more value in the long run, than newer/single-deal customers. So, if we can keep a larger percentage of the long-term customers happy, we end up with more profitable and predictable customers. >>>
As the new technology keeps booming, innovation in customer service follows. Many of us take the time to reflect on the milestones achieved in the past, and also look ahead to what the future has in store. How many changes will it bring about for those in customer service? Are chatbots and virtual agents likely to replace humans any time soon? And if so, what does the future hold for human CSRs and what will be the role of AI in customer service then?
2017 has seen a proliferation of innovations in customer service featuring AI-powered chatbots and virtual agents for a wide range of purposes from engaging at a pre-sales point to assisting with billing transactions and making post-sales service appointments. With the obvious increase in use of AI technology, let me briefly summarize some of the recent trends shaping the role of AI in customer service. >>>
Whether you are a start-up company, regional SME or global corporation, chances are how you and your staff provide great service to your own customers is a process that has been carefully honed and refined. The customer care you provide should after all be your biggest USP as a brand, especially as super savvy consumers expect more from the companies they spend their hard earned cash with.
Nowadays you have more versatility than ever to deliver the very best customer care, but social media channels and live chat tools aside, content as customer service is becoming more important. In recent years, content marketing has become integral to the online profiles of organisations of all sizes and niches. Now, with the right strategy, you can use good content to engage, inform and even inspire your customer base, regardless of whether your aim is to attract new customers, retain existing ones or both. >>>
Over the recent years customer experience has dramatically grown in value to supersede product quality and price. Companies that deliver outstanding customer experience can truly win over the competition, retain more loyal customers and improve their bottom line. So what’s trending in the world of CX today?
Since customer expectations are changing just as rapidly as technology advancements, improving customer experience has become an ongoing goal for most companies. Dimension Data found that over 82% of companies recognize the customer experience as a competitive differentiator. According to another survey by Harvard Business Review, 86% of business leaders agree that CX is vital for success. >>>
Zendesk survey revealed that 62% of B2B and 42% of B2C customers purchased more after a good customer service experience while 66% of B2B and 52% of B2C customers stopped buying after a bad customer service interaction.
If you want people to buy your staff or use your service you need to understand how they make purchase decisions and what kind of factors have an impact on them. It is equally important both for small businesses and large corporations.
The impact of customer service can be detected even before your prospects start their interaction with your customer service team. Here are 4 things you should know about purchase decisions. >>>