Adding self-service technology, like kiosks and IVR, to purchase and customer service processes has obvious benefits for meeting millennial consumer behavior. But the benefits go beyond this one demographic. From schools to corporations, you find people of all ages buried in their smartphones, looking for quick answers to simple problems. That’s why it’s so important to focus on the self-service customer experience.
No matter the product, every manufacturer looks for new ways to improve quality while lowering costs. And the best way to do that is by following well-established best practices in manufacturing operations.
So instead of randomly testing new processes on your own, start with these tried-and-true practices. Each of these four tactics have been put to use by some of the largest manufacturers in their market. But they can be applied by any size manufacturer producing any type of product. Check out these best practices in manufacturing operations and see how you can put them to use in your business.
Although many people are bearish when talking about manufacturing — saying that “jobs are moving overseas” or “nothing is made locally anymore” — the U.S. is actually on track to become the world’s most competitive manufacturing country by 2020. Still, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of modern manufacturing challenges. Read More >
The power goes out, and a local utility company immediately springs into action to find a solution. But when the outage experience ends four hours later, a woman boots up her computer, opens Facebook and broadcasts to all her friends, “My electric company has lousy customer service.”
Most customers can’t describe good customer service, but they can tell when they’ve had a bad experience. It’s all about feelings. That’s right. Even in the highly regulated utility industry, good ol’ non-technical feelings still carry weight. Read More >
As a utility provider, you’ve kept the power on, you bill fairly and your technicians respond in a timely manner. That’s a great way to boost CX for utilities. But in today’s experience-driven world, it may not be enough to satisfy your customers.
Like all industries, customer expectations of utility providers have changed dramatically in the last decade. People aren’t just looking for the best product or service at the best price anymore. Instead, they want customer experiences (CX) to remember and brands that remember them.
Peak energy demand credits are great. They put less stress on utility infrastructure, reduce wasted electricity and give many customers a discount on their bill.
But none of those benefits are possible if utility customers don’t know about them. Or just as unfortunate, they know but choose to ignore them. Read More >
Proactive communication helps guide utility customers down the right path. But sometimes you need them to make the most efficient, cost-effective or responsible choice on their own. Yet even when customers want to make the right decision, they oftentimes still need to contact you for help. That’s where inbound communication tools for utilities can help, and summer is a great time to get started.
Inbound communication tools for utilities are really no different than tools used in other industries. They include solutions like chatbots, contact center software, interactive voice response (IVR), webchat, email, web portals and more. So you may already be quite familiar with these tools and just need some guidance on how to get more from them. Read More >
By now, you’ve heard that millennials are paying more for experiences and that customer experience will be the driving factor for the majority of businesses in the next few years. But does that hold true for healthcare, too?
In recent years, patients often elect to receive healthcare through mobile apps, outpatient treatment and clinics instead of hospitals, according to Modern Healthcare. That’s driven heavily by cost and changes to insurance, but it opens the door to a larger shift. Read More >
By Chandler Harrison, Account Development Executive
For today’s utility companies, keeping the power on is the most important consideration in substation management. But with more substations to run and increased demand from customers, saving time and money is more important than ever. So utilities turn to substation automation. Read More >
By Amy Goodwin, Senior Speech Technologist
Expanding on a global scale is great for business, but it also creates its own host of challenges. While you need to know all about cultural norms, the first step is adapting current practices to international needs. Most likely, that includes creating a multilingual interactive voice response (IVR) system. Read More >