Unrelenting customer evolution demands unrelenting customer experience (CX) optimization. In traveling along this line of thinking, inspirations to integrate the latest and greatest technologies often emerge before decision-makers take more obvious and immediately beneficial considerations into account. Sometimes, it’s the thoughtful, yet subtle investments that garner the highest returns. And solid consultative partnerships can help ensure these “ah-ha” moments don’t slip through the cracks.
For example, West recently identified two opportunities to increase self-service within a client’s interactive voice response (IVR) system. By making a few tweaks to this leading financial services company’s call flow, West set them up to save an estimated $5.4 million in the next year.
Read this case study to explore how conducting two strategic Champion Challenger tests has positioned West’s longtime partner to save big while providing a more rewarding CX — all while avoiding the need to sacrifice an abundance of organizational resources.
By: Doug Thompson, Director of Product Management and Development
Customers in every industry are evolving in step with the technology they touch. Advancements like vehicular Wi-Fi connectivity are becoming mainstream and the phrase “hang up” the phone has lost true meaning for anyone born in the last decade.
During my presentation at Forrester’s Digital Transformation, I discussed how brands must address more rapid consumer evolution and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. The biggest takeaway? One must understand where your CX stands now in order to develop an adequate strategy to shift it to an ideal state.
After taking this brief CX Strategy assessment, be sure to click here to see what your score tells you about your personal next steps in CX strategy. Primary areas of focus include: Read More >
Bruce Pollock, VP of Strategic Growth and Planning, West
As people evolve in step with the technology they touch, cloud-based solutions provide the flexibility and agility organizations need to respond to them effectively. But. The right technology is just one piece of the puzzle.
By 2020, if not before, Customer Experience (CX) will become more important to customers than price or product as a key brand differentiator. As such, a set-and-forget technological mindset that companies have used in the past is dangerous. As expectations climb, organizations that fail to ground technology in thoughtful strategy will struggle to connect meaningfully and effectively with customers. Without forethought, interactions become siloed across channels and departments, customers repeat themselves as they are passed from agent to agent, and the company’s top and bottom line suffers.
So how can you help your clients avoid these commonplace contact center pitfalls? Let’s look at a few inbound strategies that are essential to success in today’s CX landscape. Read More >
Cinco de Mayo is nearly here, which means it’s time to keep an eye out for your nearest Mariachi band and celebrate the day that the citizens of Mexico gained their independence (Read through if you’re shaking your head!).
When we think of independence, we think of the freedom to do things in the ways we want. Among smartphone and SMS/text messaging users, 64 percent prefer texting over voice customer service.[i]
Instead of perpetuating the myth that customers only ever truly want agent support, it’s time to free them to interact more naturally. In an age where customers are moving faster than ever, it’s time to provide the liberation they demand. It’s time to let them be mobile.
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West collaborated with CCW Digital—a prominent community, resource hub and advisory for customer management practice, call center and customer experience professionals—on their Performance & Agents Executive Report. This report addresses the goals, challenges and solutions that organizations should address in the pursuit of a result-oriented customer experience function.
Within the report, West’s “Practicality Guide: An Illustration of Improved Performance,” offers up 5 Rules of Customer Experience Performance (starting on page 25). You can read more about these best practices in the full write-up here.
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Doug Thompson, Director of Product Development
According to Google, 87 percent of people now have their phones by their sides at all times.[i] Despite many utilities recognizing the need to address ever-rising customer mobility with newer, more proactive communication strategies, they still fail to make it a priority.
In my recent article published in CS Week’s Spring edition of Newsline Magazine (Page 3), I explore the customer experience (CX) challenges today’s utilities face, and offer my take on how utilities can capitalize upon the “mobile shift” that has gradually seeped into the industry. Read More >
West is proud to receive a 2017 CRM Service Leader Award for Contact Center Infrastructure. Recognizing the major role the contact center plays in a company’s customer experience and bottom line, West designed its contact center offering with the intent to connect interactions across multiple channels, boost agent productivity, increase connection rates and build long-term brand advocates.
CRM recognized West for the depth of its Cloud Contact Center’s functionality and addition of multichannel capabilities, network-based queuing, and preview, predictive, and progressive dialing modes that provide artificial intelligence to manage dialer pacing in real time. It also attributed much of West’s success to a number of strategic business decisions, including divesting its agent services back in January 2015. Click here to read the full write-up. Read More >
By Dan Gordon, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development
Consider this: By 2020, customer experience (CX) will overtake price and product in terms of overall value to brand differentiation. Why? Because in today’s mobile world, solid CX represents real money. More than ever before, customers are turning to the Internet to self-serve and conduct research before ever reaching out to your brand. Now, by the time they pick up the phone and dial your IVR or send a text message, they are operating from a level of understanding that requires you to know more too — specifically about them. And if you don’t, they will take their business elsewhere and find someone who does.
As customers continually evolve and fluidly define the types of customer experiences they expect, even some of the most well planned CX game plans are destined to fail because they lack a coherent investment strategy and the necessary resources it will take to execute.
Listen to this recording of my recent CRM Xchange presentation to learn more about what it takes to stay ahead of the curve. Then, check out these five steps to start immediately optimizing your CX: Read More >
By Chandler Harrison, Sales Executive, West Interactive
As technology evolves and changes the way we live our day to day lives, expectations for agile customer service are ever-rising. As a result, customers demand the same speed and personalization from your utility customer experience (CX) as that of their favorite retail company.
Cloud-based technology can provide the flexibility and data-informed insights that utilities need to get ahead of today’s fickle utility customer. Traditionally, utilities have been unable to rate-base associated costs in the same way they can when it comes to on-premises software. In a nutshell, utility leaders would rather (understandably) realize a regulated rate of return from capital expenditures on in-house technology, rather than invest in the cloud and miss out. But things are changing… and fast. Read More >
Whether you are an avid college basketball nut, or were roped into the “madness” and took a more creative approach to team selection (Hey, those jerseys are neat!), there are 9.2 quintillion possible combinations you could have ended up with by the time your March Madness bracket was complete. That’s 9.2 billion written one billion times. You had a lot of tough decisions to make.
Imagine if each of those decisions could have affected the way your company runs— organizationally and on the consumer side. That feeling of the unknown many get while filling out a bracket is a lot like how it feels when making customer communication decisions, with just as many potential outcomes. Even the smallest choices matter in the long run!
Repeat calls, for instance, are an often overlooked source of customer information. Often seen as an organizational “air ball,” a repeat call can actually become a valuable tool in your overall customer experience strategy. (What are a caller’s pain points? Can you apply your findings across other communication channels?) Read More >