Directed dialog or natural language. You may not understand those two terms, but chances are pretty good you’re already using one of them when communicating with your customers. They both describe a form of interactive voice response (IVR) system, but one creates a far more conversational IVR experience. Read through the comparison below and see just what you need to know about choosing a directed dialog or natural language option.
Traditional interactive voice response (IVR) is still the golden standard for self-service. But it’s safe to say it doesn’t have the best reputation in the minds of many consumers. From dated interfaces to limited verbal working memory, there are many reasons a standard IVR fails, and businesses are looking for a more mobile IVR to provide results. Thankfully, a new technology has produced a workable solution: visual IVR. (And don’t miss the visual IVR demo at the bottom of the page.)
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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 >
In customer service, you need to know what your customer wants. But it’s also important to know who they are. Fortunately when someone calls your contact center, there are a few IVR authentication best practices that can help.
When someone calls your IVR — also known as an interactive voice response system — you probably hope they’ll finish the interaction using self-service. That means your technology must be smart enough to tell who is calling. There are several ways to make that possible. Read More >
Self-service is one of the best ways to cut call center costs and speed up over-the-phone interactions with customers. And an IVR is one of the most well-known self-service tools out there. But there are costs involved in buying a new solution or upgrading an old one. So if you want the best deal, it’s natural to wonder whether that IVR cost is really worth the price. Read More >
Most businesses today agree that self-service adoption is one of their most important customer service goals. Self-service drastically cuts costs and makes it easy for customers to get the timely service they desire.
In fact, one West client now saves an estimated $5.4 million per year thanks to self-service optimizations. And another company receives 80 percent of late payments within four hours of sending a reminder thanks to self-service text messages. 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 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 >
By David Orwick, Product Development Manager
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a frustrating contradiction. Customers love self-service, yet common IVR complaints lead many customers to groan as soon as they hear a machine on the other line. Read More >