It’s no secret that universities have a constant battle keeping their curriculums up-to-date with the fast-paced development of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is disrupting this institutional norm by preparing their students for working life through company mentorship programs. Companies such as VoiceFoundry, who develop innovative Contact Center technologies for enterprise, are working with students bound for Computer Science degrees to develop innovative and real-world business solutions. More businesses are looking for novel ways to engage their customers and deliver better service. Graduates entering the workforce who can demonstrate technology skills in Automation and AI are undoubtedly valued. VoiceFoundry is proud to be a part of the development of these skills.
Coming back from a business trip this week, I realized it had been more than a year since our partnership with Amazon and the Connect team started. It’s incredible how much has transpired in a year and absolutely stunning the amount of welcome and reception that the platform has received from the marketplace. At launch, I thought early adopters would primarily be comprised of aggressive SMB organizations eager to adapt and adopt the latest new toys in the industry. Consider myself stunned that more than ever anticipated, early adopters have been largely comprised of big time Enterprise. And by that, we’re talking the biggest of the bigs – top 5 banks, top 5 insurers, top 5 financial service companies, top 5 retailers…..it’s truly been stunning.
User experience is something that you don’t normally hear about until something goes wrong. But what is it really and why does it matter?
For starters, user experience, UX for short, is how a person feels when interacting with a digital product. UX has many factors, including usability, accessibility, performance, design/look, utility, ergonomics, overall human interaction, and marketing. But while they might sound similar, UX is not the same as usability. UX is the experience and the connection a user feels when on a site. Usability is more along the lines of how effective the site and scope of design is.
Christmas is so close you can probably taste the peppermint candy canes filling your stockings. But how many of you are actually ready – as in finished – with all of your holiday shopping? The thought of heading anywhere close to the mall right now makes many of us shudder in fear. The people, the lines, the traffic! But if you’re like millions of Americans, you already know that shopping online is the only way to go. The number of online shoppers increases with each passing year as technology gives us more and more with just the swipe of a screen. But as additional people rely on the ease and selectiveness of online retailers, some companies may struggle to meet demand with their physical data centers.
Everyone has heard of the enormous amount of benefits when migrating to the cloud, but what does that mean from a customer’s point of view? I mean nobody really wants to call into a contact center… ever. Its no wonder the majority of calls end up in hang ups and frustration and most of the time it’s the fault of the call center whether its lack of staff or technology.
The solution – move your contact center to the cloud. But the great debate is whether this migration can do more than just save you money, can it actually improve your customer experience? A recent study by the Aberdeen Group indicates that yes, it can improve customer service. In fact, it showed abandonment rates were significantly lower in cloud contact centers compared with traditional call centers, with just 4.5% of calls abandoned.
Any chance you remember the last time you had a really horrible customer experience? Maybe it was pretty recent and you just got hair-raising chills going back to that moment. Ok, so stop there.
Now, on a happier note, are you able to remember a blow-your-socks-off great customer experience? Perhaps it was in a store. Or on an airplane. Or maybe it was doing something as simple as making an online purchase. Whatever it was, great customer experiences seem to stand out more than bad ones. And sadly, those over-the-top-genuinely-want-to-help experiences are few and far between. How do we consistently offer these great experiences and set the bar for a new level of customer service? We suggest you look at revamping the User Experience Design (UX).