3 ways virtual agents can boost call center efficiency

Talkdesk

From knowledge bases to virtual agents, the potential disruption that a solid set of self-service applications can bring to contact center efficiency and customer experience is unquestionable and justifies all the buzz. Self-service is a hot topic in the call center industry.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Data Gathering Made Easy

NICE inContact

When it comes to reducing expenses within contact center operations, one of the best ways to do so is to reduce the amount of time that live agents spend on the phone. With that being said, one of the biggest time-consumers of live agent minutes comes from repetitive and tedious data gathering. This happens on virtually every call, as agents generally perform customer identification duties whether or not the system has already done so (more on that later).

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What is a virtual agent and how does it work?

Talkdesk

This tendency, coupled with increasingly mature artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, has raised attention to the role and impact of virtual agents in contact centers and customer experience (CX). What is a virtual agent?

The state of virtual agents

Jacada

The State of Virtual Agents. There’s no denying that virtual agents – or “chat bots” (or simply, bots) – are experiencing a tremendous resurgence in interest, and along with that, a rapid advance in innovation and technology. This resurgence is driven by four primary factors – it’s a perfect storm – a confluence of drivers causing massive interest, adoption, growth and innovation. Read More. Jacada Blog

5 Best Practices for AI Self-Service Without Compromise

Speaker: Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction

Advances in conversational AI have led to the growing adoption of cloud-based virtual agents to automate conversations traditionally handled by live agents over voice, chat, and text. Join Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction, and learn 5 best practices that leading organizations are using to transform to AI self-service without compromising an ounce of Customer Experience (CX).

The State of Virtual Agents

Jacada

There’s no denying that virtual agents – or “chat bots” (or simply, bots) – are experiencing a tremendous resurgence in interest, and along with that, a rapid advance in innovation and technology. This resurgence is driven by four primary factors – it’s a perfect storm – a confluence of drivers causing massive interest, adoption, growth and innovation. Read More. Jacada Blog

From Knowledge Base to Virtual Agents: The Shift to AI-powered Self Service

TechSee

AI has also powered decision support tools, which help human agents present customers with relevant information in real time with the goal of making the best decisions and providing the right information to consumers. Here are the steps to get started: Build the virtual agent around a single strategic objective. Decreased agent workload? The post From Knowledge Base to Virtual Agents: The Shift to AI-powered Self Service appeared first on Techsee.

Virtual Agents in the Contact Center: Automate One Routine Call Type at a Time

NICE inContact

The biggest challenge facing every contact center is agent churn. Many agents are bored, unengaged, and generally unhappy, and they churn at a rate of 33% across all industries. As a contact center leader, you work extremely hard to mitigate these challenges, but because you are pulled in many different directions, it is tough to keep your best agents. Not to mention, technology constraints can sometimes make it difficult to improve the agent experience.

Improving customer experience with a virtual agent

Talkdesk

AI-powered conversational assistants, or “virtual agents”, can quickly deliver the answers and outcomes over voice-enabled channels. A virtual agent is ideal for solving common issues and automating routine tasks when agents are not available after hours, or to free agents during peak traffic periods, allowing them to focus on more complex issues. The post Improving customer experience with a virtual agent appeared first on Talkdesk

Virtual Agents are Automating the Contact Center: Natural Language Greeting & Intent Capture

NICE inContact

This is the first of four ways that virtual agents are automating the contact center. Reaching the right agent at the first attempt is a prerequisite for an effortless, fast customer experience, but touch-tone systems and single word command menus are somewhat limited in their capabilities and options to precisely determine a customer’s needs. Your business benefits through increased cost-savings from a reduced number of internal transfers and reduced agent minutes.

4 Ways AI-powered Virtual Agents Automate the Contact Center

Speaker: Tom Lewis, CEO of SmartAction

Most contact centers have an over-reliance on live agents for even the most rudimentary and repetitive call types. Hear examples from AAA, MGM Resorts, Hyundai, and Office Depot on how they are leveraging the power of conversational AI through cloud-based virtual agents to automate the call and chat types handled by live agents.

How Outsourced Call Centers Make Use of AI-Powered Virtual Agents

Advantage Communications

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a controversial subject. It often comes with a worry that workers will lose their jobs and companies will have to implement new processes and ways of operating. Artificial Intelligence

Intelligent Digital Service: What to Consider When Exploring Virtual Agent Software

Bold360

There are hundreds if not thousands of solution options out there that address this rising trend, and over the last five years, virtual agents have been among the more popular of them. It is important to take a few factors into consideration when looking at virtual agents to meet your self-service needs If we look around to see how the digital age is taking over, we?ll ll see that customers are choosing self-service over every other channel.

Insights into AI: The Virtual Agent at its Best

Rant And Rave

In recent years and months, AI and the rise of the chatbot has been hailed as the saviour of the traditional contact centre. AI Contact Centre

How Will Virtual Agents, Robots, RPA, and New Technology Impact Your Contact Center?

West Monroe

These intelligent agents are making our lives so easy. Virtual Agents will be used more (often the first point of contact) and can be described as a computer generated, animated, artificial intelligence virtual character that serves as an online customer service representative. Virtual Agents get smarter over time, and free up time for live agents to handle more difficult and emotional issues.

The 5 Categories That Rule Virtual Agents

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, Mark Landry, VP Product, Marilyn Cassedy, Director of Customer Success, SmartAction

It just so happens that whenever we design and deploy a new AI-powered virtual agent over voice, the self-service application invariably falls into one of 5 distinct categories. This has been true for more than a hundred clients encompassing hundreds of use cases across 12 industries. Having a keen awareness of where or how AI fits in your contact center for a great CX and ROI begins with understanding how to broadly classify your interactions. If it fits into one of these 5 categories, a live human agent should never handle it. Join Brian Morin, Mark Landry, and Marilyn Cassedy of SmartAction, and learn how to streamline your customer service.

The Times They Are a-Changing: Talent in the Contact Center Part 3: Rise of the Machines – Meet the Virtual Agent

SaleMove

Once they are put into production, bots will need supervision similar to live agents – to make sure that they are “behaving” and achieving the desired results. Reconfigure which issues are handled by which bots, and when to invoke a human agent. The post The Times They Are a-Changing: Talent in the Contact Center Part 3: Rise of the Machines – Meet the Virtual Agent appeared first on Glia Blog | Digital Customer Service Explained.

COVID-19 Stokes The Chatbot Hype In Financial Services

Forrester's Customer Insights

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Work From Home Tips - Part 2

Cyara

contact center cx agile virtual agent cx monitoring disruption work from homeOn Monday I shared the first of three blog posts I put together on the fly with tips for initial set-up of your home-office that you may have had to move to through a mandatory work-from-home order, which many business are - understandably - enforcing at this time.

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The Future Of Banking Has Arrived

Forrester's Customer Insights

Forrester’s view on the future of banking is here – examining the changes that we expect to play out over the next decade of retail banking.

Implementing Virtual Agents: Where to Start, and How to Finish

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Aarde Cosseboom, Director of GMS Technology and Product, TechStyle Fashion Group

Join us for this in-depth conversation with TechStyle Fashion Group, as they openly discuss their decision to go virtual, and the challenges they faced along the way as they dabbled with both building the omnichannel self-service platform themselves, and outsourcing the design to a partner.

Work From Home Tips - Part 3

Cyara

contact center cx agile virtual agent cx monitoring disruption work from homeIt's Friday! And, boy, it's been a long week. On Monday I posted tips for quickly setting up a home-office , followed by a post on Wednesday with some advice for secondary things that may make your mandatory work-from-home status a little easier. Today, I'm sharing a few ideas on ways to make this period of time as pleasant and productive as possible.

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Work From Home Tips - Part 1

Cyara

contact center cx agile virtual agent cx monitoring disruption work from homeRight now, there are so many great examples of fantastic, humanitarian efforts getting organized to counter-act the social and economic effects of COVID-19, like free educational services, temporary halts on things like evictions and utilities shut-offs due to late payments, and lightning-fast set ups of food and supply shelters. There’s a lot to be proud of!

A Reassuring Note About Conducting Business in Turbulent Times

Cyara

customer experience customer journey customer service automated testing omnichannel contact center cx customer experience issues agile virtual agent IVR call center cx monitoring cloud cx assurance voice quality disruption digital transformationIn the last few weeks, we have witnessed dramatic stock market swings, governmental actions and WHO announcements all related to the expansion of COVID-19 to pandemic status. Needless to say, the turbulence is unsettling to us all.

The Future Of Banking: Invisible, Connected, Insights-Driven, And Purposeful

Forrester's Customer Insights

Leading banks are pivoting and rebooting their strategy — capitalizing on the pace of change and innovation and setting their course for the next decade. By 2030, banking will be invisible, connected, insights-driven, and purposeful.

How a Top 25 Most Trusted Brand Handed Their CX to AI

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Patty Kleinfeldt, Director of Q&E, AAA

One of the most trusted brands in the world, AAA, took the most critical aspect of their Customer Experience and handed it over to an AI-powered virtual agent for omnichannel self-service. In this webinar, we will hear from Brian Morin of SmartAction and AAA's Dispatch Operations Manager, Steve Bennett. They will dive into how AAA handled this transition and the effect its had on CX.

Why Chatbots Can’t Read Your Mind

Forrester's Customer Insights

age of the customer artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots customer experience infrastructure & operations machine learning virtual agentsBy Will White and Ian Jacobs Chatbots — And Why They Can’t Read Your Mind Chatbots are cropping up everywhere, from customer service to internal help desks, but what makes them tick? When we interact with chatbots, we’re often coming in from the end-user side and confronting a chatbot window. When we ask a question, […].

Getting Chatty With Bixby (Samsung’s Intelligent Agent)

Forrester's Customer Insights

Forrester clients may not be familiar with Samsung’s intelligent agent Bixby, but it’s primed to put other better-known agents such as […]. age of the customer mobile technology virtual agents voice technology(With Julie Ask) Last week, Samsung hosted its annual Developer Conference in San Jose, California. Developers sampled the company’s latest offerings for mobile app and web development, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence.

Verint CEO Dan Bodner Will Deliver AI and Customer Engagement Keynote

Verint

Bodner will discuss how artificial intelligence technology can disrupt the customer engagement market with new innovations such as virtual agents and robotic process automation, and how customer engagement teams will leverage natural language processing and machine learning to deliver significant cost efficiencies while improving consumer satisfaction.

AI Will Mold Future of Customer Service: Verint CEO

Verint

Bodner also discussed how artificial intelligence technology can disrupt the customer engagement market with new innovations, such as virtual agents and robotic process automation—and how customer engagement teams will leverage natural language processing and machine learning to deliver significant cost efficiencies while improving customer satisfaction.

The Post-Covid CX Powered by AI

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Aarde Cosseboom, Director of GMS Technology and Product, TechStyle Fashion Group

Adapting to a post-Covid world means recession-proofing your contact center with AI that reduces reliance on live agents with virtual agents that are always on, perfectly trained, and at a fraction of the cost. Most companies looking to ditch a "Press 1" experience struggle with where to start and how to infuse natural language into their existing technology stack. Join this webinar with TechStyle Fashion Group who recession-proofed their contact center with personalized and frictionless experiences to customers who prefer self-service. Also joining is SmartAction who manages the AI-powered CX for more than 100 brands.

What Can Your Business Learn about CX from the Latest in Smart Technology?

Bold360

Many businesses are encouraging their customers to grasp the same flexibility and control with online support bots and virtual assistants. Long term investor Danny Vena believes that 2017 “will be the tipping point for virtual personal assistants becoming part of most people’s daily lives” as natural language processing improves. Customer Experience Customer service customer experience smart chat bot virtual agent

What Can Your Business Learn about CX from the Latest in Smart Technology?

Bold360

Many businesses are encouraging their customers to grasp the same flexibility and control with online support bots and virtual assistants. Long term investor Danny Vena believes that 2017 “will be the tipping point for virtual personal assistants becoming part of most people’s daily lives” as natural language processing improves. Customer Experience Customer service customer experience smart chat bot virtual agent

Automation and AI: Game Changers for Your Customer Engagement Strategy

Verint

Customer Satisfaction Customer Service Customer Experience customer engagement optimization artificial intelligence Robotics robotic process automation automation customer engagement customer focus AI machine learning natural language processing virtual agents RPA brand differentiation

Dialogflow CX vs ES: A Complete Overview

kommunicate

Google Dialogflow recently introduced Dialogflow CX (Customer Experience) – a powerful tool for creating advanced virtual agents. The older version of Dialogflow has been renamed to Dialogflow ES (Essentials). Dialogflow is now a common term to describe both the Dialogflow ES and CX.

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

Answer: Virtual assistant (VA) Also called virtual customer assistants, chatbots, avatars, virtual. agents, or concierges, VAs help businesses wow customers with. the natural language capabilities of eGain Virtual Assistant™ to. agents. agents.

Automate Contact Center Outbound Calls and Texts for Positive ROI

NICE inContact

For many companies, making outbound calls and texts to customers makes up a large volume of everyday work that their live agents handle today. However, these repetitive call types need to be made hundreds of times per day, and can often make up a large part of a live agent’s daily routine. While necessary, outbound notification calls are often extremely expensive and take an enormous amount of time, since agents must dial each customer consecutively.