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24 May Have You Questioned Your Premise or Cloud Provider’s Support Services?

By: Chad Wright

I work with a lot of companies to assess their current contact center operations and offer guidance on improving service through technology and process adoption. My methodology centers on the premise of reducing customer effort. One of the most overlooked areas with deployed technology solutions is the support services provided by either the reseller or manufacturer. The gaps in post-production support contributes to projects not achieving the stated objectives and do not create an environment that makes it effortless to service your customers. What can we do different?

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12 May Aspect ACE 2017 - Faster Forward

By: Chad Wright

After attending the Aspect ACE event and speaking to hundreds of the attendees, I thought I would share my perspective on the event. In full disclosure, MicroAutomation has a product - OmniEngage - that Aspect cloud and premise customers using Aspect CXP leverage to power customer engagement across any channel. That said, we maintain a vendor agnostic approach to best serve our customers and work with a wide range of vendors in the contact center industry. I had a great time at the event and enjoyed speaking to a lot of professionals that are on the front lines of customer service everyday.

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10 Apr Capital One's SMS Notification Evolves Into Customer Interaction

By: Chad Wright

As a customer of Capital One, I signed up to receive SMS notifications when a recent charge hits an account to prevent both fraud and to track online purchases of my four children. The buzz word of the day is “bots” and the need to use natural language and artificial intelligence as the next “game changer” in support of your customers. The Capital One story provides some interesting tidbits on the benefits of a proactive notification strategy and its link to the development of a first generation chatbot.

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13 Mar New Design Methodologies Drive an IVR Revival

By: Chad Wright

The buzz in the customer care industry always tilts in the direction of the shiny new object. Customer engagement on social media, chatbot assistants powered by artificial intelligence, and continued migration to the cloud continue to receive the most press coverage. It appears that a forgotten and perhaps neglected service channel, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), is once again driving customer value and showing up in industry publications due to new design methodologies.

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2 Feb Top 3 Customer Service Trends for 2017

By: Chad Wright

I just did a quick Google search and realized that I could read or watch about 10 million blogs, whitepapers, and webinars on the infamous “top 5” or “top 10” trends related to customer service. I estimate that it will actually take until 2019 to get through all the material so perhaps I will miss out on 2018 altogether. Bad humor aside, I thought I would list 3 customer service experiences that need to end in 2017. I could do 5, 10, or probably 20 but here is the top 3:

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