The Difference Between Support Case Deflection and Support Case Prevention

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Apr 8, 2019 11:55:00 AM

Support case deflection is the art of empowering your customers to troubleshoot their own support issues without having to actually engage with your customer support teams. While case deflection is inarguably a cost-saving practice, it isn't an optimal experience for your customers. The real goal should be case prevention -- solving your customers' problems before they even need to contact you.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

Top AI Podcasts in 2019

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Apr 5, 2019 10:12:12 AM

One of the best ways to keep yourself up-to-date on the latest developments in the world of AI and machine learning is a great podcast. Just like the field itself, AI-centric podcasts are continuously developing and diversifying - they’re a great way to learn while commuting, working out, and living your life. We’ve put together a roundup of five podcasts that explore the latest advances through different lenses. We’ll tell you a little bit of background about each one so that you can start to get a sense of which of these highly rated podcasts appeals most to you. 

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Topics: AI, AI at Work

3 Most Important Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring for Support Teams

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 22, 2019 1:00:17 PM

Let’s start with a moment we’ve all experienced. You’re having an issue with a company’s product. Whether it’s your cell phone, your bank account, or Starbucks mobile account. It’s safe to say you’re not happy, and you’re definitely not over-the-moon-excited to call or chat customer support. You probably don’t have much time, and you’re picturing yourself being shuffled from automated recording to automated recording, eventually screaming into your phone, “Speak to a rep-re-sen-ta-tive!”. Long story short, you want your problem solved as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

The Difference Between Search Results and Real Answers (And Why it Matters for Support Teams)

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 22, 2019 8:30:00 AM

It's the difference between a map and directions, between a recipe and a meal, between sheet music and a song. That's the difference between search results and a real answer to a question, and that difference matters a great deal to customer support teams.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, Q&A, automation

Reinforce the Good by Capturing Your Unwritten Rules

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 15, 2019 2:33:06 PM

 

We've written previously about why allowing AI to capture the "tribal knowledge" of your customer service teams is critical to deriving value from your artificial intelligence solutions, but the value of this practice goes beyond just optimizing customer service. Allowing AI to capture and quantify your "unwritten rules" has wide-ranging benefits for your entire business.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

Close Salesforce ServiceCloud Cases Faster with the Talla Integration

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 13, 2019 5:30:27 PM

According to Forbes’ Predictions For Customer Service In 2019, the two most important things for customers today are convenience and speed. With that being said, the prediction that 2019 will be a record year in AI investment for customer support comes as no shock.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

How to Find the Right AI Solution for Your Customer Support Teams

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 11, 2019 2:02:32 PM

Many artificial intelligence solutions promise to make your customer support teams more efficient and effective, but how do you separate the vaporware from truly valuable AI-for-CS products and services? You use The PAC Framework for Customer Support Teams eBook

The PAC Framework is an AI evaluation tool developed by Talla to help you determine what tasks artificial intelligence software can actually perform, as opposed to what marketing spin and pundit hype suggest is possible. The PAC Framework is based around three types of AI skills: prediction, automation, and classification. These three things are what modern AI software is actually good at.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

What AI Can Do for Customer Support Teams

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Mar 8, 2019 4:09:52 PM

If the marketing hype is to be believed, artificial intelligence will soon be able to completely replace your entire customer support team, yet somehow no AI solution is out there causing massive support headcount reductions at any major business or agency. As it turns out, current-generation AI is really good at exactly three things, and none of them is replacing an actual human support representative.

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Topics: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Customer Support, Customer Success, automation

Talla, Everywhere.

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Feb 25, 2019 4:20:13 PM

Where do you work in a day? It’s probably not a short or simple answer. Support teams are constantly jumping between email, chat, ticketing systems, an internal knowledge base, and many other places. What they don’t need is another tab open. That’s why having Talla everywhere is so important to us. What does that really mean? Simply put, users have access to all of the information in Talla wherever they work. We want to improve your productivity and lower your time to resolution with AI-powered automation. The best way to do that is to ensure that Talla works within your existing workflows.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

Why Capturing "Tribal Knowledge" is the Key to Support Automation

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Feb 21, 2019 11:15:00 AM

Artificial intelligence is powered by well annotated training data, but the data you need to train a customer support assistant includes more information than you might expect. The "tribal knowledge" of your customer support teams is critical to developing a customer service AI agent that can most effectively help your business.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation