Start Your Journey Toward the Support Org of the Future

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Apr 23, 2019 1:41:09 PM

For as long as there are businesses with customers, there will be a need for customer service teams -- but what your customer support organization will look like in the future will be heavily influenced by artificial intelligence and software automation.

Case deflection will be far more proactive in the future, as automation software will monitor customer usage of your products and services and detect problems as the happen -- perhaps even before the customer notices a downgrade in service or performance. This automation system will reach out to the customer itself -- via chat, email, autmated voice calling, or contacting their smart-speaker -- to advise on how to solve the problem without needing to search for advice in your FAQs or contact your support team.

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Topics: AI, Customer Support, automation

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

The 3 Different Kinds of Support ChatBots

Posted by Rob May on Apr 4, 2019 7:32:08 AM

If you are looking to deploy a chatbot for support and have started to investigate the market for chatbot providers, you've probably been left with your head spinning trying to understand how they are different. Chatbot companies have different ways for building bots (how much is it out of the box ready, vs designed by you?) and different places they can deploy (website, facebook, slack, etc). This post is going to look quickly at the AI, or, in some cases lack of AI, that these bots have. In general you can divide them into one of 3 camps.

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Topics: Customer Support, chatbot, Q&A

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

Deliver First Call Resolution with Content-Aware Customer Service Automation

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Feb 28, 2019 3:56:43 PM

When a customer contacts your support team, the goal should always be "first call resolution," which is the insider term for "making sure the customer's problem gets solved quickly so you don't have to call them back later." New customer service automation tools can help make first call resolution the rule, rather than the exception -- even for complex customer support cases. 

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Topics: Customer Support, automation

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