Multitude of channels
Customer service once started with personal service in a store and per telephone. Since then the numbers of channels has grown exponentially. E-mail, messaging, social media, live chat, chatbots, videochat. And who knows what’s next. Many customer service departments use various tools to manage the channels and interactions. Often because there weren’t any integrated tools available or they were very expensive.
But that has changed over the years. These days you can choose from various omnichannel platforms with difference price levels that enable you to manage all channels and interactions in one tools. And that comes with a lot of benefits:
1. Increased overview and insight
An omnichannel platform contains all data from all active channels. You no longer have to export data from various tools and integrate them to get a complete overview. You have more overview and insight because of the integrated reports and overviews per channel and functionality as well as access to customer reports and dashboards.
2. Save time
When working with an omnichannel platform, your agents no longer have to switch between tools to find the information they need. All data is available in one spot. This saves time and increases efficiency. It also enables agents to switch channels during an interaction. They can for example switch from live chat to a phone call which helps solve an issue faster.
3. Improve customer service KPI’s
It’s easier and faster for agents to assist customers because all customer- and order history is readily available. Especially when the platform is integrated with your CRM-software. This has a positive influence on important customer service KPI’s like wait time, customer satisfaction and first time resolution.
4. Save costs
An omnichannel platform may sound like a big investment, but it often saves money. You only need one tool to manage all your channels. This means you can get rid of the separate tools you’re currently using as well as software that used to compile and integrate data from the various sources. And being able to work more efficiently also saves money.
5. Easily add new channels
An omnichannel platform comes with a multitude of channels. That makes it easy to add new channels in the future. After all you don’t need another new tool because everything you need is available in the platform you’re working with.
6. Remote working
Most omnichannel platforms are cloud-based and work with an online portal. This enables agents to work from any location at any time, so it doesn’t matter where they are located. They all work the same way, with the same tools.
7. Easily scale up (internationally)
With an omnichannel platform you can easily scale up (internationally). The platforms are available in various languages. A new language is added in no time, so you can be reached in a new country fast. And is the number of agents growing? Just add new licenses and they are ready to go. Fast and easy.
Implement step by step
Switching to a new platform often sounds like a daunting task, but you don’t have to switch in one go. You can also implement an omnichannel platform step-by-step: per channel, product group, location or external integration. Gain experience and build on it. This way everyone can get used to the platform step by step, customers experience a continuous improvement and you increasingly benefit from the benefits. Without stress.
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