Who Cares?! Transforming the Connection With Customers

Who Cares?


The new normal of continuous disruption and the rise of consumer power has focused the minds of management teams everywhere on how to stay in the race for relevance.


Orange has made customer experience a priority.


Our title asks the question “Who Cares?” to draw attention to one of the most visible paradoxes in business today: as data analytics spread throughout the marketing and product organizations of the enterprise, riding the cybernetic rails of digital transformational initiatives everywhere, the ranks of executives working on consumer experience is growing. Yet – and this is the paradox – the conversation between these customer experience teams and the front-line customer care units that have to handle the call when the customer journey hits a bump is at best emergent in many organizations.


Part of our focus at Orange Silicon Valley for almost a decade now has been Big Data and how it is changing both the economy and the way we work and live. There is no doubt its utilization to improve customer experiences and journeys is a defining characteristic of the digital enterprise.


With so many of these Digital initiatives in their startup phase, we wanted to take this opportunity, to throw a light on the relationship between the existing customer care processes and the evolving customer machinery for knowledge and personalization. We do so because we intuit that in this age of social media – where a single bad call center experience can be shared across the Web with millions – the customer care assets in place have such a huge impact on customer satisfaction and brand value that we must take a holistic view. It is not just a view of the customer journey but of our own organizational journeys as we upgrade and transform our companies for digital, smart platforms that create valuable experiences for ever smarter customers.


We care.

  


Georges Nahon

CEO

Orange Silicon Valley

Orange institute



Why We Care


The report you are looking at is the latest in a series of explorations, some internal, some external, about the changing nature of customer and employee experiences and engagement. One of our first approaches was to look at a fundamental telecom irritant: the problem of dropped calls, and its impact on satisfaction and the organization’s response. Another edition of this work took a holistic look at the entire customer interface - everything from retail store experience to automated chat, and beyond to self-reporting connected objects. Along the way, new technology like the Amazon video live agent experience, Mayday, was surfacing alongside new customer behaviors, such as recording and publishing customer service calls. This public report is the culmination of far-ranging interviews with practitioners, analysts, and solutions providers, an extensive literature review, cross-disciplinary probes with colleagues, and first-hand observations. Please, enjoy. 



About Orange Silicon Valley


Orange Silicon Valley is the Bay Area division of Orange - one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, serving 231 million customers. Orange Silicon Valley actively participates in the disruptive innovations that are changing the way we communicate, which is the core business of Orange in the 220 countries where we operate.


At Orange Silicon Valley, we thrive on collaboration, seek out disruption, and anticipate that the future is closer than we think. Orange Silicon Valley fosters innovation through our Orange Fab accelerator program, and promotes discussion around the key issues and trends within the tech sphere through our network.


The services and activities executed by the Orange Silicon Valley team are constantly evolving. What remains constant in all our iterations is our commitment to be objective, insightful, and inclusive of the ecosystem in everything we design and do.




Millennials Care


By 2020, millennials will be the majority, they will be in their 40’s, and they will be running much of the world. As customers, they grew up on mobile, never called for help on a fixed line, and expect on-demand self-service in real-time. Millennial service agents would rather use messaging apps and social networks to assist a customer. For Millennials, the big question is about the role that video will play.



Changing the Culture of Care With Authentic Tone of Voice


Tone of Voice (TOV) is a brand’s heartbeat, and some of the most meaningful conversations a brand has with customers are embedded within customer service contacts. Millennials are sometimes accused of over-sharing – whether they are customers or agents. You may call it over-sharing, others may call it authenticity – however you label it, this not-very-corporate-sometimes-snarky TOV is reshaping the customer conversation. Consider this snippet from a recent transaction email: “If you’re having a bad day and want to unload on someone, feel free to contact us.” The Tone of Voice for Millennial customer care can seem volatile, changing from dismay to resolute optimism at emoticon speeds, but it’s a sincerity that’s increasingly expected. And note too that titles can play a part in reshaping TOV and, more broadly, the culture of care. At AirBnB - a Millennial company - the “Head of Customer Love” presides over a business model that has customers taking care of customers, under the supervision of “Trust and Safety Leads.” 


Hive Teams


In Team Hive, agents interact directly with Engineering and Product organizations.

Keep in mind that Millennials are taking over the contact center as well. Whether it’s monitoring and engaging over Twitter and Facebook or sharing a customer service case across multiple agents and departments, their view of the workplace and how teams collaborate is different from the traditional, hierarchical models that define the relationships between supervisors and agents, and between agents and customers. We call this perspective Team Hive because it’s similar to scrum-based collaboration models – and multi-sided business models. In Team Hive, agents interact directly with Engineering and Product organizations in a data-intensive environment where all teams are scaling, and insights from customer-facing teams are fed back into the product teams. 



Millenial Customers Want Apps, Not Agents


The shift in how Millennials want to get served is profound: while 60% of Boomers (born before 1960) list the phone as the preferred channel, only 30% of customers born after 1990 agree. This shift offers providers tremendous opportunities to leverage the capabilities of what Millennials know best ­— mobile devices. Today, one in three customers aged 35 or under prefers a mobile app to a call center —that number will only grow. This demographic shift profoundly impacts channel management – and raises the bar on skill sets needed by agents. That’s because when a Millennial calls, chances are higher it’s a pretty complex issue.


Frictionless Customer Experience


Downloading apps, streaming media, and posting pictures from a smartphone to the mobile web -Millennials have grown up in an increasingly frictionless and continuously-connected world. Unlike their parents, Millennials place no special value on lengthy, cumbersome human interactions, and are perfectly content with a 2020 world where Gartner projects 85% of all customer service interactions will use algorithmic agents. Personalization can play a key part in reducing friction, but to do so requires skilled manipulation of customer data in the sales, service, and upgrade cycle. As we’ll see when look at Channels of Care, losing the identity and history of a customer support journey every time the context is shifted creates friction that can be toxic to Millennial satisfaction. 


What Channels Millennials Prefer: 

  digital 42.3%

  social 36.4%

  apps 32%

  phone 29.4%

The Crowd Cares


Social Media has made customer interactions public. Customers now share bad experiences, vent their frustration, and even distribute recorded service calls gone horribly wrong. The results can drag a brand into the mud in minutes. Companies try in vain to bottle social sharing into their own captive support communities but millennial customers can get more immediate answers from Google and social media.



The Call Center Goes Viral


To all contact center managers: everything your teams say on the phone will be published on social media. In July 2014, AOL executive Ryan Block wanted to cancel his Comcast service. Instead, he was forced to listen to a pitch by an agent trying to protect his sales numbers. Block recorded the last 8 minutes of the debacle and published it on Soundcloud. It’s been listened to 5.8 million times. This is not uncommon. A customer posts a video of interactions with Comcast over a billing dispute. When the agent learns of the video, the customer gets immediate resolution (which he then blogs about). And even agents are talking over social media: on popular microblogging portal Reddit there is a Subreddit dedicated to Comcast, where agents are posting about their experiences at work.


More Platforms, More Silos


For a while, digital transformation meant the Web. And then came Facebook, and then Twitter in 2006, followed by the iPhone a year later. Social networks and smartphones pushed digital into the cloud, beyond the reach of the CIO. In the web era, operations like advertising, web campaigns, email lists, and customer service were all isolated. Now they’re fragmented. Thankfully, our interviews for this report suggest there is a kind of digital re-centering underway, driven by Social. Enter the Chief Digital Officer, with a mandate to bring it all together.



Social Loves Responsiveness


Well of course we post our unhappiness with customer experience twice as much as happiness (8% positive posts, 16% unhappy posts) – and when we do, happy or sad, we increasingly expect to hear back from the brand. 83% of us expect a response the same day. And you know what? It’s working. 60% feel companies are becoming more responsive on social media. Question is, does the contact center know? Anecdotally, we hear more stories of differing responses to customer complaints between call center and social media agents: this includes cases where the call center says No, but the Twitter rep says Yes.


5.8 million people listened to an 8-minute recording of a call with a Comcast service representative who resisted a customer’s request to cancel service.



#IAmEverywhere #AreYou?


I put videos of my shopping expeditions on #YouTube, I snuggle with my favorite bag on #Instagram, I put together amazing ensembles from my wardrobe on #Polyvore but I’m starting to check out #Wanelo because they have real stores, and #Ownza looks, like, similar. Still doing #Pinterest, but now when I see something awesome I just put it on #Instagram. Of course I always review any restaurant on #Yelp, although I still use #Swarm for checkins. It’s amazing I have any time left for my stuff on #Tumblr #Facebook or #Twitter anymore... thank goodness for #Snapchat.






Channels of Care


Live agents are expensive. Historically, this has driven the deployment of alternatives like web searches, mobile apps, and Interactive Voice Response systems. But as Millennials demonstrate they care more about convenience and self-service, multi-channel and its uber-cousin omni-channel are widening the channels of care. In 2014, digital touchpoints including self-service passed voice in terms of customer care touches. 



More Is Better, Except When It Isn’t


The good news: the communications industry has a growing multitude of channels. The bad news: the more channels a customer uses to solve a problem the more miserable they are - and 91% of wireless carrier customers have to use at least two channels to complete a journey. In Telecom, 40% of customers caught in multiple channels vow to switch, vs. 17% who resolve problems inside one channel. Multichannel scenarios focus on the most expensive combinations: 82% of store visitors who need another touch make an expensive phone call, and just over half who start with a phone call end up engaging an agent in a store. Summary: the more channels touched to solve a problem, the more expensive it is to the provider, and the unhappier the customer. 



The Store, the Sale, the Service


Retail stores play a varied role in the customer experience for the communications business. As more powerful technology like wireless LTE comes into usage, customers feel better when a real person in a retail store explains the product - purchase indices for transactions with explanations soar 100 basis points over others. Besides, customers like shopping in stores: 82% prefer shopping in brick-and-mortar to online, according to a 2013 Accenture study. Overall customer satisfaction is higher among retail shoppers (77%) than online (67%).

"We give alerts regularly to our customers… and therefore they call us less." - Fran Shammo, CFO Verizon


Don’t You Know Who I Am?


This is the question that drives customers crazy. 89% of customers polled list having to repeat information to another agent as their #1 frustration. Brand loyalty plummets as each rep and channel they transfer to asks for the same information. As more channels proliferate, this problem only gets worse (see our Big Data Cares section for how to fix information gaps). Expectations escalate as channels multiply: 37% of customers believe that companies are agile enough to put any rep in front of any channel. 



When We Shop We Channel-hop


Let’s be clear, while customers don’t like getting pushed from one channel to another, they expect engagement across multiple channels. As many data points here show: the idea that people just stay home and shop online exclusively is just wrong. In fact 61% of online shoppers want a phone number for customer service at the e-tailer. Online-to-Phone is a continuing real market need that has not yet been solved: 40% of self-service users call the contact center after going online.






Big Data Cares


To make Big Care happen, data scientists must collaborate with the customer care team. Savvy providers use the same natural language processing and artificial intelligence as Siri and Google Now to build helpful self-service touchpoints like smart Q&A trees and efficient chat robots. The 21st-century enterprise leverages Big Data to surface customer behaviors, understand intent, and deliver answers before the question is even asked. Now that’s Big Care. 



Let the Data In


Digital transformation can save us from silos by helping data flow. This enables new insights into customer experiences rapidly and at lower cost. Telecom providers like Orange are enriching their customer data by creating inferences and correlations that, for example, combine call detail records with cell tower data, demographics, and business listings. But the call center silo is still standing: a recent survey showed 60% of call center platforms could not proactively serve customer data to an agent, and 69% of agents had to use multiple interfaces to locate that info. It’s time to reevaluate the way customer care gets its IT.



Do Robots Care?


Multiple trends converge to create useful, satisfying automated interactions that can handle commonly asked questions, or even take orders via the screen and with Siri-like speech intrerfaces. There’s a powerful convergence of tech trends driving changes in care: proliferation of (very) smartphones, accelerating development of machine learning and predictive analytics for analysis of interactions, and a decades-long culmination of natural language and speech processing. This tech is welcomed by Digital Natives, strongly inclined towards self-service and comfortable interfacing with avatars, chat-bots, and other digital personae. Machine-generated answers are getting better and more ubiquitous, almost approaching the Uncanny Valley in the contact center.



The Changing Machinery of Customer Data


Historically, customer data logs, segmentation models, and the contents of the data warehouse have been tended to by Business Intelligence (BI) vendors with very expensive hardware and professional service fees. Likewise, traditional customer care Knowledge Base (KB) and Data Warehouse (DW, or EDW) vendors are ripe for disruption. New models of customer data management originally developed for retargeting ads on the Web using cookie data, for example, are now being used to personalize care for a more ‘relevant’ and integrated customer experience – with radically different price tags. 


"The age of Big Data and artificial intelligence has come to customer care."  Robert Weideman, EVP, Nuance


"A pipeline of value creation, where data is being created by consumers literally at a doubling pace every year… You’re taking in anonymous data and personally identifiable data, structured and unstructured assets, data coming from stores and CRM systems, online, mobile, video, search and social, pulled into one place." - Omar Tawakol, GM Oracle Data Cloud 


Think Inside the White Box


More and more people are just asking Google - because it’s simple and it works. It has a majority of the world’s queries to train its machine learning and natural language processing assets. For consumers, it works because the search box is always at hand, and it doesn’t talk back or ask you to wait/press 1/enter your email address. Google can be seen as the world’s most efficient FAQ. 







Do Happy Agents = Happy Customers?



Intuitively, thoughtful business leaders can grasp the connection between employee engagement and customer engagement. The answer to the question we pose above seems to be a resounding Yes. But the research we have conducted across more than 50 studies and papers, dozens of interviews, and direct observation of multichannel customer interactions shows that the direct linkage, above the level of embedding HR Business Partners (BP) in contact center recruiting, is not so clear. 



HR & Customer Care Share the Same Challenges and Opportunities

  • Multitude of measurement techniques in place
  • Mandate to “Put Employee/Customer First.”
  • Performance incentives need to be reinvented
  • Positioned as cost center to the company
  • Heavy user of internal collaboration platforms
  • Constant interaction between the two groups
  • Impacted heavily by social media
  • Disruptive innovations from cloud and consumerized IT


HR Officers Meet Customer Officers


Your CEO drops by for a chat, and reassures you that “we must put our Employees/Customers first in everything we do.” That’s great news, but does your CFO know that, when she’s asking for budget restraint? And while everybody’s talking about the importance of “Culture,” just who is the Chief Culture Officer? And what’s the annual budget for that? These are questions that both HR and Care confront in the process of delivering their best efforts to the Ultimate Boss: the Customer. In terms of measuring those efforts, consider the following:


HR: In one hand, employee engagement outcomes have been correlated to everything from profitability, to stock price, and revenue. That’s great, but the feedback loop from surveys of employee satisfaction to the annual report is very long, and direct attribution hard to come by.


Care: On the other hand, customer-facing care agents are some of the most heavily-measured workers in any organization, with everything from average call handling time, first-call resolution, and even keystrokes measured and recorded. What’s new is growing interest across the corporation in data-driven insights, and guess what — the contact center is a great place to start.


The Ingredients of Engagement: Same Toolkit for HR and Care


As companies move to embrace an “everywhere” customer across a proliferation of devices and platforms, they need to remember the employee in the equation — they are HR’s ‘customer’. A review of today’s cloud-based HR portals and platforms looks almost identical to the latest toolkits for customer care, including:



"If you take care of the employees better than anyone else, they will take care of the customer better than anyone else. If the employees and the customers are ecstatic, the shareholders will be ecstatic too.” - Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO, The Container Store


Summary


HR and Customer Care execs alike have a mandate to understand the inputs/outputs represented by the above digital “technologies of engagement.” From the input side, this is the machinery used by Customers and Employees in their daily life, from the moment they wake up to the last glow of the smartphone at night. On the output side, these platforms emit a rich stream of data signals that, when intelligently leveraged by management teams that understand how to instrument their business, drive both customer and employee happiness.






Orange Interviews


The Analyst on... the Team


Daniel N. Miller, founder and Principal Analyst at Opus Research, is the recognized expert in customer contact platform technologies and business models.


Customers get very frustrated when they have to repeat their information every time they’re passed to a new representative or channel. Are any providers trying to integrate all their data?

Dozens of initiatives are underway to provide tools for individuals to control the terms under which they will share personal information and preferences. One is Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) and its concept of “intent casting” or “the personal RFP.” Another, which grew out of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium (PDEC), is the Customer Commons, which has developed a simple set of controls for key parameters: whom to share with, duration, purpose and tracking. (see: http://customercommons.org)


How do you see other departments starting to impact the customer care unit’s own data resources? Are cookies coming to the call center?

“Context Cookies” are coming to the contact centers. Customer care personnel have a strong need to know who is calling and the exact question or task at hand. It’s evolved from “intelligent transfer” of calls to quick retrieval of identity, recent activities, transaction history and other relevant data from across channels, in real time. They provide for “consistent” treatment of individuals across e-commerce Web sites, mobile apps, and contact center IVRs, as well as contact center agents.


It sounds like the traditional contact center silo is changing, and that Customer Care professionals in the organization have a lot of new friends within enterprises. How do you see contact center management responding to this attention?

Opus Research just came out with a survey of enterprise decision makers concerning the procurement and operation of “customer experience” infrastructure. The strong message was, “talk to the working group.” Contact center managers are part of a team that includes marketing, finance, security and recently minted customer experience executives. The budget tends to come from IT and Contact Center but it’s now influenced by experts in digital marketing and mobile commerce.



The Vendor on... CXO


Daniel Hong, Sr. Director Product Marketing Strategy, [24]7 inc., the platform that incorporates the former Microsoft voice recognition asset known as Tellme.


From your perspective here in Silicon Valley and your personal experience as a former analyst, why aren’t the Valley and VCs more focused on evolving customer care technology?

We haven’t seen any other vendor in our market that can capture vast amounts of data (customer and transaction history data from ERP and CRM systems, real-time web and IVR data, location data, chat and voice interaction transcripts, billing information, agent performance and disposition data, survey data and social data, etc…) and make sense of all the data and take action using real-time decisioning to service the customer in the optimal way that they want to be treated. I believe we are unique in that sense because we do this across channels where customers engage and we do this at scale. We focus on the very large enterprises that handle extremely high volumes of customer interaction.


To your second question, I’ve seen quite a handful of startups that leverage big data and prediction but mostly they focus on marketing and sales. We focus on customer service as well as sales.


How comfortable are the existing customer care management teams with embracing Big Data technologies?

We typically engage with the CXOs and care and business line execs in an organization. They fully get the strategic importance of using big data for service and sales.


Is there a learning curve for teams that were trained on call-handling and voice?

We provide a managed service where we offer outcome-based pricing. We put skin in the game. If our solution doesn’t perform for a client, then we don’t get paid. So the learning curve for our clients is not steep - we just focus on continued improvement and optimization of the customer journey based on specific metrics like sales uplift, self-service rates, CSAT/NPS/Net Easy, loyalty etc.


Is the contact center your best audience, or is it the Digital Transformation task force?

I would say both. We provide multiple channels of engagement (mobile, web, phone, social) and optimize the experience in a single channel and then bridge experiences across channels (omnichannel), all underpinned by prediction and best treatment (real-time decisioning). This means multiple stakeholders. So we actually talk to the contact center teams, customer service, e-commerce, digital and digital transformation. Typically, we start with one channel and optimize and create a very rich experience in that channel. For example, for web chat we provide a unique and rich experience through a combination of best-in-class UX design, sliders, content push, etc. From there we work with clients to start building bridges with other channels. Take for example the AMEX charge verification Visual IVR experience which takes the phone channel and blends that with mobile web with a multimodal interface. The experiences that we power are designed to leverage big data and prediction to make interactions more relevant, faster and more personalized for consumers across the entire journey, which can span different channels and devices.



The Founder on... the Journey


Fabian Oliva is the co-founder and CEO of FiveRun, which provides the “Apple-Store” checkout experience for any brick & mortar retailer. FiveRun is a graduate of the Orange Fab accelerator.


Your company reverses the worrisome trend of people shopping in stores but then buying online. What are your retailers learning about customer behavior when the digital experience is brought into the brick-and-mortar setting?

The key for us is to provide a unified and seamless experience throughout the shopping journey, and to provide retailers with the data to continue that journey across different touch points. Sales associates are equipped with product information and therefore empowered when assisting customers. But when coupled with real-time inventory visibility and fulfillment of online items in-store, customer and associate engagement increases dramatically, increasing in-store conversion and reducing lost sales. The in-store experience is enhanced further as customers are open to providing their email address to receive company communications when tied to a transaction or to a wishlist.


What is the profile of the company leadership you’re working with on this Digital Transformation? Who’s the champion of this integration of offline and online within the enterprise?

Our focus is to merge business objectives with the customer shopping experience. Because we sync with existing retail platforms - including retail POS and ecommerce - we work closely with the C-suite and Directors of eCommerce, IT and Retail Operations. These stakeholder groups are in charge of integrating new systems into overall retail strategy and system architecture, as well as managing business and performance objectives. Of course, anyone who oversees omnichannel-specific initiatives from a corporate level are the champions.



The Guru on... Customization


B. Joseph Pine II, co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP and The Experience Economy, helps executives see the world differently through speaking, consulting, and writing.


Your model of the Progression of Economic Value shows a ladder rising up from commodities to transformation, with each rung of that ladder being an ever-greater level of customization. What does this customization feel like to the customer, and how has the toolbox for customization evolved for the enterprise over the past 10 years?

Customization makes customers feel engaged, listened to, and special – and it often leads to premium pricing. The keys to mass customization - bringing low costs, high volumes, and efficient operations - is modularity (think of what you can make with LEGO building bricks), and digitization. This second element has changed dramatically with the rise of the Internet, enabling companies to talk efficiently to millions of customers around the world and learn from them.


How does the Chief Experience Officer comport with other recently-minted C-suite titles, notably the Chief Digital Officer or Chief Brand Officer?

Companies need to understand that the term “customer experience” generally means making transactions nice, easy, and convenient - the antithesis of what we talk about in The Experience Economy where experiences are defined as a distinct economic offering, memorable events that engage each individual in an inherently personal way. So the Chief Experience Officer, or CXO as we like to abbreviate it, should really be responsible for these economic experiences that a company stages, which should affect the entire company and therefore require interacting with all the other Chiefs. Ideally, the CXO works herself out of a job as customer-centricity and an experience focus permeate the organization!


You mention “digitization” as one of two major keys to mass customization. Does this have a qualitatively greater pull for so-called “digital natives” – what some people call Millennials? If so, are there new forms of customization specifically for Millennials?

I think so, as digital natives have no problem with accessing most anything digitally, whether informational goods, self-services, or engaging experiences. And because they customize their smartphones to become a representation of their own identity, they expect the companies they interact with through those phones to recognize their individuality and act accordingly.


When you speak about “memorable events that engage each individual” we wonder about the content that can come out of these. Do customers share stories about these “memorable events” in a way that can attract other like-minded customers or prospects?

Absolutely! There are two key reasons people from time immemorial have always wanted to take memorabilia away from their experiences: one, to cement and occasionally refresh the memories of those experiences in their own minds, and two, to have an object with which to share their stories of those experiences. I think of this “experience extension” as the last segment of the dramatic structure of any experiences. And of course people increasingly embrace digital memorabilia (tweets, selfies, pins, etc.) for these same functions.



The Partner on... AI


Robert Weideman, is EVP and GM, Enterprise at Nuance Communications. Maker of Nina, the Virtual Assistant that delivers human-like customer service.


Robert, when we talk about Intelligent Assistants - which Nuance has been shipping for some time - what are some of the new elements of this in the retail environment?

Well, we’re seeing a growing interest. More of the retail-oriented players like Coca-Cola and Domino’s Pizza are recognizing that the technology actually works now and can deliver a really human-like interaction. When you think of having an Intelligent Assistant in the cloud with the ability to create a cognitive layer for understanding what people are asking, being able to respond and clarify questions - it’s not limited by mobile apps or websites, it can actually proliferate much more broadly. One interesting area that we’re seeing is from the robotics community using our technology to be able to have in-store greeters that are humanized robots that can respond to peoples’ questions and actually engage with the customer as part of the store experience.


Another area that we see on the radar is the Internet of Things. Are customers showing interest in such experiences?

We’re actually shipping with LG and a number of smart tv manufacturers now where you can speak to the television set and it understands you in an intelligent way. You can ask it, “What Robin Williams movies are playing tonight?” The connected car is another environment - the car is becoming essentially a big Internet of Things. Some car manufacturers are including wireless in the car, and that’s going to proliferate to wearables.


Any thoughts on personalization from your perspective? It seems like voice would be a very personal mode for augmented customer experiences…

We think voice biometrics is a key technology that adds to dialogue-based systems and speech recognition-based systems. Being able to have an Intelligent Assistant in the cloud that understands what you say using speech recognition, can talk back to you using text-to-speech, has intelligence and dialogue capabilities through a cognitive brain backed by voice biometrics that can actually identify who you are – this offers up a lot of opportunities. Not just in the security area, but in the personalization area, where you may have an interaction with an Intelligent Assistant that is tailored to you.


Now, you’re in the room with a lot of contact center managers, customer care officers. Are you starting to see the data scientists in that room as well?

We’re definitely seeing them with the customers we engage with. As a business, right now Nuance is processing over 5 billion interactions in the cloud. The reason these systems have become much more effective is because they’re data-driven. The more data we have that we can apply to our statistical models and our analytical models, the more accurate and intelligent these systems can become. I think the age of big data and artificial intelligence has come to customer care.



Recognition


This report grew out of a series of conversations about the linkages between digital technologies for engagement, and how it is affecting customers and employees alike. Customers are empowered as never before, and likewise, a new generation of Bring Your Own Everything employees are opening multiple channels within and across companies. We’d like to thank the customer care visionaries we have been privileged to meet with in developing this report, especially those listed in the Interviews section: Daniel Hong, Dan Miller, Fabian Oliva, Joe Pine, and Robert Weideman. Our colleagues at OSV, working in Big Data and Analytics fields that are becoming central to the People business. To several on the Orange Executive Committee for early feedback and sponsorship, including Pierre Louette, Laurent Paillassot, and Bruno Mettling. 



Team:


Georges Nahon, CEO, Orange Silicon Valley

Mark Plakias, VP Knowledge Transfer

Xavier Quintuna, Senior Technology Analyst

Chris Arkenberg, Strategy & Research Content Lead

Kevin “K.C.” Cheong, Designer

Michael Capazzola, Illustrator


Thank you!





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P4: “80 million Millennials…” Micah Solomon, Forbes, Dec 2014: http://www.

forbes.com/sites/micahsolomon/2014/12/29/5-traits-that-define-the-80-million-millennial-customers-coming-your-way/


P4: “73% of adults 18-24 say valuing my time….” “Understand Communication

Channel needs to Craft Your Customer Service Strategy”; Kate Leggett, March 2013; http://www.vocalcom.com/images/Resources/files/Understand_Communication_.pdf


P4: “What Channels Millenials Prefer…” DimensionData Global Contact

Centre Benchmarking Report (summary); http://www.dimensiondata.com/Global/Global-Microsites/CCBenchmarking


P6: “60% agree companies more responsive on social media…” Infographic

on Zendesk blog, “Instaservice”; https://www.zendesk.com/blog/instaservice-customer-service-gets-speedy-and-social


P6: “47% use social media…” ibid.


P6: “19% higher revenue per contact using social media…” Aberdeen,

“Social Customer Care: Steps to Success in 2014”, via Sprinklr: https://www.sprinklr.com/social-scale-blog/brands-social-customer-service/


P6: “2:1 ratio of negative to positive social comments…” Helpscout: “75

Customer Service Facts, Quotes, and Statistics”; http://www.slideshare.net/helpscout/75-customer-service-facts-quotes-statistics


P7: “40% of customers caught in multiple channels vow to switch carriers…”

JD Powers, “U.S. Wireless Customers Customer Care Performance

Study (2014)” http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-us-wireless-customer-care-full-service-performance-study%E2%80%94volume-2-and-jd-power


P7: “The Contact center Endures…” DimensionData Global Contact Centre

Benchmarking Report (summary); http://www.dimensiondata.com/Global/Global-Microsites/CCBenchmarking


P8: “Web chat is the #1 priority…” ibid.


P8: “89% of customers cite having to repeat information…” Forrester,

“Demands for Effortless Service Must Influence Your Customer Strategy”, Kate Leggett, June, 2014; https://www.forrester.com/Demands+For+Effortless+Service+Must+Influence+Your+Customer+Strategy/fulltext/-/E-RES116491


P8: “67% of online purchasers use multiple channels to do so..” Liveperson,

“Connecting With Customers”, 2013; http://info.liveperson.com/EMEA_Connecting_With_Customers_EN_UK_PR.html


P8: “In fact, 61% of online shoppers wants a phone number..” ibid.


P8: “40% of customers using self-service also contact the call center…” via

Zendesk, “Searching for Self-Service” https://www.zendesk.com/resources/searching-for-self-service


P9: “52% of customers who go to online self-service…”


P9: “33% of call centers share their data…” DimensionData Global Contact

Centre Benchmarking Report (summary); http://www.dimensiondata.com/Global/Global-Microsites/CCBenchmarking


P10: “74% of customers say prior conversations were forgotten..”

[24]7, “Customer Service Experience Survey”, http://info.247-inc.com/rs/247customerinc/images/247CXSurveyWirelessCarriers.pdf




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Who Cares?! Transforming the Connection With Customers

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