Jessica Smith at 8×8 outlines what you need to consider when choosing the right contact centre solution for your CX strategy.
Navigating a Sea of Options
Choosing the right contact centre (CC) infrastructure for your business can be tough. The process can be time consuming and somewhat daunting as you look upon an array of options that all seem alike. But, it is actually more straightforward than you may think..
Narrowing down the options starts with understanding which CC solution is the best fit for your customer experience (CX) strategy and operations. In order to do that, however, you have to first define your organization’s CX strategy.
Outlining your overall CX strategy requires an understanding of:
- Your customers’ wants and needs when interacting with your business
- What your organization is trying to accomplish when interacting with customers at every touchpoint
- How to be prepared to adapt to future needs and expectations
- How to enable experiences that attract and retain customers
And while the contact centre is not the sole consideration in defining your CX strategy, it is an integral part of your customers’ journey. It therefore becomes a cornerstone of your organization’s overall approach to customer experience.
Forbes states that “the contact centre sits at the epicenter of brands’ battle for CX. Because it’s often the first and only interaction a brand has with the customer, that means the contact centre can make or break CX”.
Part of delivering on a powerful CX strategy involves having the right technology in place to execute your vision.
Uncovering Challenges in the Contact Centre That Diminish High Quality CX
Defining your CX strategy involves an assessment of current challenges that may be preventing you from interacting with your customers in ways that are meaningful to them.
Any of these challenges ring a bell?
- Impersonal customer interactions, or inability to deliver personalization
- No global service
- Costly maintenance and upgrades
- Difficulty enabling and empowering remote workers
- Voice-only interactions
- No self-service
- Complex agent desktops or tools that negatively impact productivity
- Lack of cross-departmental communication outside the walls of the contact centre
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you’re likely feeling the pain of outdated technology.
Microsoft’s Global State of Customer Service 2020 study found that “90% of Americans use customer service as a factor in deciding whether or not to do business with a company.” It is therefore critical to have a solution in place that enables the contact centre to play a key role in keeping customers satisfied.
This means that it’s probably time for your business to consider and vet the leading contact centre infrastructure solutions on the market in order to improve your customer experience and operational efficiencies.
So, if you’re considering a new contact centre solution due to the constraints of your current technology, or you need additional guidance defining your CX strategy, then we’ve got your back. Download our Contact Centre Buyer’s Guide and accompanying checklist for steps to help simplify your evaluation process.
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