Conversational and Generative AI: The Dynamic Duo

Two people in circles that overlap

Automation, driven by generative AI and conversational AI-powered solutions like virtual agents, voicebots and chatbots, and new advanced agent-assist capabilities, is playing an increasingly important role in improving customer service and transforming customer experience (CX).

Combining generative AI, a type of artificial intelligence that can generate a more intelligent and human-like set of responses, with an enterprise conversational AI platform that provides orchestration, context and connectivity, creates the potential to enhance customer service in many new ways.

While generative AI and conversational AI are somewhat similar, they also have significant differences. By leveraging their combined capabilities, this dynamic duo is poised to deliver new, transformative customer experiences at scale. Let’s take a deeper look at these two distinct types of AI — starting with conversational AI.

Conversational AI uses artificial intelligence to understand human language and the intent behind it, i.e., what a customer wants to do.

That combined with the ability to integrate with backend systems and orchestrate service processes means that a virtual agent assisting a customer calling from home or texting on iMessage, has nearly the same power to solve problems as an agent in a contact centre.

For example, by understanding the customer needs a refund for a cancelled flight, it can gather the required information (customer name, date of birth, flight number etc.) and then use that to access multiple systems like a CRM, reservation and accounting solutions to seamlessly carry out this process via self-service.

Customers feel empowered and that their time and effort are respected. Agents are relieved of repetitive, low-complexity and high-volume tasks.

Generative AI uses deep learning algorithms (large language models) trained on huge data sets to generate informed outputs from its analysis of inquiry-specific data and context.

The outputs can take various forms, including text, images, audio, and other types of media. This makes generative AI a valuable tool for a wide range of applications, including content creation, product design and development, and customer service.

For customer service and contact centre applications, we believe that generative AI — combined with conversational AI via the integration to an enterprise conversational AI platform — can:

  • Enhance the user experience through advanced AI-powered conversations tailored to the individual customer’s context and preferences as well as an enterprise’s specific data set
  • Improve agent performance by providing significant “agent-assist” capabilities, including language, identity, sentiment, knowledge and conversation summarisation for wrap-up
  • Streamline the development and deployment of truly conversational virtual agents and voicebots and chatbots to increase efficiency

It’s also important to note that without the integration to and combination with an enterprise conversational AI platform, generative AI has limited enterprise utility because it:

  • Doesn’t know company-specific information or use cases
  • Can’t do anything transactional as it’s not connected to an enterprise’s backend systems
  • Can’t communicate with an enterprise’s customers as it’s not connected with an enterprise’s front-end voice and digital communication systems
  • Can’t collaborate with an enterprise’s agents as it’s not capable of effecting the handover of a human-to-machine conversation to a human-to-human conversation

The AI Effect for Improving CX and Agent Experiences

Generative and conversational AI-based automation will significantly benefit most contact centres because it eliminates repetitive and time-consuming transactional tasks. This ultimately frees up agents to focus on more complex and creative tasks.

AI-based automation will also facilitate the execution of large volumes of customer interactions during peak periods (machines don’t need time off) while providing rapid, personalised and accurate responses to customer inquiries. This significantly reduces the need for agent involvement in many customer interactions.

Transforming Customer and Agent Experiences with AI

We believe that having the right blend of generative AI and conversational AI in a contact centre has the potential to completely transform how automated solutions are delivered in the customer experience.

The adoption of generative AI will transform customer service and contact centres by creating advanced conversational experiences and driving efficiency. Several use cases include:

  • Dynamic “on-demand” personalisation of responses based on individual context
  • Improved entity extraction and slot filling
  • Auto-summarisation and note generation for After Call Work
  • Contextual and individually tailored suggested responses for Agents
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Automatic generation of conversation flows, intents examples and lexicons

This article was written by Hardy Myers, SVP of Business Development and Strategy at Cognigy, a Genesys AppFoundry Partner.

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Genesys – View the Original Article

For more information about Genesys - visit the Genesys Website

About Genesys

Genesys Every year, Genesys orchestrates billions of remarkable customer experiences for organisations in more than 100 countries. Through the power of our cloud, digital and AI technologies, organisations can realise Experience as a Service, our vision for empathetic customer experiences at scale. With Genesys, organisations have the power to deliver proactive, predictive, and hyper personalised experiences to deepen their customer connection across every marketing, sales, and service moment on any channel, while also improving employee productivity and engagement.

Read other posts by Genesys

Call Centre Helper is not responsible for the content of these guest blog posts. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of Call Centre Helper.

Author: Genesys

Published On: 10th Oct 2023
Read more about - Industry Insights, ,

Follow Us on LinkedIn

Recommended Articles

Conversational AI Events and Conferences
Top Conversational AI Conferences and Events for 2024
AI in customer service concept with a robot in headphones coming out of a laptop
Our Top Use Cases for AI in Customer Service
Five hand drawn light bulbs on wooden steps
Contact Centre AI Maturity Model
Doctor on blurred background creating artificial intelligence interface
Bringing Generative AI to Healthcare Through the Contact Centre