Find out how Enrich, a chain of hair and beauty salons in India, automated its scheduling process with a WhatsApp chatbot.
Through this chatbot, Enrich could better understand consumer behaviour, increase sales, customer loyalty and meet customers where they are.
The Starting Point
Before the pandemic, Enrich appointments used to be scheduled in-store, over the phone, through email, or on social media.
However, when Enrich decided to revamp its home salon services, the number of calls to its central line increased, and the salon’s agents began to feel overwhelmed.
For this reason, the salon wanted to find the best way to talk to customers so they could provide a better experience to home salon clients and appointment booking agents.
To do this, the salon surveyed its clients to understand their preferred channel for scheduling appointments. As a result, 83% showed a tendency towards chat support when booking an appointment instead of calling.
In addition, after Enrich’s home services were revamped, the global pandemic and lockdown took place which influenced the salon’s search for new ways to help clients from a distance.
To meet this new customer demand, Enrich first needed a solution that would help automate its appointment scheduling process and later, enable effective ways to provide customer support in unexpected situations.
Enrich decided to introduce WhatsApp as a new customer communication channel using Infobip’s cloud contact centre solution, Conversations – considering the popularity of the channel within the region.
“WhatsApp is made for our market – everybody loves to chat in India,” says Sachin Kamat, Director, Enrich
To create an engaging, simple, and fast experience for its customers and agents, Enrich created 87 queues (one for each location) to route customers to the right agent based on their chosen city and salon.
This means that all Enrich agents use the same solution and interface, however, each agent across the region has a personalized view of the queries that are directed to them.
The salon also decided to build a self-service chatbot on WhatsApp to automate its appointment scheduling process for its home salon services. In addition, Enrich set up a Click to WhatsApp campaign to raise awareness for their new communication channel to encourage more customers to contact them through the chat app.
WhatsApp as a Support Channel During the Pandemic
Shortly after using WhatsApp to handle home salon appointments, the global pandemic took place, and Enrich found new ways to use the channel to stay connected with customers at a distance.
In addition, using the channel through Conversations enabled Enrich agents to work from home while continuing to provide support during the lockdown.
Since WhatsApp enables businesses to share rich media, such as images and videos, the salon used the opportunity to share do-it-yourself beauty tips with its clients.
The rich media feature also enabled clients to make purchases through the chat app by sending a picture of the product they’re interested in – as well as send delivery information.
Once the lockdown was lifted, the salon was able to use WhatsApp through Conversations to share store opening information, working hours updates, and to send surveys to track customer satisfaction.
Since automating its appointment scheduling process, Enrich can now offload work from its central team. In addition, using WhatsApp through Conversations before, during, and after the pandemic helped the salon deliver a personalized customer experience that increased sales and customer loyalty.
“We have zero window shoppers. We are very lucky to know all our customers personally by name, know what their last treatment was, and what their preferences are – and Conversations helps us show them that we care,” adds Dipika Mundhara, Assisstant Manager – Digital Marketing at Enrich.
The salon also experienced a 13.8x return on advertising spend (ROAS) from its Click to WhatsApp campaign which was set up before the pandemic.
Enrich agents are equally as satisfied with Conversations since it gives them a complete view of chat history and customer context – helping them avoid repetitive questions, such as: “What was your last treatment?” or: “Which products do you normally use?” – so they can resolve queries faster and book more appointments.
Using Infobip’s solution played a role in sustaining Enrich’s position as a digital pioneer in India.
Infobip’s cloud contact centre solution, Conversations, helped us automate our appointment scheduling process with a chatbot on our customers’ preferred channel – WhatsApp.
Now customers receive fast, simple support and are routed to an agent at their chosen salon location. As a result, our agents deliver personalized customer experiences that increase sales and customer loyalty.
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