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The Chat Experience that affects both business results and customer service

In an ever more competitive market, adopting advanced relationship strategies with customers represents a differentiating factor and an effective way to create a sustainable, long-term competitive edge.

In this scenario, retaining customers is increasingly difficult because they are bombarded daily by often very effective marketing communications. That is why we need to turn to the latest new business models, which are increasingly directed at enhancing the customer experience. These models involve comprehensive, ongoing support for customers using a “live” User Centered Business Model.

This is the reason why live chat functions are very popular by both corporate and e-commerce websites. They make it possible to walk customers and prospects through the purchase process, as well as representing an excellent tool to increase the conversion rate (the percentage of visits that are converted into sales). A live chat solution, in fact, represents the ideal response to the expectations of consumers who, in the first instance, want to receive an immediate answer.

In the framework of the LeonarDo 2.0.14 project, Transcom is developing chat and collaboration tools to provide our clients with the best omni-channel customer engagement solutions.

In March 2015, our research team entered the prototype phase of an innovative customer care solution and  now this project has reach an advanced level.

One of the main tools developed is a live chat function, because it represents the ideal technical solution to deliver multiple results. What are they?

Increasing the level of customer satisfaction, retention and loyalty. A live chat solution is not only the most effective way to receive online support, but also one of the best channels for instant interaction with the company.
Increasing sales.   Walking customers through the purchase process and providing a rapid response  to reduce the loss rate of “undecided” users establishes a personal relationship between seller and purchaser, as well as offering the  possibility of using the “right” agent to engage the “right” visitor.
Responding to customer management issues (shipment, after-sales service) and developing the relationship with the purchaser to guarantee a pleasant and personalized experience, even after purchases have been closed, using a CRM system.
Reducing service costs.   Interaction by live chat costs less than other channels (telephone and email). The agent spend less time on each individual user interaction and can also manage multiple customers simultaneously (generally 4-5).

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Generally speaking, the implementation of a live chat solution simplifies the relationship with customers or prospects, providing personalized, targeted support for a company’s services or products, without requiring customers to leave the web platform. This encourages positive purchase decisions and develops the relationship that the customer/prospect has entered into with the company.

Live chat solutions available on the market provide a multichannel online platform that offers real time web interaction between customers and contact center operators without any special configuration or installation requirements (it is a cloud-based service), as well as the possibility of using a combination of various tools: chat, real-time collaboration including co-browsing and document sharing, VoIP (audio and video), callback and so on.

In the test phase, the assistance tools developed by the LeonarDo laboratory are delivering excellent results. Monitoring the services offered to our clients has revealed that the solution significantly improves the customer experience of users who are walked through the entire navigation process.

Author: Christer Karlsson

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How Transcom Sweden developed a successful chat service for one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in Europe

Transcom’s client is one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in Europe and we have provided customer care services and support for this company for ten years. Our client offers mobile voice messaging and handset data, mobile broadband, business to business, fixed voice and broadband and machine to machine services.  We deliver customer service to the client’s customers in several European markets.

As each market has its own characteristics, communication channels and volumes vary from country to country. In order to meet the rapidly growing demand for non-voice services, we currently use chat as a customer care channel for this particular client in two countries.

 

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Since 2010 the partnership with Transcom is based on the principles of COPC (a global performance management system for the customer service industry) and we use this standard to measure and manage Customer Satisfaction through improved quality and service.

As both Transcom and our client focus on delivering outstanding customer experience, it was mutually agreed that the End User Feedback Overall Satisfaction (OSAT) target from October 2013 would be 85% (COPC High Performing Benchmark). End User (EU) Feedback measurements started in the middle of 2009. Each survey starts with an overall satisfaction question. The measurement is collected mostly after the call for voice contacts. For non-voice contacts, data is collected using a web survey.

Prior to 2012, the chat channel in Sweden consisted of a few agents. During the summer of 2012 a decision was made to increase the volume and extensive marketing of this channel and several “traffic shaping” activities started. By then, both our client as well as our team were quite inexperienced with the chat channel and what to expect when volumes increased. Therefore we spent a lot of time discussing the following issues:

  • How to manage customer expectations through chat?
  • What reports were needed?
  • How to do accurate forecasting?
  • How should we properly train agents?

Through an extensive partnership with the client, and by using the expertise from other Transcom customer experience specialist around the world, we have managed to turn the channel into a great experience both from an agent, client as well as a customer perspective.

Today, we have 90 agents in Sweden exclusively trained to deliver non-voice services for our client. Each month, the team handles approximately 35 000 customer interactions and spend 12,000 hours to service this channel. In average, an agent communicates with 2-2.5 customers at the same time.

During the second quarter of 2014, the EU Feedback result exceeded COPC High Performing Benchmark with an average of 87% and the chat service is now our best performing channel!

With the experience we have gained during the last two years, Transcom Sweden is well-prepared to maintain the levels achieved, monitor, improve and innovate this non-voice service for our client in order to meet the growing demand from customers who prefer to use chat and social media to communicate.