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Create Digital Customer Service Experiences That Wow

As service organisations in India report increasing use of digital channels to offer customer support, how can they balance the pros and cons of each channel?

In an age where products can be replicated within 24 hours, exceptional customer service stands out as a true business differentiator. Customers are demanding speedy, efficient digital interactions that meet their service requirements and enable a consistent, customised experience. The benefits are two-pronged:

  1. Efficient digital customer service leads to faster resolution of issues and enables personalised responses at scale. This increases customer satisfaction.
  2. Shifting to digital also reduces employee effort. Chatbots help reduce load on agents, who can also use automated workflows to easily respond to multiple customers at the same time. This lets them focus on high-value tasks and increase their productivity.

The fifth edition of Salesforce’s State of the Service report highlights the growing importance of digital-first customer service in driving efficient business growth across business cycles. The report surveyed 8000+ respondents from 36 countries, of which 300+ are from India. It explored the growing engagement on newer digital channels – such as social media and apps- along with traditional channels such as email and phone.

Which digital channels do Indian service companies favour?

Choosing the right customer service channel to meet customer expectations

While it is true that digital channels help businesses meet the customer where they are, each digital channel has its own pros and cons. Organisations must address these to provide exceptional, cost-effective customer service.

Here are some of the pros and cons of the most popular digital service channels:

1. Social media

Benefits: Easily accessible and enables real-time, personalised customer interactions.
Challenges: Customers expect instant resolution. Virality factor could prove to be harmful as negative feedback from customers can affect the brand’s reputation.

2. Email

Benefits: A cost-effective and scalable channel that also buys you time for solution discovery and troubleshooting.
Challenges: Without a CRM-enabled email system, tracking the status of service requests and responding in a structured manner can be challenging.

3. Online chat/live support

Benefits: Convenient, lets you provide prompt responses, and optimises engagement with a personal touch.
Challenges: Agents need real-time cross-functional data to provide relevant responses quickly.

4. Phone calls

Benefits: A familiar channel that lets agents provide assurance and real-time resolution. Especially useful when dealing with complicated or urgent queries.
Challenges: Manpower constraints, language barriers, longer wait times than expected, and lack of scalability.

5. Messaging platforms like SMS / Whatsapp

Benefits: Provides familiarity and enable personalised communication. Quick and easy to use without the inconvenience of wait time.
Challenges: Expensive and only allows one-way interaction. Messages can be seen as spam by customers unless interaction was initiated by them.

6. Online communities

Benefits: A low-cost channel that enables self-service and quick resolution discovery.
Challenges: Lack of individualised responses to unique issues. Excessive moderation by the company can change the neutral, unbiased nature of the platform.

How to remain efficient without spreading yourself too thin on digital platforms?

One of the main challenges with an omnichannel approach is that companies might focus on being present on as many channels as possible. Using different systems for each channel could lead to confusion, cost overruns, and poor quality of service. Support agents also end up switching between multiple platforms to close service tickets. Moreover, poor visibility across service channels and a lack of transparency can lead to a fragmented customer journey.

Instead, imagine having a single, unified service console into which all your tickets and cases come in. One that offers a single, shared view of customer interactions across all channels. That’s Salesforce Service Cloud, a unified, trusted platform that builds a 360-degree view of the customer by combining data from numerous consumer touchpoints. And makes it available to support teams in a single location so they can tailor interactions and provide satisfactory resolutions from the get-go.

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