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Showing posts from October, 2016

Omnichannel – Myth, Reality or Utopia?

Omnichannel – is it a Myth, Reality or Utopia? Over the past 20 or so years the way products and services get sold and customer service as well as marketing get delivered changed dramatically. Gone are the times where a potential customer was addressed via a radio- or TV-spot or an ad printed in a newspaper, advertising mail in the mailbox … – well, it still happens, but the focus shifted dramatically. We started off from one single ‘channel’ – customer goes to the store and interacts with a person – and added an ever increasing number of additional ones, like the ones mentioned, plus many more. For retail businesses the store will not go away. Generally spoken, human interaction will stay important, probably increase in importance; human customer service will not vanish – but is likely to change … please hold this thought. In today’s omni-channel world we also have telephone, e-mail, web-delivered ads, mobile apps, branded and white-label communities, social media like Face

Customer Experience - It is all in the Data. Really?

A while after my earlier discussion with Abinash Tripathy from Helpshift about the value of bots in customer support he contacted me with some exciting news about what he and his team are doing now. Believe me, it is interesting – but read for yourself . Our conversation, of course, led on to another vivid discussion about things to come and things that in our opinions should come. The bottom line is that we live in a data driven, always on, real-time world, where prediction of events or the ability to suggest an action is becoming increasingly a differentiator … be it in a B2B- or a B2C world. Think of Rolls-Royce selling uptime of their engines, entire airplanes nearly continuously sending telemetry data “home”, or the massive amount of data that a Formula 1 car continually sends in order for the team to take proper real-time decisions. Any car already collects a lot of data – it just needs to get connected to allow for prediction of maintenance to prevent failures. Or