Customer Service is the backbone of any company – large or small. An effective CX strategy focuses on empowering service teams with the right tools and training towards driving long term customer satisfaction and loyalty, while also ensuring the best engagement experience for the company’s web site visitors and customers. These factors are essential to the success of the company’s brand and revenue growth.
Today’s customers expect to be able to engage with customer service agents from anywhere, on any device, and use their communication channel of choice. Therefore, it is imperative to provide them with a simplified, seamless and connected omnichannel experience throughout their engagement journey.
To achieve a successful outcome, companies commonly seek to adopt a unified omnichannel platform that cohesively pulls together all channels under the same umbrella and intelligently enables seamless transitions from one channel to another, for service agents and customers. Leveraging visual engagement solutions within the same platform adds a personalized touch and ensures service differentiation while reducing confusion or miscommunication.
What is Visual Engagement?
Visual Engagement is a powerful, real time collaboration concept that combines video, co-browsing, screen sharing and/or screen annotations experiences. The augmentation of visual channels to a phone call or chat allows the agent and the customer to drive personalized, precise and rapid problem resolution.
The concept hinges on the simple foundation that 'a picture is worth a thousand words' and is widely adopted across industry verticals that include Retail, Field Service, Finance, Telco and Healthcare.
Industry Examples: Real Life Scenarios
In recent years, there has been an increase in global adoption of visual engagement solutions among companies across several industry verticals.
For retailers, the online shopping experience is often the deciding factor in converting web site visitors into buyers. Visitors navigating a retail web site to purchase a product frequently encounter situations that need clarification from customer service. Being able to self-serve using search capabilities on the web site and having the option of escalating to customer service to quickly engage with an agent in real-time aids in quicker problem resolution and customer satisfaction.
In the field service arena, contractors or field technicians who are dispatched to remote sites for repairs solely rely on being able to engage with customer service through their mobile devices. These technicians often place a call into customer service for questions, and in complex repair scenarios, may need to engage through video with another technician, in order to show the problematic appliance or product. The combination of mobile and video chat come to the rescue here for a quick and satisfactory outcome, and can play a vital role in preventing the customer from returning the merchandise.
Customers of financial institutions such as banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies often rely on collaborative real-time engagement with customer service for form-filling assistance or co-navigating a complex section of the web site. Oftentimes, financial rules and regulations can be confusing to a customer. Thus, Visual Engagement in the form of co-browsing and video chat are effective tools that quickly assist the customer.
Within Healthcare, doctor - patient engagement through video is becoming an increasingly common and preferred communication channel. Patients looking for clarifications to their medical conditions or prescriptions can quickly video chat with their doctor to obtain those clarifications without back and forth email exchange or miscommunications.
SaaS companies also adopt visual engagement as an effective tool in on-boarding and training new clients to effectively replace onsite physical training by remote assistance, and lower on-boarding costs.
Realizing the ROI of Visual Engagement
Let’s review some of the common visual engagement benefits.
Visual Engagement with Oracle Service Cloud
Oracle recognizes that visual engagement technologies allow for an effective omnichannel customer journey, and offers a powerful value addition. With the least amount of effort, companies can easily procure and deploy video chat and co-browse for enhanced real time collaboration between their agents and customers. For the complete list of features, capabilities, and benefits associated with this offering, please review our Video Chat Data Sheet and/or Co-browse Data Sheet.
No matter the industry or company size, direct communication with customers through visual channels humanizes the customer experience, by ensuring personalization and improves problem resolution and precision, which goes a long way in building customer satisfaction, loyalty, brand popularity and revenue growth for your company.