Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Oracle RightNow Cloud Service August 2013 Release - Leveraging the Power of Oracle’s Best-of-Breed CX Suite! By JP Saunders

The August 2013 release of Oracle RightNow Cloud Service gets super charged by Oracle’s CX portfolio with best-of-breed commerce, automated entitlement management  and enterprise knowledge capabilities to empower people across all channels of interaction throughout the lifecycle journey with the brand.

Streamline Online Sales

Oracle RightNow Cloud Service seamlessly blends the power of commerce into its Agent Desktop to help contact center staff deliver relevant, proactive cross- and upsell offer in real time during successful customer service engagements. This powerful combination of Oracle RightNow Service Cloud and Oracle ATG Web Commerce empowers customer service professionals to rapidly identify and resolve issues within the buying and supporting lifecycle, across all channels of interactions. Customers can now get timely, relevant and consistent assistance with completing an order, adding related items to their shopping carts, upgrading or renewing services, as well as effective support with what they purchase--all from a single agent interaction in chat, social, phone, mobile or Web.

Make Complex Decisions Instantly and Consistently

This release extends the power of automating entitlement management to the Agent Desktop. With Oracle Policy Automation tools now available to service agents, they’re able to instantly get assistance with complex decisions leveraging existing contextual case data. And, those decisions will be consistent with the guidance that a customer receives through self-service on the Web. So regardless of channel or interaction choice, your customers’ service experience is not only efficient but also consistent, personalized and intuitive.

Choose the Knowledge Management Solution That Best Meets Your Customer Needs

Now any business can do what some of the World largest online brands are doing! Businesses that require the ability to connect content silos or to consistently and accurately federate knowledge across their enterprise can now power up their Oracle RightNow solution by leveraging the Oracle Knowledge adapter. The World’s leading Knowledge Management solution, Oracle Knowledge, augments Oracle RightNow Cloud Service knowledge capabilities with deeper language technologies, business intelligence analytics, more support content types, languages and more… Now available in the Oracle RightNow Agent Desktop, this integration provides agents with the ability to accurately assist customers with finding the right answer at the right time.

For more information on these high-value features, please watch the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service – August 2013 Release Overview or read the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service – August 2013 Capabilities and Benefits.

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

The Social Customer Service Maze

Your Customers Are Already Talking – It’s Time to Join the Conversation

While social media has become a standard function in most marketing departments, customer service and contact centers are just beginning to become actively involved in social media. When I talk to executives that run service/support or contact centers, I tend to get the same reaction when social media comes upHELP!

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Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Cross-channel Service: Is Voice Going Away? by JP Saunders

In the customer experience business, we hear a lot about the rise in the use of online channels such as Web self-service, email, chat, and social and the importance of having a cross-channel solution. It’s easy to forget that voice is still the #1 channel that customers use to resolve customer service issues. Not to say that cross-channel is unimportant – it definitely is. 

According to Kate Leggett, Forrester Research, “Telephoning a live representative remains the most frequently used customer service channel, and its usage is relatively consistent over time and across generations. This shows that customers are not abandoning the traditional customer service channels in favor of newer ones but are increasing the total number of channels they use when interacting with companies.”1

So the voice channel remains as strong as ever, as are the customer’s expectations to seamlessly traverse into that channel from online channels. 

If you’re interested in how to provide robust voice and cross-channel capabilities as part of your service solution at lower cost and risk, you won’t want to miss these Avaya sessions at Oracle OpenWorld, September 22-26, 2013, in San Francisco. Avaya, a long-time leader in Contact Center technology, has an exciting announcement to make pertaining to the close partnership it has with the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service product. 

·         Enabling Oracle CRM Platforms Through Avaya Technology

·         Oracle Service Vision and Roadmap

1Understand Communication Channel Needs To Craft Your Customer Service Strategy, Forrester Research, Inc., Kate Leggett, March 11, 2013

Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

CRM Evolution 2013: Social Care is a Mainstream Channel

CRM Evolution's Customer Service Experience track began today with Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Patricia Graca talking about Social Care. She got our attention with some eye-opening statistics:

  • 1 in 3 users prefer social care over contacting via the phone
  • 80% of customers will not purchase a product if there is a negative review
  • 43% of customers use social media to publicize a bad experience—and 48% a positive experience

Graca has built a social support community with volunteer experts who give two to 30 hours of their time every week to answer other customers’ questions.

What motivates these experts to devote so much time? She found that the top motivator is the satisfaction they receive from helping people. But Graca doesn’t stop there. She uses gamification to motivate experts with things like:

  • 15 status levels they can climb based on their answers’ usefulness
  • Avatars created from personal photos experts submit
  • Privileges like early access to new products, training and special events

Graca even hosts 24-hour social support marathons in which 100s of experts around the world participate—creating a wealth of crowd source wisdom for HP.

Currently, 1% of her social support community serves as experts and/or contributors. Her next challenge is encouraging the remaining 99% to actively participate.

Monday Aug 19, 2013

Become a part of your customer's life at CRM Evolution 2013

The first day of the CRM Evolution 2013 Conference and Exhibition began with a dynamic keynote by Jeanne Bliss, Founder of She talked about organizations “becoming a part of the story of their customers’ lives” through:

Getting Real—walking a mile in their customers’ shoes

  • Example: USAA has new hires eat army rations, wear flak jackets and boots and go through the same insurance application processes

Being There—improving the top five contact points that matter most to customers

  • Example: WestJet empowers its frontline staff to give ‘honored guests’ the best experience possible

Apologizing Well—responding quickly and humbly to solve problems

  • Example: Southwest sends apology letters offering discount coupons to fly again.  

Oracle’s very own Matt Kresch, Principal Product Strategy Director, spoke about the Modern Contact Center. To be ‘modern,’ your service organization must be able to carry on a seamless conversation with the customer across channels. A unified agent desktop—that brings all the customer information and engagement tools together on one screen—makes this possible.

Wednesday Aug 14, 2013

Master Data—and Delivering a Great Customer Experience

In the fast-paced world of the connected consumer, expectations run high. Every time customers interact with a company, they want a positive, relevant, and personalized experience. If they don’t get it, today’s empowered customers won’t hesitate to leave. Yet many companies can’t deliver great personal experiences to their customers because they are struggling with siloed information systems and processes that fail to provide complete and accurate data to sales, support, and marketing teams.

In the new white paper by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, “Delivering on the Promise of Great Customer Experiences,” learn from several forward-thinking organizations—in industries ranging from travel to telecommunications—how to use Master Data Management (MDM) to collect and integrate all types of internal and external data and create the consistent, connected, and personalized experiences that customers want. Oracle Master Data Management offers the most complete product line on the market, enabling organizations to cleanse, centralize, and govern to create a “master” version of customer and business data—and the foundation for an improved customer experience strategy. Find out how your organization can enrich the customer experience.

Read the whitepaper today!

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Monday Aug 12, 2013

T-Commerce - Revolutionizing the Omni-Channel Experience!

After months and months of watching my favorite host on my favorite guilty-pleasure television show give away the 100th Mazel sweatshirt, I finally decided I HAD to have one of my own! So, off I went to find my iPad to buy my own Mazel sweatshirt. As I placed my order through Delivery Agent’s Commerce platform, I was made aware that I had just experienced “The Next Generation of Commerce.” I actually hadn't, but it intrigued me enough to want to learn more!

I received my sweatshirt and fell in love! It really is as soft as the host and his celebrity guests swear it is. Not only that, I get tons of compliments, comments, and sometimes cultish references to the Real Housewives. It made me think - I should have bought this the first time I saw it. Imagine if it were as simple as pressing "Buy" on my remote, as Delivery Agent wants me to believe it soon will be. Would it have taken me that long? Or, would the ease of purchasing capabilities and my human need for instant gratification have made me push that button a long time ago? How many more products would I buy if it were always that easy? 

T-Commerce (TV commerce) had been missing from the omni-channel experience – until now.

The first T-Commerce enabled televisions have been developed!

  • The [t-commerce] application is pre-loaded into 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TVs. The platform offered by Delivery Agent is able to map over 1MM products to a given show, episode, network, ad, character or scene, and make them available for sale across hundreds of shows.
  • Samsung is the #1 brand of televisions.
  • North America is predicted to have a total of nearly 136 million “TV households” by the end of this year.

Imagine the possibilities! The typical process to purchase something you see on a television commercial, for example, is to use another device to go online and visit that brand’s page, usually to only then be redirected to a retailer's site. How much time and effort did that consumer expend just to buy a brand's product? Imagine if, instead, you simply hit a button on your remote and buy a product - without ever having to leave the comfort of your couch or transition to another device! Imagine the increase in conversion rates those brands will realize! Imagine the innovation in Customer Experience those brands will be recognized for!

American Express has also entered the T-Commerce space!

  • For years, marketers have dreamed of viewers who could buy products as TV shows are airing. As a viewer, I've imagined what it would be like to be able to buy a dress one of my favorite characters is wearing. 
  • American Express has been trying to make those visions come to life, partnering with Fox and NBC Universal.
  • "As viewer habits change and technology continues to evolve, and scale gets more elusive, context and impact mean everything," - Linda Yaccarino, president of NBC Universal.

Consider this untapped channel and the huge potential that exists!  Let’s examine the Kardashians as an example.  They are a brand in and of themselves and they also have a TV show. Imagine the revenue that the Kardashians could generate!  As their TV show is playing out, they are now able to naturally and easily position their products. Imagine the cross-brand selling potential for the phones they use, the cars they drive, and the clothes they wear! The marketing and selling potential is tremendous, especially considering that, if executed correctly, this is a subtle selling channel, driven by the customer.

So, let us not forget this very important channel. Be aware - T-Commerce is no longer missing from the omni-channel experience.

  • References:

Start-ups | Delivery Agent Inc. Introduces New T-Commerce App for ...

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Friday Aug 09, 2013

Offer Your Customers Exactly What They Are Looking For

Product and customer data is changing at an unprecedented rate. And it’s not only what you collect but also what you input from third-parties, like your vendors and partners. Research shows that master data change at a rate of 2% per month and in 4 out of 5 instances the supplier data is often more accurate than the retailer’s own data. 

So how do you handle multiple versions of the truth, house your product and customer data centrally, and ensure that it’s the most accurate? Poor data quality can undermine your Web site usability and drive a poor customer experience. Companies need to support every stage of the customer buying cycle to ensure that the most accurate product, location, and availability data is available.

Great commerce experiences begin with the quality of the data. Accurate customer and product data is one of your most important assets – and you need both in order to provide your customers with the most personalized buying experience. You need to consolidate multi-structured data and sources into one repository, cleanse data by standardizing, error-correcting, and de-duping, govern data by definition, regulation, auditing, and access, and share master data for better insight to increase sales and trust.

To provide the most accurate search results you also need to standardize product attributes as much of your data may come from internal sources as well as third-party partners. This is critical when it comes to providing the best Web site search results. You don’t want your customers searching for “10 horse power” and “10hp” to have to sort throw two different search results.

By following these key commerce data principles you can provide your customers exactly what they are looking for on your Web site. Click here to learn more about Oracle Commerce and here to learn more about Oracle Master Data Management.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Commerce in China Part 1 – ‘Gotta Have Trust’

I have China on the brain.  No, not because of last night’s dinner.

As I put the final touches on the presentations for Oracle Open World in Shanghai (July 22-25 at the Shanghai Expo Center), I cannot help but start to piece together themes for this amazing market. Through the conversations about online retail in the region and discussions on challenges and opportunities, one unique theme jumps out: Trust.

Each geographic market has its own spirit-of-the moment, the table-stakes expected by a customer.  In China today, this focus on experience translates to trust.  Can I trust the site? Will my payment go through? Will my goods arrive on time?

In the first part of my blog post on China, I’ll write about the unique Chinese market that makes the relationship between transacting through digital channels and gaining consumer trust particularly important.  Subsequent topics in the series will be: China – the ultimate mobile consumer, and observations from Oracle Open World Shanghai.

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Monday Jul 01, 2013

What’s New for Oracle Commerce? Executive QA with John Andrews, VP Product Management, Oracle Commerce

Oracle Commerce was for the fifth time positioned as a leader by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for E-Commerce. This inspired me to sit down with Oracle Commerce VP of Product Management, John Andrews to get his perspective on what continues to make Oracle a leader in the industry and what’s new for Oracle Commerce in 2013.

Q: Why do you believe Oracle Commerce continues to be a leader in the industry?

John: Oracle has a great acquisition strategy – it brings best-of-breed technologies into the product fold and then continues to grow and innovate them. This is particularly true with products unified into the Oracle Commerce brand. Oracle acquired ATG in late 2010 – and then Endeca in late 2011. This means that under the hood of Oracle Commerce you have market-leading technologies for cross-channel commerce and customer experience, both designed and developed in direct response to the unique challenges online businesses face. And we continue to innovate on capabilities core to what our customers need to be successful – contextual and personalized experience delivery, merchant-inspired tools, and architecture for performance and scalability.

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