Monday Aug 17, 2015

Latest Oracle Release Helps Brands Power Positive Social Service Experiences by Stephen Fioretti

Today more than one in three customers prefer to contact brands through social channels rather than by phone or email (Nielsen), and the distinction between social and traditional channels is eroding. To deliver the best possible customer experience across traditional and digital channels, customer care organizations need to provide a positive and unified experience where and when customers want, whether they are on Twitter, Facebook, peer to peer communities or other social networks. Through a connected and fluid customer experience across engagements, organizations can establish a competitive advantage!

Coming on the heels of Oracle’s recent Twitter-enriched social customer service solution announcement, the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud continues to power that positive and differentiated customer experience.  The new functionality helps brands deliver competitive social service experiences, increase social engagement and gain valuable business insights along the way through:

New Community Self-Service Solution

  • A new approach to web self-service that brings community functionality directly into the core Oracle Service Cloud multi-channel web experience.
  • Customers no longer have to separately navigate self-service and community sites to find an answer; instead they can interact with formal knowledge (Knowledge Base) and customer knowledge (community answers) in a single experience.
  • Helps streamline the customer journey, enabling customers to quickly find answers, and driving efficiencies by reducing contact center requests.
  • Makes it easy for companies to launch and maintain a customer community as a native part of the web customer service solution.

Enhanced Social Service and Incident Routing

  • New workflow capabilities between Oracle Social Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud enable organizations to leverage the power of social insights and engagements.
  • Business users can now attach contextual attributes and notes from posts or incidents identified by Oracle Social Cloud directly to Oracle Service Cloud.
  • Helps improve service quality and efficiency by providing more customer information and context.
  • Enables business users to accurately route social posts to the best skilled agents by topic and improve resolution time as social posts are shared with the appropriate agents quickly.

Extended Social Listening and Analytics Capabilities to Private Data Sources

  • Enhanced connectivity between Oracle Social Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud has also extended social listening and analytics to enterprise private-data sources such as the new Community Self Service capability, survey data and chat and call logs.
  • Organizations can now listen and analyze unstructured data and gain insights with terms, themes, sentiment and customer metrics, and can view private and public data side by side in the Oracle Social Cloud Relationship Management dashboard.

Don’t just take our word regarding these exciting new social service developments.  According to Gartner, investment in Peer-to-Peer Communities drives support costs down and boosts profits. In fact, in a December 2014 Gartner research note, Nine CRM Projects to Do Right Now for Customer Service, “Gartner clients who are successful in this space are still seeing on average a 20% reduction in the creation of support tickets following the introduction of peer-to-peer communities,” wrote, Michael Maoz, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, “Clients are seeing other business benefits as well. By enabling community-based support, clients have been able to recognize new sales opportunities and increase existing customer satisfaction, resulting in increased revenue in several of these cases.”

For more information regarding Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud’s latest product announcement click here, check out this interesting VentureBeat article or visit us at CRM Evolution, August 17th-19th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City!

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

5 Steps to Providing Exceptional Multilingual Customer Support

By Kaarina Kvaavik and Heather Shoemaker, founders, Language I/O

In today’s ever-expanding global world, it’s bad business for companies to not have some sort of multilingual customer support. Even those without a global presence will have interactions with non-native speakers. The inability to support these customers isn’t from a lack of trying, but from a lack of proper resources designated for multilingual customer support efforts.

Having the right tools can be a boon for a company’s global expansion strategy and for retaining current international customers. The importance of retention is reflected in a recent Adobe report that estimates, “for each 1% of shoppers who return for a subsequent visit, overall revenue will increase by approximately 10%.”[i]  Proof that as a global business it’s imperative to invest in ways of attracting and retaining customers.

Just how do you achieve your goals in multilingual customer support? In a recent blog post, Language I/O co-founder Heather Shoemaker detailed the five steps toward multilingual customer support. What are these critical items?

  1. Review your current CRM or Customer Experience (CX) platform, such as the Oracle Service Cloud, and make sure it can support your multilingual support needs.

  2. The Customer Support team should not let other departments dictate the company’s CRM or CX content translation solution. What works for one department in product translations may not work well in support translation.

  3. Hire an objective, third party linguistic reviewer for each supported language. It’s critical to have a human as part of your multilingual support as machine translation is not enough.

  4. Share a translated glossary of key terms across the company so that as new languages are added key terms can be instantly translated.

  5. Share translation memory across the company. This will allow for consistency and translation work only taking place on content that has been updated or changed.

The key in following these steps is to ensure that customer expectations are properly met and that continuity exists throughout the company in all supported languages. Of course, adjustments will need to be made for any lingual nuances that are difficult to translate, the reason why it’s important to have a third party linguistic reviewer on hand.

It’s important to keep in mind the end strategy here: exceptional multilingual customer support that exceeds customer expectations. 

To learn the importance of multilingual customer support and the impact it can have on your global efforts, join Oracle for an informative webinar on Wednesday, July 29th at 11AM ET (8AM PT, 1600 GMT). Hosted by Language I/O co-founder Kaarina Kvaavik, the webinar will feature a discussion with LinkedIn’s Josh Larson and iRobot’s Matt Cooper on how they utilize Language I/O’s LinguistNow product inside the Oracle Service Cloud environment to simplify processes, reduce costs, and support more markets. For more information and to register, click here.

Friday Jul 17, 2015

T-Mobile Netherlands Humanizes Customer Experience

Check out how T-Mobile Netherlands partners with Oracle Service Cloud to create the next generation of web customer service by combining web self-service and communities and increased support channels to help lower costs and improve customer satisfaction.

With over 70% of all services being done online, see how they use cloud solutions as the center of human, real, customer communications across all channels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi-9fCf-oFY.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

LinkedIn Wins Gartner & 1to1 Media Customer Service Excellence Award by Stephen Fioretti

LinkedIn was named a Gold winner in the Customer Service Excellence category for the 2015 Gartner & 1to1 Media Customer Experience Excellence Awards. For over a decade, Gartner and 1to1 Media have used this joint awards program to honor select, customer-centric organizations that have achieved outstanding business performance by implementing enterprise-wide, service-focused strategies. LinkedIn will be presented with this innovation in service excellence award at the Gartner 360 Summit September 9-11 in San Diego.

What helps LinkedIn bring people, processes, and technologies together to provide a superior customer experience? Andy Yasutake, Director of Tech Solutions and Operations, outlines several principles LinkedIn follows to increase business efficiency and member satisfaction.

Focus on ‘Member First’ in all you do.

LinkedIn’s mission is to connect its users and make them more productive and successful. Thus, the company implemented a ‘Members First’ initiative, and started making changes based on the Voice of the Customer. For example, when LinkedIn learned that its members placed high value on rapid response time, it encouraged agents to respond more quickly to inquiries. With the help of Oracle Service Cloud, LinkedIn achieved an 85% decrease in average initial response time, a 68% decrease in resolution time, and a 23% increase in customer satisfaction!

Your customers don’t care about organizational boundaries.
Break them down.

LinkedIn recognized that its members interacted with the brand as a whole, not just exclusively with sales, marketing, or service. As a result, the company broke down information silos between these departments and encouraged employees to step outside their given expertise to resolve issues quickly and/or prevent them from escalating. Leveraging all its assets, rapidly responding to member feedback, and rethinking roles allows the company to maximize the value of every touch and bring added value to the member journey.

Help your customers help themselves.
With over 350 million worldwide users, and more than two new members joining per second, LinkedIn expected to employ around 5,000-10,000 service representatives. However, with Oracle Service Cloud, LinkedIn was able to achieve a 97% self-service rate, thereby reducing the company’s potential need for support staff. The result? Instead of employing 5,000-10,000 reps, LinkedIn has been able to maintain agents at 750-800, easing costs and boosting efficiency, all while growing 40% year-over-year.

On the digital front, LinkedIn noticed that 50% of its web traffic came through mobile devices, and that 21% of users accessing its knowledge center were not there to solve a specific issue, but instead to learn about the product and develop their career. Therefore, the company placed emphasis on creating knowledge base articles and a mobile Help Center, enabling users to enjoy this content easily from any device.

Optimizing its support processes and empowering members to self-serve has allowed LinkedIn to efficiently provide top-tier service.

Congratulations to LinkedIn for your outstanding achievement. Oracle is honored to have partnered with you to deliver your award-winning customer experience! 

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

Oracle CRM Watchlist 2015 Winner

Leading CRM expert, best-selling author, analyst and regular contributor to ZDNet, Paul Greenberg, has listed Oracle as a 2015 winner on his CRM Watchlist. Paul is an advisor to both public and private organizations and continues to define the landscape of CRM including industry trends, challenges and opportunities. As the Executive Vice President of the CRM Association, and Chairman of the University of Toronto’s CRM Centre of Excellence, Paul is considered one of the industry’s top thought leaders.[Read More]

Monday Sep 22, 2014

Do your customers know more than your agents? Shift the equation with this webcast Thurs., Sept. 25 at 2 pm ET featuring Amberleaf

Have you ever called a contact center and known more about the company’s products and services than the agent? Or been bounced around to several different agents before you got the right answer?

That’s a recipe for customer service disaster. Don’t let that happen to your organization.

Tune into this webcast on Thursday, September 25 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET to become the Master Chef of modern customer service with best practices from Amberleaf President John Kariotis. 

Over the last 15 years, John has helped hundreds of companies transform their contact centers into modern customer service organizations.

He’ll share customer success stories – and pitfalls to watch out for – so you can accelerate your own success.

Register here

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Four Ways to Deliver Better Customer Service with Integrated Knowledge Management and CRM By JP Saunders

CRM solutions without integrated knowledge management suffer from a number of limitations. They don’t enable customers to become more self-sufficient or foster a community that can generate its own answers. They lack the centralized intelligence needed to deliver innovation and consumer-driven interactions, so support agents can’t learn, serve, or collaborate as effectively as their jobs require. And, they lack the analytical insights customer service organizations require to truly understand customer needs, making it difficult to optimize answers and, ultimately, the customer experience.

Here are 4 ways that integrated knowledge management and CRM can deliver better customer experiences:

  1. Increase first call resolutionThe most important aspect of a satisfying customer experience with a contact center is getting a representative who can meet all the customer’s needs—without having to forward inquiries to other representatives. Integrated knowledge management pulls answers from across organizational silos and puts it at the agent’s fingertips--without having to leave their CRM application.
  2. Increase self-serviceMany customers prefer to serve themselves. They want to find the answer quickly and easily without requiring escalation to the contact center. With integrated knowledge management, you can empower your customers to easily help themselves. But, you can also seamlessly transfer to assisted service with the context of their self-service interaction, if it becomes necessary. 
  3. Build your knowledgebase – The foundation of providing quick and easy answers is to build out a robust knowledge base. However, cumbersome navigation to create solutions can be a barrier to building your knowledge base. When knowledge is integrated with CRM, you can easily create knowledge solutions directly from service cases so that it’s available for the next customer or agent to use. 
  4. Learn and improve your serviceIntegrated knowledge allows you to understand customer usage and service issues – most common searches, percentage of cases resolved with knowledge, solutions used the most, etc. in order to improve your customer experience. Armed with this understanding, you can identify actions that will increase search accuracy or, better yet, address root causes that eliminate the need to search at all. 

The World’s leading Knowledge Management solution, Oracle Knowledge, now enhances the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service capabilities with expanded search capabilities, deeper language understanding, business intelligent analytics, support for more content types, languages, and much more. Now available in the Oracle RightNow Agent Desktop and Customer Portal, 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. You can also attend the Integrating Knowledge Management into CRM Applications session at OpenWorld. 

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.

Why Social Customer Service? Why Now?

Guest Blogger: Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst at Ovum

Social media has become a daily part of life for many. But what is its purpose and why have we become so reliant on these tools? It hasn’t replaced phone conversations, texts, emails or even real life meetings; rather it has become a useful addition. On a simple level, it’s an ever evolving, admittedly often infuriating, view into friends’ lives, a way to send messages, show off, or digitally curate the way we want to be perceived.

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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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