Robotic Automation

5 Ways RPA Enhances the Contact Center

Robotic process automation (RPA) uses software and robots to capture and parse data. In the contact center, RPA supports the IT department and streamlines workflows. Though some feel that jobs will be lost to RPA, the more likely outcome is that RPA will elevate contact center performance and help live agents deliver better, richer service. Here are five ways that RPA enhances the modern contact center.

1. A large volume of data can be moved quickly.

There are many reasons why contact center data may need to be moved: if the data comes from various databases but has to be combined in order to carry out a process; if databases have to be filled in with bulk information; or if data has to migrated from an old application to a new one. RPAs can manipulate data incredibly quickly, whereas manual entry would take up far too much time.

2. The customer experience is improved.

Having to ask for the same information more than once is frustrating for both the agent and the customer. RPA is able to collect information at the start of a query, then immediately add the data to any of the platforms the agent will be accessing. By eliminating the need for extra data entry, the agent can solve the customer’s problem quickly and move on to the next person in the queue.

3. Desktop automation improves employee confidence.

Rules-based desktop automation can handle specific employee tasks, turning employees into decision-makers instead of sidetracking them with basic duties like filing and updating customer information. When employees feel that they’re needed for complex issues, they’re more likely to be engaged with their job and devoted to customer satisfaction.

4. Time is maximized.

RPA allows for real-time data collection and analysis because it’s able to process information in mere seconds. Moreover, data processing via RPA is accurate, eliminating the need for time-consuming corrections. The contact center’s analysts can then devote more time to completing higher-level tasks.

5. Workflows are optimized.

There are numerous optimizations that result from RPA. Live agents can handle customers who need personalized attention. First Contact Resolutions rates are improved, as is accuracy. Following up with customers is also streamlined.

RPAs are bound to become the standard in contact centers. Knowing how to work with them and designing your processes around automation will help propel your customer service forward.

4 Trends that Improve the Customer Experience

When customer service teams want to differentiate themselves from the rest, they focus on improving and optimizing the customer experience. Companies are more than willing to go above and beyond for the sake of meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Here are four trends that will help distinguish your contact center.

Relying on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, from video games to the automobile industry. Customer service has been impacted by the increase in AI, too. This technology can be used to chat with customers about easy-to-solve issues, which frees up live agents for more difficult and complex matters. Automation with AI can reduce customer wait time, interact with customers and collect important data for the contact center to later analyze.

Implementing an Omnichannel Strategy

One major gripe that customers have is repeating themselves to various customer support agents in order to get an answer or have a problem solved. Channel integration isn’t the same as omnichannel service. Today’s companies can’t just respond to a customer, they have to know as much as possible about the customer and their problem beforehand in order to provide customized, relevant support. Customer service requires empathy and a human touch in order to connect meaningfully to the customer.

Analyzing Big Data

While much of the customer experience is about interaction and communication, big data still has a pertinent place in understanding customer behavior. Big data can actually help the contact center connect on a more personal level with customers. There’s so much information that can be tracked now, from customer behavior at every point of the journey to customer preferences regarding any number of attributes. Data helps customer support do things like figure out what a customer is going to want before they even ask for it and determine the best way to reach a customer on the channel of their choice.

Providing Real-Time Communication

Using things like AI, which can automate several processes, and ominchannel strategies, which can cut down on the length of time it takes to solve a problem, gives customer support agents the extra time to handle some queries personally. Real-time communication, specifically via mobile and social media, is in demand, especially by younger generations who are used to communicating in these ways. Being able to provide immediate support improves the customer experience and builds trust in customers.

3 Tips for Implementing Robotic Process Automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) benefits the contact center as well as the customer. Behind the scenes, RPA can replace manual processes while increasing efficiency, make the most out of software, and eliminate the need for outsourcing. For the customer, RPA improves their experience and gets them answers as quickly and accurately as possible. However, RPA is only as good as your business process strategy. Here’s how to implement RPA so that it works as well as possible for the contact center as well as the customer.

  1. Pinpoint Which Processes Can and Should be Automated

Certain business processes will adapt better to RPA than others. Transactional processes are often a better fit for RPA than processes that require a judgement call. For example, a bank may automate the closing of fraudulent accounts so that there’s no time delay between when a fraudulent account is detected and when it’s closed. On the other hand, some aspects of social media customer service can come off as disingenuous when automated, making it a better option to have a team of agents who are responsible for responding to unhappy customers on social media.

  1. Stack Sub-Processes to Create a New Automation Model

Using RPA for one main goal may require several sub-processes that work together. The benefit of RPA is that it can be customized to the individual contact center’s business processes and needs. If you’re not reaping enough value from a current formula, consider splitting it up into sub-processes that build on one other. By tweaking the sub-processes to make them more effective, the overall result may improve.

  1. Test the RPA Plan Before Deploying It

No matter how sure you are that the new RPA plan is ready to be implemented, try it out during a pilot phase first. Involve the people who will be part of the program once it’s officially rolled out. You’ll have time to see how effective the plan is in real-time before replacing your current processes. The results of the pilot program will show you where improvements need to be made, if any.

RPA has a host of benefits, including reducing average handling time, improving agent productivity and limiting the time needed to train new agents. Only when RPA is setup correctly, though, can it help the contact center in these – and even more – ways.