Companies value customer data like gold, and for good reason. That’s because they can monitor real-time insights to preemptively reach customers for follow-up, nurture, upsell, and more. In the case of the faulty fence post, the manufacturer could have contacted the customer to warn of a potential part failure and send a replacement—or schedule a repair—in advance. Or if the customer calls, the agent could make those same suggestions.
Must Have Features: Video and Screen Sharing
Customer chat, though invaluable, is only part of the conversation. It’s time to see what you’ve been missing without features like video and screen sharing.
For starters, the Forrester report, "Visual Engagement Drives Relationships and Revenue for Customer Service,” notes that “Companies increasingly leverage visual engagement—video, cobrowsing, screen sharing, and annotations—to cut through the customer conversation clutter, to be better understood, and to connect emotionally.”
This ties to the 2020 trend of consumers embracing video. According to our own research, two-thirds of consumers worldwide are video chatting with businesses more now than they were just seven months ago. The growth is obvious, and video fills the need for consumers who demand a personalized experience or have a complex problem to resolve. A video of the broken fence post is worth a thousand words—and a solutions-focused contact center experience delivers tons of consumer goodwill.
Savings and Brand Boosting
Customers will make the effort to contact you—but you’d better be ready. Even if they love your brand, a third will leave after a single bad experience, and a staggering 92 percent will jump after two or more poor incidents.
Adding video and screen sharing increases the number of contact center channels, making communications more flexible, intelligent, and personal so your customers stay ahead. Such robust features can reduce average handle time, expedite first contact resolution, and lower the cost to serve—all of which drive up contact center productivity. Maybe more importantly, the enhanced CX positively reflects on your company and brand.
Looking back at our own customer engagement research, we saw that one of the biggest frustrations for consumers around the world is when they call a business or service provider for help and no service representatives are available, but they aren’t offered any other channels to resolve their issue.
Video has to be part of the mix. Customers may not always need it—but if it's not an option, you risk losing them forever.
Certainly, video and screen sharing improve communication and add face time to build trust. The valued customer relationship helps protect revenue and boosts win rates and retention. Virtual meetings also compensate for travel restrictions and reduce travel costs.
Easy to Implement and Fully Featured
Regardless if your customers or team initiate the video or screen sharing, the process is easy and seamless. Your customers can join a video or provide full images—from any device—to highlight the concern or offer more detail. And your contact center team can instantly access the complementary suite of contact center tools, including analytics, reporting, conversation analyzer (speech analytics), screen recordings, AI, and CRM data.
Contact center managers can monitor—in real-time—when agents are busy on video calls, view historical reports of video interactions, and even control which agents have access to video.
Thanks to these tools and insights, your customers and employees will soon come to expect visual engagement as another channel in the omnichannel experience.
Beyond the Traditional Contact Center
Video and screen sharing have a number of uses beyond the traditional contact center, such as:
- Healthcare: Face-to-face contact on a preventative helpline immediately evokes comfort and care
- Financial services: Advisor guides client through reviewing documents and completing forms
- Service desk: Video call with screen sharing expedites complex technical queries
- Field service: Agent and customer join a video call to expertly diagnose issues and propose solutions
- Inside sales: Representative uses real-time video to show or demonstrate the product to the prospect to help increase conversion rates
Coming Soon to Vonage Contact Center: Visual Engagement, Video and Screen Share
It’s all about strengthening your customer focus, engagement, and retention. That’s why we’re excited to announce new features coming soon to Vonage Contact Center—Visual Engagement, Video, and Screen Share. Check out the latest on these great new tools.