Artificial Intelligence for Customer Service

AI Transforms Customer Service

Customer queries are getting more complex. Customer service systems need to be intelligent to resolve their issues and provide advice. This would mean asking the next best question and performing the next best action, based on historical and real-time context, situational knowhow, and compliance requirements—which would require agents to have a 20-pound brain!

Contact centers have attempted to address this through non-stop training, something today’s millennial and Gen Z agents despise. Difficult to do in the best of times, stay-at-home orders from COVID-19 have made training and collaboration even more difficult.

The answer lies in leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and knowledge in your customer service software to guide agents and self-service systems through their dialog with the customer. Artificial Intelligence technologies enable contact centers to scale effective, efficient, and compliant customer service and sales across in-house, gig, and outsourced agents.

When done right, AI transforms customer service by reducing wait times, increasing customer satisfaction, and improving agent experiences.

AI in the contact center improves customer serviceArtificial Intelligence in the Contact Center: 6 Killer Applications

If AI for the overall business is a red hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement is white hot. No wonder professionals, who had removed AI from their resumes, are scrambling to add it back in! Know about the six killer applications and associated use-cases for AI in the contact center that have already enabled blue-chip companies to transform—not just improve—customer service and engagement.

How Conversational AI Improves Customer Service

When done right, conversational AI can transform customer service. It is like using a GPS to get from Place A to Place B, using the best route, while complying with requirements (or regulations).

Contact Center AI – Sorry, No Chasm, No Trough!

Geoffrey Moore wrote about the dreaded “chasm” in his hi-tech marketing bible, Crossing the Chasm, where technologies go to die if they don’t gain traction among mainstream buyers, and Gartner talks about the “trough of disillusionment” in their hype cycle, where many technologies perish or take years to get out of, if at all. But for contact center AI this time around, the return on investment (ROI) and benefits are just mindboggling.

Using AI Virtual Assistant for Customer Self-Service

Virtual assistants, VAs, also called chatbots, avatars, and concierges

Trick question: Who work 24×7, engage customers and answer questions in a smart and fun way, give website tours, show relevant web pages, and never call in sick?

Answer: Virtual assistants (VAs).

Also called chatbots, avatars, and concierges, VAs help businesses “wow” customers with distinctive self-service, increase brand equity, and cut costs. eGain’s award-winning virtual assistants are even multilingual and, unlike other alternatives, integrate with human-assisted interaction channels for a seamless customer journey! As a pioneer in this domain, eGain has compiled best practices in VA deployment over the years. Here are some popular AI virtual assistant best practices to pay heed to.

AI Best Practices to Improve Customer Service and Agent Productivity

AI-guided self-service, AI-infused knowledge and AI-led process guidance help you do the impossible: Improve service productivity and the customer experience while reducing costs.

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Using AI With Knowledge for Customer Service and Agent Experience

The power of knowledge and AI to transform customer experience

Know the challenges that customer and agents face when trying to get or deliver customer service. Then know how AI-infused knowledge solves it.


Using AI to personalize knowledge for novice and expert agents

Whether your agents come in sober or hungover, Artificial Intelligence, combined with knowledge, can make them deliver customer service, as effectively as the best agent! Linda Yeardley narrates this hilarious incident from the field.


GOVERNMENT European tax agency adopts eGain AI, virtual assistant, chat, and offers

This organization is the tax authority of one of the major economies in Europe. It runs what is possibly the largest virtual contact center in the world with 22,000 staff and handles 70% of the national government’s transactions. In 2014/15 alone, they handled 50 M calls, 16 M inbound letters, 220 M outbound letters and 1,040 M online transactions. Ambitiously, the organization aims to become “one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world” while reducing costs by 15%. Read how eGain’s digital customer engagement solutions, powered by AI-enabled knowledge, helped achieve the goals.

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TELECOM UK telecom transforms customer service with Knowledge+AI

“We hope you find this interesting. It’s the story of our journey of knowledge transformation with eGain in EE.” – Head of Customer Technology and Innovation, Everything Everywhere (a division of BT Group)

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MANUFACTURING Manufacturer of doors and windows designs unique customer and agent experiences with AI reasoning

The century old manufacturer of windows and patio doors has a product lineup that runs into several thousand items. Getting agents trained on them took years. The company realized that eGain’s AI case-based reasoning capability was essential for solving issues related to its multiple vintage products. The case study shows the innovations the company used to overcome its problems and provide the right spare parts and an experience that delighted customers.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES AI-powered knowledge base drives success at Barclays Absa

The bank had a simple goal: To become the #1 bank in customer satisfaction surveys in 18 months, even as it completed its expansion across 11 countries within a year. But how was it going to operationalize the customer service transformation when 80% of its staff were new and inexperienced? How could it make any agent any call a reality? That, too, in 18 months? The answer lay in eGain AI and knowledge base.

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