Call Deflection Calls for Smart Self-Service

Call Deflection: The Need

  • According to an IBM study, businesses spend $1.3 trillion on 265 billion customer service calls each year.
  • According to a Consumer Reports survey, 75% of consumers get “highly annoyed” when they cannot get a customer service agent on the phone in an acceptable period of time.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, call center wait times have gone up to 3-4 hours in some industries.

What is Call Deflection?

Call deflection is the outcome of delivering answers to customers through self-service so that they don’t call, email, or text the contact center.

It can be a boon for both customers and the business—shorter time to answer for the customer and cost savings for the business.

Call deflection calls for knowledge and AI-guided self-service

Without knowledge and AI-guided self-service, call deflection can lead to customer defection! A common knowledge base ensures that answers are consistent, over email, chat, self-service portals, or in-person calls.

  • Call deflection can be preemptive. Questions can be anticipated and delivered ahead of the call through notifications, Or, when a customer is on a website, through a virtual assistant.
  • Call deflection can also be in-flight, where a customer on IVR hold can be sent a link to contextual, digital self-service through a messaging channel such as SMS, Facebook Messenger, Apple Business Chat, etc.

Software for self-service

eGain SelfService+AI

Call deflection in action

Andersen Windows, a leading manufacturer of windows and patio doors in the US, successfully deflects calls from the contact center by offering effective customer self-service with eGain. These self-service customers also give a boost to sales when they are directed from the help center knowledge portal to the online retail store.

  • Customers are calling the contact center less because they get the knowledge they need on the website.
  • Its online parts store has made sales worth $100K from 20,000 leads from the self-help website.

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