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To say that United Airlines has been in hot water recently is an understatement. Now, United Airlines has rolled out 10 new customer service policies in response to some of the recent incidents, but one customer service expert argues they're simply not enough.
Posted April 28, 2017

For chatbots to be effective, they need to deliver the right information with little effort.
Posted April 27, 2017

Oracle's new artificial intelligence apps empower customer experience professionals in service, commerce, marketing, and sales.
Posted April 27, 2017

Among customer service platform provider Zendesk's claims to fame are the company's embeddables—software development kits (SDKs) for Web and mobile environments that enable elements of customer service to be easily added to online customer experiences. Now the company is taking its solutions to app development platform Fabric (which Google recently acquired from Twitter) with a Zendesk kit that includes these embeddable solutions.
Posted April 21, 2017

Chatbots are promising, but many of them simply don't add business value from a customer service perspective—yet. With the introduction today of the Pega Intelligence Virtual Assistant, Pegasystems is setting out to accelerate the process by offering artificial intelligence extenders for platforms including Facebook, Slack, and others.
Posted April 18, 2017

Call center analytics company Invoca just secured $30 million in series D funding, with Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners as the lead investor. The company has been making waves recently, appointing a new CEO in July and possibly preparing for an IPO, Techcrunch reports. According to Kyle Christensen, senior vice president at Invoca, it's an important time for the company, and not just because of what's going on internally.
Posted April 14, 2017

Just a few months after revamping its Direct Messages, Twitter added a new feature to the offering: the location request feature, enabling businesses to ask customers they're conversing with to share their location via direct message.
Posted April 07, 2017

The technology has been updated with management, security, and connectivity capabilities to 'raise the bar' for scale.
Posted March 30, 2017

CRM delivers its 14th Annual Recognition of leading vendors across eight industry segments.
Posted March 29, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) yesterday released its long-awaited Amazon Connect, a suite of cloud-based contact center services that leverage the artificial intelligence powering Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant to handle contact center calls and texts.
Posted March 29, 2017

The trio of solutions gained during its Interactive Intelligence purchase, composes an expanded customer experience platform. (Featured on DestinationCRM.com.)
Posted March 28, 2017

Chatbots on Messenger may be a breakthrough for customer service on Facebook, but they're far from perfect. For the time being, they're hard to find via search, and for many companies, the functionality is limited. Still, there are already some brands that are getting it right. Here are five companies delivering solid service through the emerging channel.
Posted March 24, 2017

Linc's new chatbots operate on the Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Apple iMessage platforms and also offer voice assistance through Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple's Siri, along with enhanced email, web, and text capabilities.
Posted March 22, 2017

Amazon has a reputation for continually innovating to make the service experience better and easier for customers. Soon other companies may be able to quite literally borrow from Amazon's playbook, as the e-commerce giant is rumored to be developing a suite of cloud-based call center tools based on its own proprietary call center technology.
Posted March 17, 2017

The technology helps agents personalize contact with customers across different channels. (Featured on DestinationCRM.com.)
Posted March 14, 2017

inContact, a provider of cloud contact center software, has introduced the Spring 2017 release of its Customer Interaction Cloud, which features comprehensive omnichannel journey management, analytics-based routing, and cloud storage of customer interaction data.
Posted March 10, 2017

8x8 today launched Communications Cloud, which combines unified communications, team collaboration interoperability, contact center, and real-time analytics in a single, open platform.
Posted March 08, 2017

NewVoiceMedia, a provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology, today introduced its Spring '17 release, with major enhancements to its intelligent communications platform for optimizing contact center management and operations.
Posted March 08, 2017

Customer engagement platform provider Pegasystems has added artificial intelligence-powered capabilities to its CRM solution, Pega CRM. The new tools are built to improve customer service agent performance by pulling insight from desktop solutions that agents rely on and identifying any processes that slow down daily activities.
Posted March 03, 2017

Zoho PhoneBridge accelerates delivery of solutions integrating call management with Zoho CRM and Zoho Desk.
Posted March 01, 2017

Twitter has become a staple part of many companies' customer service strategies because it provided an easy route for getting in touch with businesses directly. With the introduction of chatbots and automated responses, however, companies run the risk of losing that level of authenticity. But now, Twitter is updating its direct messaging with Custom Profiles, enabling brands to differentiate automated responses from human responses during interactions with customers.
Posted February 24, 2017

The Marketplace aims to help businesses customize their help desks with apps they can find under one roof. (Featured on DestinationCRM.com.)
Posted February 23, 2017

The feature uses artificial intelligence to analyze browsing history, determine a customer's immediate needs, and serve them in the moment. (Featured on DestinationCRM.com.)
Posted February 21, 2017

Most consumers have come to expect being able to reach a company's customer service team by phone, so what happens when a company offers no dedicated service line? In Facebook's case, this spells trouble. According to firsthand research conducted by NPR reporter Aarti Shahani, conducting a Google search for "Facebook Customer Service" does indeed produce a number to call, except that number is fake and leads callers right into the hands of scammers.
Posted February 17, 2017

Deeper integrations between the vendors' contact center solutions aim to help agents improve customer experience.
Posted February 16, 2017

Salesforce.com today launched Service Cloud Einstein, an intelligent customer service platform connected to CRM data across sales, commerce, marketing, and more.
Posted February 13, 2017

Chipotle CEO Steve Ells is making good on his promise to improve the company's customer service by implementing a new compensation system for its employees: Moving forward, employees will be paid based on how effectively they deliver customer service.
Posted February 10, 2017

The newest addition to Masergy's unified communications-as-a-service offering supports intelligent call routing and compatibility with Salesforce.com.
Posted February 07, 2017

Apple and IBM teamed up to build mobile apps for the enterprise back in 2014, and now United Airlines is finally getting ready to roll out some customer service apps that show off the fruits of their labor. United Airlines announced on Thursday that the company is working with both IBM and Apple on several apps designed for the 50,000 iPhone and iPads that its employees currently use.
Posted February 03, 2017

Aspect Software has launched its new cloud-based customer engagement center, Via, available immediately in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Via will be available to customers in Europe in the second quarter. Aspect first previewed the Via product last May.
Posted February 01, 2017

Pronexus, which has provided interactive voice response (IVR) solutions for more than 20 years, this week launched VB Voice 10.1, a program that will allow users to access both voice recognition and visual customer service through smartphone or HTML 5-enabled browser.
Posted January 30, 2017

According to Salesforce.com's annual State of Service survey, customer service is no longer an afterthought for companies, meant only to support the business after the important part—the sale—was already complete. Increasingly, customer service is becoming a central component of the company's strategy and initiative. More than 68 percent of the service teams surveyed say they're the ones leading customer experience efforts.
Posted January 27, 2017

Telecommunications company Avaya today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and began formal proceedings to restructure its balance sheet to better position itself for the future. The company's foreign affiliates are not included in the filing. The company is assuring customers that it will continue normal operations.
Posted January 19, 2017

Your goal should be to turn customers into advocates, says the service guru and author in his new book, Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.
Posted January 13, 2017

NICE has released its Nexidia Analytics solution, offering interaction analytics via omnichannel "listening" to know what customers and prospects are saying and then analyze those conversations to tailor experiences to their stated needs.
Posted January 10, 2017

This year will be the "year of purpose," according to customer experience research firm Temkin Group. Though many trends have carried over from last year, the differentiating factor in 2017 will be maturation. "There are not a lot of new things on the list because the story this year will be adoption and operationalization. Companies aren't playing around with emerging tools anymore—they're using mature and powerful technologies," says Bruce Temkin, managing partner at Temkin Group.
Posted January 06, 2017

MegaPath, a provider of voice, data, security, and cloud services to North American businesses, today announced a partnership with Tenfold, maker of the Phone Intelligence Platform, designed to support service agents and sales reps during customer calls. (Featured on DestinationCRM.com.)
Posted January 03, 2017

According to findings from the 2016 Consumer Experience Index survey by Aspect, 44 percent of shoppers prefer to use chatbots rather than speak to a live agent, assuming that the automated assistant is capable of handling the request. Forty percent of those surveyed also said that assuming the quality of the experience and privacy are preserved, they would like to use services such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Snapchat to communicate with companies; this is up from 33 percent last year.
Posted December 16, 2016

We live in an era where messaging programs have overtaken phone calls for personal interactions, so why shouldn't companies be able to interact with their customers the same way? This question was the impetus for LiveMessage, announced today by Salesforce.com as a new addition to its Service Cloud. LiveMessage allows companies to engage with customers using the messaging platform of their choice, including SMS, text, and Facebook Messenger.
Posted December 13, 2016

At a Barclay's investors conference earlier this week, Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells admitted the company has underperformed in customer service, with roughly half of its 2,100 restaurants receiving C grades for service. Ells explained that after the company's recent E. coli contamination crisis, Chipotle shifted its focus to food safety and neglected service. To turn this around, Ells said Chipotle is devoting "laserlike" attention to the situation, retraining employees and making customer service a key priority again.
Posted December 09, 2016

Social media is an important aspect of marketing and communication for many organizations, but it is also becoming a necessary channel for providing top-tier customer service. To support customers' desire to take to social media when they need help, Verint Systems has enahnced its Social Engagement solution.
Posted December 06, 2016

Avaya today introduced IP Office Contact Center 10, the latest version of its contact center platform specifically geared toward midsized businesses but with the same advanced tools as its enterprise-level product.
Posted December 01, 2016

Speech and natural language technology vendor Interactions has added voice biometrics to its Intelligent Virtual Assistant application, allowing companies to offer seamless caller authentication and identification using the unique characteristics of each human voice. Interactions Voice Biometrics can also be added to new or existing customer care applications. (Featured on SpeechTechMag.com.)
Posted November 25, 2016

It's no secret that when used effectively, social customer service can work wonders for companies. It's cost-effective and has the potential to directly link companies with their customers. But according to a recent report on the state of social customer service, from social customer service provider Conversocial, there's still a long journey ahead before customers fully trust social media as a primary channel for support.
Posted November 18, 2016

Oracle has launched IoT Accelerator, an integration package to allow companies to leverage insights gathered from the Internet of Things (IoT) via the company's IoT Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud.
Posted November 16, 2016

Known for offering top-notch in-store support at its Genius Bars, Apple is rolling out an app to offer iPhone and iPad support directly on the devices. Up until now, support was available on Apple's website, but the introduction of an app makes the experience more user-friendly for iPhone and iPad users. The app offers troubleshooting suggestions, connects customers with agents via phone, and enables live chats between customers and Apple's support team.
Posted November 11, 2016

Actionable customer experience research depends not only on gathering data for focused insight but being able to access and deploy that insight efficiently and then benchmark results. Often the barriers between technology and insight have made this a daunting task, one that Forrester and Verint Systems hope to address with a partnership announced today.
Posted November 07, 2016

After securing $55 million from Sequoia Capital India in a round of funding earlier this week, Freshdesk is continuing to expand its solutions beyond customer service. Its recently launched CRM tool, Freshsales, and mobile-first support platform, Hotline, are big areas of excitement and growth at the moment, according to company executives.
Posted November 04, 2016

Twitter today introduced two new features to help companies create better conversational experiences with customers via Direct Messages on the social media site.
Posted November 01, 2016

Zendesk today launched a redesigned company brand and an expanded product family focused on building better customer relationships. Zendesk also introduced Zendesk Connect and Zendesk Explore, two products that create more personal connections between customers and organizations through customer intelligence and deeper analytics.
Posted October 28, 2016
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