Transforming the customer experience with digital-first omnichannel customer service
Customer experience forms consumers' perceptions of a brand. The collective interactions a customer has with a business help those customers decide if an organization is competent, trustworthy, high quality, innovative, fun, ethical, etc. Most importantly, those interactions help consumers decide if they want to do business with an organization.
These interactions can take many forms ranging from a customer passively watching a TV ad to actively engaging with a store associate. Every touchpoint matters and needs to be thoughtfully designed and executed. This includes the delivery of customer service. In fact, how a company responds to a customer in need might just be the interaction that matters most to that customer.
Businesses now compete on customer experience and this is reflected in how they prioritize their initiatives and allocate their resources. Many are transforming the customer experience by embracing digital-first omnichannel customer service.
What is digital-first omnichannel customer service and how is it transforming the customer experience?
Omnichannel customer service means an organization's multiple support channels are integrated in such a way that customers can move seamlessly across them. Their history with the business is accessible in every channel so that, for example, a phone agent would see the email the customer sent to support earlier in the week. “Digital-first” is an acknowledgement of the importance of digital channels.
Omnichannel customer service has been transforming the customer experience because it's a vast improvement over the old model, in which support channels were siloed. If you ever experienced the phenomenon of having to explain your issue multiple times to different agents, you didn't have an omnichannel experience. And your opinion of that company probably declined because you had a poor customer experience.