This is a guest post from our friends at LiveAgent.
Technology has changed the way businesses operate. Companies in the past did not have the tools they have today, nor did they have easy access to all the information needed to make important decisions.
Modern companies have these capabilities, and that’s why the days of making “gut feeling” business decisions are a thing of the past. Today, companies want to make informed decisions and execute tasks to increase their revenue while keeping costs low.
Data analysis has become a crucial business process, just like product development or accounting. Today we’ll talk about how business data can help you set the best customer service strategy in place.
As part of business analytics, data analysis includes a set of technologies and disciplines used to solve various business problems. There are several different analysis methods, and all of them are used for specific tasks.
Data analysis is vital in acquiring valuable data while helping users set the proper methods for analyzing the information.
With data analytics methods supporting relevant and accurate data, companies can:
Data analytics and customer service are a match made in heaven. Customers have higher expectations for the experience than ever before, and when you quantify your experience with data, you can make smarter optimizations to improve it. Collecting customer data also allows you to personalize the experience for your customers to surprise and delight them.
Data can help you determine crucial process metrics to learn what you might be doing wrong and improve. Customers won’t always give feedback on what they dislike, but data analytics can discover hidden patterns and trends.
Data turns into insights, and insights allow companies to deliver better experiences. Modern customers want personalized experiences, services, products, and offers. Data allows companies to learn about customers and what part of the website they like the most, how they react to ads, which products they like best, etc.
If you want to learn how data helped us determine how inflation affects customer experience, check out Invoca’s 2022 Buyer Experience Benchmark report. Here are some highlights from the report:
Read the full report for more details.
Having all this information empowers customer support staff to approach every person as an individual and personalize the experience to meet their unique needs.
Data analysis helps you learn how customers use your products, what they like about them, why they purchased them, and what common issues they face. Over time, gathering this kind of data can help your customer service staff prepare for all customer queries.
You can also use data analytics to see what kind of help or service turns into positive outcomes and add the best approaches to your library process documentation so that everyone knows what they need to do in different scenarios.
With clean and updated data, the best customer service staff can react instantly in real-time to provide quick answers. Having valuable data allows customer service teams to be proactive and avoid unpleasant situations. Identifying the problems early on enables you to keep customers happier and keep them loyal for a longer time.
The first thing you need to do is list your most important KPIs and focus on them. Many organizations try to “fix everything at once” and don’t get anywhere. For example, if you focus on your average response time, you can see what kind of problems are putting customers on hold for too long.
Is the problem the lack of employees, is your customer support staff too slow in resolving issues, or are your tickets not appropriately assigned? You can see that a single metric could be the cause of many different factors you need to analyze and improve, so take one step at a time.
It’s also essential to optimize for customer-centric KPIs that measure the quality of your brand experience. For example, the net promoter score is more important to measure than the average handle time. If you spend too much effort trying to lower average handle time, your customers may feel like they’re being rushed off the phones. A high net promoter score, on the other hand, more often correlates to better experiences — it’s a far more effective metric to optimize for.
Unsure of which KPIs to measure? Invoca’s blog, 10 Contact Center Metrics to Monitor to Ensure a Top-Tier Customer Experience is a great place to start!
Once you’ve determined critical KPIs, you can see how they relate to the customer service process and set up both long-term and short-term goals. You can improve specific KPIs relatively quickly, while others require more time so align them with your goals.
For example, if your long-term goal is to improve customer retention, aiming to increase the net promoter score is a great KPI to measure in the short term. When your net promoter score is high, it means your customers are likely to recommend you to a friend or colleague. As you increase your net promoter score, you’ll gain more loyal customers who are likely to buy from you in the long term, thus increasing retention.
Having a complete overview of your customer service process makes it easier to make the right decisions. Use data analysis to identify recurring patterns and trends, both good and bad.
Customer service software, for instance, can provide a wealth of customer data. Analyzing support ticket history or generating reports and studying statistics can reveal all kinds of trends. Aside from that, you can study customer behavior to develop a business strategy that suits them.
You can also use conversation intelligence software like Invoca to recognize trends that are occurring in phone conversations. With Invoca’s Signal AI, you can automatically detect certain words or phrases that you’ve deemed important. For example, you could set up a Signal that identifies when customers ask questions about pricing or when they mention an issue with your website. This will allow you to quickly address the key points on your web pages.
To identify topics and trends you may not have known to look for, you can use Invoca’s Signal Discovery. This tool uses unsupervised machine learning to discover macro and micro trends that are happening in your consumers’ phone conversations. As a result, you can detect new customer issues at scale, without having to listen to hundreds of call recordings to find them.
Data analytics helps you learn about your customers, gather feedback, see how they interact with your brand, gather demographics, get technographic data, and much more. For example, knowing that your customers are 20 to 30 years old will help you adjust how you communicate with them. You can use their preferred channels like live chat to provide the best customer service.
With Invoca conversation intelligence, you automatically capture data about each caller, such as their phone number, name, geographic location, and the digital ad or webpage they engaged with before the call. You can automatically send this “PreCall” data to your agents just before the call is connected as a screen pop so they can tailor the conversation according to the caller’s needs.
Visualizing the customer journey can help you see what inhibits or motivates customer actions. This journey can also show you how your customer service fits into the overall picture and help you recognize ongoing issues. It’s important to recognize that, in today’s modern world, customer journeys are fractured — your audience is switching from mobile to desktop to phone calls as they engage with your brand. You need to track and understand the full omnichannel experience to improve your customer service. Data analytics can help you solve all those problems and improve the overall journey.
With a lot of hard work, practice, and data analysis, you can learn to recognize issues in your customer service process. It might take some time to develop a sound data-gathering workflow. However, in the long run, this data will fuel your growth and help improve customer-centric processes in your business.
Want to learn more about how you can analyze business data to improve the contact center experience? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Conversation Intelligence in the Contact Center.