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5 Proven Strategies to Improve Customer Experience

If your customer’s flight arrives early and you’re able to make arrangements for changes in stay and travel plans beforehand, then that’s a great experience for the customer. If your customer needs to call support portal and request for changes, then that’s just customer service.

Bain & Company together with Harvard Business School foretold- increasing customer retention rates by 5% brands can increase profits by 25% to 95%. Decades ago, customer retention programs involved friendly customer service. Today, the strategy for customer retention has shifted to experiences that customers appreciate. Here are innovative ideas to improve customer experience.

#1 Preparing Customer Journey Map

A customer journey map outlines customers’ emotions from the time they come to know about your product to their purchase and post-purchase experiences. 

It helps to point out unsatisfactory instances and discover bottlenecks in operations. You can then device strategies for better customer experiences. According to Oracle’s Executive survey, hassle-free experience drives 74% of loyalty from customers. The customer journey is going to be integral to almost every digital product soon. 

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New Product is the Customer Journey.

While building a customer journey map, it is important to include stakeholders’ viewpoints.  These can be from leadership, UX, customer success/service, product, sales and/or marketing, analyst, and third-party vendors/store managers. 

Also, the customer journey would be an understatement if you’ll not include Customer Experience Management (CEM), Communication and Persuasion techniques, Customer Relationship Management, and understanding of the retail environment.

#2 Living Up to the Promise

Customers are also brand advocates. They’re also playing the role of influencers. Therefore, not delivering the promised service might disappoint the customer and will eventually spread a negative reputation for your brand.

Delivering experiences more than promised is rare, but once achieved, loyalty towards brand from customers and their referrals is beyond imagination.

Here are a few Zappos’ “Deliver WOW Through Service” stories featured in Forbes.

#3 Bringing Better Mobile and Hand-held Device Experiences

Millennials have evolved from using CRTs to smartphones. And the unanimous reason is convenience. For instance, a VP of a leading firm, who is also a home-maker is now able to arrange dinner for the family while taking an uber ride.

The point is- mobile phones, tablets, or portable laptops have surpassed the limitations of portability. Customers are using their hand-held devices for accomplishing tasks anywhere and anytime.

You’ll be surprised to know, 77% of mobile searches are from locations where people are also having access to PC.

To improve customer experience on smartphones, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and optimizing key complex pages like homepage can turn beneficial. E.g. FRANK, a UK-based drug information service provider was able to increase its traffic by 39% by providing the best mobile experiences. 

IKEA was able to calculate the omnichannel return on ad spend (ROAS) for footfall in Belgium. It found out mobile campaigns brought 80% more footfall than the desktop campaigns.

#4 Adopting Omni-channel Service Can Help to Improve Customer Experience

Most businesses are investing in multichannel experiences like social media, website, mobile-first, smartwatch, and different offline and online marketing channels. Often these channels are not connected and aim to provide esoteric experiences. 

But, people expect the same service from brands regardless of channels. It can be social media like Instagram or Facebook- people want brands to hear their complaints or resolve their queries then and there itself. 

Or, while visiting the physical store, customers want the store representative to be helpful throughout the time they’re spending in-store. Google research states, over 70% of all shoppers say they are open to learning about products on YouTube from brands.

Omni-channel services seamlessly integrate different communication channels irrespective of how and where customers want to reach out.

For example, Bank of America allows paying monthly bills, depositing cheques, etc. via mobile app and website. Users can schedule appointments, connect with representatives via phone, chat, or in-person interaction.

#5 Providing 24 X 7 Support

About 72% of tech-savvy customers appreciate the real-time response from companies. They also acknowledge immediate query resolution can win their loyalty for the brands. Let’s talk about how to improve customer experience by enabling 24 X 7 support on your portal or website.

  1. Human support: The average cost per customer support is $1/minute, according to VHT. 
  2. Remote human support: Using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) call-center support, the average cost drops to $25-$45 per agent per month. And human agents from different geographic locations can provide customer support according to their time-zones.
  3. Chatbots: The best of today’s’ technology is AI-powered chatbots, which are capable of handling customer queries at less than $0.1/minute. 

Cost is just one factor to determine your brand’s customer relationship management strategy.  To-the-point real time response to each and every customer query is what makes a great customer experience.

For example, brands are using AI-powered chatbots to provide 24 X 7 customer support, especially during off-working hours and holidays. These chatbots allow integrating document processing workflows, ticket management systems, etc. to further simplify and automate customer support. Therefore, you can opt for Smart bots which are not only cost-effective but also scalable across enterprizes.

Source: Hitee

To learn more about great customer experiences and strategy consulting to bring the best to your brand, feel free to contact us at hello@mantralabsglobal.com.

Contributing Authors: Nidhi Agrawal (Content Writer @Mantra Labs)

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Enhancing digital patient experience with healthcare chatbots

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Chatbots are fast emerging at the forefront of user engagement across industries. In 2021, healthcare is undoubtedly being touted as one of the most important industries due to the noticeable surge in demand amid the pandemic and its subsequent waves. The Global Healthcare Chatbots Market is expected to exceed over US$ 314.63 Million by 2024 at a CAGR of 20.58%.

Chatbots are being seen as those with high potential to revolutionize healthcare. They act as the perfect support system to agents on the floor by providing the first-step resolution to the customer, in terms of understanding intent and need, boost efficiency, and also improve the accuracy of symptom detection and ailment identification, preventive care, feedback procedures, claim filing and processing and more.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools in healthcare, most commonly chatbots, rose to the forefront of healthcare solutions. Providence St. Joseph Health, Mass General Brigham, Care Health Insurance (formerly Religare), and several other notable names built and rolled out artificial intelligence-based chatbots to help with diagnostics at the first stage before a human-human virtual contact, especially while differentiating between possible COVID-19 cases and other ailments. The CDC also hosts an AI-driven chatbot on its website to help screen for coronavirus infections. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered with a messaging app named Ratuken Viber, to develop an interactive chatbot for accurate information about COVID-19 in multiple languages. This allowed WHO to reach up to 1 billion people located anywhere in the world, at any time of the day, in their respective native languages.

For Care Health Insurance, Mantra Labs deployed their Conversational AI Chatbot with AR-based virtual support, called Hitee, trained to converse in multiple languages. This led to 10X interactions over the previous basic chatbot; 5X more conversions through Vanilla Web Experience; Drop-in Customer Queries over Voice Support by 20% among other benefits.

Artificial Intelligence’s role in the healthcare industry has been growing strength by strength over the years. According to the global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, AI spending in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries is expected to increase from $463 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion over the next 5 years, healthtechmagazine.net has reported. 

Speaking of key features available on a healthcare chatbot, Anonymity; Monitoring; Personalization; collecting Physical vitals (including oxygenation, heart rhythm, body temperature) via mobile sensors; monitoring patient behavior via facial recognition; Real-time interaction; and Scalability, feature top of the list. 

However, while covering the wide gamut of a healthcare bot’s capabilities, it is trained on the following factors to come in handy on a business or human-need basis. Read on: 

Remote, Virtual Consults 

Chatbots were seen surging exponentially in the year 2016, however, the year 2020 and onwards brought back the possibility of adding on to healthcare bot capabilities as people continued to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Chatbots work as the frontline customer support for Quick Symptom Assessment where the intent is understood and a patient’s queries are answered, including connection with an agent for follow-up service, Booking an Appointment with doctors, and more. 

Mental Health Therapy

Even though anxiety, depression, and other mental health-related disorders and their subsequent awareness have been the talk around the world, even before the pandemic hit, the pandemic year, once again could be attributed to increased use of bots to seek support or a conversation to work through their anxiety and more amid trying times. The popular apps, Woebot and Wysa, both gained popularity and recognition during the previous months as a go-to Wellness Advisor. 

An AI Wellness Advisor can also take the form of a chatbot that sends regular reminders on meal and water consumption timings, nutrition charts including requisite consultation with nutritionists, lifestyle advice, and more. 

Patient Health Monitoring via wearables 

Wearable technologies like wearable heart monitors, Bluetooth-enabled scales, glucose monitors, skin patches, shoes, belts, or maternity care trackers promise to redefine assessment of health behaviors in a non-invasive manner and helps acquire, transmit, process, and store patient data, thereby making it a breeze for clinicians to retrieve it as and when they need it.

Remote patient monitoring devices also enable patients to share updates on their vitals and their environment from the convenience and comfort of home, a feature that’s gained higher popularity amid the pandemic.

A healthcare chatbot for healthcare has the capability to check existing insurance coverage, help file claims and track the status of claims. 

What’s in store for the future of chatbots in Healthcare? 

The three main areas where healthcare chatbots can be particularly useful include timely health diagnostics, patient engagement outside medical facilities, and mental health care. 

According to Gartner, conversational AI will supersede cloud and mobile as the most important imperative for the next ten years. 

“For AI to succeed in healthcare over the long-term, consumer comfort and confidence should be front and center. Leveraging AI behind the scenes or in supporting roles could collectively ease us into understanding its value without risking alienation,” reads a May 2021 Forbes article titled, The Doctor Is In: Three Predictions For The Future Of AI In Healthcare. 

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