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Why should businesses consider chatbots?

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Imagine you’ve recently started an online fresh vegetable business. You have a catalog for fruits and vegetables explaining price and availability. Although most of the information is clearly mentioned on the website, you get hundreds of emails and phone calls regarding deliveries, discounts, and availability of your services in a particular location. Now, you could appoint someone for customer support and reply to these queries or simply — can implement a chatbot on your app and website that instantly answers such routine questions.

[Related: Conversational Chatbots for SMEs to continue business from home]

Chatbots for business are the need of the hour. The reasons are obvious. It is efficient, reduces workload, and responds to customer requests immediately. Nearly 1 in 4 customers have interacted with a brand via chatbots in the past 12 months, according to a Salesforce study published in late 2018. 

As more and more customers are using e-commerce and digital medium for purchases, the incoming requests have also increased at the same rate. Companies need a larger workforce to handle customer support, failing which may lead to dangling customer satisfaction. Immediate query resolution also implies better customer experiences.

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Chatbots for business: benefits at large

1. Humanized conversations

NLP-powered chatbots have the power to initiate and handle conversations with humans based on a set of predefined rules and upgrade its dictionary based on learning. Chatbots are a game-changer in terms of overall customer satisfaction pushing the market to reach 1.34 billion by 2024. As per the reports, smart chat agents will manage 40% of mobile interactions by 2020.

2. Easy to implement

A myth surrounding chatbots was doing rounds that it is expensive and exclusive to only fortune 500 companies. But, this is no more the case as it is predicted that by 2020, 85% of the chat interactions will be automated and will not need human intervention. In recent months, several new players like the virtual banker and progressive native chat have introduced schemes that help companies to set up chatbots instantly with reasonable investments. Also, 10K+ developers are building chatbots with the Facebook messenger.

3. People prefer self-serve interactions

Today, millennials represent 27% (2 billion) of the global population. This tech-savvy generation prefers immediate resolution to their concerns and instead of talking to the support, they’re happy about settlements over chats.

Making a customer happy is what all businesses need, and chatbots serve this purpose adequately. They are capable of resolving customer queries in just a few seconds, eliminating wait times and queues. It is a win-win situation for both the consumer and the provider as the customer gets instant replies and the provider saves on operational costs. By the end of 2018 automated customer agents will be able to recognize their customers through voice and face recognition.

AI Chatbot in Insurance Report

AI in Insurance will value at $36B by 2026. Chatbots will occupy 40% of overall deployment, predominantly within customer service roles.

4. Fact-based decision making

All the conversations accomplished through chatbots are recorded and this contributes to the database for training future NLP models for more humanized conversations. Also, the data collected can help identify business bottlenecks and customer preferences towards specific products or services. All these, sum up to providing fact-based analytics for effective decision making.

5. Continuous innovations

Chatbots are here to stay. The innovations around chatbots are still in progress and time is not far when one will witness intelligent bots capable of resolving complicated issues on its own. We’ve already seen voice and vernacular chatbots in the market. 

Big Techs are working on AI and machine learning to make smart chatbots that can offer much more than simple answers. If you haven’t thought about chatbots yet, then certainly you are missing on a significant business opportunity.

The significance of chatbots is already depicted in banking and marketing, and with time its influence will subsequently increase. Customers also expect chatbots and automated assistants from their business providers. They like to engage in live-chat as it helps them to get answers to their queries instantly. As of now, chatbots are only used for simple conversation. But, in the coming future, it will handle complex decision-making tasks. Any business that wants to evolve should consider chatbots and make it an integral part of their business.

We’re the makers of the world’s first insurance-specific chatbots. For further queries, please feel free to reach out to us at hello@mantralabsglobal.com.

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Retention playbook for Insurance firms in the backdrop of financial crises

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Belonging to one of the oldest industries in the world, Insurance companies have weathered multiple calamities over the years and have proven themselves to be resilient entities that can truly stand the test of time. Today, however, the industry faces some of its toughest trials yet. Technology has fundamentally changed what it means to be an insurer and the cumulative effects of the pandemic coupled with a weak global economic output have impacted the industry in ways both good and bad.

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Source: Deloitte Services LP Economic Analysis

For instance, the U.S market recorded a sharp dip in GDP in the wake of the pandemic and it was expected that the economy would bounce back bringing with it a resurgent demand for all products (including insurance) across the board. It must be noted that the outlook toward insurance products changed as a result of the pandemic. Life insurance products were no longer an afterthought, although profitability in this segment declined over the years. Property-and-Casualty (P&C) insurance, especially motor insurance, continued to be a strong driver, while health insurance proved to be the fastest-growing segment with robust demand from different geographies

Simultaneously, the insurance industry finds itself on the cusp of an industry-wide shift as technology is starting to play a greater role in core operations. In particular, technologies such as AI, AR, and VR are being deployed extensively to retain customers amidst this technological and economic upheaval.

Double down on digital

For insurance firms, IT budgets were almost exclusively dedicated to maintaining legacy systems, but with the rise of InsurTech, it is imperative that firms start dedicating more of their budgets towards developing advanced capabilities such as predictive analytics, AI-driven offerings, etc. Insurance has long been an industry that makes extensive use of complex statistical and mathematical models to guide pricing and product development strategies. By incorporating the latest technological advances with the rich data they have accumulated over the years, insurance firms are poised to emerge stronger and more competitive than ever.

Using AI to curate a bespoke customer experience

Insurance has always been a low-margin affair and success in the business is primarily a function of selling the right products to the right people and reducing churn as much as possible. This is particularly important as customer retention is normally conceived as an afterthought in most industries, as evidenced in the following chart.

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        Source: econconusltancy.com

AI-powered tools (even with narrow capabilities) can do wonders for the insurance industry at large. When architected in the right manner, they can be used to automate a bulk of the standardized and automated processes that insurance companies have. AI can be used to automate and accelerate claims, assess homeowner policies via drones, and facilitate richer customer experiences through sophisticated chatbots. Such advances have a domino effect of increasing CSAT scores, boosting retention rates, reducing CACs, and ultimately improving profitability by as much as 95%.

Crafting immersive products through AR/VR

Customer retention is largely a function of how good a product is, and how effective it is in solving the customers’ pain points. In the face of increasing commodification, insurance companies that go the extra mile to make the buying process more immersive and engaging can gain a definite edge over competitors.

Globally, companies are flocking to implement AR/VR into their customer engagement strategies as it allows them to better several aspects of the customer journey in one fell swoop. Relationship building, product visualization, and highly personalized products are some of the benefits that AR/VR confers to its wielders.  

By honoring the customer sentiments of today and applying a slick AR/VR-powered veneer over its existing product layer, insurance companies can cater to a younger audience (Gen Z) by educating them about insurance products and tailoring digital delivery experiences. This could pay off in the long run by building a large customer base that could be retained and served for a much longer period.

The way forward

The Insurance industry is undergoing a shift of tectonic proportions as an older generation makes way for a new and younger one that has little to no perceptions about the industry. By investing in next-generation technologies such as AR/VR, firms can build new products to capture this new market and catapult themselves to leadership positions simply by way of keeping up with the times.

We have already seen how AR is a potential game-changer for the insurance industry. It is only a matter of time before it becomes commonplace.


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