Chatbots

Chatbots can be a helpful tool . . . or a source of customer frustration. Forrester’s insights provide guidance on the capabilities and limits of chatbots in customer service and beyond.

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COVID-19 Stokes The Chatbot Hype In Financial Services

Aurelie L'Hostis September 18, 2020
COVID-19 and its associated containment measures are accelerating digital transformation and automation in financial services. Customer service has been under enormous pressure, and financial services firms such as Nationwide Building Society in the UK and the Royal Bank of Canada have launched chatbots to deal with the unusually high volume of requests. However, digital teams […]
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A Post-Pandemic Automation Boost Across Europe Remains Uncertain

Bernhard Schaffrik June 9, 2020
Do European firms receiving public financial support face a conflict of interest in evaluating automation options?
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Plan For The Work-At-Home Contact Center You Want, Not The One You Were Forced To Build During This Pandemic

Ian Jacobs April 21, 2020
To help brands navigate the historic customer service challenges posed by the current pandemic and subsequent need for mass mobilization of a remote workforce, Forrester has created a four pillar framework for a building a successful work from home contact center.
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Help Your Chatbots Break The Scale Barrier In 2020

Vasupradha Srinivasan January 29, 2020
My first interaction with a chatbot was seven years ago. A comical avatar popped up when I was trying to renew my auto insurance and offered help. But help it did not. I still gave the brand brownie points for trying to engage, because back then it was a novelty. But we can all agree […]
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Architect Your Automation Strike Teams

Craig Le Clair October 11, 2019
In the quest to launch invisible robots into the enterprise, some organizations are realizing the Center of Excellence model doesn't cut it. Find out what they're doing instead.
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“Why Can’t This Stupid Chatbot Do What I Want?”

Charles Betz October 2, 2019
For all their promise, chatbots are still decidedly imperfect. With good reason: The processes underlying their functioning are numerous and complex. But, there's hope.
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Why Chatbots Can’t Read Your Mind

Charles Betz August 21, 2019
Chatbots rely on natural language processing (NLP) to understand you. Before they can process a language, they must learn it. Read more.
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Cut Through The Chatbot Hype To Find The Right Conversational AI Solution For You

Ian Jacobs June 26, 2019
In this short take, I discuss the lessons learned from evaluating 14 vendors for the Forrester New Wave™: Conversational AI For Customer Service, Q2 2019. Check out the video below. For more insights, Forrester clients can dig into the full evaluative research here. And if you have more questions, reach out via inquiry.
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Use-Case Selection Will Make Or Break Your AI Strategy In Healthcare

Arielle Trzcinski May 6, 2019
“AI” is shorthand for an ecosystem of technologies. We’ve created a chart that explains components of AI and how they may apply to healthcare uses cases.
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Stop Trying To Replace Your Agents With Chatbots — No, Seriously!

Ian Jacobs April 17, 2019
Will chatbots save you money? Your short-term savings likely won’t outweigh the long-term damage caused by continuously frustrating your customers.
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Forrester’s Latest Infographic: Consumers Don’t Believe The Chatbot Hype

Ian Jacobs February 4, 2019
Consumers really don’t like your chatbot. It’s not exactly a relationship built to last — a few clicks here, a few sentences there — but Forrester Analytics data shows us very clearly that, to consumers, your chatbot isn’t exactly “swipe right” material. That’s unfortunate, because using a chatbot for customer service can be incredibly effective when done […]
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Predictions 2019: This Is The Year To Invest In Humans, As Backlash Against Chatbots And AI Begins

Tom Kaneshige November 8, 2018
For some time, the burning question has been: Will robots replace humans? While the proliferation of robotic process automation (RPA) has reduced headcount in the back office, it’s a different story for customer service and sales. In a Forrester survey, 46% of companies said sales and marketing are leading the investment in and adoption of […]
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Predictions 2019: In Healthcare, CX Measurement Frameworks, Virtual Care, And AI Come To The Fore

Arielle Trzcinski November 7, 2018
The US population is growing and aging. The volume of patients and the prevalence of chronic conditions are rising. Payers and providers alike are feeling the strain of healthcare’s antiquated system and the damaging effects it has on quality of care and revenue. As a result, the US healthcare market is going through a much-needed […]
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Predictions 2019: Automation Will Become Central To Business Strategy And Operations

J.P. Gownder November 6, 2018
Automation will be central to the next phase of digital transformation, driving new levels of customer value such as faster delivery of products, higher quality and dependability, deeper personalization, and greater convenience. Last year, Forrester predicted that automation would reach a tipping point — altering the workforce, augmenting employees, and driving new levels of customer value. Since then, […]
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A Reality Check On Natural Language For Conversational Computing

Leslie Joseph August 7, 2018
Conversational computing has our attention. We have been talking to machines since as far back as 1961, when the world’s first digital speech recognition system, the IBM Shoebox, was released. The Shoebox could recognize digits and a grand total of 16 words. Cut to half a century later: Humanity is trying hard to fall in […]
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Wanted: Professionals Involved In Their Firm’s AI Strategy — Take Forrester’s Latest Survey!

Elizabeth Cullen May 1, 2018
Forrester Launches New Survey On AI Adoption There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is top of mind for executives. AI adoption started in earnest in 2016, and Forrester anticipates AI investments to continue to increase. Leaders are quickly waking up to AI’s disruptive characteristics and the need to embrace this emerging technology to remain […]
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Wanted: Professionals Involved In Their Firm's AI Strategy — Take Forrester's Latest Survey!

Elizabeth Cullen May 1, 2018
Forrester Launches New Survey On AI Adoption There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is top of mind for executives. AI adoption started in earnest in 2016, and Forrester anticipates AI investments to continue to increase. Leaders are quickly waking up to AI’s disruptive characteristics and the need to embrace this emerging technology to remain […]
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Automation Technologies, AI, And Robotics Are Critical CIO Targets

J.P. Gownder April 11, 2018
We’ve just released a major new report, The CIO’s Guide To Automation, AI, And Robotics. We find that, to stay ahead, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, and other executives integrating leading-edge technologies into their companies’ operations and business models must turn their attention to automation technologies, including intelligent machines, robotic process automation (RPA) bots, artificial intelligence, and physical […]
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How To Ride The Technology Wave (And Not Get Swept Away)

Oliwia Berdak March 29, 2018
AI, blockchain, chatbot, digital identity, etc. — there’s enough emerging technology in financial services to fill a whole alphabet book. And it’s difficult not to get swept off your feet by visions of bionic men, self-executing smart contracts, and virtual assistants that anticipate our every need. Investing in emerging technology is one of the main […]
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Personality And Empathy Are The Keys To Success With Bots And Virtual Assistants In B2B Marketing And Sales

Steven Casey March 11, 2018
Chatbots and virtual assistants (VAs) may be built on artificial intelligence and create customer experiences through digital personas, but the success you realize from them will depend in large part on your ability to account for the real and human aspects of their deployment, intra-organizational impact, and customer orientation. Start by treating your bots and […]
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