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Customer service can make or break any customer relationship. Read tips on finding and implementing the right customer service solutions for your firm.

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RPA Impacts Employee And Customer Experiences — And That’s A Big Deal

Kate Leggett 5 days ago
Customer service organizations use robotic process automation (RPA) as a tactical and short-term approach to digitize common agent tasks. There are two forms of RPA: unattended and attended RPA. A task can start with an agent and be supported by attended automation, which can kick off unattended RPA to complete the process. Customer service leaders […]
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Predictions 2020: AI Shakes Up Customer Service Workforce And Operations

Ian Jacobs October 31, 2019
AI will change how organizations staff, run, and manage their customer service teams. Read Forrester's 2020 customer service predictions to learn more.
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Use RPA To Make Customer Service Agents More Effective

Kate Leggett October 1, 2019
Customer service organizations turn to robotic process automation (RPA) to provide tactical and short-term fixes to digitize common, reproducible agent tasks. There are two forms of RPA: Attended mode RPA. These bots target the front office. They are invoked by agents in the flow of their work. In the case of an exception, the bot […]
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A Recession Looms — How Will You Keep Experience In Focus?

Ian Jacobs September 11, 2019
In this short video, I ask a simple question with no simple answer: How can customer service organizations avoid wild swings between a focus on experience and a focus on efficiency if macroeconomic conditions deteriorate? Let me know your thoughts on what your organization is doing to avoid this oft-repeated behavior. Email me at ijacobs@forrester.com. […]
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Salesforce Buys ClickSoftware To Bolster Its Field Service Offering

Kate Leggett August 8, 2019
Salesforce continues its fast and furious acquisition spree by picking up ClickSoftware for $1.53 billion to beef up its field service capabilities. Field service is a rapidly growing area in CRM. Growth is fueled by the demand for: 1) differentiated customer experiences, which extends to a field worker showing up at a customer or a […]
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Use Forrester’s Customer Service Wave™ To Guide Your Product Selection

Kate Leggett August 8, 2019
Not all customer service vendor solutions are a good fit for your organization, and choosing the right one depends on the number of agents you have, your growth projections, your business model, the type of industry you are in, and whether you are looking for a standalone customer service solution or one that is part […]
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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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Your Customers Want to Self-Serve — It’s Good For Them And Good For You

Kate Leggett May 23, 2019
Your customers have more choice over what products to buy, where to buy them, and how to buy them. What they don’t have is time. In fact, Forrester finds that two-thirds of customers say valuing their time is the most important thing a company can do to provide them with good service. Customer service organizations […]
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Happy Agents Deliver Great Customer Service — Here’s How To Do It

Kate Leggett March 20, 2019
Happy customer service agents mean happy customers — and happy shareholders. Engaged agents also have better job performance, are more productive, and stay in their jobs longer — which is one of the costlier factors in managing customer service operations. Customer service leaders have to balance their job demands with technology and training. They also […]
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How To Build A Modern Customer Service Agent Workspace

Kate Leggett February 12, 2019
Automation and AI increasingly handle routine tasks. Customer service agents already focus on escalations and exceptions. They need a powerful workspace to empower them to understand their customer, their journey, and their context. They also need to be armed with the right knowledge and data to help solve hard problems. They need to be focused on […]
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The Three Customer Service Megatrends In 2019

Kate Leggett January 23, 2019
As AI Eats Jobs, Agents Are More Valued Great customer service is not just about cutting costs or making operations more efficient. Instead, it’s a systematic reinvention of established technology, data, and operations — leveraging automation, data, and agents together to exploit each of their unique strengths. Trend 1: AI upends customer service operations. Automation and AI […]
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Moving Your Contact Center To The Cloud: Top Trends Fueling The Market

Art Schoeller November 20, 2018
Transitioning your contact center to the cloud isn’t just for smaller businesses; it can help brands of all sizes boost agility and access to new features. In our new report, “The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018,” we identified the 11 most significant vendors in the space and evaluated them to help you select […]
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Customer Service Robots Rise Up

Kate Leggett November 9, 2018
Automation and AI now impact every job — including every customer service job. AI handles, with increased confidence, repetitive work, allowing customer service agents to focus on tasks of greater value to the company. And customer service robots — which we define as semi- or fully autonomous physical machines that perform services to augment humans or automate tasks — […]
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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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Join Us At CX Europe 2018 For Insights Into Customer Understanding And Other Key CX Priorities

David Truog November 1, 2018
Forrester’s customer experience Forums are in their 10th year — from our first one in 2009 in New York, they’ve grown and spread to San Francisco, London, Singapore, and other cities around the world and have become yearly destinations for CX pros far and wide. CX Europe 2018 is just 12 days from now — Tuesday and Wednesday, […]
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Contact Centers Have Moved To Cloud — What’s Next?

Art Schoeller October 15, 2018
As of 2018, the market for contact center technology has fully shifted to cloud. The remaining outliers of demand are large, highly customized implementations that preserve legacy on-premises software or organizations that wish to maintain the technology inside their firewall. Agility, flexibility, and the ability to rapidly shift capacity are all key elements that AD&D […]
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Customer Service Operations Rest On Mature Technologies, But Emerging Ones Add Differentiation

Kate Leggett July 27, 2018
Great customer service helps control costs as companies squeeze out operational efficiencies. It also fuels sustainable top-line revenue growth by providing differentiated experiences that keep customers loyal to your brand. We just finished assessing 20 of the most important technologies in customer service in terms of their maturity and business value. Here are some of […]
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The Five Use Cases For AI In The Contact Center

Art Schoeller June 7, 2018
Increasing channel diversity and automation will make interactions more complex, requiring highly skilled agents and intelligent processes to assist them. Here’s my take on five valuable use cases for AI in the contact center.
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Verint's Solutions Uniquely Empower Agents And Customers

Kate Leggett May 25, 2018
I recently went to Verint’s Engage18 conference, held in Dallas from May 14 to 17. It’s not a big conference; it was attended by about 1,500 people who use one or more of the company’s customer service products: workforce engagement, self-service, voice of the customer, and fraud and compliance. What it lacks in size, it makes […]
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Verint’s Solutions Uniquely Empower Agents And Customers

Kate Leggett May 25, 2018
I recently went to Verint’s Engage18 conference, held in Dallas from May 14 to 17. It’s not a big conference; it was attended by about 1,500 people who use one or more of the company’s customer service products: workforce engagement, self-service, voice of the customer, and fraud and compliance. What it lacks in size, it makes […]
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