Providing best-in-class customer service is crucial for the success of your business. Contact centers are a critical touch point, as they have to balance between representing your brand and prioritizing customer care. When your customers seek help and support, they expect efficient service that is accessible through modern voice and digital channels. In short, customer expectations are increasing—and that’s a problem if your contact center infrastructure and solutions are becoming outdated.
All of these factors are why today, we’re announcing Google Cloud Contact Center AI Platform, an expansion to Contact Center AI that offers an out-of-box, end-to-end solution for the contact center. It brings together the advantages of AI, cloud scalability, multi-experience capabilities, and tight integration with customer relationship management (CRM) platforms to unify sales, marketing, and support teams around data across the customer journey.
Improving customer experiences from all angles
Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI helps you leverage AI to scale your contact center interactions while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Over the last two years, we have built a large group of partners, including the largest contact center and customer experience ISVs and our system integrator ecosystem, to bring Contact Center AI to customers. Today, we are helping enterprises across industries and geographies to cost-effectively reimagine contact center experiences. For example, Marks & Spencer reduced in-store call volume by 50%, and similarly, The Home Depot improved call containment by 185%, all while significantly increasing customer self-service engagement.
Adding to our Contact Center AI capabilities, Contact Center AI Platform is purpose-built for customer relationship management, extending your ability to offer personalized customer experiences that are consistent across your brand, whether delivered through a virtual agent, a human agent, or a combination of both. It eliminates many long-running pain points, from managing data fragmentation to replacing rigid customer experience flows with more engaging, personalized, and flexible support. With this addition, Contact Center AI now lets you:
- Orchestrate the customer journey by creating modern experiences that can be embedded in their chosen channels with mobile/web software developer kits (SDKs), compatible with iOS and Android;
- Leverage CRM as a single source of insight into the customer experience, to unify content, increase personalization, and automate processing with CRM data unification;
- Manage multiple channels without pivoting across voice, SMS, and chat support;
- Predict customer needs and route calls appropriately with AI-driven routing, based on both historical CRM data and real-time interactions;
- Automate scheduling, schedule adherence monitoring, and manage employee scheduling preferences with Workforce Optimization (WFO) integration;
- Provide customers with self-service via web or mobile interfaces using Visual Interactive Voice Response (IVR).
Helping you do more with contact centers
The addition of Contact Center AI Platform provides your partners the ability to integrate with Contact Center AI, so you can enjoy a more seamless experience operating your customer service center, with a complete view of the customer in a single workspace that includes real-time AI intelligence, native agent call controls, and real-time call transcription. For example, we are expanding our partnership with Salesforce to integrate Contact Center AI with Service Cloud Voice to deliver a unified Service Cloud agent console and Customer 360.
“Customers are continually raising their service expectations, and our research tells us 79% of consumers believe the experience a company provides is as important as its products and services,” said Ryan Nichols, SVP & GM, Contact Center, for Salesforce Service Cloud. “Through intelligence, workflows, and a deeper understanding of the customer, Salesforce’s Service Cloud Voice paired with Google’s Contact Center AI will empower agents with a seamless experience to help them wow customers.”
We are also excited to partner with UJET, an innovative and experienced Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) provider. UJET offers secure user-centric design, scalability, and mobile-focused solution, with turnkey implementation, strong omnichannel capabilities, and best-in-class user experience, making their product a natural fit into Google’s contact center vision. To learn more about the partnership, see here.
Delivering impact for customers
Contact Center AI is already making a difference for our customers such as OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in the U.S. “OneUnited Bank has been in partnership with Google Cloud and UJET, as well as a long-standing customer of Salesforce. The expansion and enhancements of Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI, along with its deeper integration with Salesforce, means better return on investment as we drive towards evolving our contact center to deliver exceptional client experiences,” said Teri Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer at OneUnited Bank.
Fitbit, which boasts more than 29 million active users, is also reaping the benefits. “Fitbit relies on Google Cloud and UJET to provide support to our customers with a mobile-first approach. This collaboration, in combination with a strong Salesforce integration, has helped us modernize our entire customer support experience,” stated Cassandra Johnson, VP, Devices & Services Customer Care & Vendor Management Office, at Google.
According to industry analyst Sheila McGee-Smith of McGee-Smith Analytics, “Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI is already a force in the contact center industry thanks to its early focus on AI for customer experience.” She continued, “Through their partnerships with UJET and Salesforce, as well as these expanded capabilities, Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI Platform will help define the future of customer service by powering more secure, engaging, and personalized customer experiences.”
Contact Center AI Platform is supported by a host of integration partners, including Accenture, CDW, Cognizant, Deloitte, HCL, IBM, Infosys, Quantiphi, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro. We will also continue to partner closely with the contact center and customer experience (CX) ISVs that our customers already rely on. If you already have a contact center solution provider, you can still integrate Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI into your existing environment.
To learn more about how you can leverage the power of AI to reimagine your contact center experience, visit our Contact Center AI page.
By Yariv Adan Director of Product Management, Cloud Conversational AI
Source Google Cloud