This post was originally published on Fonolo’s blog as “Contact Center Trends in 2020”.
Everything from the way we shop to how we listen to music has changed in the last two decades. This includes our experience as customers. Modern consumers are no longer willing to accept poor customer service. In fact, more than 80% of customers now say the experience a company provides is as important as its products.
It’s been a journey: The contact center evolved from the humble call center, as more channels of communication became commonplace. In order to keep up with the demands of modern consumers, the contact center is destined to evolve further, into the ‘Customer Experience Hub’ of the future.
As part of this, many businesses are already moving away from the view of call centers as ‘cost centers’ and towards one that views them as a centers of opportunity for businesses — one where the opportunities the center creates well outweigh the costs of running it.
With this ‘meta-trend’ to give us some context, here are three of our top trend predictions for the call center in 2020.
Contact Center Trend #1:
2019 saw a resurgence in the use of SMS messaging by brands, along with massive growth in other messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook’s Messenger.
We’re expecting this trend to really take off over the next 12 months, as companies act on the information that nearly half of all Americans would be happy to conduct all their customer service interactions through texts, chat or messaging.
Our growing use of chat platforms will combine with the launch of Rich Communication Service (RCS) messaging, which will bring all the bells and whistles we’re used to having in our online messages to the humble text message.
Contact Center Trend #2:
Over the last few years, social media and chat-based customer support have added an array of new channels to the contact center, each with their own nuances.
Businesses and their contact centers are scrambling to accommodate a customer who expects to be able to communicate seamlessly with a company across at least 10 different channels!
As the contact center melds into the ‘experience hub’, omnichannel communication will become the standard. It will allow companies to standardize and unify customer communications across multiple communication channels.
To be able to deliver this, we expect to see many more contact centers migrate to the cloud in 2020; On the business end, cloud-based software can improve the reliability of local service, as well as allow for faster upgrades and better functionality.
For the customer, it means access to knowledgeable support agents who have access to real-time data about the customer, 24/7.
We’re expecting to see more than two-thirds of service providers move their contact centers to the cloud over the next 12 months.