New Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Report Outlines Key Challenges in Customer Engagement and Experience Management

Businesses increasingly see customer engagement as a competitive differentiator, especially in the post-pandemic era. Yet, the large majority of executives worldwide (82%) believe the challenges to managing engagement with customers will only grow, according to a Verint-sponsored report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

As businesses approach their third year affected by the pandemic, the report, Automating and Scaling the Soft Skills Critical to Customer Experience in a Digital World, highlights how companies are finding ways to better know their customers, engage effectively with them, and deliver improved business outcomes.

R “Ray” Wang, founder, CEO, chairman, and principal analyst at Constellation Research, says customers are expecting the various parts of a company to speak with a singular voice. “If your channels aren’t in sync – if the customer’s interactions with your contact center, your mobile app, and your website aren’t in sync – the customer won’t have patience for that,” says Wang. “They’ll move on.”

Ritu Jyoti, group vice president for worldwide artificial intelligence and automation research at IDC, recommends companies pursue AI- and cloud-powered digital transformation. “This is no longer a choice,” Jyoti says. “AI-powered digital transformation, in the cloud, is the number one tool in your arsenal for gaining a competitive advantage, at least from a technology perspective.”

Powered by advanced artificial intelligence (AI), digital-first customer engagement solutions deliver human-like conversations across every channel, provide real-time resolutions to the customer, support valuable agents, and drive positive, measurable business outcomes.

Alight is the leading cloud-based provider of integrated digital human capital and business solutions. Alight allows employees to enrich their health, wealth and work while enabling global organizations to achieve a high-performance culture. The organization has developed a sophisticated chatbot called “Lisa” that uses natural language processing – a form of AI – to respond to inquiries from its customers.

“Lisa is supported with a team that’s constantly reviewing data behind the scenes, evaluating how we’re answering questions, and the relevancy of our answers, and also providing insights into where we might want to create new topics or enhance existing ones by adjusting our algorithms,” says Ibrahim Khoury, Alight’s director of product development.

“We’re seeing a rapid transformation in the way organizations interact with customers,” says Verint’s Heather Richards, vice president, go-to-market, digital-first engagement. “The pace of digital adoption and consumer expectations are unprecedented, and this report outlines why companies are moving forward with digital-first strategies to improve interactions and customer engagement.”

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