Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison takes customer engagement to new heights with high-powered WhatsApp chatbot from Infobip

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, the most preferred digital telecommunications company of Indonesia, has launched a new WhatsApp chatbot to reinvigorate interactions with millions of customers, powered by global cloud communications platform Infobip.

In less than six months the new chatbot has transformed the company’s customer service operations, increasing customer satisfaction by 40% and growing revenues directly attributable to WhatsApp by fivefold in the first year.

With 94.6 million subscribers, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison focuses on providing an exemplary customer experience. Calling customer service is not free in Indonesia so many of the company’s subscribers search for help online and inundate its social channels. What’s more, with Covid-19 lockdowns, subscribers were unable to seek help or make purchases from its retail stores. So, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison required a new service to respond to changing market conditions, provide continuity of service with stores closed, and answer diverse and numerous customer queries.

Infobip’s chatbot-building platform, Answers was employed to develop a new customer service channel over WhatsApp, Indonesia’s most popular private messaging platform. The high-powered chatbot covers over 200 individual use cases. These include checking balances and remaining data quotas, downloading bills, and registering for value-added services. By integrating credit cards and e-wallets, the chatbot can also manage online bill payments, account top-ups, and telecom package purchases, enabling the new channel to generate revenue. If a query cannot be solved by the chatbot, customers are transferred to a customer service agent.

Since introducing Infobip’s chatbot, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison has seen a 40% increase in customer satisfaction, with 70% of customers giving the chatbot the highest possible score. In year one, revenue directly attributable to WhatsApp has increased fivefold.

“From automating everyday call centre transactions to developing more targeted sales campaigns, we needed a solution that was highly versatile and scalable. Our priority was to ensure we had various paths for an improved, full-service customer experience. Thanks to this solution from Infobip, we can handle 92% of customer queries on WhatsApp without any input required from a human agent – even more impressive when you consider we have seen a 168% increase in users in the past year”. Ritesh Kumar Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison

The chatbot also enables Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to develop campaigns to reach specific customers who opted in to receive updates via WhatsApp. For example, postpaid customers who had traditionally paid bills in-person were sent links via WhatsApp to pay using their phones.

“Every message sent through WhatsApp is an opportunity to meet customers on their favorite channel. Our experience in building high volume chatbots with WhatsApp meant our CX consultants were able to offer advice as to how the chatbot could be programmed to guide customers through every step of their journey”. Lim Jiun Kei, Head of Operator Partnerships APAC

About Infobip

Infobip is a global cloud communications platform that enables businesses to build connected experiences across all stages of the customer journey. Accessed through a single platform, Infobip’s omnichannel engagement, identity, user authentication and contact centre solutions help businesses and partners overcome the complexity of consumer communications to grow business and increase loyalty. With over a decade of industry experience, Infobip has expanded to 70+ offices across six continents. It offers natively built technology with the capacity to reach over seven billion mobile devices and ‘things’ in 190+ countries connected directly to over 700 telecom networks. Infobip was established in 2006 and is led by its co-founders, CEO Silvio Kutić, Roberto Kutić and Izabel Jelenić.