Plum Voice Blog

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How to Get More From Your IVR with Artificial Intelligence

How AI Delivers Better IVR When you hear artificial intelligence (AI) and interactive voice response (IVR) in the same breath you may scratch your head and wonder, “how does that work?” Using an AI engine, like IBM’s Watson, with an IVR system creates smarter self-service applications and delivers better customer experiences. With IVR callers have two different ways to input… Read More

Case Study: Specialty Insurance Company Drastically Cuts Payment Processing Costs

One of the challenges of being a leading, major insurance company (MIC) is that at a certain point you have so many customers that it becomes tricky to give them all the attention and service they need. This was precisely the state that one of Plum’s clients found itself in. The company wanted its agents to provide high-touch customer service… Read More

Case Study: Mobile Software Company Improves Customer Service with Plum IVR

A leading mobile software company (MSC) in Canada uses Plum products to power their customer service offerings. As a company that offers an array of digital products with over 100 million users all over the globe, MSC needed a solution that had multi-language support. As a company that deals with digital products in its own right, MSC wanted a solution… Read More

IVR Personalization Is Not Optional

Customer Service – Both Art & Science One of the most important things to realize when doing business is that people don’t buy from companies – they buy from other people. When you sit back and think about this it makes sense. It’s easier for one human to connect with another one than it is for a machine. Well, at… Read More

The Netflix Effect & Why Voice Remains Critical For Customer Service In 2017

The Netflix Effect The world of technology often seems like the fallout from Sherman’s march to the sea where old technologies are left smoldering in ashes in the wake of the latest and greatest. We might even call this the Netflix effect. After all, not many people choose VHS as their primary medium for watching movies these days. Heck, even… Read More

Reward Your Way to Better Call Center Performance

To truly become customer-centric, and service-oriented, takes more than just talk. This should come as no surprise. There is no shortage of good advice available about what to map, measure, consider and do to create better customer experiences. But how can you change company culture to be more customer-centric in a way that’s more meaningful than just talk? And how… Read More

To Bundle Or Not to Bundle: IVR and the Call Center

Whither the Cure-All Nowadays there is a trend towards the consolidation of products and services. In more and more places you see examples of offerings that are trying to do everything. Sometimes consolidating a range of features into a single bundled package makes things better, but that’s only true if you’re going to use all of those features. I believe… Read More

Respond to Customer Complaints in Real Time

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It’s about time. Customers, like everyone else, have a different notion of time than they used to. The internet and mobile devices have done that—we can access the whole world of knowledge with our fingertips, instantly. This also applies to customer complaints. More quickly than ever, customers can lodge complaints against our companies—so fast, in fact, that they can now… Read More

Fast AND Accurate Customer Service

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When thinking about customer service, it’s important consider how the means justify the end. Sure, it’s great to wow a customer, delight them even. But if all of that glitz and glitter doesn’t help them achieve their primary goal—getting information in a timely manner—then it’s more of a hindrance than anything else. They called because they want answer, not because… Read More

Why Your Surveys Should Be Multimodal

Today we communicate through a variety of channels, some of which didn’t even exist a few years ago. We don’t talk on the phone like we used to—we text. We don’t call customer service to complain—we tweet. The only way to reach everyone today is through a variety of channels. Surveys limited to phone or mail can’t reach people everywhere… Read More