Plum Voice Blog

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The Limitations of Speech Rec & How to Combat Them

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is pretty cool technology. Simply say something and a machine will do what you ask it to do. Usually. When an ASR grammar is tuned properly and the call conditions are good, ASR works really well. Unpacking that last sentence should help you understand a bit more about ASR, how it works, and how to recognize… Read More

Why Not All IVR Software Is Created Equal

The Cost of Poor Call Containment For folks in the IVR world, the goal is to keep as many calls contained in the IVR as possible. This is known the as call containment or the automation rate. The higher the percentage of calls contained in the IVR the fewer calls agents have to field. Unfortunately, legacy IVRs don’t do well… Read More

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

Improving IVR with Artificial Intelligence

A Place for AI When most people hear Artificial Intelligence, they tend to think in terms of Hollywood and famous AI characters like HAL9000 and Skynet. Business applications of AI are nowhere near that sexy, but, on the bright side, that also means that our robotic overlords aren’t looming on the horizon just yet. The reality of AI at this… Read More

Getting Buy-In: Don’t Forget The Developers

Feature Blinders I was talking to a friend recently who was researching a new cloud platform for their work. It was a pretty typical discussion; she had looked at three different options and had a front runner. Now she was trying to figure out how to sell it the rest of her team. Naturally, the discussion moved toward product features… Read More

How to Reduce the Risk of Fraud with Your IVR

“You are what you are and you ain’t what you ain’t” – Dear Abby, John Prine “Basic” Security Isn’t Enough When it comes to fraud prevention, this line from a John Prine song pretty much explains what it is fraud prevention technology tries to figure out. Preventing fraud over voice communications channels has its own challenges. Most companies have security… 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

No Time For Guess Work – Defining ‘Complex Processes’ For IVR

The other day I was looking at my bank account on my bank’s mobile app. I noticed an odd transaction and immediately called the bank to figure out what was going on. I entered my account number and phone PIN, and at that point, the IVR told me something along the lines of, “I see you were just looking at… Read More

Simplify IVR Development Using Visualization

Computer programming isn’t for everyone. And you know what? That’s ok. Traditional Computer Programming There are a number of inherent challenges with writing code that even the best developers would agree with. One is the linear nature of writing code. Some of this is governed by syntax, but at the same time, it can be a challenge to effectively juggle… Read More

Transcription vs. ASR: Which Is Right For You?

It happens all the time with technology: two different processes that share some similarities get conflated. People say one thing and really mean the other, and vice versa. One area where we see this with audio related processes involves automatic speech recognition (ASR) and transcription. What both of these things tend to suffer from is a definition problem. When it… Read More