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Research from Aspect Software finds artificial intelligence, chatbots and automation will dominate contact centre development over the next year.
Artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots and automation are the trends that will experience the greatest growth in customer experience over the next 12 months, according to the latest research from Aspect Software.
The research, which set out to discover the technology trends currently disrupting customer journeys, surveyed contact centre managers and discovered that 89% of those polled believe AI will experience the greatest growth in adoption in customer engagement over the next 12 months. This was closely followed by chatbots and automation with 76% and 55% respectively, stating these technologies would experience the greatest growth in the next year.
In contrast to this, only 5% stated they believe remote/home agents would experience great growth, and only 11% stated they expect social media to experience great growth.
Stephen Ball, Senior VP Europe and Africa at Aspect, commented: "The modern customer is demanding ever-increasing ways to interact with brands and companies so it's encouraging to see that contact centre managers are realising this and implementing technologies that enable them to adapt accordingly. Those investing in these strategies are effectively investing in their customers by ensuring they have access to a range of different communications channels to suit their individual needs.
"However, while it's great to see the uptake in advanced technologies, it's important that organisations do not ignore other significant channels of communication such as social media and mobile apps.
"Crucially, organisations should understand their customer base and provide a range of communication channels that cater to these customers, including self-service options wherever possible."
Looking specifically at chatbots, 37% stated they currently use an automated chatbot, and a further 55% stated they don't currently use chatbots but are planning on implementing them in their contact centre in the next 12 months.
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