An new interesting report from ContactBabel has revealed that the average cost of a telephony IVR self-service session is 65p, compared to £3.87 for a live agent call, £3.70 for an agent-handled email and £3.00 for a web chat session.
“While the future of customer contact will involve the extremes of highly personalised live service on the one hand, and the increasing use of automated systems on the other, we’re seeing that businesses and solution providers are looking to build strong links between automated and live service options to support seamless transitions as required,” said Steve Morrell, author of the report.
“Self-service can truly be ‘win-win’ for customers as well as businesses. In the past, most self-service has been about cutting businesses’ costs, but the joined-up thinking now being shown and the increasing acceptance that it’s now an omnichannel world is creating a coherent strategy that has the customer experience as well as cost management in mind.”
“The Inner Circle Guide to Self-Service” is a major new study of how UK contact centre operations can develop their self-service strategy, whether through speech recognition, DTMF IVR, social, mobile or web channels.