Many contact centers have had a bumpy ride as they hopped on the omnichannel roller coaster. A Multichannel Merchant survey revealed that while 87% of retailers and consumer brands believed omnichannel strategies were important to their business; only 8% thought they had fully mastered this approach.
While experts are guiding customer experience leaders to transcend omnichannel and embrace multiexperience, it’s important to recognize the problem with omnichannel and why you ought to look beyond channels.
What is the Problem with Omnichannel?
What is Multiexperience?
7 Definitive Multiexperience Enablers
- Experiences that engage customers where they are, and how they prefer to be engaged at any point in time, on any channel and on any modality.
Stop guessing that boomers prefer the phone channel and millennials prefer to text, or that only the affluent and urban dwellers engage on smartphones.
Design experiences for any channel and any modality at economies of scale and let your customers choose.
That is the only way to drive digital adoption and win the race for customer intimacy.
- Experiences that are built in a unified low code design and development platform so that you can deliver a consistent experience at an optimal total cost of ownership, and with greater business agility.
Today, you may have separate teams to build experiences on each channel. Your customers expect consistency, continuity, and choice. You cannot afford to deliver this to them at scale if you continue to build your customer experience in silos, not when the permutations and combinations of touchpoints and modalities explode.
Empower business analysts who are familiar with a process as well as the customer persona to design as much of the multiexperience journey as possible using no-code multiexperience design tools. Simplify collaboration with developers and other stakeholders to accelerate time to market for multiexperience journeys. Combine low code multiexperience design with a mesh app and services-based architecture so that you can serve customers and employees across multiple touchpoints and modalities at ease.
This does not mean that you should let go of best of breed tools and teams that have expertise in specific domains.
Certainly, they offer added value while designing experiences that run on the channels, touchpoints and modalities they specialize in. A good multiexperience toolkit should enable you to bring such teams and tools together effectively. Ask yourself, why rip and replace, when you can harmonize and elevate?
- Experiences that are built to exploit the strengths of a channel or modality, while recognizing its limitations
Your customers may tap, text or talk. Every modality has its limitations though. Find ways to complement modalities so that your customers benefit from an engaging multimodal experience.
Don’t reduce multiexperience to build-once-deploy-anywhere.
It is not about delivering the same experience on every channel for the sake of the efficiency of the software development process.
Multimodal interactions that compensate for limitations across modalities elevate the experience for customers and help them achieve desired outcomes. Multimodality, a critical CX capability, is hard to achieve unless you have an exceptional multiexperience toolkit handy.
- Experiences that leverage the best cognitive services beyond conversational AI and computer vision
Today, consumers in various markets are comfortable speaking to their personal assistants. Brands have begun to engage consumers through wearables, augmented reality and virtual reality. The multiexperience space is vast already covering owned touchpoints such as a business’ web site, mobile app and contact center as well as managed touchpoints such as those on social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), mobile (e.g. Google Assistant), and messaging platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, Apple Business Chat).
The number of touchpoints and modalities of interaction are only set to grow even further requiring greater levels of cognitive insight in real-time.
Organizations should insist in a best of breed AI approach to ensure that the multiexperience journeys they build can benefit from the best cognitive services available for the task at hand, be it natural language processing, image processing or emotion analytics to name a few.
- Experiences that not only connect but also unburden your employees
In CX, we know that it is all about Plan B. When self-service does not work how easily can the customer leverage assisted service? As a contact center leader, you know that the complexity of customer interactions increases as you add more channels to your contact centers.
Simply connecting your contact center agents to a multiexperience journey is not sufficient to unburden your employees and empower them to deliver exceptional customer experiences.
In the contact center, agent performance directly influences the success of brand interactions. That’s why using technology to assist employees and help them work more effectively is so important to a multiexperience approach. When contact center agents can work faster and more efficiently, they will be able to devote more attention to each customer and resolve issues quicker than ever.
- Experiences that reduce effort not just with the UX of the current interaction, but also by automating tasks and processes that require follow-up and manual intervention.
As you simplify the customer experience with multiexperience journeys, it’s a great moment to think about next issue avoidance and automate, when applicable, the next step in the customer lifecycle or customer journey.
- Experiences that are built with a test and iterate mindset.
Launch a new experience, learn the adoption and abandonment patterns for various personas and user cohorts, devise ways to keep users engaged to the point where you can drive impactful interactions. Collect feedback from customers directly as part of the experience, in natural language where applicable, so that continuous improvement is designed for, not planned for as a separate initiative.
For the right multiexperience toolkit, today’s feedback is tomorrow’s experience automation.
If you made it this far, you might want to check out this webinar on Multiexperience: What comes after Mobile Apps? Consultants from Kobiton and our own experts cover how to prepare your CX strategy for multiexperience and the important role mobile continues to play in the coming age of multiexperience.