Cross-Channel, Cross-Lifecycle Experience

  • Nuance Nina

    Virtual Assistants that Deliver Answers and Perform Actions

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    Nina Mobile and Nina Web, the virtual assistant offerings from Nuance, can deliver personalized answers to customers’ questions and perform actions for individual customers in speech or text in 43 languages on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. This 46-page report evaluates Nina against our Evaluation Framework for Customer Service Software,
    Nov. 21, 2015
    Technologies
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  • Zendesk

    Cross-channel Case Management, Knowledge Management, and Social Customer Service for SMB and the Enterprise

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    Zendesk, packages attractive cross-channel case management, knowledge management, and social customer service capabilities suitable for small, mid-sized, and large organizations. Read our evaluation.
    Oct. 15, 2015
    Technologies
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  • Top 12 CX Issues for Business Customers

    How to Improve Customer Experience thru your Customer's Lifecycle

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    What does it take to satisfy your business customers? A lot. First, you need to understand who they are, what jobs they are doing, and where your products and services fit in. Next, you need to know where the pitfalls are likely to be in the customer journey as they engage with your firm and your products throughout the lifecycle of their relationship with you. We have worked with thousands of businesses and their customers over the past three decades. We have identified recurring customer experience expectations and patterns from these co-design sessions. In this article, we summarize the dozen customer-critical customer experience issues that are cuurently the most prevalent in B2B accounts. Then we report on what customers' expectations are and suggest ways you could meet those expectations.
    Aug. 8, 2015
    Strategies
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  • Digital Transformation at Sears Holdings

    Data-driven Personalization Fuels a Member-Centric Strategy

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    Since 2009, Sears Holdings (Sears, K-Mart and related brands) have promoted a rewards program called "Shop Your Way" to turn shoppers into members. The loyalty program is supported by big data analytics and targeted, personalized marketing. At the same time, the retailer has innovated in cross-channel customer experience.
    Jul. 16, 2015
    Strategies
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  • IBM Watson Engagement Advisor Update

    Virtual Assistants that Use Cognitive Technology to Think and Learn

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    How does IBM Watson Engagement Advisor stack up in providing virtual assisted-service across customer service channels? Its virtual assistants can answer many types of customers’ questions and, through usage, can learn to answer more of them.
    May. 22, 2015
    Technologies
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  • Salesforce Service Cloud

    Capabilities for Self-Service, Assisted-Service, and Social Customer Service

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    Salesforce Service Cloud provides a broad and deep collection of customer service capabilities across self-service, assisted-service, and social customer service channels, earning an excellent evaluation. Read the specifics in our 50-page evaluation.
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software

    Delivering Answers and Solutions; Creating and Resolving Cases

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    Use this new version of our Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software Products to produce actionable evaluations, comparisons, and selection. It’s adaptable to every type of customer service application.
    Oct. 15, 2014
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  • Secure for “Your Own Good!”

    Cumbersome Security Measures Create Difficult Customer Experiences

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    Bank of America doesn’t streamline customers’ address changes across BoA product lines. Comcast sets long, arbitrary router passwords and discourages customers from changing them—using “security” as a flimsy excuse.
    Oct. 1, 2014
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  • 10 Requirements for Personal Information in Health & Fitness Apps and Patient Portals

    Personal Health Records Will Flip Control in the Healthcare Industry from Payers to Patients

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    Customers want control over their health and medical information. What’s needed for a new wave of health & fitness apps? 
    Sep. 11, 2014
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  • Desk.com from Salesforce.com

    Customer Service for Small and Growing Businesses

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    Desk.com, from Salesforce.com, provides case, account, and knowledge management capabilities across assisted-service, self-service, and social customer service channels for very-small, small, and mid-sized businesses. Read our evaluation in this report.
    Aug. 22, 2014
    Technologies
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  • IBM Watson Engagement Advisor

    Addressing Customer Support Using Cognitive Technology

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    Through its use of cognitive technology, IBM Watson Engagement Advisor is an innovative and visionary virtual assisted-service offering, an offering that can (almost) think and learn.
    Jul. 10, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Customer Journey Mapping

    How to Ensure that Your Customer Experience Journey Map Reflects Your Customers’ Scenarios

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    Here’s how to create a Customer Experience Journey Map. Map the ideal experience for key customer segments. Identify the customers’ Moments of Truth in each Customer Scenario. Combine these as the backbone of your end-to-end customer journey.
    May. 23, 2014
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  • Clarabridge 6.1

    Social Customer Service with Powerful Monitoring and Filtering, Deep Analysis, and Alert-Driven Customer Interaction

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    Clarabridge Analyze and Clarabridge Act monitor and analyze customer conversations on internal and social channels and provide mechanisms to interact with customers. Filtering, analysis, and classification are the strengths. Read our in-depth evaluation.
    May. 9, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Personalized Answers to Customers’ Questions

    Creative Virtual V-Person Is the First Virtual Agent to Provide Personalization

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    V-Person is Creative Virtual’s virtual agent offering. It can deliver personalized answers to customers’ questions on web, mobile (text and voice), social, and IVR channels.
    Apr. 24, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 4Q2013

    4Q2013 Was a Good Quarter for Customer Service

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    4Q2013 was a good quarter for customer service for suppliers Clarabridge, Creative Virtual, eGain, IntelliResponse, KANA, Moxie, Next IT, Nuance, Oracle, and Salesforce.com. Verint acquired KANA in the 4th quarter of 2013.
    Mar. 7, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Nina Web

    Flexible and Accurate Answers to Customers’ Questions

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    Nina Web is Nuance’s virtual agent offering for the web, complementing Nina Mobile and Nina IVR and leveraging Nuance’s Natural Language Understanding technology to analyze and match customers’ question to knowledgebase answers.
    Jan. 29, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Why I Am No Longer a Sears Customer

    Sears.com Fails to Deliver on Promises

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    Sears has failed this shopper for the last time! Read the sad, sad story of hours wasted, responses not received, and powerless customer service agents following self-serving customer service practices.
    Dec. 5, 2013
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  • Oracle Service Cloud Social Experience

    Built-In Social Monitoring, Analysis, and Interaction

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    Oracle Service Cloud Social Experience provides social customer service by monitoring and analyzing social posts and interacting with social posters. Social Experience is an integral component of Oracle Service Cloud in packaging, pricing, and functionality. See the details in the full report.
    Sep. 27, 2013
    Strategies
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 2Q2013

    2Q2013 Was a Mixed Quarter for Customer Service

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    2Q2013 was a mixed quarter in customer service—mixed in customer growth financial performance, products, and company activity. Impressively, Clarabridge, IntelliResponse, and Salesforce.com all earned our Customer Service Stars for the quarter.
    Sep. 6, 2013
    Strategies
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 1Q2013

    1Q2013 Was a Good Quarter for Customer Service

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    1Q2013 was a good quarter for customer service. Customer growth was the highlight, and it drove good financial performance resulted. Product and company activity were high. M&A was big news as Nuance acquired VirtuOz.
    May. 30, 2013
    Strategies
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