Multichannel Integration: Adapting to the New Normal
As interaction in today’s business world has become increasingly digital, companies of all types have adapted and introduced a plethora of online channels. This development allows consumers to interact with brands in multiple ways. While the use of online channels increases, however, more traditional mediums such as call centers and direct mail will never disappear completely.
With the number of online channels escalating, current systems can suffer from a sort of amnesia. Each time a consumer interacts with your brand — either through different channels or the same channel multiple times — they often need to start their dialogue from scratch. To create effective marketing campaigns in today’s multichannel world, retailers must be able to integrate consumer interactions within disparate marketing channels to ensure the best possible experience wherever and whenever the dialogue takes place.
How can retailers ensure that their customer channels are connected? In order to achieve a connected experience, companies must shift their focus from a product- or channel-centric approach to a customer-centric approach. To effectively do this, organizations need a 360° view of each individual customer, including their personal details, purchase history, services currently used and recent interaction history with the company.
This information must then be shared across the entire company, so that all departments have access to the same real-time information. Sharing information in this way creates a high-level, connected experience for customers, no matter what channel they access.
Consumers use a number of inbound service channels to contact retailers every day. In these days of opt-out-impacted marketing, this is an opportunity that organizations can no longer afford to ignore. Intelligent interaction software, fueled by powerful analytics, is a proven way for retailers to equip their employees with specific, personalized insight to facilitate relevant customer dialogues and create a positive experience. In short, intelligent interaction software provides accurate, targeted sales, service and retention offers for each customer at the specific moment of interaction.