SevenCustomerServiceTrendsWhen it comes to your business, providing consistent high-quality customer service is one of the best and fastest ways to ensure its success. In fact, research has shown that customers prefer to use the products or services of businesses whose frontline employees know how to listen to what customers’ are saying; do what they say they will; know their company’s products and services by heart; and follow up or follow through.

If you are looking for ways to further improve your company’s customer service, consider taking cue from these seven customer service trends this year, as shared by Real Business.

Mobile Optimization

With more and more consumers using mobile devices to search for and purchase products and services online, plenty of companies are also concentrating on e-commerce and mobility strategies. So rather than duplicating online content for their mobile, their main priority is to create customized mobile experience by providing customer service mobile applications that can fast track transactions and promote better customer service to people on the go.

Proactive Outbound Communications

In a survey carried out by Forrester in 2012, it has been shown that 29% of companies have already invested in proactive outbound communications. For this year, a good number of contact center infrastructures are expected to continue adopting proactive outbound communications on their operations to cut back the costs for incoming calls by sending outbound messages of interest to customers to their preferred mobile devices.

Focus on Next Best Actions

These days, companies are all about honing their predictive powers to anticipate their next best move, improve customer relationships, and provide the products and services that consumers truly want. They do this by closely studying pre- and post-purchase engagements to monitor how customers interact and ultimately tailor their services to the costumers’ unique needs or requirements.

Customer Voice Matters

While many companies are already using customer feedback to improve their products or services, this strategy will be further used by businesses this year. However, instead of just using one communication channel, they will utilize multiple platforms to better understand what their customers want and act on it. Also, direct feedback will be tied to the performance of the agent who handled the transaction and will also be used as a key metric to measure the success of various operations.

Flexible Customer Service

Companies will closely look at the channels most of their customers prefer to use when carrying out transactions. They will then use the result as a guide to align their channel strategy with their customers’ needs. So from voice channels, expect companies to expand on other platforms, including mobile, email and chat, to enable them to provide better customer service experience across communication channels.

Dependable Data

For most customers, better customer service means being able to have the right answers to their inquiries. As such, for this year, businesses will give more emphasis in letting their customer service agents have access to their customers’ prior interactions on all communications channels available. Also, expect the adoption of knowledge management solutions and best practices to deliver personalized service to customer base.

Self-service Usage

In a survey by Forrester, it has been found that 67% of consumers are using web self-service knowledge to find answers to their inquiries. In this regard, numerous organizations will tap into such channel to further improve their relationship with customers and enhance customer satisfaction. This involves integration of interactive voice response (IVR) systems, online capabilities and paperless billing, among others.