What is Self-Service Customer Experience?

Self-service customer experience is the perception a person has of an organization based on a collective set of self-service transactions. It's a customer opinion that's formed over time and shaped by multiple interactions with a brand.

Alternatively, the phrase "self-service customer experience" is frequently used in reference to a single transaction or specific self-service solution, as in, "The confusing IVR menu caused John to have a poor self-service customer experience," and "These virtual agents have been optimized to provide a superior self-service customer experience."

In either case, the self-service customer experience needs to be fast, convenient, and effective to satisfy customers' preferences to handle their own matters on their own terms.

How can contact centers improve the self-service customer experience?

Self-service should be a prominent support channel for every customer service operation. After all, most resolution journeys begin with either a website or Google search. Beyond those options, businesses can offer self-service through solutions such as virtual agents, chatbots, conversational IVRs, and searchable knowledge-bases.

The focus of self-service customer experience should be on making customers successful at helping themselves. Here are some key methods for doing that.

  • Meeting customers at Google. Because so many people try to find answers through Google, businesses should focus on being at the top of the search engine results page. Making a good knowledge management system available for search engines to crawl and index is a great plan of attack.
  • Offering contextual help. One of the reasons self-service attempts fail is because users can't find help when they run into obstacles. Organizations should design their self-service solutions with plenty of help available when customers are likely to need it the most.
  • Not overdoing "containment." Containment is a key metric that tells organizations how many users start and end their transactions within self-service. Designing self-service with only containment in mind rather than customer success can lead to users feeling trapped and creates a poor self-service customer experience. DIY customers should have a clear path to agent assistance.
  • Using smart analytics to identify the right self-service tasks. Self-service isn't the right solution for every transaction. Tasks that are rule-based, simple, and narrow in scope are the best candidates for self-help. AI-powered analytics tools such as interaction analytics can analyze all customer service interactions at lighting speed and identify, among numerous other insights, contact drivers, which is invaluable to the process of pinpointing suitable self-service tasks.

How NICE is Redefining Customer Experience

NICE CXone is the industry’s only interaction-centric platform where channels, data, applications, and knowledge converge to improve customer experience at scale.

It is the leading, most complete and unified CX Platform on the market, used by thousands of organizations of all sizes around the world to help them consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences. CXone is a cloud native, unified suite of applications designed to help you holistically run your call (or contact) center operations.

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