What is a CX platform in the context of contact centers?

Customer experience (CX) is the collective result of every customer interaction with a business. Whether it be a Facebook ad, a retail interaction, or an online purchase, a consumer uses the impressions from each touchpoint to form an opinion of the company. Ultimately, the opinion informs decisions, like whether or not to do business with the company. This means every touchpoint matters and needs to be carefully designed, monitored and managed.

The touchpoints that matter most happen in the context of customer support. Customers who need help can form a quick, relationship-altering opinion based on the quality of service they receive. That's why many businesses implement robust, full-featured technical solutions in their contact centers that can also serve as CX platforms.

Businesses use CX platforms to design and implement touchpoints and then monitor the performance of those touchpoints so they can continuously improve them. In contact centers, the CX platform provides customer-facing functionality, the "behind-the-scenes" tools like forecasting and scheduling, and sophisticated analytics tools to assess the quality of customer experience.

As an example, an interactive voice response (IVR) system is a typical component of a CX platform. This is the recorded menu that greets customers when they call support. Callers are getting lost in the menu tree, causing them to bail out of the IVR. Next, they sit in a queue for 15 minutes, waiting to talk to a customer service agent. The agents struggle with the issue causing so much phone volume, which drives up handle time. Altogether, awful customer experience.

A strong CX platform would alert leadership to several issues along the customer journey. First, it would pinpoint places in the IVR where customers are bailing out of the menu at high rates, thus directing redesign efforts. The CX platform would highlight high queue times and facilitate timely intraday staffing adjustments. Next, it would identify call drivers and enable managers to push out information to agents so they can better assist callers. Finally, customer satisfaction scores would let contact center leaders know if these adjustments worked.

This example illustrates how good CX platforms can help businesses control, improve, and monitor customer experience. Contact centers with strong CX platforms can quickly identify problem areas and implement improvements that can lead to more satisfied, loyal customers.

Different Types of Customer Experience Management Platforms

As you venture into enhancing your customer’s journey, it is essential to understand the diverse range of customer experience management platforms available. Each type caters to various facets of customer engagement, communication, analytics, and more. Let's break down the key types:

1. Customer Feedback and Survey Platforms

These platforms focus primarily on collecting customer feedback through surveys, questionnaires, and reviews. They enable businesses to gain insights into customer satisfaction levels and identify areas of improvement.

Example: Qualtrics XM

2. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems

CRM systems are robust platforms that manage a company’s interactions with current and potential customers. They use customer data to monitor engagement, streamline processes, and improve business relationships.

Example: Salesforce

3. Customer Data Platforms (CDP)

Customer Data Platforms collect and structure customer data from various sources. They create comprehensive customer profiles that can be used for personalized marketing campaigns and behavior analysis.

Example: Adobe Audience Manager

4. Contact Center Platforms

These platforms are essential for businesses that engage with customers over phone calls, emails, or chats. They assist in managing customer communications efficiently, providing support, and maintaining satisfaction.

Example: Genesys Cloud

5. Digital Experience Platforms (DXP)

DXPs offer tools for web content management, digital marketing, and e-commerce. They help create engaging, seamless, personalized experiences across various digital touchpoints.

Example: Adobe Experience Manager

6. Social Media Management Platforms

These platforms focus on managing and optimizing a brand’s presence on social media. They are used to schedule posts, track performance, engage with the audience, and monitor mentions.

Example: Hootsuite

7. Customer Success Platforms

These platforms ensure customers achieve the desired outcomes while using a product or service. They aid in reducing churn and increasing customer lifetime value.

Example: Gainsight

8. Customer Journey Analytics Platforms

These platforms utilize data analytics to analyze the touchpoints across customer interactions and understand customers' paths throughout their lifecycles. They are essential for optimizing customer journeys.

Example: NICE CXone

NICE is a leading provider of contact center CX platforms.

NICE CXone, the world’s #1 cloud customer experience platform, transforms your call center software – empowering exceptional agent and customer experiences: every channel, every time. CXone includes the complete set of tools – omnichannel routing, workforce optimization, sophisticated analytics - to help companies of all sizes optimize customer experience. Download our case study and find out how CVent uses CXone to build customer satisfaction and relationships.

Any digital channel

Your customers are trying to reach you for service on digital channels – even if you’re not there yet. How many SMS text messages go to your call center phone number without a response? Who’s trying to find you on Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp and not finding you? Now with CXone, it is easy to provide digital-first omnichannel service in all the channels your customers expect.

  • Personalized digital interactions: deliver native experiences in 30+ messaging channels, such as rich media, emojis, and other collaboration tools.
  • Simple to Activate: pre-integrated channels make it easy to offer to customers and agents.
  • Easy to Say “Yes”: simple packaging removes barriers to offering all channels to customers and agents.
CXone digital channel
Empowered agents

CXone empowers all your agents to deliver a true digital-first omnichannel customer experience by simultaneously combining all customer interactions in one intelligent inbox across multiple digital channels and voice for agents to select ("pull"), while dynamically prioritizing the most time-sensitive or real-time interactions according to service levels ("push"). All are delivered in a single application with full customer context, journey history, and sentiment.

  • Single Interface: one inbox for all digital messaging and real-time (voice/chat) channels – retaining the native experience of each messaging platform.
  • Agents in Control: ‘pulling’ works in the natural flow, while dynamic prioritization maintains SLAs – and prevents ‘cherry picking’.
  • Customer Card: full customer context, journey and conversation history, and sentiment.
Customer Insights
Holistic management

With CXone, omnichannel interactions are managed holistically, from agents to supervisors and beyond. Integrated workforce optimization, analytics, automation and artificial intelligence across digital and voice interactions ensure complete management across contact center operations.

Customer relationships

Why Choose NICE

As you navigate the competitive landscape, you must have an ally who understands customer expectations and equips you with cutting-edge tools to exceed them. NICE.com is the epitome of innovation in customer experience management software, bringing you a powerful blend of analytics, research, and a virtual cloud-based contact center. With an established track record of enhancing customer satisfaction for enterprise clients, NICE.com is your trusted partner in orchestrating sublime customer journeys.

The Vanguard of Contact Center Customer Experience

As a leading provider of contact center CX platforms, NICE is synonymous with excellence in customer engagement. NICE CXone is the world’s #1 cloud customer experience platform. What makes CXone stand out? It revolutionizes your call center customer experience software, paving the way for unparalleled agent and customer experiences across every channel.

NICE CXone: A Symphony of Features

NICE CXone embodies a comprehensive toolset – combining omnichannel routing, workforce optimization, and sophisticated analytics. These elements merge to empower companies, irrespective of size, to optimize the customer experience.

  • Omnichannel Routing: Ensure seamless communication across different channels, ensuring your customers can reach you through their preferred medium.
  • Workforce Optimization: Equip your team with the tools they need to excel. From schedule management to performance tracking, ensure your workforce aligns with your customer experience goals.

Sophisticated Analytics: It dives deep into customer interactions with advanced capabilities such as sentiment analysis and predictive analytics. Harness the power of data to glean insights and make informed decisions.