Perceived blame, matters

In customer service, things are bound to go wrong, at some point. When that happens, it is important to not only understand what went wrong, but also what is the perceived cause of the problem, because that impacts on the recovery strategy.   Take interacting with a chatbot, for instance. As discussed in a previous … Continue reading Perceived blame, matters

The role of online shopping as a mechanism to navigate racial discrimination

Online platforms are useful, additional channels to acquire products and services. For instance, online supermarkets have been lifelines for people isolating at home because of COVID-19. Online platforms are also great channels to talk with firms and other customers, be it as a form of acquiring information, solving problems or, simply, getting emotional support. What … Continue reading The role of online shopping as a mechanism to navigate racial discrimination

Sources of customer dissatisfaction in AI-powered service interactions

Chatbots are everywhere, and used in every industry. They promise to improve customer service, by offering 24-hour service and quick answers, at a fraction of the cost of their human counterparts. Reality is, however, less… polished.   Even a bit frustrating. In the paper “The dark side of AI-powered service interactions: exploring the process of … Continue reading Sources of customer dissatisfaction in AI-powered service interactions

March 2020 round-up

At the beginning of the month, I wrote in my journal that March would be a month in two halves. And it was. But not at all as I had imagined it would be. To be fair, my months rarely pan out as planned. But, boy, has this month been unexpected?!   The first half … Continue reading March 2020 round-up

Role of robot appearance vs behaviour on users’ perception

Robots are increasingly playing a role in customer service – be it taking orders in restaurants, providing information in banks, or delivering items in hotels. For the investment in customer service robots to be worthwhile, though, customers need to enjoy interacting with them, and they need to trust them. A robot’s appearance has a key … Continue reading Role of robot appearance vs behaviour on users’ perception

Forthcoming talk on AI in customer service – March 10th, 6pm, Brunel University London

Next week, I am joining 5 other researchers and practitioners working in the field of AI, for an evening event, examining various use cases of AI, from law to the built environment, and including customer service.   In my talk, I will be sharing the early findings from a research project that investigates what frustrates … Continue reading Forthcoming talk on AI in customer service – March 10th, 6pm, Brunel University London

Customer satisfaction with chatbots: the surprising role of speed

Modern life demands speed, right? We eat, speak and walk faster than we used to. We are disappointed if our favourite online store does not offer next day delivery (even if, pragmatically, we could very well wait). And we want 24/7 customer service so that we can get instant replies to our queries.   However, … Continue reading Customer satisfaction with chatbots: the surprising role of speed

The customer perspective on AI

There is considerable interest regarding the potential of AI for various customer facing tasks – from market prospecting, to sales and after-sales. But what will customers think of these technologies? Will they be happy that their delivery query is being handled by a chatbot, or that their meal is being delivered by a robot? Jochen … Continue reading The customer perspective on AI

The potential of AI for customer facing applications

There is considerable interest regarding the potential of AI for various customer facing tasks, from market prospecting, to sales and after-sales. But there are also considerable technical limitations to keep in mind, when planning the deployment of AI-powered solutions to carry out tasks that have a direct impact on the customer experience. If deployed in … Continue reading The potential of AI for customer facing applications

Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines

Twitter can be a great channel for customer service. As my own research shows, customers see Twitter as a quick way of solving problems, obtaining information, and connecting with (and learning from) other users. Yet, not all firms seem to be embracing it. Research by Priyanga Gunarathne, Huaxia Rui and Abraham Seidmann, looking at how … Continue reading Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines