Exceptional service should be the norm, however, it remains at large in most organisations. The misconception in the delivery and management of exceptional service is that it is solely systems-based and infrastructure dependent.

While this is an integral part of customer service, success does not hinge upon it. It is rather the application of strategically-sound business decisions that are required to revolutionise customer service as we know it.

They say that you shouldn’t take a knife to a gunfight, but I prefer to compare business goals in more competitive terms – you shouldn’t take a horse to compete in a Formula1 race. A race is best run with a strategy – one that allows for organisation-wide focus.

It’s easy to get distracted with the latest, shiny ideas, but these can take you away from examining what your customer expects, wants, needs, and prefers – and how to deliver on those expectations in the right way.

For example, artificial intelligence (AI) is a fascinating topic for discussion, but, in the contact centre environment, the adoption and application of AI products are still in its infancy.

Certainly, there are specialists experimenting at the cutting edge of this field, but it shouldn’t necessarily be your primary focus unless it is the best choice to deliver on both business requirements and customer needs.
In this case, you’re the one with the F1 car – so don’t daydream about hyperspace travel in a rocket. A successful business strategy is about three key things; understanding and managing what exists, exploring and improving the existing setup (where necessary), and strategically building onto what you have in order to fulfil your customer service expectations more effectively and efficiently.

As a starting point, let’s take a look at what businesses already have to work with – data; millions upon millions of snippets of information. As an organisation, do you have a system in place that makes the best use of that data? Is this data being used to tell you who your customer is and how to make the most out of multichannel interactions with them?