While so many of today’s technologies are new, they are being used to address some of the business world’s oldest problems, especially customer service.
Not that customer service was ever a 40-hour, M-F job, but today, anything less than 24/7 is simply not possible for most. The issues that many organizations are trying to manage today are related to the challenges of keeping ahead of a customer base and global supply chain that are always on, and more connected, than ever before.
We’re working with many organizations on strengthening their customer service operations and while the applications are often different, the needs, the goals, are the same:
Today, we’re proud to announce our work with Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile communications groups. Working with technology partner Assist, we’re using our Cogito Answers semantic platform to provide SMS based customer service that is now successfully handling more that 500,000 SMS requests each month. When a user sends an SMS to the system—“how much will I pay for calls to London?”—Cogito Answers interprets and categorizes the request and quickly retrieves the answer from the internal knowledge base.
We’re seeing similar adoptions of our technology in public administration, and especially in the financial sector. In our last webinar, “Using Semantic Technology to Transform Customer Support,” we heard from attendees across several industries who are interested in semantic technology, but they ask: Who hosts the solution? How long does it take to integrate new content? What happens if the answer provided needs to be changed? Can we track the questions and answers to proactively identify new trends in questions? What if our industry uses words in a different way form the general public?
Customer service is a natural application for semantic technology because it excels at the point where customers and technology converge. The critical areas where semantics can make a difference in customer service are: