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Human Touch? Not So Much: 44% of Consumers Say They Prefer Chatbots for Customer Service
By: Bulldog Reporter
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According to new research from interaction management firm Aspect, the desire for automated interaction is real—and actual human connections in service exchanges may be becoming obsolete. Forty-four percent of respondents to the company’s annual survey said that—if a company could get it right—they would prefer to use a chatbot or an automated assistant for customer service interaction, up 4 points from the 2015 survey. In addition, half of them said that they would rather conduct all brand interaction via text/messaging, with 39 percent saying that digital-first methods are more effective than talking, the firm’s newly released 2016 Consumer Experience Index finds.

“The accuracy and interaction quality of intelligent assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo are driving consumer interest for similar experiences with the brands they do business with. This is no longer just a way for companies to reduce costs by handing simple and repetitive queries over to automated assistants,” said Joe Gagnon, Aspect’s chief customer strategy officer, in a news release. “This is an opportunity for companies to satisfy a growing customer demand. But even though a large number of consumers now prefer using chatbots, they aren’t going to tolerate a substandard experience. The important thing is that companies who deploy automated interaction must provide an experience that is connected to the rest of the customer experience ecosystem.”

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