- Today, there are more mobile phones in service in the U.S. than there are people. It is estimated that 40% of these phones are smartphones, and this percentage will likely double in the next four to five years.
- Smartphones and tablets offer a broad range of functionality that will improve the mobile customer service offerings of enterprise contact centers. To date, contact center application providers have only scratched the surface of the many possibilities.
In my December 22, 2011 blog entry, “Step Two in Mobilizing Your Contact Center: Create a Continuous and Seamless Customer Experience,” I discussed the importance of providing a smooth transition from self-service to live agent assistance on the mobile phone. Since that blog was published, no fewer than four contact center software providers (Genesys, Interactive Intelligence, NICE Systems, and Virtual Hold Technology) have announced or introduced such functionality to take advantage of the advanced capabilities available on increasingly ubiquitous smartphones and tablets. While this is very encouraging, I see it only as an initial step in capitalizing on the capabilities of these devices. Continue reading “The Smartphone and the Tablet: Catalysts of Change in Mobile Customer Care”