According to a report by Gartner, 85% of all customer interactions will be handled without human agents by 2020. Given how widespread the use of Conversational AI by enterprises has become in recent years, this is indeed a very achievable goal. AI-powered chatbots and voice bots are now gradually ceasing to be a novelty and are simply becoming a fact of life.
Of course, as with almost any discussion regarding Artificial Intelligence today, the inevitable question is – what role does a human play?
Are humans, particularly human customer service staff, made redundant when companies adopt Conversational AI solutions?
Well, yes and no.
Certainly, there are some tasks, particularly routine and repetitive tasks, that can be completely automated and will require no human intervention.
But even if you deploy a Conversational AI solution with an automation level of 90%, that still means that 10% of the time, your bot is unable to satisfactorily complete a task.
Then there are the tasks which are simply too complex for a bot to handle completely on its own.
Essentially, this means that there are cases where human intervention cannot be avoided. Indeed, in some cases, it is desirable.
At Haptik, we realized a long time ago that to help our enterprise partners better serve their customers, we needed to equip them not only with state-of-the-art Conversational AI solutions, but also with a platform that allowed their human agents to intervene over live chat when necessary.
That platform is our Live Chat Agent tool.
Before we delve into the Live Chat Agent tool and how it works, let us first understand why humans can play such an important role on a Conversation AI platform:
Why human agents are important
They ensure uninterrupted customer service: As we’ve already discussed, in cases where a bot cannot satisfactorily resolve a customer issue, a human agent can take over the conversation and give the issue the detailed attention necessary for effective resolution. This helps businesses avoid giving users the negative experience of facing a bot break. Indeed, prompt action by a human agent can give a customer a positive impression of the brand.
They can better decipher the end users’ needs: Sometimes, a bot might not be able to pinpoint exactly what the user’s query or issue is, especially if the user’s conversation is vague or unclear. In such a situation, a human agent would have a better understanding of what the customer wants, and thus satisfactorily resolve their issues faster.
They can connect to users on a personal level: No matter how well-designed a Conversational AI solution might be, in terms of functionality and bot personality, sometimes a customer simply will prefer to have a human agent help them with their problems. An agent can connect to the user on a personal level in a way that a bot cannot. This is particularly useful in situations where the customer is aggrieved or agitated – the human agent is better placed to gauge the sentiment of the user, offer him/her reassurance, and provide a timely resolution to the issue.
So it is evident that there are a number of reasons why human intervention might sometimes be desirable. And when it comes to effectively facilitating that intervention, Haptik’s Live Chat Agent tool is one of the best solutions in the market.
Haptik’s Live Chat Agent: A Brief History
A conversation can be transferred from a bot to a human agent in the following ways:
- 1. If the bot doesn’t understand the user’s message, the chat is queued, and assigned to an agent.
- 2. If a particular Business is using an integration function, then the chat is transferred to a team on the basis of that function.
- 3. A Team Leader can use his/her discretion to reassign a chat to any specific agent.
Team Leaders can manually assign chats to agents or teams
We currently allow an agent to simultaneously take up to 3 chats, though it is possible for this number to be set anywhere between 1-5.
The chat agents have a number of tools at their disposal to enhance their ability to resolve customer issues. These include-
1. Canned responses (pre-formatted messages that can be used to quickly respond to common queries)
- 2. Smart actions (send images, attachments, saved addresses, locations, e-mails, links etc.)
- 3. Toolbar actions (report bugs, send feedback, flag inappropriate chats, access user’s profile etc.)
In addition, businesses also have the ability to integrate their own custom tools with the Live Chat Agent dashboard. These tools can then be used by their agents during their interactions with customers.
Agents can manually close a conversation
Last, but not the least, let us take a look at how conversations end. Conversations can either end automatically (when the agent logs or if there are no messages exchanged for a duration of 8 minutes), or can be manually marked as complete (or put on hold) by the agent.
Why Haptik’s Live Chat Agent tool stands out
Needless to say, our Live Chat Agent tool can truly be an indispensable asset to any enterprise seeking to revolutionize the way it engages and serves customers. If everything we’ve discussed so far about our tool’s features and functioning doesn’t have you convinced yet, then here are some factors that certainly will:
✔️ Feature-rich platform: Our Live Chat Agent tool is a complete package offering a wider range of features than any comparable product – canned responses, chat assignment, agent performance measurement, custom tool integration and more.
✔️ Bot+Human approach is the perfect failsafe: As we discussed right at the start, even a bot with high levels of automation can fail to resolve a user’s query or problem. In such cases, to ensure the uninterrupted and efficient rendering of customer service, it is great to be able to fall back on live chat agents – who can seamlessly take over the conversation using the tool.
✔️ Monitor agent performance: Using the tool, a business can monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of their human agents in real-time. In fact, the tool has been specifically modified over time to help with this purpose, by facilitating the easy download of agent performance reports from the dashboard itself.
✔️ Built for agent convenience and utility: The Live Chat Agent tool was originally built for use by Haptik’s own chat agents. As a result, Haptik has a keen understanding of the features and functionalities required to maximize agent convenience and ease-of-use. The tool has modified based on the feedback of our chat agents over the years, who’s inputs have helped shape it into one of the best platforms in the market.
✔️ Seamless real-time chat assignment: Haptik has a patent pending for our unique bot to agent routing and chat assignment capabilities. Our tool ensures that conversations are seamlessly transferred in real-time from bots to humans, as well as from agent to agent. The ease-of-transfer, as well as swift access to agent profiles, allows for team leaders to assign conversations to agents based on their skills and experience. This ability to make custom chat assignments further enhances the quality of customer service provided over chat.
✔️ Customization: Businesses can easily integrate their custom tools with the Live Chat Agent, to enhance the utility of the dashboard to suit their specific and unique purposes.
✔️ Omni-channel support: Haptik’s Live Chat Agent tool can be used to connect with customers across a wide range of mediums and platforms, including SMS, WhatsApp, iOS, Android, Web etc.
To sum up…
While automation is undoubtedly a goal that every enterprise should strive towards, the human element remains crucial and cannot be dispensed with altogether. Conversational AI, when it is sufficiently advanced, can help customers with a wide range of tasks and respond to large volumes of customer queries – but to make your customer service 100% foolproof, it is always better to have a human agent on standby. Moreover, there are simply some kinds of customer interactions that humans are best equipped to handle.
So the Bot + Human hybrid approach is certainly the way to go if you’re looking to fully optimize your interactions with customers – in terms of scale and quality. And Haptik’s Live Chat Agent tool is definitely your best option when it comes to effectively implementing that approach.
At Haptik, it is our mission to facilitate the paradigm shift of interactions from clicks to conversations. And our Live Chat Agent is undoubtedly the ace-in-the-hole that will help us drive the Conversational AI revolution in the years to come!