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Sinch AB (publ): Sinch Adds Conversational AI Capabilities Through Acquisition

Sinch AB (publ), a global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Chatlayer BV for an Enterprise Value of EUR 6.9 million. Founded in Antwerp in early 2018, ChatLayer.ai is a cloud-based software platform that lets businesses create multi-lingual chatbots and voicebots using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). The platform enables intelligent two-way conversations between businesses and their customers across…

Ada Closes $44 Million Series B Led by Accel to Further AI in Customer Service

Automated customer service platform moves into the next era, reducing costs and boosting customer satisfaction for leading companies globally Ada, the leader in Automated Customer Experience (ACX), announced it has raised $44 million in a Series B funding round led by Accel, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark, Version One, Leaders Fund and Burst Capital. Ada helps business leaders such as AirAsia, Mailchimp, Shopify, Telus, Upwork and Zoom reduce costs and increase satisfaction…

For Excellent CX, Sync Your Business and IT Teams

Back in 2016, Gartner predicted that CMOs would soon outspend CIOs on technology. As Gartner Research VP Jake Sorofman stated, “This is an important finding. It suggests that Marketing Technology, once a relatively narrow and specialized adjunct to enterprise IT, is now garnering investment nearly equivalent to the core systems that run the business. Customer preferences and behaviors have changed, and buying journeys are increasingly self-directed and digitally led.” Chief Marketing Officers, along with Customer…

OneDash Launches Innovative Personal Shopping Messenger App

OneDash takes aim at tackling e-commerce cart abandonment by delivering personalized shopping experiences OneDash, an e-commerce marketing technology startup today announced that it has launched a groundbreaking chat-to-checkout service. OneDash’s new messaging platform allows online shoppers to perform direct, in-app, add-to-cart functions, with the option to check out in the very same chat. This new capability eliminates the need to exit a chat session in order to complete a purchase. The announcement took place today at …

MarTech Primers: Customer Service Versus Customer Experience

Forrester’s report on the Customer Experience Index states that the top 20% of brands investing in customer experience recorded a higher stock price growth and achieved greater returns. Companies focus on mitigating pain points to prevent reputational risks  - dedicated support, personalized services, and 24/7 assistance are a few measures that they adopt. Customer service is one component of the elements shaping up the overall customer experience. In this blog, we shall highlight the major differences between the terms…

MessageBird Enters $350 Billion Customer Service Market With Launch of Inbox.ai

Zero-Friction Customer Engagement Platform to do away with waiting on hold forever MessageBird, the cloud communications platform company, has announced it is on a mission to do away with waiting on hold forever by officially entering the $350 Billion Customer Service market with the launch of Inbox.ai. Recently named by both Gartner and IDC analysts as a leader in the rapidly growing cloud communications space, with Inbox.ai MessageBird is now taking on an even larger market with the unveiling of the first customer…

Talkdesk Announces Guide to Transform Customer Experience With Knowledge Base Innovation

Talkdesk 20-in-20 program continues with product #5 of 20, a new and innovative approach to knowledge base solutions Talkdesk, Inc., the cloud contact center for innovative enterprises, announced Talkdesk Guide, an intelligent knowledge base that transforms the way businesses organize and provide information to their agents and customers. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) from Talkdesk iQ, Guide seamlessly integrates information from disparate systems into one cohesive customer experience (CX) solution. Through…

Cyara Automated CX Assurance Platform Recognized with Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Cyara’s cloud-based approach enables enterprises to automate the testing and accelerate the development of innovative customer journeys that delight customers Cyara announced that TMC, a global integrated media company, has named the Cyara CX Assurance Platform a 2019 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner, presented by Cloud Computing magazine. The award recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated services and solutions to market. “Recognizing…

ForwardPMX Invests in the Future of Conversational Commerce with the Acquisition of Leading Voice & Chat Platform, Headliner Labs

Headliner Labs' Caroline Klatt and Dana Gibber join ForwardPMX to Launch the Agency's Voice and Conversational Commerce Capabilities Award-winning, global brand performance agency, ForwardPMX, announced the acquisition of leading voice and chat platform, Headliner Labs. The company's CEO and Co-Founder, Caroline Klatt, and COO and Co-Founder Dana Gibber, will join ForwardPMX as Co-Chief Innovation Officers spearheading the agency's voice and chat practice and helping to position clients for growth in a voice-enabled…

Khoros Announces the Launch of Khoros Bot to Improve Agent Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

New solution will integrate with messaging channels and facilitate better care engagement Khoros, the global leader in customer engagement software, announced the launch of Khoros Bot, a new chatbot technology to create better experiences for customers and agents. Khoros Bot is an addition to Khoros Care — an intelligent solution to help brands serve and resolve customers’ needs on their digital channel of choice — and further extends the company’s leadership in automation and AI strategy. Customer Service and Contact…

Citizens Willing to Share Personal Data with Government in Exchange for Enhanced Customer Services, Accenture Survey Finds

The majority of citizens are willing to share personal information with government agencies in exchange for better service, according to a global study issued today by Accenture. The study — based on a survey of more than 6,500 respondents across 11 countries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific — found that just two-fifths (41%) of respondents were satisfied with the level of interaction received from government departments over the last year, and more than half (58%) said they are not aware of a way to share…

Mobile CRM: Definitions and Industry Trends

A Mobile CRM is defined as a version of your CRM solution which can be accessed from a mobile device, smartphone, and tablet. Using CRM, you can access updated information about your customers and potential customers in real-time. All thanks to a mobile CRM app that helps your Sales-force work smarter and faster. With a mobile CRM application, you can update, synchronize and share information with all the departments in the company. With mobile CRM, you can access your business data on the go. In simple words, a mobile…

Syniverse and RealNetworks Collaboration Brings Kontxt-Based Machine Learning Analytics to Block Spam and Phishing Text Messages

The First End-to-End Messaging Visibility Platform Allows Mobile Operators and Internet Service Providers to Identify, Analyze and Prioritize Messages Syniverse and RealNetworks have announced they have incorporated sophisticated machine learning (ML) features into their integrated offering that gives carriers visibility and control over mobile messaging traffic. By integrating RealNetworks’ Kontxt™ application-to-person (A2P) message categorization capabilities into Syniverse Messaging Clarity, mobile network operators…

Dataflix to Help NatureMills Deliver Better Customer Experience with Google Cloud Partnership

A 24/7 self-serve customer service with Google Cloud Dialogflow and Dataflix Messenger – driving engaging conversations NatureMills has selected Dataflix and Google Cloud as its strategic providers of AI-powered digital customer assistant, Nami. Choosing Dataflix and Google Cloud has enabled NatureMills to provide 24/7 AI-powered first level support to its customers while keeping the operational costs low. Marketing Technology News: Dwise Improves Geotargeting With Digital Element’s Location-based Technology Nami, an…

Divisions Between IT and Business Could Impact Customer Experience, Says Pega Research

Study highlights lack of investment in areas most likely to have a positive CX impact Organizations must tear down the walls between IT and the business and make more customer-centric investments if they are to improve customer experience (CX), according to new research from Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering digital transformation at the world's leading enterprises. Pega's 2020 Global Customer Experience Study was conducted among decision makers spanning 12 countries and seven different industries by…

Cybercriminals Find Cover in the Cloud: New Netskope Research Finds 44% of Threats are Cloud-Enabled

Netskope Cloud and Threat Report reveals cloud-enabled threats are on the rise and sensitive data is moving between cloud apps Netskope, the leading security cloud, announced the release of the February 2020 Netskope Cloud and Threat Report, which analyzes the most interesting trends on enterprise cloud service and app usage, web and cloud-enabled threats, and cloud data migrations and transfers. Based on anonymized data from millions of global users, the report found that 44% of malicious threats are cloud-enabled,…

TechBytes with Manish Gupta, Senior Applied Scientist at Alexa.com

Dr. Gupta, how are you working with technologies like AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing at Alexa.com, an Amazon subsidiary that provides marketers with SEO and Competitive Intelligence tools? We use Machine Learning to surface common audiences between different websites. This allows customers to analyze what their peer set is doing and what kind of content interests their audience. We are also developing tools using patented AI and NLP technologies to help marketers get a better idea of what content…

Build a Framework for Journey Measurement

Most companies now know that customer experience is the main driver of business performance, so modern brands are putting their customers at the heart of everything they do. CX has become the main battleground for competition, and organizations aren’t keeping the purse strings tight when it comes to experience spending — IDC reports that this year, worldwide spending on CX technologies will reach a whopping $508 billion. That upward trajectory isn’t likely to abate any time soon, either. IDC expects CX tech spending to…

Zendesk Releases Annual State of Messaging 2020 Report

Report reveals new data and insights on the most important conversational business and messaging trends in 2020 Zendesk, Inc. released State of Messaging 2020, the third annual report featuring expert commentary and in-depth analysis of the biggest trends in conversational business and the rapidly evolving messaging industry. The report combines interviews with more than two dozen customer experience product, sales, and marketing leaders from companies like Google, Twitter, Hootsuite, Birchbox, and more, with original…

These 5 Trends Will Dominate Online Shopping in 2020

By the end of 2019, the total value of eCommerce retail sales could reach $3.4 trillion, closing a decade of steady growth. The online shopping landscape has developed massively to provide a constantly better experience for shoppers. And with the ever-growing consumer demands, novel technologies, and fresh practices, maybe the best is yet to come. The only way to stay ahead of the curve is by keeping an eye on the latest trends. So, what should eCommerce retailers focus on to welcome the new decade in all its glory? 1.…