The customer experience game-changer: the all in one inbox

Apr 12, 2024
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An all in one inbox is a game-changer in customer service, combining email, live chat, social media, and SMS into one platform. According to McKinsey, 61% of service leaders are seeing a spike in conversation volumes due to more customers and more complex issues. And with 58% expecting this trend to keep rising, there's real pressure on customer-serving teams. 

All in one inboxes help you manage the daily load of conversations by keeping all communications in one spot, making it easier to handle and improving the overall customer experience. It's a straightforward and almost no-brainer approach to keeping up with the growing demands on your customer service, ensuring you can provide top-notch service across multiple channels.

What is an all in one inbox?

Let's start with the basisc, an all in one inbox is a sophisticated platform designed to consolidate customer communications from multiple channels — like email, social media, live chat, and SMS — into a single interface. This centralised location helps your customer service teams to manage and respond to all inquiries from one place. Ensuring nothing gets overlooked and every customer gets a fast response

What sets an all in one inbox apart is its transformative effect on operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. With this centralised inbox, your teams are no longer fragmented across multiple platforms. In turn, this reduces response times and enhances the quality of service provided. Furthermore, the analytics capabilities embedded within an all in one inbox can provide insights into customer interactions and service performance, which you can use to make further improvements to your strategy. 

The advantages of using a single inbox for all channels

1. All your communication in one place

A unified inbox consolidates communication channels into a singular, accessible platform. Allowing your team to move from handling chaos, to handling conversations in an orderly fashion.

For instance, imagine the summer peak season for travel and leisure businesses, with queries pouring in across channels. Instead of toggling between email, WhatsApp, and social media, customer service representatives can view and respond to all messages from one interface creating a unified communication platform. 

💡 This not only saves time but also ensures consistency in responses. The difference it makes is huge, reducing response times from hours or even days to just minutes, directly impacting customer happiness. For instance Tourism business Huakai was able to reduce their response rates by 50%. According to Social Sprout, customers are more likely to have a positive perception of a business if they receive swift responses and an all in one inbox will help you do that.

2. Managing customer experience at scale

Combining all customer favourite channels into one, creates a more scalable approach to managing the customer experience. This means as your business grows you will be able to maintain that level of intimate customer care that small businesses are known for rather than turn into a faceless corporation where customers feel like just another number. 

With everything in one place, it's easier to identify trends, such as common queries or peak times for customer engagement. For a hospitality business, this could mean recognising a frequent request for more vegan options on the menu or spotting a surge in inquiries during holiday seasons. 

💡 Armed with this insight, your business can then adjust its offerings and staffing, ensuring you meet customer needs, and thereby elevating the overall customer experience.

3. Being everywhere that matters

Being accessible across various channels is crucial in today's market. A Gartner survey B2B and B2C customers found that a seamless transition between channels is a key driver of positive customer experience. 

However, implementing multichannel customer service and support brings its own set of challenges. Different channel interfaces and functionalities mean customer data can end up siloed, limiting access to information and preventing fast and effective responses. Disjointed data can lead to missed opportunities and customer dissatisfaction but a unified inbox leads to seamless multi-channel communication management and removes this obstacle.

Different channels naturally lend themselves to specific types of inquiries or customer preferences. For instance, emails, with their formal and structured nature, are often the go-to for detailed bug reports or technical issues. 

On the other hand, feature requests popping up on Twitter might be due to the platform's immediacy and public nature, prompting quicker responses and broader visibility among the user community. 

While, WhatsApp could be the preferred medium for support questions due to its convenience and the personal touch it offers, making it easier for customers to reach out as if messaging a friend.

💡 Where the all in one inbox adds value is that whether a customer prefers to reach out via email, SMS, social media, WhatsApp, or any other platform, they will always get a timely and coherent response. Because your team has the right overview.

4. Personalisation

With all customer interactions and history centralised in an all in one Inbox, you can  unlock a greater level of personalised service in your customer care. You can use previous interactions to gain detailed insights into each customer's journey with your brand to create interactions that resonate with each customer on a personal level. 

For example, if you own a health and wellness brand, this might involve:

  • Using data from past purchases and inquiries to tailor communications with customers about new wellness programs
  • Aligning recommendations with the customer’s past interests and purchases.
  • For clients who purchase yoga mats, suggest upcoming yoga workshops or classes that match their purchase history.
  • Customers buying vegan supplements could receive recipes and nutrition advice tailored to a vegan lifestyle

This level of personalisation does more than just make customers feel valued; it fosters a deeper connection and loyalty to the brand. It demonstrates to customers that the brand not only listens but remembers and acts on this knowledge to enhance the customer's experience. Social Sprout found that 70% of customers expect companies to provide personalised responses to customer service needs, meeting this expectation can set your brand apart.

An unified inox is all about equipping your team not just with compassion and skills, but with the context needed to solve customer issues effectively and personally. When your customer service representatives have access to a comprehensive view of the customer’s history, they can make informed, empathetic decisions that align with the customer’s expectations and preferences, thereby elevating the overall customer experience. 

💡 This approach focuses that you case beyond the purchase, and allows your team to build lasting relationships by showing customers that their unique preferences and history with the brand are valued and listened to.

This is how an all in one inbox streamlines conversations all through the customer journey

An all in one inbox can refine communication throughout the customer journey, offering all kinds of industries the opportunity to improve service delivery, streamline bookings, and provide detailed product specifics efficiently. Here's how it reshapes customer conversations across four key sectors:

1. Hospitality

In the hospitality sector, an unified inbox is pivotal for prompt and organised guest experiences. From the initial booking enquiry to post-stay feedback, every interaction can be managed through one single platform. 

This approach not only simplifies booking confirmations and adjustments but also enables personalised service delivery, such as tailoring room amenities or activity suggestions to guest preferences which helps ensure a memorable stay.

2. Travel

In the travel industry, an all in one inbox provides real-time updates and support to travellers across all platforms. Whether it's notifying passengers of flight changes, offering quick rebooking options, or providing travel tips, communicating from one central place ensures that travellers receive crucial information about their trip on time

Very important here is that in addition one inbox from which your team picks up all your messages will prevent people from having to repeat themselves and giving details such as booking references and flight dates multiple times. Because no matter the journey, people starting a conversation on Facebook and then switching to email, all customer messages are in a single view and attached to the same profile. This is a customer pet peeve! So people will be thankful for you, when you reduce stress and only better their travel experience.

3. Leisure

For leisure businesses, centralising bookings and inquiries for events and activities through an all in one inbox leads to easy management of event capacities. Everyone knows organising an event or activity will require a lot of communication. So you want to stay organised and all customer messages to be neatly organised in one spot.

In addition, it'll become much easier to send personalised suggestions based on previous activities, and quick responses to inquiries. This level of efficiency and personalisation encourages repeat engagement.

4. Automotive

In the automotive industry, an all in one inbox simplifies the customer journey by streamlining inquiries, bookings, and service requests. It improves the automotive customer experience by allowing customers to easily schedule service appointments, inquire about vehicle features, or request roadside assistance, all through whichever method of contact works best for them. 

This consolidation not only enhances service delivery and builds trust and loyalty. Customers don't end up repeating themselves with details such as policy numbers or car make and model because the customer service team has the info at hand. Plus customer profiles in the inbox will help your team spot upsell opportunities more easily.

Key features to look for in an all in one inbox solution

When choosing an all in one inbox solution, focus on features that directly enhance service delivery and customer experience.

Multichannel service and support

Essential for allowing customers to contact you through their preferred platforms, ensuring no query is missed. This support helps maintain a seamless communication flow across email, social media, and live chat.

Automation features

Automation helps to handle common questions well and quickly. It will ensure customers receive a great first touch in the form of immediate answers, upping your customer happiness game and equally improving response times.

Plus automation can take on repetitive workflows. Don't have your team spend time on cleaning the inbox every day. Automation can pick up repetitive tasks and organise them for you.

This way you'll free up your team to tackle more complex issues.

Brand compliancy

Want to ensure high quality conversations? Of course you do! That makes it important to look for a customer engagement platform that allows you to tailor the system to your industry’s specific needs, branding, and tone. This will make sure that your customer interactions are consistent in quality.

Analytics and reporting features

These features are invaluable for gauging the effectiveness of your communication strategies. They will offer insights into areas for improvement and help you refine your strategy for better customer satisfaction.

Additional things to consider:

  • Scalability: ensures the system can grow with your business, handling increased volume without service degradation.
  • Security and compliance: protects customer data and ensures your business meets regulatory standards, critical for trust and reputation.

Implement your all in one inbox

Implementing a unified inbox like Trengo can transform how your company communicates with customers, combining efficiency with personalisation. Here’s a concise guide to getting started:

Select the right solution

So which engagement platform to choose? When assessing different platforms think about: 

  • Assess your needs: evaluate your communication channels and customer service requirements. Look at what channels your customers use most often, how complex your enquiries are and how fast your business is growing. 
  • Research solutions: look for a platform that offers multi channel approach, automation, personalisation, and data insights.
  • Try before you buy: take advantage of demo calls and free trials to test the platform’s fit for your business.

Training your team

  • Onboarding: use the platform provider’s resources to familiarise your team with the platform.
  • Regular workshops: hold training sessions to cover both basic functionalities and advanced features to make sure your team is using your platform to the fullest.
  • Real-life scenarios: practice with common customer queries to ensure your team is ready for live interactions.

Onboarding, data migration and system integration

  • Data backup: ensure all existing customer data is backed up before migration.
  • Collaborate with your solution partner: team collaboration is very important when implementing and onboarding your solution. Because a good start will save you disrupting current operations in the future.

Onboarding with Trengo

Trengo streamlines the setup of your unified inbox, allowing your team to be up and running in the time it takes to watch an episode of Friends. Watch the video, and get started:

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Success stories: Ferryscanners 700% spike in summer inquiries

Ferryscanner, a Greece-based ferry booking engine, transformed its customer service with Trengo, managing a 700% spike in summer inquiries effortlessly across five channels. Before Trengo, coordinating social media and customer contacts was cumbersome and expensive. 

Implementing Trengo allowed for efficient management of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, email, Live Chat, and Google's Business Messages, significantly reducing complaints about the lack of phone support. A key innovation was the introduction of a Flowbot for initial customer inquiries, streamlining the process and freeing agents for more complex issues. 

Internal collaboration was also enhanced through Trengo's tagging feature for seamless internal communications, and teams being able to handle conversations within the same thread. With Trengo, Ferryscanner not only improved response times but is also optimising its Flowbot to handle frequent questions, allowing agents to focus on intricate customer needs.

Combine your channels to attract new customers and improve service

Adopting an all in one inbox system transforms how your business interacts with its customers by centralising communication, automating routine tasks, and offering in-depth data insights. This ensures that you can maintain high-quality, personalised customer service as they scale, managing inquiries across various channels with ease and efficiency.

Ready to unlock the full potential of an all in one inbox today to create a smooth customer experiences?

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