The summers are here and that means a few things. The weather is warm, and famous brands are offering a lot of discounts on their new line of summer wear! But instead of stepping into stores, more and more people are heading towards retail apps for their shopping needs. The world of shopping has seen a marginal shift to the digitized platform and the pandemic has further added to the cause.
Online shopping has evolved significantly over the years – first with the Internet, then mobile apps and now with the rise of conversational AI technology in retail and e-commerce.
Customers’ expectations of how they should be able to interact with retailers has changed significantly over the last few years. Speed and convenience are driving the consumer agenda today, when it comes to shopping.
If there is anything that marketers and sales support teams of a brand completely agree on, it’s the importance of customer experience management. And a major aspect of that is how brands communicate with every individual customer; before, during, and after a sales transaction. It’s no surprise, therefore, that as businesses have gone digital, so have their customer touch-points.
Customer support used to depend on face-to-face interaction, in-branch, or on-site service. Then came the time of on-call support, IVR, and SMS services to make customer interactions quicker and after-sales customer experience smoother. The mobile nature of customer support has now extended to in-app and WhatsApp engagement.
Businesses are adapting their lead management and service functions to reach millions of customers every day via WhatsApp. So even without returning to the app, customers can still receive the order and service-related notifications of their business. This is a feat that is impossible to achieve without automation, and that’s where WhatsApp Business API comes into play.