Conversational AI is opening up a new world of possibilities in areas like customer experience, user engagement, and access to content. 

In Cloud AI, we’ve taken Google’s groundbreaking machine learning models in speech and natural language processing and applied them to the contact center space, radically improving the customer experience while also driving down operational costs. It’s shifting the focus of contact centers from the backroom, out of sight (and mind) to the boardroom and the strategic heart of the business.

Our solution, called Contact Center AI (CCAI), is an accelerator of digital transformation as organizations all over the world figure out how to support their customers during these challenging times. One customer that’s redefined the possibilities of AI-powered conversation using CCAI, is Verizon.

Whether through voice calls or chat, Verizon customers will no longer need to go through menu prompts or option trees; they simply say or type their question, and CCAI’s natural-language recognition feature finds the best way to assist them. No stilted speech or robot-like commands.

“These customer service enhancements, powered by the Verizon collaboration with Google Cloud, offer a faster and more personalized digital experience for our customers while empowering our customer support agents to provide a higher level of service,” said Shankar Arumugavelu, SVP & CIO at Verizon. 

CCAI is also driving cost savings without cutting corners on customer service. In the past, to improve customer satisfaction (CSAT), you had to hire more agents, increasing operating costs. Conversely, if you reduced the number of agents, your CSAT scores went down. Contact Center AI (CCAI) lets you have both.  

CCAI does this by expediting customer requests using virtual agents, assisting live agents, and providing insights on customer interactions to drive improvements back into the system. The result is a better experience for your customers—they get answers faster—and you get lower operating costs. It allows human agents to focus on higher value tasks in their customer interactions. 

New products and features add richer customer experience

We are continuing to invest in CCAI and today we are excited to announce the following new capabilities:

Dialogflow CX is the latest version of Dialogflow, a development suite used by over a million developers for building natural, rich conversational experiences into mobile and web applications, smart devices, bots, interactive voice response systems, popular messaging platforms and more. This new version of Dialogflow is optimized for large contact centers that deal with complex (multi-turn) conversations and it is truly omnichannel – you build it once and deploy it everywhere – in your contact centers and digital channels. Dialogflow CX features a new visual builder to create, build and manage virtual agents. It’s available now, in beta.Dialogflow CX brings conversation state management to a whole new levelLukasz Rewerenda
Principal Solutions Architect, Randstad (Netherlands)

Agent Assist for Chat is a new module for Agent Assist that provides agents with continuous support over “chat” in addition to voice calls, by identifying intent and providing real-time, step-by-step assistance. Agent Assist enables agents to be more agile and efficient and spend more time on difficult conversations, giving both the customer and the agent a better experience. It transcribes calls in real time, identifies customer intent, provides real-time, step by step assistance (recommended articles, workflows, etc.), and automates call dispositions.

For customers in regulated industries, Agent Assist can remove the risk of agents providing inaccurate information (which can happen due to high agent turnover and limited training). Agent Assist can also surface the latest discount information, deals and special offers, which can be hard for agents to keep track of as this information changes frequently. 

Custom Voice, available in beta, is a new capability for CCAI and our Text-to-Speech API that lets you create a unique voice to represent your brand across all your customer touchpoints, instead of using a common voice shared with other organizations. By taking advantage of the custom Text-to-Speech model created with Custom Voice, you can define and choose the voice profile that suits your business and adjust to changes without scheduling studio time with voice actors to record new phrases.

At Google Cloud, we are committed to ensuring that our products and features are in alignment with our AI Principles. If you are interested in Custom Voice, there is a review process to ensure that your use case is aligned with our AI principles. Learn more about Custom Voice and how to sign up here

Bring Google’s groundbreaking speech models on-prem

For many customers, an all-in approach to public cloud is not an option, which is why we’re extending our AI capabilities to run on-prem. Last week we announced Speech-to-Text On-Prem, the first of our hybrid AI offerings, now generally available. Speech-to-Text On-Prem gives you full control over speech data and since it runs in your own data center, it’s easy to comply with your data residency and compliance requirements. At the same time, Speech-to-Text On-Prem uses state-of-the-art speech models from Google researchers that are more accurate, smaller, and require less computing resources to run than existing solutions.

Take a look at how businesses saved costs and improved customer experience with CCAI in the new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting: “New Technology: The Projected Total Economic Impact™ Of Google Cloud Contact Center AI.” To learn more about CCAI and conversational AI, see how our customers are using the solution and check out these sessions at Next OnAir:

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