How AI can enhance customer service

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How AI can enhance customer service

Virtual assistants with a conversational presence have been shown to increase trust — and consequently also engagement — compared to purely text-based chatbots. Virtual agents can provide more personalized and authentic customer service for automated experiences, whether as virtual influencers or personalized shopping assistants.The growth of virtual assistants in Asia-PacificThe market for these virtual assistants in Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at a rate of 51.3% in 2030, driven by the steadily increasing number of smartphone and internet users. Asia’s popularity with online gaming also presents the opportunity for people to use this technology to interact and express themselves during gametime. They can also present a creative solution to societal challenges — for instance, supporting Japan’s rapidly aging population by enhancing the quality of life for the elderly.According to recent data from the Japanese government, 40% of the country’s population is expected to reach age 65 and above by 2050. This, coupled with its emphasis on omotenashi — a unique concept of extreme hospitality focused on anticipating needs — makes Japan an ideal place for testing virtual agents. While current technology limits virtual agents’ ability to deliver true omotenashi, their 24/7 availability offers a compelling solution to address the shrinking workforce and increasing need for elderly assistance.Creating a conversational virtual assistant with KDDIDuring the Google Cloud Next event in April this year, the Google Partner Innovation team demonstrated our virtual agent technology through a partnership with one of Japan’s leading telcos, KDDI.In the demo, a customer engages with Metako — a virtual customer support agent — via a messaging interface. Seeking assistance around an out-of-stock notification received after purchase, they ask Metako for help.


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