How technology enables new customer conversations

customer conversations

Technology is creating incredible opportunities to connect with customers in meaningful new ways. Mark Schaefer and Brooke Sellas look at some of the most exciting examples of how marketing and customer connection might be transformed.

In a comparison of person-to-person contact and chatbot contact, researchers found that the expectations of personal and digital solutions are nearly identical. For example, 44 percent of survey respondents say that they expect a response within five seconds when corresponding with a human.

Google is building the first chatbot that can talk about anything. The chatbot is known as Meena, and no, you can’t test it out yet — but you’re going to want to when it becomes available at some undisclosed date in the future. 

According to Google, Meena already significantly outperforms other state-of-the-art chatbots in this SSA score. In fact, Google claims that Meena’s score (79 percent) is closer to the SSA score it assigns to human interactions (86 percent) than the second-place chatbot Mitsuku (56 percent) is to it. Google is still working on features such as personality, factuality, safety, and bias before it releases the chatbot for wider consumption. (January 2020)

Facebook takes aim at ZOOM — The new standard for conversation, or too little too late?

And Tim Washer and Scott Monty break out an epic introduction this week. We believe this is the first time “haircutting device” and “vasectomy” have been used in the same sentence.

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Tim Washer is contributing creative direction to the show and he’s has worked for Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, among others. He helps corporations build more creative cultures.

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