What is Omnichannel

We’re often asked what is Omnichannel as it relates to messaging? And how can you use Omnichannel to improve business responsiveness and marketing, sales and service results?

First, let’s talk about what is Omnichannel vs multichannel. These two similar terms have different meanings.

  • Multichannel refers to a business reaching out to their audience on several channels. Each channel sends the same content or message, with the goal of attracting as many responses as possible.
  • Omnichannel refers to a business seamlessly communicating with buyers across multiple channels. These channels are able to interact with each other.  Your reps are able to have continuing conversations with Individual prospects and customers, no matter what channel they are using.

They simple difference? With Omnichannel you get seamless conversations blended together across channels.

These are just a few results that show why you want to adopt Omnichannel.

  • Marketing: A recent study shows that marketing campaigns using three or more channels resulted in an 18.96% engagement rate.  Compare that to single channel campaigns that only get 5.4% engagement.
  • Sales: When interacting with three or more channels, customers bought 250% more frequently than customers who communicated with only one channel. Even better, Omnichannel customers were 90% more likely to come back for another purchase.
  • Service/Retention: Customer retention for Omnichannel support teams reached 66.12%, compared to 34.8% for a single-channel

What is Omnichannel in Messaging?

Omnichannel in Marketing

Omnichannel is most often thought of in relation to marketing. An Omnichannel marketing strategy means that every channel is integrated. Each channel responds to and updates customer data. Which means that each rep or user on different channels can use that data to be sure they are sharing relevant information, based on the conversation history of each individual.

In Omnichannel messaging, that means delivering seamless, continuing conversations,across all messaging platforms. For example:

  • A prospect receives an SMS message with an offer and responds.
  • The same prospect sends a new inquiry via Facebook, or WhatsApp.
  • Omnichannel messaging lets your business users see both interactions as a continuing conversation. S they can respond with relevant questions or information, using the appropriate messaging channel.
  • All of the above is done in a way that’s seamless for both your audience and your internal marketing users or sales and service reps.

Omnichannel for Sales

Increasingly, buyers are toggling between online sites and offline brick and mortars to research and buy products and services. In a recent study, Deloitte found that digital experiences influence 56 cents of every dollar spent in physical stores.

Omnichannel for sales eliminated the traditional barriers between channels, weaving all communications together and sharing data between them. This empowers  customers to conduct business with sales reps and companies however they want, and whenever they want. Reps can see every interaction, from marketing to prior sales conversations to service conversations.

Omnichannel messaging in sales empowers reps to see all messaging conversations across the entire buying journey, across all messaging platforms. For example:

  • A prospect starts an interaction with a company via their Facebook page.
  • The rep can immediately check for any other conversations across marketing sales and service. Reps quickly increase their knowledge of the prospect’s history, so they engage them with relevant questions or responses.
  • If the prospect then decides to send an SMS to sales and that same rep is unavailable, another rep can respond to their request. The new rep can see the entire messaging history, so the prospect doesn’t have to repeat themselves to continue their buying conversation.

By implementing an Omnichannel messaging strategy for sales, your reps handle more buyers (6:1 over phone calls), and research shows you’ll close 40% more sales with messaging as part of the sales cycle.

Omnichannel for Service

Omnichannel for service allows your customers to reach out to you on any platform, blending all of the conversations around one case so reps can respond with relevant resolution options. True Omnichannel eliminates the need for customers to wait on hold and repeat themselves to multiple reps.

Omnichannel messaging in service empowers agents to send and receive case messages from multiple messaging platforms, such as SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook. For example:

  • A customer can start a case through the business’s Facebook page or Whatsapp account.
  • The customers can then ask questions via SMS when they’re on the go.
  • At any time, they can move back to Facebook or WhatsApp.
  • Reps see and respond to a single, continuous conversation.

This speeds time-to-resolution and increases rep productivity, since they can handle 10x more cases with messaging than with phone calls.

The Bottom Line

The question everyone should be asking probably isn’t simply “What is Omnichannel?” The true question is “What is Omnichannel messaging and how can I quickly use it?”

Omnichannel doesn’t have to be complicated. When you have the right messaging platform, all of your messages are seamlessly integrated into a single CRM record. Then, permitted users and reps  have the visibility they need, across the entire buying journey.

Going to Dreamforce ‘19? Be sure to stop by booth #210 to see Converse Omnichannel messaging in action. We’ll be demonstrating the use of Omnichannel messaging in service, blending SMS, MMS, Facebook and Whatsapp into seamless, full-visibility, customer service conversationsss.

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