I always like to chat when I interact because then I can continue with other manned or conference calls that I have going on. Email, I think, is probably the oldest. Well, I suppose the call is the oldest, but email is the one we've all dealt with and disliked perhaps the most because you get some of the generic answers. But then you've got chat; you've got AI-powered robotic answers, you've got calls, you've got AI-driven voice responses in interactions, and you can do a video — all driven again, on the business requirement.
What kind of experience does the business want to do, and how many channels do they want to explore? You can do chat built into the app; you can do chat built into Facebook; you can do chat on your phone. You can do it all of the different ways. How does the business want to absorb that? I think the bigger problem is the people behind the scenes. If you're going to do chat, how are you going to design your agents so that they can maximize their effectiveness?
I've gone to several call centers, and I've talked people out of workflows where, well, I'm going to be a phone operator, and I'll chat on the side, and now, you're trying to force your contact center, just like… It doesn't go well. Work with one or the other. So, building the experience you want, there's all the technology in the world these days.