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Wanting to create the best customer experience possible, Kohler began their search for a call-back solution to serve their customers more efficiently in times of need. Learn how Fonolo made all the difference in their contact center!
Founded in 1873, Kohler is a global leader in kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier cabinetry, tile, and lighting. Their Kitchen and Bath North America division is supported by a 140-person technical call center delivering three tiers of service—Tier 1 handles most interactions; a trade-specific team that interacts with plumbers and specifiers; and a small team handling high-end, technical smart home products.
The contact center handles about 5,000 interactions daily from pre-sale to post-install interactions. Mike Abler oversees the customer care organization. Given the complex nature of these technical interactions, 70% of their customer contact comes through their phone channel.
While they were maintaining good service levels, Kohler found that even 3-5 minute hold times were too long for some customers due to the urgent nature of plumbing needs and the stress that wait times can cause a customer. Ever committed to providing exceptional customer experiences, Kohler turned to Fonolo Voice Call-Backs in 2017 to address this challenge.
“What we experienced with Fonolo in 2017 was our prime efficiency,” says Mike. “With the Fonolo tool, we are setting our customer up for a positive engagement — an immediate feather in our cap — and it puts us in a good position before the interaction even occurs.”
Like many contact centers, there were some challenges along the way and some points in time where they were staffed lower than preferred to achieve desired service levels. With customers facing longer hold times, Mike’s team was feeling the pressure.
While call-backs were not a silver-bullet solution to their staffing challenges, Fonolo was a lifeline. They were strategic about when they would offer call-backs so they could serve as many customers as possible in a day.
“During peak volume periods without the call-back option, a customer sometimes has to wait 10-15 minutes before they can talk to us,” says Mike. “So, they fight the wait time first before getting into dealing with the situation at hand. That adds fuel to the fire. For us, Fonolo is the water for that fire.”
As staffing challenges improve, they can better optimize their use of call-backs in 2021.
Kohler’s dedication to customer satisfaction made Fonolo a perfect fit for their business. They received a lot of positive customer feedback on their call-back offering, and it has helped to elevate their level of service. Kohler’s customer care associates also love Fonolo because they know they will be starting the interaction on a positive note.
The company’s initial adoption of call-backs was based on their dedication towards superior customer service. As leaders in this space, they were extremely impressed with the service they received from the Fonolo team. It quickly became clear that their shared values made them a great match.
“Fonolo values their customers, and as a partner that’s important,” says Mike. “We want to provide a high level of customer care for our customers…it’s great to have that kind of relationship with your vendor partners.”