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The paper 'Using AI to Track How Customers Feel — In Real Time'
by Mohamed Zaki, Janet R. McColl-Kennedy and Andy Neely has been published in Harvard Business Review.


The most common methods of tracking customer sentiments has a big blind spot: They can’t pick up on important emotional responses. As a result, qualitative surveys, like Net Promoter Score, end up missing critically important feedback. Even if they provide a positive score, customers often reveal their true thoughts and feelings in the open-ended comment boxes typically provided at the end of surveys, and AI can help companies make use of this valuable data to better predict customer behavior. Specifically, there are six benefits for adopting AI to analyze this feedback: It can 1) show you what you’re missing in your qualitative surveys, 2) help train your employees based on what’s actually important to customers, 3) determine root causes of problems, 4) capture customers’ responses in real time, 5) spot and prevent declines in sales, and 6) prioritize actions to improve customer experience.

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The personal touch: using AI to help digital ‘agents’ deliver better customer service

16 January 2023

Successful customer service feels personal. As customers, we need to have our problems dealt with efficiently. But we also want our emotional response to those problems to be acknowledged, with empathy. But is this possible in a world in which customer services are becoming increasingly automated, and we find ourselves...

Mitsubishi Heavy Ltd Industries Visit - November 2022

15 November 2022

Prof Mohamed Zaki was invited by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to run the Digital Service and Customer Experience workshop with the Research & Innovation Center team. Thanks for the invitation, hospitality and the great discussions about the future of the next generations of services in asset heavy Industry.

Bouygues Construction joins the Cambridge Service Alliance

27 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that Bouygues Construction has joined the Cambridge Service Alliance, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge as a new industry member alongside our existing partners HCL Technologies , Caterpillar Inc. , Perkins Engines Company Limited and CEMEX . Press release