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2022 Customer Awards: Bell Canada - Holistic Customer Engagement Platform

2022 Customer Awards: Bell Canada - Holistic Customer Engagement Platform



Company: Bell Canada

Company background: Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, delivering a wide range of service innovations to consumers, businesses and government customers across Canada including LTE Advanced, Fibe Internet and TV, WHI, cloud and data hosting, IP voice and collaboration, Connected Cars, Smart Cities and Internet of Things.

Contact: Gabriella Leonardi

Title: Sr. Manager - Performance

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Kudos Category: Holistic Customer Engagement Platform

1. Tell us about your integration or unification strategy for connecting multiple CX teams and tools.

From the initial shopping experience to product installation and after sale support, each user experience with our communication services, content platform and self serve tools function as a key building block to enhance our industry leading end to end customer journey.

Currently we provide customer support on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and App Store reviews.  In addition, we have welcomed the Crave TV and TSN teams who are now using Khoros for their day to day Social Care tasks.

2. What specific impact(s) has a more holistic engagement platform had on your customer and/or employee experiences?

Change in Queuing strategy – A multi queue approach was developed based on the level of complexity of the inquiries. We compartmentalized our queues and funneled our most complex/special cases to our best-in-class experts.

Usage of Tags – We gather customer feedback through Khoros sophisticated tag systems. This feedback is channeled to the executive team, based on which key changes were made. We’ve reorganized our tags into different categories, each category specific to a line of business to better track the trending ones for a much more efficient reporting.  The widget tag helps us also with live tracking of what’s trending and take action if necessary in a short stretch of time.

Manage view – In addition to tags, the manage view function allows us a more granular approach in monitoring and tracking each category of tags. We had set up different views to better track sensitive topics and help us catch and prioritize conversations.



The power of smartviews Smartviews are a great way to isolate conversations/topics and assign them to dedicated teams. It also helps us in pulling targeted reports which helps us in return to determine the gaps in our processes and proceed to fix them.

Our brand team use the smartviews during the Bell let’s talk campaign, the tagging system help directing BLT mentions to the right smartview either for monitoring or for a swift answer.

Negative sentiment tracking – Tracking negative sentiments provides us with an opportunity for continuous improvement in customer service. Our frequent social customer’s complaints (tracked by internal tag system) indicated a missed opportunity for a positive customer experience and served as a feedback loop for continual end-to-end process improvement.

On the Khoros platform, we track all customer sentiments. However, our priorities focus more on responding to the negative sentiments first, especially as the customers rely heavily on the telecom services.

Outage and active disaster management – Khoros is a key element for our success in better handling outages as our Social Media team are in the front line and capture noise about outages before the other regular channels do t. Whenever an outage starts trending in Khoros, we connect with different teams to check the gravity of the situation and post notifications to our customers in our Social platforms to alert about the ongoing outage, we provide updates regularly as it is important to be proactive as our customers demand to be always in the know of what’s happening. This approach allows us a uniform outage response from social channels to community.

If the outage is driving high traffic in social, we then activate an “Outage” queue where all of the conversations captured by the tagging system will be routed there. We assign members of our team to monitor and filter the conversations in the queue. Once outage fixed and communicated to customers, we then close in bulk the conversations and disable the queue.



Introducing Community – The launch of community has been a game changer in our care strategy. A peer to peer platform solution intended for customers to help and support each other is proving to be a win-win solution for both our customers and our moderators, who also serve as our Care Specialists in Khoros Care. The complexity of some questions in community has pushed us to expand our knowledge base and at the same time seek support from various teams and experts within. With over 60 subject experts available to us in Community, our Care Specialists in regular social channels (Facebook and Twitter) don’t shy away now from promoting our communities and cannot wait for the TKB to be fully integrated in our Care platform.  We track trends and solutions in community to share with our non-moderator Care Specialists and have provided four community templates for them to use in social to direct their customer to the community forum for either a current issue/out of scope problem or future self-serve opportunities.



3. What specific business outcomes and successes have you measured resulting from those improved employee and/or customer experiences? Please use metrics if possible.

Response Time:

Our strategic goal is to respond to all customer inquiries on the social platforms within 20 minutes, 7 days a week from 8am to midnight. No exception. Our average agent response is 4 minutes – way below our targeted response times.  Our subsequent SLA has slightly improved from 83% to 84% over the same time period. 

Our interactions have become more and more complex; resulting in customer posts per conversation increasing from 5 to 6. Similarly, the agent responses haven’t changed from last year and it is still sitting at 4 responses per conversation. Our customer feedback (verbatim) indicates that our team’s success in resolving difficult customer inquiries from end to end had increased our customer’s propensity to direct these complex issues towards our social team. We use the pending expiry function in Khoros care at its full potential as it allows us to touch back and complete follow ups with customers to ensure that their inquiries have been answered and resolved. We are always working to optimize our efficiency in social and Khoros has proved to be the best solution to achieve that.



Complaints Resolution:

Tracking complaints provides us with an opportunity for continuous improvement in customer service. When our customers make a complaint on social media, this indicates a missed opportunity for a positive customer experience and serves as a feedback loop for continual end to end process improvement.

We are continuously learning from the complaints, and updating our queue and tag management strategy in response. In crises and outage situations, part of our strategy is to dedicate cross-trained agents from other queues’. Khoros simple and effective agent platform provides us with the flexibility to allow new agents to hit the ground running and permits our support team to shift focus quickly in real-time from queue to queue to best manage our volume. Our overall complaint resolution has increased by approx. 18% from last year.



We’ve made great strides in providing improved service to our customers, and we continue to enhance the end-to-end customer experience. We use Khoros customized CSAT surveys to conduct agent level customer satisfaction assessments and fashion our agent coaching based direct customer feedback. Our CSAT rate went up by 2 points sitting at 76% with a 50% survey completion rate (Facebook and Twitter platforms). The social care team boasts of the highest survey completion rate, the rate for other platforms like website & app chat is lower than 30%.


Community: In our first 9 months since launch we have grown the Bell Community Forums to:

1,100,000 Page Views

516,000 Visits

461,000 Unique Visitors

35,000 User Logins

Average of 9 minutes online per user

1,600 Topics

4,600 Posts


190 Solutions, with over 60% authored by the community.

Awarded 5,700 Badges

Published 26 Knowledge Base articles

Achieved a personal best CHI score of 714 and an average of 546 to-date.