The telecom industry in any country is very dynamic, progressing and fast-moving, they are responsible of connecting millions of people, providing vital services for businesses and are responsible for completely transforming the modern business landscape. The UAE is a very modern and highly developed nation in the region which has some of the world’s best telecom operators serving millions of customers not only in the country but across the globe. When it comes to the success of a telecom operator, the most important factor is the customer satisfaction. The customer satisfaction is not a static phenomenon, there is no rule book or check list to achieve it. In fact it is the most dynamic and highly sophisticated concept. The scales, metrics and factors for customer satisfaction keep changing, evolving and rapidly growing as well. The customer needs and demands are skyrocketed in the country, the telecom sector is very competitive and the customer satisfaction is becoming harder to achieve day by day.
In such a dynamic environment, offering unique, innovative and intuitive solutions to customers could be a game changer. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosk is a perfect companion to meet the needs of the modern markets.In this blog we will discuss how a simple interactive bill payment kiosk can be a game changer for the telecom operators not only in UAE but all across the GCC.
What is an Interactive Self-Service Bill Payment Kiosk?
By definition an interactive self-service bill payment kiosk is a computerized kiosk with additional features to allow user to make cash and POS payments without requiring any attendance of the staff. It means the customers/users can independently interact with the bill payment kiosk and perform certain tasks to avail a service. The customers are paying for some service, fees, charges, and deposit cash for some purpose and also vending goods from the machine if needed. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosk comes in various sizes, forms and configurations which allow businesses to offer a variety of different services as per their needs. For example, the regular bill payment kiosk which are used to top-up mobile SIMs, payment for utility bills, and various other payments and these are very common in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, RAK, and other regions of the AUE. Apart from these bill payment kiosks there are vending machines for refreshments and small goods, there are courier lockers, mobile phone charging stations, and many more. All these are examples of the interactive self-service bill payment kiosk machines.
How does Interactive Self-Service Bill Payment Kiosk Works?
Before we explain the working of the interactive self-service bill payment kiosk it is important to understand the basic features of the system. There are two major components of the bill payment kiosk, one is the software and the other is the hardware. The software is usually a centralized server application which is hosted on a server (online hosting, local or in-premises data center, or cloud). The mainframe or server communicates with all interactive self-service kiosks. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks comes with some specific features to allow payment transactions and cash deposit. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosk consists of a computer unit (Windows OS or Android OS) it acts like a client to the mainframe server. There is a touch screen based user interface (UI) which usually supports multi-lingual interfaces and intuitive functionalities to allow all types of users to comfortable perform the required tasks. Some kiosks comes with physical keyboard and track-pad but most of the modern day interactive self-service bill payment kiosks comes with on-screen or soft keyboard option.
There are some authentication tools which are optional, sometimes businesses need their customers to identify themselves using their Emirates ID card, Employee ID, RFID based Cards, QR/Barcode Based IDs, Fingerprint, Facial Recognition or any other method of that sort for KYC purposes. Users first identify themselves or they can start directly from making the transaction, for that they first chose the service or product they want to purchase or the purpose for which they are paying. Then the on-screen software gives instructions and take user to the next steps. The user can either deposit currency notes, or they can make payment using their Credit/Debit Cards, smart watches or any other supported digital payment method such as Apple Pay, Google Pay or any other method. Once the payment is processed the customers are automatically issued a payment receipt, they can also get e-receipt via email, WhatsApp or confirmation via SMS. The cash part also varies depending on business models, some cash deposit modules allow change and return, and some also include coin based payment and change return function.
On the backend side of the interactive self-service payment kiosks there is a complete automated software running to authenticate the transactions and to update the records. The mainframe server application is integrated with payment gateways, banking system, business’s financial system, inventory management system, customer database, and central information center which allow it to immediately update all records at once and register the transaction. The smart software engine is capable or authenticating and detecting the currency notes, if the currency note or the coin looks suspicious, then the software can decides to return it back to the customer. The currency authentication is done as per the international and local standards and the validity of the currency notes or coins is checked using high-tech image processing and laser-based technologies. If the interactive self-service bill payment kiosk features return, it will also return the change to the customer and update its record accordingly. All transactions, currency notes and all customer interactions are logged in a centralized data pool which can also be linked to the central information system of the business for reporting, complaints management, and problem solving purposes. That is how a regular interactive self-service bill payment kiosk works.
How Interactive Self-Service Bill Payment Kiosk Improves Customer Experience
For telecom operators the customer satisfaction is the most important factor that contributes to their success. It is very easy to switch telecom operators that is why offering an excellent customer experience and achieving the ultimate customer satisfaction is crucial. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosk has several benefits which can help improving customer satisfaction:
- Offers easy access to services and 24/7 availability
- Offers multi-lingual intuitive user interface (UI)
- On-screen instructions, instant help and tips simplify customer journey
- High accessibility and quick service delivery
- No waiting time or long queues, it offers instant service
- Offer multiple payment methods, cash, coins, payment gateways, POS & smart payments
- Offer more freedom, control and convenience to the customers
- Digitalization drives automation and eliminate errors from the processes
- Integrated systems and tools allow businesses to offer innovative solutions
- Live customer support and access to customer service call centers
- Offer personalized customer experience as per customers’ preferences and needs
- Enhance security by implementing customer authentication and identification processes
- Improve communication and present targeted promotions and relevant services/products
- Collect customer feedback, register customer complaints and update their documents
The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks can enhance customer experience by offering innovative features, personalized customer experience, more control over their interaction, minimize errors and improve brand image through personalized communication and content. Improved customer experience help attaining customer trust and gain customer loyalty.
How Interactive Self-Service Bill Payment Kiosk Help Generating More Revenue
The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks can play an important role in generating more revenue for the telecom operators. These kiosks are excellent in enhancing customer experience and offering them easy access to the services which help attaining customer loyalty. The customer loyalty means repeated businesses and lesser customer turnover rate. Furthermore the customer churn is also a big problem at customer service centers for telecom operators. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks can offer 24/7 access to the services without any long queues, which help minimizing the customer churn rate and increase business’s revenue. The telecom operators can deploy interactive self-service bill payment kiosks at their service centers which help them serving more customers and generating more revenue. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks also improve customer service center’s productivity and help minimizing the human resource cost and increase profitability. Furthermore the telecom operators can deploy highly cost-effective interactive self-service bill payment kiosks instead of opening up new branches which itself is very cost-efficient and help increasing the revenue.
The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks also help telecom operators to provide a more personalized and customer-friendly experience which also results in more sales. These kiosks can be used to significantly improve communication and allow businesses to push targeted promotions, relevant products, services, add-ons and much more which help them generating more revenue. The upselling can be increased significantly by promoting relevant products/services and add-ons during the transaction processes which also help increasing the size of each sale and help generating more revenue. The telecom operators can deploy SIM dispensing kiosks which can fulfill all the requirements for issuance of new connection and improve business’s revenue and generate more sales. There is a huge potential to implement innovative methods using interactive self-service bill payment kiosks which can help telecom operators in generating more revenue and minimizing operational cost for higher profitability.
The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks help telecom sector offering innovative features and easy access to services. Which help increasing customer satisfaction and drive customer loyalty. Loyal customers are essential for a stable and long term growth for any business. Especially for telecom operators the customer loyalty is crucial as customers can easily switch their service provider. Moreover the market is highly competitive and require telecom operators to offer best services. The interactive self-service bill payment kiosks help telecom operator to expand with very low cost, opening up new service centers and branches is way too expensive, the interactive self-service bill payment kiosk which also operates 24/7 is extremely cost-efficient. The telecom operators can also maximize the size of their average sale by upselling, offering personalized promotions, add-ons and relevant products and services directly to the targeted audience which increase the chances of sale and help generating more revenue. In this blog we have discussed how an interactive self-service bill payment kiosk works, and how it can help telecom operators in generating more revenue. If you want to learn more about the subject or if you want our help to design and deploy a customized bill payment kiosk for your business, please feel free to contact us through our Contact Us page or leave a comment in the comment box below and we will get in touch with you soon.
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