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Gives Expert Agents Time to Proactively Engage with Customers

 

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Company

  • One of the fastest-growing companies in Denmark, Hobbii was founded in 2015 by supplying free patterns to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts around the world.
  • In 2020 they shipped more than 1.5 million parcels to yarn lovers all over the globe and have 8 retail stores across Denmark and Germany.
  • Headquartered in Copenhagen, as of 2021 there are 411 employees (Hobsters).

Challenges

  • Need a way to continue to delight their customers while rapidly growing their ecommerce business internationally.
  • Wanted a digital-first approach to scale their customer service to keep up with customer demand and reduce the dependency on hiring and onboard agents.
  • Needed to reduce customer wait times as well as improve one of their key customer success metrics: contacts per order (CPO) ratio.

Results

  • Increased self-service rate to 81% and customers now have the satisfaction of finding instant answers whenever they need them.
  • Hobbii now delivers fast, efficient, and effective customer service across channels such as phone, email, contact form, chat, or messenger by integrating Dixa and Solvemate systems together.
  • Agents have the time to offer proactive, expert, customer service to fellow craft enthusiasts.

Quick facts

81% Self-Service rate

22K monthly conversations

74% CSAT

Automation Gives Expert Agents Time to Proactively Engage with Customers

There is great satisfaction for customers to find answers themselves. Our vision is that repetitive questions should be easy to find so our experts can spend time with customers offering product advice so makers can enjoy their craft more.
Kasper Tvernø Hartvigsen

Head of Customer Success, Hobbii

Situation

 

Hobbii’s founders started supplying yarn and free patterns to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts around the world in 2015. Today, they are one of the fastest-growing companies in Denmark. In 2021, they shipped more than 1.5 million parcels to yarn lovers all over the globe. Originally an eCommerce shop, Hobbii now has 8 retail stores across Denmark and Germany and are looking to continue to expand into new international markets. In addition to adding more retail stores, Hobbii’s ambitious strategic growth plans include investing heavily in their eCommerce business with technology that will help them to continue to delight customers while quietly revolutionising the industry.

The 2020 pandemic led to many people learning new hobbies they might never have considered before the global crisis. From outdoor physical activities such as running and biking, to cozier, self-isolation activities like baking sourdough bread and learning new arts and crafts. These activities often involved the entire family as parents looked for new ways to entertain children at home. Yarn crafts is one of those hobbies that many people took up with a passion, some for the first time. When physical visits to retailers came under restrictions, online purchasing became one of the main ways to get supplies and demand for yarn boomed. The arts and crafts industry has long been considered a more traditional pastime and the retail stores where people could get their supplies were often quite traditional retailers. 

Hobbii came into the arts and crafts market with a more modern, digital-first, point of view about how to successfully run their business. Considering themselves more of a tech company, they actively look for ways to use technology to improve their business and this includes how they manage customer service.

I originally had a bad impression of chatbots but Solvemate was very transparent, listened to my needs and made it easy to try.
Kasper Tvernø Hartvigsen
Head of Customer Success, Hobbii

Challenge

 

The growth of their online business naturally led to a growth in support requests. The customer service team is organized into 4 regional teams and supports customers in 20 markets. Customer support channels included human resource-intensive email and telephone. To keep on with requests, Hobbii found themselves having to hire and train many new agents, up to 40 in one year. The challenge was not only the hiring time but also the onboarding time. As the business and support requests grew, more and more customers were left waiting and their excellent CSAT scores were in jeopardy.

In addition to customer wait times growing, one of Hobbii’s most important customer success metrics, contacts per order (CPO), rose to over 30%. In 2021 alone, with 1.5 million orders placed, that meant 500,000 tickets a year.

With Solvemate and Dixa integrated together, our chatbot plugs into Dixa’s smart routing to create a seamless handover of conversations from the chatbot to the right agent to handle the request. Our Solvemate chatbot has reduced the number of repetitive requests so our agents can focus on more meaningful conversations with our customers.
Kasper Tvernø Hartvigsen

Head of Customer Success, Hobbii

 

Solution

 

With digital-first in their DNA, Hobbii decided they needed a way for customers to self-service to find answers about products, retail stores or orders. By allowing customers to find the answers to common, repetitive questions, the Hobbii customer service team could also then shift their focus to delivering more proactive service.

Hobbii’s customer service agents are not only responsible for delivering great service, they are also yarn enthusiasts themselves. They have expert, user knowledge of the products and Hobbii wanted a way to give their agents more time to engage with customers and help with expertise-driven engagement.

The digitally-savvy team decided a chatbot and new CRM system were critical to improving their customer service experience and give customers a self-service option. After reviewing several platforms, Hobbii selected Solvemate for the customer service automation solution and Yarnii the chatbot was born.

Hobbii went live with 3 chatbots for 3 markets in September 2021 and quickly added 8 more. They now have chatbots for the 11 biggest markets that handle the repetitive and simple questions, giving their agents more time for the meaningful conversations that require a human touch.

In order to make their self-service offering a great experience, Hobbii used a Solvemate Function to integrate with their order management system so that customers track order/delivery status across markets. This is used by thousands of people every month.

Offering a highly personalized chatbot experience is an important aspect of the service experience. In order to make the chatbot as helpful and relevant to each market, each market is responsible for the content of their chatbot. Using their knowledge of common requests and being product experts themselves, 10-12 agents were involved in ensuring the chatbot content fit their local market customer needs.

Hobbii also integrated Solvemate into a new CRM system, Dixa in 2019. Solvemate and Dixa have an out-of-the-box integration that allows the Solvemate chatbot to plug into Dixa’s smart routing to create a seamless handover of conversations from the chatbot to an agent to handle requests, if needed.

With Solvemate and Dixa working together, Hobbii is able to deliver fast, efficient, and effective customer service across all channels be it phone, email, contact form, chat, or messenger.

I wanted a chatbot that could funnel requests to the right place and could help support our growth into new countries in multiple languages.
Kasper Tvernø Hartvigsen

Head of Customer Success, Hobbii

Future outlook

Hobbii continues to look for ways to improve their customer service and already have several exciting additional changes in the works. 

  • More customer-facing channels
      • They will be adding the chatbot to additional channels, such as Facebook Messenger which their 500K followers ask them for support. 
  • More automation
      • They plan on automating their currently manual returns process to allow the return process to start  directly from the chatbot and enable customers to check if items on their wish-list are in stock. 
  • More personalization
    • They are also planning to deepening their personalized service experience by adding things such as the chatbot being able to hand out vouchers on customers’ birthdays and using Solveamate’s User Authentication functionality to connect the chatbot to Hobbii’s storefront, return management system and user profiles to answer more customer sensitive requests that require a high level of security.

 

Working with Solvemate has been an absolute pleasure! The onboarding was well structured, had a good pace, and was fun. We were quickly able to use the Solvemate platform ourselves, but could always count on amazing support! Solvemate's team has been incredibly helpful, creative, nice, and patient. We feel very well taken care of and can always count on Solvemate's customer success to help out with whatever request we might have.
Vanessa White

Subject Matter Expert, Hobbii

 Results

Since launching Solvemate’s Chatbot in September 2021, Hobbii has noticed the following improvements

Self-Service Rate
81%
Monthly Conversations
22,000
CSAT
74%Inverse

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