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How Generative AI Can Uplift Your Voice of the Customer (VoC) Program

Voice of the Customer (VoC) programs have leveraged some level of artificial intelligence (AI) in many ways already, including pattern recognition, predictive analytics, and sentiment analysis. And while any customer feedback program can add value to a customer experience strategy, the best ones create a swift cycle of turning listening into insights and action.

Generative AI and other cutting-edge technologies provide unprecedented avenues (and speed!) for engaging with customers on a more personal level, ensuring they feel truly understood. Amidst the burgeoning landscape of AI tools and the concerns they bring , it’s crucial for customer experience leaders to grasp the trajectory of these advancements, even as the full extent of their implications remains to be seen.

AI has become a staple in major customer interaction platforms, from feedback mechanisms to customer relationship management systems (CRMs). Its role in facilitating quicker, more effective customer feedback interpretation and influencing overall customer experiences cannot be overstated. While we may not be directly programming these AI systems, our leadership in how we listen and respond to our customers is pivotal —positioning AI as an invaluable ally in our efforts.

Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of AI in VoC Programs

Now with Generative AI and advanced technologies, there are more opportunities to get to know our customers faster, more personally, and ensure they feel heard.

Generative AI specifically can empower every representative to craft personalized messages that match the brand tone and style. Generative AI makes data analysis and research effortless, given its ability to process our questions (known as prompts) and deliver text, image, or video outputs. It is also powerful for transcribing audio content and translating it into multiple languages. And we’ve only begun to scrape the surface of what it can offer.

There is so much out there regarding the tools, technologies, and frankly, the concerns around AI that customer experience leaders need to understand where this is going – even if we don’t yet know exactly how it all works!

Most major customer platforms like feedback tools and customer relationship managers (CRMs) now have AI “baked in” to what’s available to users. There are many ways AI is offering faster and more efficient ways to understand customer feedback and deliver better experiences.

We may not be the ones programming these machines (thank goodness!!), but we are the ones leading how to listen to customers. AI can be a worthy partner.

Voice of the Customer (VoC) programs now include many opportunities with AI to enhance the customer experience. Yet there are also unique challenges to navigate with our uniquely human conscience and foresight.


  • Increased Efficiency and Accuracy: AI’s ability to process large volumes of data rapidly and in multiple languages helps us reduce human error and bias, ensuring a consistent analysis approach. This efficiency is crucial for capturing the full spectrum of customer emotions, intents, and sentiments, leading to actionable insights that drive our customer experience strategies forward. Many customer feedback platforms now employ smart surveys powered by AI, dynamically responding to customer behavior and scaling personalized experiences across various channels.
  • Predictive Insights for Proactive Experiences: Predictive analytics provide the engine to better anticipate customer needs, tailor offerings, and resolve potential issues before they escalate. By analyzing pitch and tone, AI also aids in understanding customer disposition, making our content management systems more intuitive and responsive to customer feedback. Generative AI can also deliver recommended messaging based on these predictive customer insights. This proactive approach not only increases the likelihood of repeat business but also personalizes the customer journey at (potentially) every touchpoint.
  • Cost-Effective and Scalable Solutions: Machine learning means these tools can adapt and improve over time, keeping operational costs low. Smarter platforms learn not just about topics but also about better routing to high-quality customer service agents. And generative AI can save teams countless hours that would be spent on research or time-intensive tasks. These changes mean customers are helped by the humans best qualified to serve them in faster and more efficient ways.


  • Integration and Optimization: One primary challenge is ensuring that AI technologies are properly integrated into our existing systems. It’s no small task to move from a siloed organization of various tools and automation technologies to an integrated approach. And like anything else, the costs to maintain and optimize AI programs require ongoing investment.
  • Data Security and Ethical Considerations: Customer data security remains paramount. Organizations require robust security measures and internal processes to audit and monitor AI-driven customer service solutions. Most organizations have ethical standards and protect customer privacy, but further vigilance around this will be essential to maintain trust and compliance with regulations. This is especially the case given that free generative AI applications use all input data to inform future outputs (meaning your proprietary information feeds the system).
  • Human-AI Synergy: Qualified employees who understand data are essential to implement and operationalize AI effectively. The combined analytical prowess of AI with human intuition and empathy will create customer experiences that are not only efficient but also genuinely connect with our customers.

Customer experience leaders may not have all the solutions here, yet it’s important to ask the questions.

When it comes together in the right ways, the human and AI partnership can lead to better insights, improved customer interactions, and more engaged employees.

One of the exciting possibilities is around hearing from those customers who don’t share feedback.

Unlocking Insights from Silent Customers

There are plenty of customers who have not always been included in Voice of the Customer programs. These customers simply don’t share their feedback . They don’t reply to surveys. They don’t offer reviews. They simply go about their business and then possibly share their impressions with everyone BUT the organization.

Now, we have ways to include their “voice.” Here’s how AI might help unlock insights from these silent customers:

  • Predictive Customer Behavior Modeling: By implementing AI models, we’re now able to predict customer behaviors with greater accuracy. This allows us to identify customers who are at risk of churning and to seize cross-sell and up-sell opportunities that might otherwise go unnoticed. These predictive insights are game-changers, enabling us to act before a customer becomes a detractor.
  • Sentiment and Demographic Analysis: AI-powered tools simplify the process of extracting real-time feedback and spotting trends. Through sentiment analysis, we’re gaining a deeper understanding of customer emotions, which is crucial for personalizing the customer experience. Demographic analysis and customer segmentation can help tailor strategies to meet the unique needs of different customer groups. This is a great opportunity to design and deliver more inclusive customer journeys.
  • Emotion Analytics for a Unified Customer View: AI tools can analyze the emotional state of customers and agents with speech analysis. Patterns in customer attitudes and sentiments can identify specific pain points to address based on the emotions involved. Other tools can analyze facial expressions and subtle cues to predict customer behavior.

AI might allow us to bring more voices into the overall Voice of the Customer, even if they’re not talking!

CX Leaders Needed!

Let’s embrace the evolving landscape of Voice of the Customer programs enhanced by artificial intelligence! It’s becoming clear the synergy between human insight and AI’s analytical prowess offers a path to more meaningful customer journeys.

AI’s role in extracting insights from both vocal and typically neglected customers alike presents a unique opportunity to redefine the inclusivity and effectiveness of VoC initiatives. Generative AI tools can uncover the nuanced preferences and unspoken feedback of a broader customer base. This approach not only democratizes customer feedback but also enriches our understanding of the customer journey from multiple perspectives.

The challenges of integrating AI into existing systems, ensuring data security, and maintaining the human touch in digital interactions are significant, yet they underscore the importance of a balanced, thoughtful approach to AI adoption. This thoughtful approach is why customer experience leadership is vital to create successful outcomes. In the end, the fusion of AI capabilities with human empathy and strategic vision promises a future where customer experiences are not just managed but truly transformed, fostering deeper connections and sustained engagement in an increasingly digital world.

About Jeannie Walters, CCXP, CSP

Jeannie Walters CCXP CSP small square photoJeannie is an award-winning customer experience expert, international keynote speaker, and sought-after business coach who is trailblazing the movement from “Reactive Customer Service” to “Proactive Customer and Employee Experience.” More than 500,000 people have learned from her CX courses on LinkedIn Learning, and her insights have been featured in Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and NPR

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