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Salesforce Report: 87% of Customers in Singapore Want to Know If They Are Communicating with AI or a Human

Salesforce Report: 87% of customers in Singapore say it’s important to know if they’re communicating with AI or a human


Salesforce, the global leader in customer relationship management, has released the new “State of the Connected Customer report, sharing insights from 14,300  consumers and business buyers across 25 countries—including 650 consumers and 150 business buyers from Singapore.

The report uncovers how artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation, and macroeconomic trends are reshaping customer expectations and behaviours across the buying lifecycle.

A Range of Interesting Insights

Key insights from the research include:

A changing world shakes up expectations. 

Economic and technological shifts are changing customer priorities, behaviours, and expectations. The pressure is on for brands to step up.

  • 53% of customers in Singapore expect companies to understand their needs as they change.
  • 85% of customers in Singapore expect faster service and 78% expect better personalisation as technology advances.
  • 78% of customers in Singapore expect consistent interactions across departments and 76% expect to interact with someone immediately when they contact a company.
Experience remains crucial amidst bargain seeking. 

Brands have ample opportunity to compete on more than price.

  • 62% of consumers in Singapore switched brands at least once in the past year.
  • 85% of consumers in Singapore say the experience a company provides is just as important as its products and services. However, many companies fall short –  66% of customers in Singapore say most companies treat them as a number rather than a unique individual.
Generative AI evokes curiosity above all. 

Customers have a variety of feelings about the rise of generative AI. However, in all 25 countries surveyed, “curiosity” is among the top three, followed by “excitement” and “hope.”

Trust is paramount as AI expands

Customers expect transparency as companies ramp up their use of AI.

  • 66% of customers in Singapore say advances in AI make it more important that companies are trustworthy.
  • At the same time, 79% of customers in Singapore are concerned about companies using AI unethically.
  • 87% of customers in Singapore say it is important to know whether they’re communicating with AI or a human.
  • 64% of customers in Singapore say greater visibility into AI’s use would deepen their trust.

No to the Status Quo in This Digital Age

“Rising customer expectations means companies can’t afford to stand still when it comes to customer service. Technologies such as AI hold immense potential for businesses to keep up with changing needs and preferences. But this also raises pressing concerns around the ethics of AI,” said Sujith Abraham, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Salesforce ASEAN. “The trust imperative is now more important than ever. Companies that will succeed are those that demonstrate they are approaching the technology thoughtfully, grounded in transparency and security, in order to win the trust of their customers.”