Customer success

What happens when self-service works well

It’s really exciting to see customer support and customer service becoming a career path of choice. In the 90s, customer service was something most people sought to transition out of. In my case, it was burnout that drove me to seek more specialised L2 & L3 analyst roles, before ‘retiring’ from customer-facing roles altogether. …

How Can You Make Self-Service More Useful?

Regardless of your industry, a knowledge base can completely revolutionise the way your customers and employees feel about using your product or service. Chances are, you already have a knowledge base. But if you’re getting less than desirable feedback from your employees and customers about using it, you may be wondering: how can I …

Are Chatbots Bad for Customer Service?

Chatbots are becoming a common part of our everyday online interactions. They help us with directions, to order food, and increasingly, they provide customer service. Many commercial websites have a chatbot cheerfully greet us on landing, standing ready to respond to our every need. But are these chirpy programs actually providing good customer service? …

Introducing the Service Intelligence Layer

The consumerisation of workplace apps is finally addressing the long-neglected software experience of the enterprise user. Our workday-selves are now being treated to the kind of attractive interfaces and convenient procurement paths that our weekend-selves have had for some time.

The laser-focused problem-solving of modern software has created new challenges that now need addressing, though. …

How to keep your knowledge base up to date

Here’s a simple process to help keep your knowledge base in good shape. When it’s in good shape, you’ll be able to take advantage of customer self-service and automated chat. Click on the infographic to see it in full-size.

Extending Slack for better KM

Slack is a great tool for just-in-time comms, but it hits a wall when it’s your only centralised knowledge source or when conversations and channels get so vast, you have no hope of finding something that’s already scrolled by. Thankfully, there are a few add-ons that are coming to the rescue. It’d be nice …

Starting a knowledge base

For the small business owner and entrepreneur, there will probably come a time when you need to think about delegating. You’ll get busy, then you’ll become successful (if you aren’t already), and you’ll get even busier. Of course, you’ll be needing a personal assistant, eventually, to handle incoming email, phone inquiries, shipping and payment issues. Maybe you’ll outsource the comment and community management on your blog, maybe it’ll be someone handling your twitter responses.