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What is Help Desk Software Anyway?
We naturally get this question quite a bit! In summary, help desk or service desk software works to automate the service management and support function. Typical support desk purposes include helping users retrieve lost passwords, helping customers troubleshoot product issues, assisting employees with hardward and software technical problems, and more. There are number of service and support solutions available that offer rich and robust functionality for optimizing the help desk management process…
Read the latest from the Help Desk Coach…
Recently I attended a management forum, and when I introduced myself as an IT manager, the group launched into a unified grumble over their companies’ instituting ticketing systems for support.
I’m trying to initiate a ticket system in my company. …
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The Future of Service Desks in a World of Tech-Saavy End-Users
Randstad Technologies recently published an Infographic called “The Future of Service Desks: All About User Experience”. The Infographic positions the IT Service Desk in a rapidly changing world of tech-savvy end-users, within an environment that is increasingly being driven by mobile technology and social media channels.
Whether you’re managing an internal helpdesk or external customer service desk, you’ll need to stay on top of the latest tactics and strategies to ensure maximum client satisfaction. While IT helpdesk management or service desk automation software can help streamline and optimize operations, it’s the “human factor” that arguably counts the most for effective support that satisfies your end users. Visit our Help Desk Coach section for insights into effective service and support desk management.
Q. Dear Help Desk Coach: *New!* My company develops software for a specific market, and we also support that software for customers who have purchased a support option. I never know how to turn down a customer without sounding harsh if they call with an issue but don’t have a contract for support. Just saying “No, you don’t have a support contract with us, I can’t help you” is difficult to say and I hate leaving the customer frustrated with our product. Is there a better way of turning them down? Ted Tech Support
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A. Dear Ted: People like options. Fortunately, your owner could create an option of a one-time fee for resolving a single issue on a call. This can be an option you can offer. Rather than saying “NO” to a customer, a positive response to the customer’s request could be: Mr. Customer, I really want to resolve your issue. There are options we offer to make that happen. We can charge you a one-time fee for help with that one issue today, or we can provide unlimited support for a year with a yearly contract. Which would be best for you? It might be best if you write it out and have a ‘cheat sheet’ in front of you for those calls, so you can respond easily and with confidence…
About Donna Earl & The Help Desk Coach
Donna Earl (aka the Help Desk Coach) specializes in assisting help desks and tech support deliver world class customer service. Since 1990 Ms. Earl’s international consultancy has helped organizations strengthen leadership effectiveness, customer loyalty, customer retention, and employee productivity. She is an internationally recognized speaker, business educator and consultant, executive coach and author.
Donna is a published expert on Customer Service and quoted in publications including Investor’s Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal, both US and European editions. Her articles and column are also published on Helpdesk.com. The fresh insight, emotional intelligence and proven strategies she brings to seminars on Customer Service transform help desk and employee performance. She has presented to over 200,000 people worldwide.
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It’s a Social – Join The Social Help Desk Revolution!
It’s impossible for an IT professional to go anywhere without hearing about the social media paradigm transforming the help desk function. Help desk software providers are rushing to augment their platforms with tools and technologies integrating social features and functions. The more advanced solutions not only embed Facebook/Twitter integration, but actually make these social platforms the center point of the solution (or in some cases at least provide the option for this). One could argue that social integration, like Facebook and Twitter, are probably more ideal for external customer (CRM) support.
- Read It’s a Social – How to Get Your Help Desk Into the Party! (Helpdesk.com blog)
- Read more: Help Desk Software TO THE CLOUD! (Helpdesk.com blog)
See Gartner’s Latest Service & Help Desk Software Magic Quadrant!
Gartner’s recent Magic Quadrant for IT Service & Support Management Tools (ITSSM) provides an insightful comparison of top service and support software vendors in the space. Functionality reviewed – pertinent to the help and service desk – includes problem/incident managment, change management, knowledge management, request management, and more. If you’re presently evaluating help desk service and support software, be sure to review Gartner’s assessment of vendors, including strengths and watch points. Also be sure to read it if you’re interested in learning more about the state of the industry in terms of technology and trend.
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