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CES 2016 Focuses on IoT —
Breaks Attendance Records

What is CES? CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, came to a close on January 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES is the almost 50-year-old annual trade show that features all the latest and greatest (and many not so) technologies and gadgets from around the world. While I’ve worked in the consumer electronics industry for […]

The Internet of Bad Things: Why Security Will Make or Break the IoT (Part 2)

NOTE: This is a two-part post. The first part is available here. The IoT security opportunity There’s a huge opportunity for some company to crown itself the brand leader in IoT security. The key will be a simple, visible, one-step way to protect devices and ecosystems. The eventual acceptance of labels boasting “Protected by X” as all […]

The Internet of Bad Things: Why Security Will Make or Break the IoT

Let me tell you something you already know: There are a lot of bad people out there. Bad people will exploit any opportunity and wave off any pangs of conscience if they smell a victim. And if there’s one thing the Internet of Things (IoT) can supply in abundance, it’s opportunity and victims. Computers in […]

How important is customer support in shaping brand experiences?

Here at Support.com we recently conducted an online survey of 1,000+ consumers, asking them about their support experiences with brands at different stages of their customer journey all the way from consideration, to purchasing, to onboarding, to enablement, to continued loyalty. The results of the survey were fascinating. Some of the data confirmed what we’d […]

Crossing the chasm for the Internet of Things

“Crossing the Chasm” is one of my favorite business books of all times. Geoffrey Moore describes the lifecycle of new technology adoption that, by now, should be familiar to everyone in high tech. One of the key points in the book is that there is a chasm in adoption between innovators and early adopters on […]

Re-thinking Contact Center Metrics in an IoT World: A Modest Proposal*

(* with apologies to Jonathan Swift) Ask managers in the contact center arena and they’ll tell you that they live and die by the same set of metrics they were using when they opened the doors: average handle time, first-call resolution, etc. And why not? If you handle a million calls a year and lop […]

Support.com’s “Secret Shopper” IoT Support Experiment

Early in 2015 a small group of people at Support.com decided to see firsthand how the home automation segment of the Internet of Things was being supported. You can read all the details here, but let me give you a brief overview of the basic findings. I’ll start with a really brief overview: It was […]

Top 3 tips from our “Mapping the New Contact Center: a Journey You’ll Want to Take” webinar

I recently spoke at a webinar that featured guest speaker Ian Jacobs, Senior Analyst with Forrester Research. We discussed the challenges to meeting new requirements for customer support, in our world of increasingly complex products and devices, more sophisticated buyers, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Interestingly, we could say that the very first mention […]

Redefining Support for a Connected IoT World

Imagine this a few years from now: Xfinity has updated their Android app. The update requires an OS upgrade, which hasn’t yet been pushed to the phone by your mobile carrier. Without the new upgrade, your Xfinity app no longer controls your connected TV services correctly. You’re impatiently searching in the app for the customer […]

Announcing SupportCam™ “Eyes on the Problem”

You’re standing with your torso twisted, staring at the ports on the back of your TV. User manuals, cables and a cable router are strewn over the floor of your living room. You’ve read that you have to connect the cables to the boxes in a certain order, but you’ve done it twice and it’s […]

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