Questioning Frequently Asked Questions
Questioning Frequently Asked Questions

It’s time to question the usefulness of Frequently Asked Questions. Here’s my problem with FAQs. Most of the time, they were written by people in the Marketing or Product department but reside under the Support or Help section of your website. I know: I have written them when I was working at a previous employer. […]

A Foundation for Dynamic Support

It’s been said that the only thing that is constant is change. This is especially true when supporting customers in the new world of interconnected devices. Solutions that work at this moment can change in the next as interoperability issues, security threats, and software updates barrage the consumer. The foundation of the customer support architecture […]

Contact Us

Just seeing those words causes angst whether you are a consumer seeking help or the director of support within an organization charged with providing that help. Slip on the consumer shoes: by the time you are looking for the contact us information, it is likely you have spent effort and time to try and fix […]

Pit Bulls and Field Support

In an earlier blog post, I discussed needing a technician in my home to solve a problem and the impact this has on your margins. However, the level of customer effort involved in having a technician in the home can impact the perception of the quality of support provided. Field support calls aren’t just expensive […]

How Smart are Smart Homes?

Despite another wave of Smart Home devices and services entering the market following CES 2016, growth in related consumer demand is slowing, a clear indication that there are significant challenges to mainstream adoption. The complexity of securely and properly installing and managing all of these new devices – along with the lack of adequate support […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mural Proves the Value of Support Interaction Optimization (SIO)

As pointed out by Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nancy Jamison in her blog, support interaction optimization (SIO) is a new and powerful tool that helps companies improve their customer experience, lower costs, and measure the results. Case in point is Mural, a Portland, Oregon-based professional services company that specializes in cloud IT sales, onboarding, […]

New Webinar: Driving Call Center Performance with SIO (Support Interaction Optimization)

Consumer technology is growing more complicated every day. But supporting it doesn’t have to be complex. In a recent webinar titled, “Driving Call Center Performance with Support Interaction Optimization,” representatives from Frost & Sullivan, Mural, and Support.com discussed how SIO is changing the way support organizations resolve complex issues and ensure customer satisfaction. F&S webinar […]

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