CES 2017 – Spotlight on the Future of Tech Support
CES 2017 – Spotlight on the Future of Tech Support

Every year in January, Las Vegas plays host to one of the largest trade events in the world — the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This global gathering of consumer technologies draws more than 175,000 people to look at the latest and greatest in tech offerings. Products range from new and improved home appliances to incredible […]

In the Connected World, Context is King

In the Internet of Things, and particularly in the sub-domain called the smart home, there is so much information flowing in all directions that just dealing with exceptions or trying to derive insights are no longer sufficient for the realization of all the potential value that exists. True utility is dependent on devices and systems […]

How Important is Customer Effort for Your Brand?

A few weeks ago, I co-presented a webinar (“Is Customer Effort Score the new NPS?“) with the most excellent John Ragsdale of TSIA on the role of customer effort in today’s technology brands and services organizations. The webinar gathered a lot of attention in terms of both attendance and ensuing conversations after the event. So, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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