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How do I Choose the Best Customer Service Software?

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  • Written By: Kevin P. Hanson
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 12 July 2017
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The first step in choosing the best customer service software is to determine which features, also referred to as applications, are the most important to you. There are numerous feature options available with customer service software products. It’s often best to research what they are and establish how each one will potentially benefit you. Then you should create a listing of these applications in the order of their importance to you.

There are several customer service software developers, distributors and brokers available to you and just as many, if not more, types of software programmed to perform customer service duties. Some companies package a number of features within their software, primarily to offer customers an easier way to get the applications they need without having to filter through every single choice. So, for the next step, companies often turn to the Internet in order to narrow their choices by browsing through customer service software and customer satisfaction software search lists.

Some basic applications commonly included with customer service software packages include customizable Internet-based interface, a complete integration and assimilation with your website via personalized forms and automatic update capability with your e-mail, customer database and service ticket management. Other areas the software typically covers include sales call and customer progression history, service requests and multiple contacts. The ability to view the status of sent and received documents and use tools to help with cross-selling and customer acquisition may also be included.

Creating a comprehensive and ordered list of features specific to your needs will narrow down your options. Companies that offer customer service software are not all the same. Overall costs can vary for a number of reasons, but generally, it’s due to the amount of features you select.

The last step in choosing the best customer service software for you will likely involve considering the support and service tools and offerings available to you at the company from which you seek to buy the software. Prior to purchasing a company’s customer service software, you are apt to research their ability to answer any questions you have in a timely fashion, if they provide live customer chat via the phone or Internet and if they have a troubleshooting guide accessible to you or others within your company.

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