Key Considerations for Effective Self-Service Product Support

This article looks into why it’s so important for manufacturers to put the needs of their end users first when deciding exactly how to provide any information related to the use, maintenance, or repair of their products, especially when dealing with new digital technologies and modern consumer-driven expectations.

 

For a manufacturer, effectively delivering information for product support to their end users – in this case, operators of complex machinery or equipment in the workplace – will generally depend on three key factors:

  • The content (the information itself)
  • The environment (where, and in what conditions, it will be consumed)
  • And the medium (how it is consumed)

It doesn’t matter if the operator is looking for a step-by-step guide for how to use the product, advice for troubleshooting a problem, or instructions to repair it themselves on-site. The manufacturer must clearly understand, and actively cater for, all three of those factors in order to create a positive customer experience. The content, the environment, and the medium, must be handled in a way that’s most suitable for the end user’s specific individual situation when operating those products.

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MobileCaddy Presents: How Augmented Reality Will Transform Customer Service

Our more regular readers might recall that back in March, when recapping the excellent fourth annual edition of the London’s Calling Salesforce community event, we promised we would bring you a certain video in due course.

Our CEO, Justin Halfpenny, along with brother and Lead Mobile Technical Architect Todd, presented at this year’s event on behalf of MobileCaddy. Their presentation, titled, How Augmented Reality is Changing the Face of Self-Service, gave audiences a look (literally) into the future of customer service, particularly in the manufacturing industry.

The exciting session included several live demonstrations of innovative Augmented Reality (AR) technology in action, showing the attendees first-hand what’s achievable with browser-based web-AR, right through to mobile object detection and part identification. And now, as promised, you can watch the full presentation in the video below!

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The Rise of Companion Apps: How B2C Mobile Apps Are Influencing B2B Customer Service

In our personal lives, we use dozens of companion apps every day. Within the B2C space, this could be any mobile app which accompanies a product, a service, or a brand. In this article, we’ll explore a number of examples of companion apps, why they’re so important today, and where B2B companies should be looking for inspiration to improve their own customer experiences.

Every Product Needs a Companion

Our more regular readers will know we’ve talked at length recently about the importance of having product companion apps, particularly to accompany equipment and machinery in the B2B manufacturing space, to significantly enhance the capabilities of the operators of those products.

But product companion apps are part of a broader category of technology, which are referred to simply as companion apps. These are seen everywhere in the B2C space, either for digital or physical products and services, and they allow us as users to self-serve, by providing direct access to information we need or actions we want to take.

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Customer Experience Shines at Salesforce London’s Calling 2019

Answering the Call 

Last week, the MobileCaddy team was fortunate enough to be at London’s Calling 2019, a fantastic annual Salesforce event, kindly hosted by the people at the Skills Matter CodeNode venue in the City of London’s Moorgate area.

London’s Calling is Europe’s largest community-led event for Salesforce professionals, and this was the fourth consecutive year it’s taken place, bringing together 400 attendees, speakers, and sponsors to share best practices, discuss emerging trends, and explore new ideas related to the Salesforce technology they use to work.

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Where Old Meets New: Introducing Mobile Into Modern Manufacturing

In this latest video, MobileCaddy CEO, Justin Halfpenny, shares his thoughts on the technology-driven trends currently impacting – and transforming – the global manufacturing industry.

Speaking exclusively from MobileCaddy’s first visit to the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool at the end of last year, part of the 2018 Digital Manufacturing Week, Justin reflects on the key learning points for B2B manufacturers to take away from the exciting event.

A point of particular interest included a discussion around which new and innovative technologies are disrupting manufacturing organisations today, with a focus on the new customer service strategies the market leaders are taking into 2019.

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Digital Product Companions Enable Self-Service for B2B Manufacturing Customers

B2B manufacturers have traditionally allowed customers to ‘self-serve’ at the point of need by providing information and guidance with their products in the form of user manuals, training guides, and other similar materials. In today’s digital business landscape, customers demand that same information seamlessly through technology, for easier access and to achieve greater levels of productivity. This article will detail how manufacturers can provide that for their customers.

What do we mean by self-service?

If you’re a B2B manufacturer, your ultimate goal should be to make your customers as productive as possible. In order to achieve maximum productivity from a piece of machinery or equipment in the workplace, its operator must be able to use it without any delays, complications, or issues, and simply be able to get on with the task at hand uninterrupted.

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