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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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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