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1.1. The Big Picture
If you're reading this manual you've realized that email folders, sticky notes, or even your current help desk tool are no longer the way to handle Customer inquiries. You're looking for an improved experience for Staff and Customers with more advanced capabilities to manage your support operation...Welcome to HelpSpot!
HelpSpot's core function can be summed up as:
"HelpSpot is a web-based application that empowers companies to effectively manage Customer inquiries."
To create a product that is optimized to support this core function, we kept a few guiding principles top-of-mind:
Accommodate many support channels
Customer inquiries come at you from every direction. HelpSpot accounts for this by supporting the channels you need:
- Email (your current support email account) HelpSpot is optimized for email-based exchanges,
- Web-form (using the portal),
- Phone/walk-up/fax/IM (via User creation), and
- API (covered in API Manual, linked)
Create structured flexibility
The needs of every company differ; some require elaborate issue categorization and meta-data collection capability, while others only loosely categorize issues. To accommodate all types of companies, we provide a structured framework of data collection/categorization that is fully customizable yet still easy to report against.
Require request ownership
Individual ownership is required in HelpSpot. Requests cannot be assigned to a nebulous workgroup or department. Individual ownership is the cornerstone of driving processing efficiency and ultimately Customer satisfaction.
Create a clear, concise, request history
Every request has a complete log of all actions taken and messages sent. This allows any User, at anytime, to become current with a request.