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5 Things to Look for While Selecting the Right Helpdesk Software

5 Things to Look for While Selecting the Right Helpdesk Software

For managing the customer support effectively, it is important to search for the right help desk software. The tips available in this article will help you understand the attributes of help desk software that further assists you in fulfilling your business goals and marketing objectives.

Before getting started with the task to select an effective help desk app for your business, it is vital to understand that the aim of the application is to provide fast, reliable and accurate information and answers to user queries and questions. The following criteria and tips must be considered while selecting the help desk application for your business.

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1. Support & Assistance Channels

The Help desk Support app must incorporate common customer support channels such as email, social media support, live chat, call center as well as offline support channels such as knowledge based sections. The application must be selected keeping in mind the support features that your business needs the most. Help Desk Software (f.e. LiveAgent) is perfect if you want to make customer support a priority. It’ll help you integrate email, live chat, voice, social and offline support into one application.

2. Feature & Attribute Set

Not all businesses are the same, neither are their requirements. Based on the nature, volume, size, type and other attributes of the business, help desk softwares offer features which must be selected before finalizing the setup. It is not always the case that the app only offers online supports, applications that provide offline support can also be considered, but you must have enough resources to handle selected offline support channels.

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There is also an open source help desk software – Hesk – (available for free trial for limited time only) with easy interface and it requires minimal efforts to setup. It gives you complete control over asset management, analytics & help desk in one single package. However, to unlock most of the advanced features, you will have to upgrade to a paid version.

ZenDesk is another premium help desk software that covers all your support requirements and makes sure everything goes smoothly. You can have a free 30 Days trial to explore around and then take it as an arsenal of your company.

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3. Customer Support

Improvement is the key to success and when it is about a help desk support, constant improvement making use of the latest techniques is required. There are questions that have vibrant answers. Some answers are not constant and alter with time. You must check if the solution offers an answer which is appropriate and time steady. Also, you have to decide if customer support is available round the clock or is during business hours only.

4. Integration & Plugins

Your use of integration methods and plugins depends on the Content Management System (CMS) as well the type of shopping cart you use. You have to cross check if the help desk software is ready with appropriate plugins and integration methods. It is important that the application must be easy to customize to fulfil the intended requirements. Check if the application possesses the ability to connect with third party apps such as CRM software, email marketing tools and payment gateways.

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5. Pricing

This is in fact the most considerable feature while selecting a helpdesk application. The pricing must be appropriate for the size and budget of your business. The pricing criteria for a number of help desk softwares is based on a ‘per agent seat’ model. It is important to consider the future features and updates that the app offers before opting for one.

As a whole, it can be concluded that SaaS (Software as a service) solutions are the best options when it is about implementing help desk software. Subscription based applications with zero license fees are an add-on. Due to the fact that the SaaS provider will manage all the upgrades and updates, there is no scope to worry about. The administrators do not have to manage the bandwidth, hardware or the software with the increasing customer base.

Cloud computing and storage environment makes the SaaS apps more scalable as they offer all time and anywhere access. Above all, the backup services are also offered by the SaaS service provider and that without interfering the user processes, so there is no problem of unavailability of the application or data loss.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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