In the world of e-commerce customer support, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by tickets. And it can be a nightmare.
Too many tickets + not enough agents to answer them = complete support overload.
On average, internal support teams receive 492 tickets each month. That’s more than one hundred tickets each week, or ~16 tickets each day. And that’s just the average. Your brand might be receiving a much higher number. WordPress handles more than 2,000 tickets every single day. When your support team is small, you might not be equipped to handle a high volume of tickets. But the answer isn’t always hiring more agents. It might be something as simple as a self-service.
If you’re overwhelmed by tickets, no matter the total number you’re receiving, self-service can help. Here’s how self-service can reduce support tickets. Self-service is all about making support answers easily accessible to customers so that they can find what they need when they need it, all without having to wait for a representative to get to their ticket.
Self-service consists of any activity where customers do part of the “work” themselves instead of relying on an employee to help them. While self-service might seem like a modern concept, it has been in existence since at least 1917 when Clarence Saunders obtained patents for a self-serve grocery store named Piggly Wiggly.
For the first time in retail, customers could pick out their own goods from the shelf instead of waiting for store clerks to get items for them.
This cut costs tremendously for Saunders because he no longer had to pay for multiple store clerks to assist shoppers. This savings in costs helped him lower his prices, which in turn helped his shoppers save big bucks. Now, more than one hundred years later, supermarkets still follow this same self-service model to some extent.
Think about it: if you’re in the store and only need a few items, do you wait in a regular checkout line or use the self-checkout to get out of the store more quickly? Chances are, you’d probably prefer to use the self-checkout.
Self-service is the “self-checkout” of customer service. It has become huge in the world of customer service for businesses in all industries. Why? It allows for smaller teams to help large customer bases and cut down on the number of tickets. In fact, cost reduction and call deflection are the top reasons why businesses say they choose self-service channels.
Tools, like knowledge bases and self-service portals, allow your customers to take matters into their own hands and solve support issues on their own terms (and in their own time). And they prefer self-service tools in comparison to traditional support methods. Research shows that most people would rather find answers to their questions on their own instead of contacting support because they can find immediate solutions. If you aren’t offering self-service tools, you’re not keeping your customers happy. So what are the leading self-service channels?
The top online self-service tools are:
– Frequently asked questions (FAQ) pages
– Searchable knowledge bases
– Interactive voice response systems (IVR)
– Discussion forums
While these channels are the most popular, some self-service channels are more effective than others in specific industries. For example, customers seeking software support are more likely to look online for answers on how to use a tool, while customers seeking assistance in the finance world are more likely to call for answers about their money.
In today’s society, people want answers immediately. And thanks to technology, they don’t have to search through encyclopedias to find the information they need. All it takes is a quick Google search. So why shouldn’t customer support be just as easy? Customers think it should.
33% of consumers say that they would recommend a brand to others if that brand provided a quick customer service response, even if the response wasn’t effective. And customers are four times more likely to buy from competitors due to service-related problems over price or product issues. So if you’re not offering self-service support options even if you have great products and prices, you could still lose precious customers (and precious revenue).
When it comes to customer support tickets, your team is forced to answer each query one by one. But with self-service, solutions are always there, and more than one person can view them at a time. Knowledge bases are simple for both agents and customers to use and navigate. With Freshdesk, populating a knowledge base is easy. Your unfinished knowledge base articles can even be saved to review and upload later.