Introducing a New BoldChat

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Recently, I’ve spent a good amount of time speaking directly with companies about challenges and opportunities with regards to today’s customer experience.  It’s surprising that regardless of the industry and even geographical region, most agree that while exceptional customer experience has always been important, it’s never been more difficult to achieve.

This is a fact of doing business in the world which we live in today.  Customer experience is rapidly changing by the likes of Uber and Amazon – customers expect everything to work effortlessly and instantly with a single click.  “Click” and a car arrives to pick me up….  “Click” and a box is delivered to my doorstep in an hour… It’s magic.

So when it comes to Customer Engagement and Support, it’s not surprising that customers expect the exact same thing.  And the expectations of today’s customer makes it hard for today’s contact center to keep up.

Given technology advancements, millennial trends or a number of other factors, a stellar customer experience is absolutely required in order for companies to either compete or go the way of the dinosaurs.  But as the world of customer experience continues to rapidly evolve, we have seen more than a few challenges in traditional customer engagement which are completely avoidable.   These include:

  • Siloed Communication – Moving from channel to channel was often not seamless. Customers who started their communication via Twitter might be escalated to a phone call. The problem is that the agent responsible for social was often not the agent in the call center – leaving the customer needing to explain their question or issue over again.
  • Inefficient Use of Channels – Simple questions, like a password reset for example, can generally be best answered through lower touch channels like an FAQ or Live Chat, but often higher touch channels like phone are being used for these simple questions. While those channels will certainly get the question answered, it is likely not the most efficient for the customer and more expensive for the company.
  • Disjointed Customer Information – In traditional multi-channel situations, information about a customer is housed in a variety of different repositories requiring agents to toggle between various locations to understand the full scope of the customer query and resulting in incomplete information and longer time to resolution.

If you can remove these barriers, you can begin to take back and own the customer experience.  This is where an omni-channel approach to customer experience is emerging.  One that provides the right channel to the right customer for the right situation.

We’ve been talking about the merits of an omni-channel experience to help our customers move beyond these challenges for a while and today we announced a brand new version of BoldChat that continues our mission to provide a market-leading live chat and omni-channel customer engagement solutions which gives businesses the control and flexibility to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.     The latest BoldChat adds new channels including video chat and auto answers – ensuring that whether the customer query requires a high-touch interaction, a self-service question, or anything in between, BoldChat can meet those needs.   We also added a new UI that provides agents a consolidated view of all customer communications and relevant information in order to provide a more personal experience with faster resolution times.

We’ve all been in situations where customer service has made or broken our relationship with a brand.   We remember those times, we tell our friends and families about those experiences.  Today’s announcement takes customer service to the next level.  By providing a seamless omni-channel experience for customers on the front end and all the tools agents need to do their jobs efficiently and effectively on the backend, companies can elevate and personalize the customer experience to a level that will make them stand out against competitors, boost sales and increase customer loyalty.  Making a strong relationship between the customer and brand, not breaking it.

         

Customer Spotlight: Running a Live Performance with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Earlier this year we traveled to Chicago, Illinois to visit with Dan and co. at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), where they’ve been using Central for nearly a decade.

What we love about Dan and the CSO (other than the fact that they’re long-time users of Central) is how they embody that behind every great company, organization, or even performance, is an IT team, working at all hours from wherever they might be to keep everything up and running. As outsiders, we usually don’t see all that goes on behind the scenes and the CSO is a great example of what goes into ensuring an entire orchestra is able to perform night after night.

Dan and his team use Central on a daily basis to ensure that all of their computers and servers around the orchestra are up and running. With Central, they’ve made impressive improvements to their IT processes, including cost savings on licensing and hardware, decreased IT time spent on support requests, and increased proactive identification of critical software updates and machine health.

Watch the whole story here:

         

NEW: Collaborate with your team on shared documents

How many times a week – or even a day – do you send files back and forth for review and editing? Given that most of us live in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the answer is probably a lot. With new user-level access controls for file storage in LogMeIn Pro, you never have to send another file via email ever again.

With LogMeIn Pro, you can now share folders with individuals or teams, and collaborate by viewing and editing the contents of that folder. Whether you have a client presentation that requires input from product, marketing, and sales, or you want a central location for all team documents, file storage in Pro gives you the access and collaboration tools you need.

Simply hover over the folder you’d like to share and click “Share folder.” On the next screen, you can add the email address of the users – with no limit on how many users – you want to share with, or choose to generate a public link. The best part? The users you’re sharing with don’t have to be connected with your Pro account in order to access the file. You can share with anyone – vendors, clients, colleagues, whoever!

Log in to get started or watch the video below about file storage in Pro.

         

Mac remote control & support just got better

As an internal IT team or service provider for customers, it’s likely that you’re supporting at least a few Mac computers. You might even be on a Mac yourself. With LogMeIn Central’s latest product update, it’s now even easier to manage and support those Mac end points.

Whether your network includes many or a few Mac computers, Central offers you an improved remote control experience and additional insights into those computers that allow you to provide more comprehensive remote support.

New and improved features for Macs allow you to:

  • Setup and manage alerts for connectivity, CPU usage, disk storage, and more on Mac host computers
  • Enable Wake on LAN from the Mac desktop client to switch on computers that are in sleep mode
  • Pull inventory information about Mac computers in your network, including hardware, software, and operating system details on installed Macs
  • Remotely access Mac computers in a more seamless, HD experience, especially when viewing streaming video
  • Easily switch between a host computer’s two monitors during a remote session – Coming Soon

Log in now to try out these updates!

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5 Productivity Tools Your SMB Should Be Using

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In honor of Small Business Week where a popular topic is productivity, we did a quick survey around the LogMeIn office of sites and apps we use every day that keep us productive. The results were pretty widespread, but a few names came up over and over, so we’re giving our favorites a shout out. Here are the top 5 productivity tools we love here at LogMeIn and we think you should too:

Evernote – I’m hard pressed to go into a meeting where a colleague doesn’t open up Evernote to take notes and keep track of to do’s. Whether you use it in its most simplest form to take notes, or you take a more complex route and integrate with Google, Salesforce, Sunrise, or one of their other partners, Evernote helps us remembers things when our brains don’t. Who doesn’t love that?

Nexonia – If you travel a lot for work, you know how painful it is to do expense reports after the fact. Painful. With Nexonia’s mobile app, you can fill out your expense report on the go. Picture this – order dinner at the bar, sign the check, take a photo, upload it to Nexonia. Boom, no receipt needed. The trick? Your company has to be a paid user of Nexonia in order for you to take full advantage of the app and its amazing time-saving features

LogMeIn Pro – We know we’re tooting our own horn here, but Pro recently amped up its productivity game. Not only can you quickly remote into your computer from your phone or tablet (or web browser), but now you can store all of your files – photos, presentations, finances, whatever – for anytime, anywhere access. Not just a few files, but 1TB worth of files. Plus, you can share your files in Pro with anyone – a summary report with your client, a presentation with a vendor, even school photos of your kids with Great Aunt Mary.

Trello – We all know and love Trello but a recent story from a co-worker took that love to a new level. He loved this project management tool so much that he now uses it for his personal life. We’re talking, it’s Saturday morning, time to check the Trello board, check that box productivity. Enough said.

Rising Star: LastPass – Again with the horn, we get it. But really, have you tried LastPass? Here’s the gist: create your account and a Master Password (make it tricky, but something you can remember), and then add a few logins to your LastPass account. From there, you just need to know your Master Password to access those logins – and it works with a browser extension or mobile app so you’re not tied to a specific device. In a nutshell, it means you’ll never have to reset a password again. Talk about productive!

That’s the scoop on what we’re using here at LogMeIn. Give these productivity tools a try at your office and see how much time you can save in a day!

         

LogMeIn Rescue Heads to San Diego for the Technology Services World Conference

This week our team is headed west for the Technology Services World conference in San Diego.  In addition to the excitement of traveling where the sun shines all the time, we are really excited for the opportunity to spend a few days with thought leaders in the tech-as-a-service industry to learn about the latest technology trends and share innovative ideas and best practices about being successful in an industry that is constantly changing.

One of the areas that we will be exploring closely at the show is around the concept of Support of Things.  As we know, one key component that is continuously evolving is the customer – who they are, their expectations, their technical prowess – and the Internet of Things makes this challenge even more complex. Today, the number of ‘things’ that need to be supported is growing rapidly; and the modern day customer is evolving at a similar pace. Today’s customers have high expectations around speed and quality of service.  They require an immediate response and quick remediation of any customer service issue.   Why is this important?  Well more than ever, these customers are making buying decisions based on customer service experiences.  Brands are gaining and losing customers based on the quality of support offered.  So with this new landscape, how do accomplish best-in-class support?

That is one of the key questions we will be examining this week.  Our Director of Products, Peter Zeinoun will be joining Radial Point’s VP of Services & Solutions, R.J. Stangle for an interactive session, “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the Internet of Things! Using the IoT to Generate Revenue Via Super Support Experiences.” This session will highlight real-life examples of how technical support for the IoT is evolving and how support can be leveraged in service offerings to drive IoT adoption and better customer experiences. It is time to start thinking about preparing your business for the new opportunities the IoT brings.

If you’re attending the event, we encourage you to join Peter’s session and come check us out at Booth #10, where you can steal some awesome SWAG and watch our Rescue and Bold Chat products in action.  If you aren’t attending, keep an eye on this blog as we’ll be following up with a post around some of our learnings.

         

Stop Spending Your Day Running from Computer to Computer

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Are you tired of running all over the office or warehouse to support computers and end points? Or sick of logging in after hours to push software updates when employees aren’t using their machines? You can say goodbye to the extra steps (though our activity trackers love them) and late night updates with Background Access, available with Central Plus and Premier.

With Background Access, you can run processes, push software, access the computer’s dashboard, monitor services, and more – all without having someone on the other end. This means you’re more productive during the regular workday, and spend less time waiting for others so you can get your job done.
From the Central dashboard where you can see all computers in your network, click on Computer Management and then select the type of action you want to work on, such as run a new process, update drivers, reboot, and more. If the end user is at their machine, they won’t experience any lag time while you work.
So next time you’re climbing the stairs to another floor for the umpteenth time that day or staying up late to transfer new software to employee computers, take a few minutes to check out LogMeIn Central. Visit LogMeIn.com to learn more and start a free trial of Central today.

         

BoldChat: An “amazing tool for eCommerce”

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Digital marketing expert Brian Hughes began a recent piece that appeared on the Huffington Post with a rather astounding figure: for the average eCommerce site, “80 percent of customers only make a purchase once.” That might make sense if you’re selling houses, yachts, or some other once-in-a-lifetime item. But for the average online retailer, that statistic has to be disheartening, especially given what we all know about how much more expensive it is to find a new customer than retain an old one.

Brian doesn’t think that businesses should take their eCommerce problems lying down. He has a roundup of solutions that he characterizes as “five of the best tools” for addressing what is a real eCommerce challenge – and BoldChat was selected as one of those five best tools. He lays out five problems related to eCommerce challenges and suggests a solution for each of them. Here’s what he had to say about us BoldChat as a solution for slow customer service:

When customers have a question, they need an immediate answer. Don’t force them to dig through your FAQ list, wait 24 hours for a response to an email question, or worst of all, sit on hold with a customer service rep. BoldChat’s live chat software provides an immediate helpful human presence, which dramatically increases customer satisfaction and boosts sales. According to BoldChat, customers are 7.5X more likely to convert when they use live chat. These same customers also increase their shopping cart size by 55 percent. Plus, since most questions can be answered in just a few minutes, live chat can also help offset traditional call center volume by up to 80 percent. End customer service headaches by offering better, faster, more efficient service.

Thanks for the shout-out, Brian. If you’d like to see his full post, you can find it here. And if you’d like to learn more about BoldChat, check out this short video.

         

Don’t be the fool. WFH tomorrow.

You know they’re coming. The office pranks, the creative marketing emails, the stunts meant to shock and surprise. Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day, and while it happens every year, there’s always one person or brand that manages to fool us every time. This year, don’t let April Fools’ Day get the best of you. Work from home where the only pranks you encounter will be the ones you read about on Twitter.

Knowing that 80% of people have worked remotely in the past six months, it’s likely you won’t be the only one who opted to avoid the pranksters and spend the day working from home. Not sure if WFH is right for you? Plot your way through our infographic below to find out if you have everything you need at home to get work done and be productive at home.

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Windows XP & Server 2003 End of Support FAQs

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed, we want to let you know that LogMeIn Pro and Central will be ending support for desktop client and host software installed on Windows XP and Server 2003 computers as of May 30, 2016. This follows the lead of Microsoft, who ended support for XP in April 2014 and for Server 2003 in July 2015.

Your LogMeIn computers using these operating systems will continue to be online through May 30th; at that point, LogMeIn can’t guarantee your remote connection and you may not be able to remotely control or support those machines.

At this point, we encourage you to consider an upgrade plan for your operating system to continue use of LogMeIn beyond May 30th and we recommend that you review the commonly asked questions below as you begin your transition.

Will I still be able to remote control my Windows XP and Server 2003 computers after May 30th?

Yes, after May 30, 2016, LogMeIn is ending support for Windows XP and Server 2003, which means we will no longer accept technical support phone calls for issues related to LogMeIn software installed on Windows XP or Server 2003 operating systems. It also means that we will not be releasing any new updates for XP or Server 2003 hosts, including security updates.

LogMeIn is not taking any active steps to disrupt the ability to remote control an XP or Server 2003 machine, but we strongly recommend our customers create a plan to move off of these systems.

What is the technical reason behind this decision?

We made the decision to stop supporting Windows XP and Server 2003 because the cipher suite support in Internet Explorer 8 is limited, meaning it is actually more likely for an issue to occur when using the website client on these operating systems, especially on IE 8.

Currently the only cipher suite that works for Internet Explorer 8 is 3DES (a.k.a Triple DES, 3-DES, TDES), which is left on the website solely to support XP and Server 2003 machines. Once this is considered vulnerable and gets removed, users won’t be able to log into the Pro or Central website using Internet Explorer from an XP or Server 2003 machine. This is the client side.

Existing XP and Server 2003 installations probably won’t be affected as we use our own OpenSSL library (built-in) to connect to the website and gateways.

However it may be a problem to attach or change a subscription since, in that case, the embedded web-view control is using the website and LogMeIn’s Common Login Service.  This may break down if the 3DES cipher is determined to be a security vulnerability and later disabled.

Why is there no specific date when computers on Windows XP and Server 2003 will no longer be accessible via LogMeIn?

Every environment is different and once we are no longer releasing updates to a software installed on the XP or Server 2003 operating systems, we can no longer confirm the reliability or security of that software, but we also aren’t actively turning off the connection. Therefore, you will be able to remote control Windows XP and Server 2003 computers indefinitely, but LogMeIn is not responsible for the problems occurred from using XP or Server 2003 after May 30, 2016.

Do I need to manually turn off automatic updates to my XP and Server 2003 hosts to continue remote controlling those computers?

No. Since after May 30, 2016, LogMeIn will no longer provide any new updates to XP or Server 2003 hosts, this is an unnecessary step. These host computers will not receive any sort of updates in the future.