Customers Turn to 3+ Support Channels – Will You Be There for Them?

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Delivering fast, painless and reliable service is critical not only for Customer Service executives, but also for Sales and Marketing leaders tasked with increasing conversions, growing revenue, and maximizing customer lifetime value.

No one communication channel (or channels) stands apart in the consumer’s mind, so organizations need to support a variety of channels. But not every channel is ideal given the customer, the situation, or the device they’re using – and it’s no surprise that 64% use three or more channels when contacting a company for support.1

Customers looking for quick access to return policy information may be satisfied with a self-service option to answer this commonly asked question. A more consultative sales, beauty, or personal finance interaction may warrant a virtual face-to-face interaction.

In today’s world, customers want options for fast resolution, and you better deliver. In fact, Forrester found that 53% are likely to abandon a purchase if they can’t find quick answers to their questions.

Today, BoldChat makes it easier than ever to meet consumers’ expectations of service. And we provide the flexibility and control you need to tailor the experience to your business.

  • Our integrated, out-of-the-box Video Chat solution enables businesses to connect with their customers and prospects in a more engaging, personalized and unique manner, driving higher conversions and customer satisfaction.
  • Our Auto Answer capabilities help website visitors find resolutions for frequently asked questions quickly on their own before being escalated to a chat session for more advanced, personalized support, helping to offset volume and deflect minor inquiries, freeing up resources for more complicated issues.

Contact us to learn more or schedule a demo today!

1Where Contact Centers are Missing the Mark with Customer Care, Ovum, March 2015

         

Anytime, anywhere account access with LastPass

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It happens to all of us. Some of us, far more often than others. You forget your password and you have to reset it. Then you have just another password to remember.

This common occurrence presents two problems. One, it’s overwhelming to have so many different and unique passwords for all the accounts you need and use every day. Two, it’s not secure to make it easy and use the same one, two or even three passwords for all of your sites. Think about all the personal data those accounts contain – your address, credit card information, phone number, even your social security number. You don’t want anyone to hack those accounts, but unfortunately, many people don’t realize this risk until it’s too late.

The reality is, it doesn’t have to be a challenge to protect your accounts and personal data, especially with a password manager. With LogMeIn Pro subscription packages, you receive premium access to LastPass, the leading password manager on the market, which gives you a hassle-free, secure vault to store all of your account information.

LastPass only takes a few minutes to setup and once you have an account, it remembers your passwords for you. This means when you visit a site where you already have an account, LastPass will auto-populate your username and password making it extremely easy – and safe – to access your accounts.

Stop wasting time writing, remembering and resetting passwords. Create one master password and keep the rest locked up in your LastPass vault. Visit LastPass.com to sign up for free, or login to your LogMeIn Pro account to redeem your complimentary subscription.

         

[Webinar] Stay in Control with Central’s Anti-Virus Command Center

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Webinars aren’t just a great way to see a new feature in action, but they’re the perfect place to bring users like yourself together to share questions and thoughts on the products you use everyday. This week, we’re hosting a webinar on the new Anti-Virus Command Center in Central Premier, including a Q&A with LogMeIn’s product and sales engineer teams.

We know anti-virus management is challenging for every IT organization. Whether it’s keeping all computers on updated versions of anti-virus software, handling one-off requests to troubleshoot attacks, or running scans, you’re likely spending a great deal of time managing AV for your company or clients.

The new Anti-Virus Command Central makes managing these tasks a lot easier and a lot quicker. You have one centralized dashboard where you can see, manage, and update anti-virus software on all of your managed computers, which makes you more efficient and gives you the time you need to handle more critical requests. Join us for the webinar to learn more:

Stay in Control with the Anti-Virus Command Center
Wednesday, February 17th
2pm EST

Click here to register – we look forward to seeing you there! If you can’t make it, you can still register, and we’ll send you an on-demand version of the webinar at the end of the week.

See you tomorrow!

         

5 reasons to love two-factor authentication

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we got to thinking about what we love most about the LogMeIn products, and what stuck out most is two-factor authentication. Last year, we launched our two-factor authenticator app along with a few other security features, and not only have we receives tons of great feedback from users like you, but we love using it as well. It may be a little corny, but here are five reasons we love two-factor authentication:

  1. Two is better than one: Every account with two-factor authentication requires an additional wall before being granted access so that means not only do you have to enter your password, but you also need to enter a code received via text or a push notification from an app on your phone. This means while someone might have your password, if they don’t have your phone, they won’t be able to access your account.
  2. You can be the enforcer: Especially when employees access company-related content and data on their personal phones, you want to ensure those employees take the appropriate steps to protect what they’re accessing. Authenticator apps give companies the ability to require 2FA on specific accounts so you’re in charge of what’s being protected – even on personal devices.
  3. Leave your (data) worries behind: Two-factor authentication gives you peace of mind when it comes to the security of your company data. Many security standards, including PCI DSS and HIPAA require it because they know it secures accounts in a way that can’t be done otherwise.
  4. Set it and forget it: You just have to setup your two-factor authentication method once and it only take a few minutes. The process is simple and once completed, accounts are protected for all future log-ins
  5. LMI Authentication App: There’s a lot of authenticator apps out but we created one for our users and we love it. As soon as you enter your LogMeIn ID on your account, the LogMeIn Authenticator App sends you a push notification prompting you to accept the invitation to access your account and you’re in within a few seconds!

We said it. We love 2FA, and hopefully you do too. If you haven’t tried it yet, download the LogMeIn Authentication App (iOS, Android) to give it a try and then visit your Login Policy page in your LogMeIn account to require employees use 2FA as well.

         

An easier, more efficient way to manage anti-virus updates is here!

Gone are the hours spent updating anti-virus software on all of your machines one-by-one. With the new Anti-Virus Command Center in Central Premier, you get time back in your day with a dedicated page that provides a single view of the status of anti-virus software.

The LogMeIn Central team is excited to introduce the new Anti-Virus page for Central Premier. From this page, you can easily identify and manage threats for all computers in your account, and stay ahead of potential issues with the ability to perform mass actions including:

  • Run full virus scans
  • Update Virus Definitions
  • Enable Real-Time protection

Check out the new AV Command Center in action:

In addition, Central Premier now fully supports over 100 new anti-virus software vendors and incorporates their updates more frequently so your computers are always up-to-date and secure. (Note: new vendor support will be live February 17th.)

All computers in your account are already added to the new page. Simply log in and click on ‘Anti-Virus’ in the left-hand navigation to check the AV status of your computers and start taking proactive actions right away.

Want to see a demo of the new Anti-Virus Command Center? Join us for a webinar on February 17th at 2PM EST. We’ll be doing an in-depth look at the feature, including a demo by LogMeIn’s Product Manager, Gus Shlimbaum and a live Q&A with questions from the audience. Register today!

         

Reporting for IT Management Made Easy

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As an IT administrator, you likely field questions, complaints and requests from management, vendors, and of course, executives – sometimes all at once. With a few simple reporting tools you can be the IT hero and do your job effectively while proactively addressing outside these requests. Here are a few best practices when it comes to IT reporting:

Cut out information silos

Set up automated graphic reports on inventory, performance and user reporting all in one place to get high level operational information to stakeholders in an instant.

Troubleshoot on the fly

Dig in to computer activity, network performance and connectivity reports to diagnose and solve problems quickly to minimize downtime.

Show your value

Often IT is only talked about when something (bad) happens. Show business leaders that you’re more than just a repair team. Use Central reports to forecast IT needs, educate users on resource usage and maybe even save some money while you’re at it.

Visit our Knowledge Base to walk through additional best practices and login to set up and automate reports for you and your team.

 

         

Improve your customer service with LogMeIn Pro

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The benefits of LogMeIn Pro extend beyond the flexibility to access your computer and files. As a small business owner, Pro allows you and your employees to offer even better customer service than you already do.

Whether you’re remoting into a customer’s computer to provide support or giving employees access to on-premises software that enables them to serve customers better, Pro improves the experience you’re able to offer to customers.

Take Tremendous Maids for example. Tremendous Maids is a residential and commercial cleaning company in the Boston area. Co-founder and CEO Victoria Amador brought Pro to her business to increase employee flexibility to schedule cleaning appointments from anywhere. Employees don’t have to be in the office to schedule and access the calendar, but rather, they can remote into the software from anywhere — whether they’re at home or already at an appointment.

This flexibility allows Tremendous Maids to provide superior customer service and allows Victoria to maximize growth of her business.

“LogMeIn has been a lifesaver for us. Our scheduling software is on-premises only and with LogMeIn Pro, we can access the system remotely. This provides flexibility for us as a business and allows us to provide superior service to our residential and commercial clients.” – Victoria Amador

         

Customize your Remote Session with Pro

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Get the most out of each one of your sessions by using the remote control toolbar and customizing features that make each session just right for you. From the remote control toolbar you are able to access features and adjust settings such as:

  • Magnify: This is perfect for small text or simply a screen with a low resolution. Just click magnify in the toolbar and a pointer will appear. Drag the pointer to the area you want to magnify and you’ll see it at 100% of its original size.
  • Color Quality: Select a lower setting to optimize the amount of information transferred during remote control, or select a higher setting to improve the quality of the image.
  • Resolution: Improve the clarity of your sessions by adjusting the resolution.
  • Screen Blanking: Make sure the screen of your work computer is blank during a remote session so those in the office can’t see what you’re doing.
  • Chat: When in a remote session, you can initiate a chat conversation with the user whose computer you’re remoting into it. You can start the chat right from your toolbar and end it at any time.

During your next remote session, explore these features and settings to customize the experience to meet the needs of you and the user or client that you’re supporting.

         

AU BON PAIN KEEPS CAFES UP & RUNNING WITH CENTRAL

From its headquarters in Boston, bakery-café chain Au Bon Pain keeps tabs on the point-of-sales (POS) equipment and back-of-house servers that keep business humming in their hundreds of locations throughout the chain. Keeping their POS systems in good running order is essential to Au Bon Pain’s success because downtime can easily translate into long lines and lost revenue.

To manage the 700+ terminals and 160 back-of-house servers running throughout its operations, Au Bon Pain chose LogMeIn Central. Central allows businesses to remotely monitor and manage computers, and automate routine tasks and take care of other IT processes without interrupting end users.

Today, employees across all functions of Au Bon Pain regularly use Central and it has transformed their business. Now employees in the global headquarters and across the world can manage and maintain terminals and in-house services from wherever they’re located.

To learn more about Au Bon Pain’s implementation of Central and the results they’re seeing, read the complete Au Bon Pain eBook here.

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The Evidence Is Mounting: Your Customers Are Turning to Live Chat

In early 2015, Software Advice published a report on live chat for customer support, and we wrote about their findings – the growing reliance on live chat, the millennials’ preference for it – in a previous post. They’ve now published a follow-up infographic which provides a quick summary of additional research findings on live chat. What they’re reporting is very interesting and underscores the growing importance of including live chat as a support channel.

  • 49% of online customers prefer to ask their questions via chat
  • For the 18-34 age demographic, 60% always prefer chat over phone
  • Not wanting to wait on hold is the reason 33% of consumers prefer live chat

One of the most important findings was from Gartner: by 2016, 89% of all companies will be competing on the basis of customer experience (CX). And live chat is increasingly essential to delivering excellent CX.

All of this confirms what those of us here at BoldChat find when we talk with our customers:  customer experience matters, and for more and more consumers, live chat is a critical component of CX.

You can read more about Software Advice’s new infographic here.

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