Customer support is a delicate and complex process. There are lot of moving parts and unknown variables in the support equation. Constant vigilance is required from the part of the support team to make sure that the customer is happy. Naturally, members of the support team have to perform multiple redundant, unproductive actions as a part of their job if a business isn’t using a helpdesk solution like HappyFox.
Take for instance the case of timely notifications. If a ticket remains unanswered for hours or days at a time (depends on your SLA), ideally it should be escalated to the next level support for immediate redressal of the issue. Otherwise the customer might become irate and take his business elsewhere. Do it manually everyday and sooner or later, important support tickets might slip through the cracks.
Similarly, if you have dedicated staff attending to a particular segment of your customerbase, tickets created by those customers can automatically be assigned to the right team members instead of the regular support queue. On the other hand, if a reply sent to a customer fails to get a response after a set number of days, such tickets might have to be closed automatically. Smart rules in HappyFox takes care of activities like these without any human intervention.
Simply put, smart rules help automate a major chunk of the administrative duties of a support team. Naturally, the support team can just focus on what they do best – helping customers and stay productive.
Creating a Smart Rule
New smart rules can be created from the Manage section of your instance. After giving it a relevant name and a clear description, there is an option to set it’s status to be either active or inactive. This option helps you use smart rules only when they are needed and instead of deleting them forever, you can keep them in the list for using it sometime in the future.
As I noted earlier, conditions define how effective a smart rule is, in enhancing the productivity of the support team. HappyFox offers a bunch of default conditions that cover almost all aspects of the support instance. To make conditions more complete, HappyFox includes all the custom fields you have created in the instance as well.
There are many actions for you to trigger once a smart rule is in place and they are all great. I’m going to focus on the mail action to give you an idea how flexible HappyFox actually is.
Putting Tags to Use
Since smart rules are all about automation, it should be extremely simple to automatically address the email to the right customer, associate it with the correct support in-charge, insert the relevant ticket number and so on.
HappyFox employs tags to make all these happen and more. Each field has a set of relevant tags and selecting them would insert the right set of information.
For example, the client tag is for inserting the name of the customer associated with each individual ticket that’s processed by the smart rule. In the same vein, tags like subject and ticket id always pull the respective subject and ticket number of every ticket managed by the smart rule.
Tags aren’t limited to the recipient and subject fields alone. They can also be inserted in the body of messages at the appropriate places to make the email sound more personal.
Once a smart rule is created, it can be assigned to one or more categories. Smart Rules feature is available across all our subscription plans and there is no limit for the number of smart rules one can create.
How have smart rules enhanced the productivity of your support team? Do share with us the smart rules you have in place in your HappyFox instance!