In the modern business landscape, customer support isn’t just a function—it’s a pillar of growth, a driver of loyalty, and often the difference between thriving businesses and those left in the digital dust. However, as the need for sophisticated customer support platforms has grown, so too have the prices. Many companies feel cornered into paying exorbitant fees for premium support platforms. But should quality support be such a costly endeavor? Let’s dive deeper into why the conventional pricing models are breaking the bank and failing today’s businesses and how innovators like Supportbench set the stage for a new era.
The Gilded Cage of Traditional Pricing Models
There’s an underlying assumption in the business world: the more expensive a service, the better it must be. While this might hold some truth, it’s an oversimplification, especially when it comes to customer support platforms.
Forrester Research showcased that 72% of businesses prioritize improving customer experience. Yet, traditional pricing models, with their focus on user counts or ticket volumes, create a deterrent for businesses eager to upscale their operations. These models rarely consider the holistic value derived from the software and can stifle growth, with companies hesitating to expand their support teams fearing additional costs.
“In our pursuit of robust customer experiences, businesses often find themselves bound by golden chains of expensive platforms, fearing that anything less will compromise quality.” – Harley Manning, Vice President and Research Director, Forrester Research.
Why Companies Feel Cornered
Fear of Compromise
Many businesses fear that opting for less expensive solutions will lead to reduced quality, compromised security, or a lack of essential features.
Transitioning to a new platform can seem daunting. Concerns about data loss, downtime, and retraining staff often keep businesses tethered to their pricey platforms.
The misconception that high cost equals high value can trap businesses, making them believe they’re getting the best available service.
Harness Advanced Analytics
It’s imperative to move away from volume-centric models to value-based ones. We need to start measuring the real value derived from the platform—increased agent productivity, enhanced customer satisfaction, and more. And of course, pricing has to accommodate growth without penalizing success. Your support platform needs to align costs with tangible outcomes, ensuring you only pay for the value you receive.
By 2024, 90% of corporate strategies will cite data as indispensable, according to Gartner.
Although data is invaluable, its REAL worth lies in its utilization. “Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore, author, and consultant.
Now more than ever you need to harness the power of advanced analytics. Your data must be used to predict future trends. For instance, by analyzing past customer interactions, one can predict future issues and proactively address them. Beyond just handling customer issues, delve into your customer’s emotional state. This can help in refining communication strategies and ensuring customer satisfaction. And of course every business is unique. Customizable dashboards allow for the representation of data that is most pertinent to a specific business, ensuring quick and informed decision-making.
The Major Fault in Traditional Pricing Models
A study by Forrester Research revealed that 72% of businesses say that improving customer experience is their top priority. However, for many, especially growing enterprises, cost becomes a significant barrier. Traditional pricing models for customer support software often tie costs to the number of users or volume of tickets. These models fail to consider the true value derived from using the software and can inhibit the growth of companies who might hold back from expanding their support teams due to cost constraints.
“We are living in the age of the customer. Companies that are customer-obsessed grow faster and are more profitable.” – Harley Manning, Vice President and Research Director, Forrester Research.
Support Platforms now must embrace value-based pricing. Instead of counting tickets or agents, companies should consider the tangible and intangible benefits they derive from the software. Does it boost productivity? Does it lead to higher customer satisfaction? Also, Support systems have to offer packages that allow for scalability without exorbitant costs. It enables businesses to grow without financial restraints, in the realm of customer support.
Supportbench: The Evolution of Support
Supportbench isn’t just another tool; it’s a revolution. It embodies the belief that top-tier customer support should be accessible to all, irrespective of their budget.
Its core pillars champion seamless customer management, driven by actionable data insights, housed within an autonomous, scalable infrastructure. With groundbreaking AI technologies and a user-centric design, Supportbench is ushering in a new age of customer support, where quality isn’t determined by the depth of one’s pockets.
Embrace the New Age with Seamless Integration and AI
Now more than ever, platforms must offer a comprehensive support approach, integrating every aspect from ticketing to feedback. We can all automate initial interactions, reserving human expertise for intricate issues. And as Support platforms evolve; continuous training ensures teams harness their full power.
Support platforms must prioritize seamless integration and AI. This allows for a much-needed holistic approach to customer support, ensuring all aspects, from ticket generation to customer feedback, are seamlessly integrated. And of course, the use of AI-driven bots for initial interactions, ensures quick responses, freeing up human agents for more complex issues.
Top-tier customer support is an undeniable right, not a luxury. In today’s customer-centric world, businesses cannot afford to compromise on their support strategies. Traditional pricing models, with their prohibitive costs, have long dominated the landscape, but they no longer must. Supportbench, with its revolutionary approach, serves as a beacon of change, emphasizing the need for value, scalability, and innovation. It’s time companies realize that when it comes to customer support, cost should never be the limiting factor. We all know, the customer’s voice is paramount, and nothing should deter businesses from listening, understanding, and acting on it.
Now, premium support isn’t just for the elite but for everyone!