Very Good Customer Service Capabilities in an Fast and Easy to Deploy Package
This week’s report is our Product Evaluation of Desk.com, Salesforce.com’s customer service offering for very small, small, and mid-sized businesses as well as for small departments in larger organizations. The product is based on technology that came to Salesforce.com In its acquisition of Assistly in September of 2011.
From positioning, pricing, and packaging perspectives, Desk.com is an entry-level customer service application. The smallest organizations can purchase subscription licenses for its core case management capabilities on email, telephone, Facebook, and Twitter channels for $3 per user per month for up to three users. Its next price point is $30 per user per month to add chat, knowledge management, community, web self-service, and reporting capabilities and an API for integrating external apps. $50 per user per month adds more users and support for multiple languages and multiple brands.
Desk.com’s customers are exactly small and fast growing companies. The list of reference customers provides a good idea about the kinds of companies that are best fits. Some of them are:
- One Kings Lane
- Susty Party
For example, here’s the web self-service site for Volotea, a low cost and charter airline based in Barcelona, Spain that serves small and medium sized cities in Europe.
© 2014 Volotea
Top Two Takeaways
Our top two takeaways from our research are Desk.com offers:
- Fast and easy deployment
- Rich customer service capabilities
Let’s take a closer look at why.
Fast and Easy Deployment
As we expected for an entry-level app, Desk.com is easy to learn and easy and fast to deploy.
We took the “Free Trial” offered to any business on http://www.desk.com, learned how to deploy and use the product, configured it to support our evaluation, and used its facilities (almost) as if we were a customer service organization. Note that trial deployments are preconfigured for a one-agent customer service operation. It was absolutely fast and easy. Case management on a packaged agent UI works out-of-the-box.
Knowledge management capabilities are built-in, too, but, of course, you’ll have to populate the knowledgebase with relevant knowledge items. Desk.com helps with samples and predefined, configurable “Topics” for categorizing them. Web self-service also works out-of-the-box on a packaged but configurable UI. We did some very basic configuration for the self-service UI below.
Rich Customer Service Capabilities
We found Desk.com’s customer service capabilities to be way more than entry-level, especially case management. For example, the Table, below, shows the predefined fields of Desk.com’s Case objects. The product packages application services that support all of the fields. The large number of date/time fields demonstrates the breadth and depth of case management capabilities.
|Desk.com Case Objects|
|ID||String identifier for this object|
|External_ID||Unique identifier to reference this case to an external system|
|Blurb||Short summary of, or excerpt from, the case|
|Subject||Subject of this case|
|Priority||Number between 1 and 10 (1 being lowest priority)|
|Description||Case description or background information|
|Status||Current state of the case: new, open, pending, resolved, closed|
|Type||Channel of the case source: chat, Twitter, email, Questions and Answers, Facebook, or telephone|
|Labels||Labels associated with this case|
|Label_IDs||Label ids associated with this case|
|Language||The case’s ISO language code: EN, FR, DE, IT, JA, SP|
|Created_at||Date/time this case record was created|
|Updated_at||Date/time this case record was last updated by any action|
|Changed_at||Date/time this case was last updated by a user|
|Active_at||Date/time this case was last active|
|Received_at||Date/time the most recent message was received|
|Locked_until||Date/time the lock on this case will expire|
|First_opened_at||Date/time this case was first opened|
|Opened_at||Date/time this case was most recently opened|
|First_resolved_at||Date/time this case was first resolved|
|Resolved_at||Date/time this case was most recently resolved|
Table 1. Predefined fields in Desk.com’s Case objects
Worth a Closer Look
Desk.com is an impressive offering. Its fast and easy deployment and rich customer service capabilities could make it a best fit as your business’s first cross-channel customer service app. And, it can grow with you to the point where you have a staff of several dozen-customer service agents. Take a closer look. Read our Product Evaluation Report.