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A Buyer's Guide to Remote Visual Assistance Software

  • March 4, 2021
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Remote Visual Assistance software is the cutting edge of support in the age of social distancing. But even as the pandemic begins to (hopefully) wind down, many companies are not going back to the “old way” of doing things. Remote Visual Assistance saves time, saves money, and is more efficient than sending a tech out to a work site straight away. That means that it is just as important now as in the height of COVID-19 to choose the right software for your organization.

The Blumberg Advisory group has released a Remote Visual Assistance Software Buyer’s Guide to teach you everything you need to know about the products available, and how to get the most out of your investment. Here are the features that Blumberg lists as must-haves in your Remote Visual Assistance product.

3D Annotation

According to the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, research indicates that nonverbal cues are 430% more effective than verbal cues. That’s why it is so important for the Remote Visual Assistance software you choose to come with 3D annotation features. The ability for the helper to draw or write over top of the customer or tech’s problem is invaluable in remote collaboration.

Mobile Web Browser Support

Getting a customer onto Remote Visual Assistance can be difficult, especially if they are not very tech savvy. Trying to get them to download an app onto their phone is an even tougher sell. But what could be easier than a link which opens onto their mobile web browser? Letting a customer join a help session without downloading an app streamlines the support process. Their problem gets solved faster, they’re happier, and your tech is already helping the next customer. Consider this feature vital to you operations.

Call Reporting & Analytics

A huge selling point for Remote Visual Assistance is the ROI available from cutting travel costs and first-time-fix rates. To ensure that you are hitting these new milestones, make sure the software you use comes with a deep statistical analysis system. Such a system enables an administrator, managers, or other supervisor to analyze and evaluate a help session’s effectiveness on service.

Conclusion

While this post only scratches the surface of the many considerations you need to make before investing in a Remote Visual Assistance solution, the full buyer’s guide goes into much more detail. The full buyer’s guide is available here.

Michael Blumberg is President of Blumberg Advisory Group, Inc., a research and consulting firm in the Field Service Industry. Blumberg’s firm provides clients with strategic guidance and tactical assistance for improving the overall profitability and quality of field service operations through procedural and systemic improvements and optimized service marketing strategies.

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