Learn the Features
After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
- List key features of Service Cloud.
- Describe what each Service Cloud feature does.
Features to Flaunt
Many customer service agents have to use too many apps to handle customer questions and data. Service Cloud brings together a wide range of features so that agents can focus on providing great customer service, not toggling between apps and screens.
The Service Cloud suite of features helps businesses:
- Close cases faster.
- Simplify self-service.
- Personalize customer care.
- Deliver support from anywhere.
We break down these features into two categories.
- Features for support agents and service managers
- Features to engage customers
Let's look at them both.
Features for Support Agents and Service Managers
Support agents and service managers work directly with customers to answer questions and reply to requests. They can solve customer challenges faster when they have the right tools at their fingertips. Here’s what Salesforce offers them.
||What It Is
||How It Benefits Businesses
| Service Console
||A single workspace for agents with all the information and tools they need to solve cases.
||It boosts agent productivity by supporting more customers faster.
||A complete view of an agent’s availability and customer wait times
||It delivers smarter, faster service by matching tasks to agents with the most appropriate skill sets, better balancing their workloads.
|Computer-Telephony Integration (CTI)
||A phone system connected to the Service Console
||It routes calls to the right agents based on the touch-tones callers select.
It displays customer information before agents even answer calls.
||A knowledge base filled with articles and FAQs
||It delivers faster, consistent service by helping agents and customers find the answers they need quickly.
|Einstein for Service
||Artificial intelligence that automatically triages cases and recommends actions to decrease average handle time.
||It eliminates manual work so agents are free to focus on helping the customer.
|Dashboards & Reporting
||Dashboards focused on the metrics service centers use most
||It provides a detailed picture of an entire service team instantly, letting managers take actions to increase efficiency in real time.
|Field Service Management
||A set of tools that extends Service Cloud to include all mobile workers, letting dispatch agents schedule and route cases to those in the field
||It connects a business’s entire workforce on a single platform.
Features to Engage Customers
When today’s customer wants to reach a business, they expect to use the channel of their choice—phone, email, social media, apps, and more.
More and more customers use multiple channels to reach out to businesses, and their expectations for a speedy response are soaring. To engage their customers without skipping a beat, businesses depend on these features in Service Cloud.
||What It Is
||How It Benefits Businesses
||A two-way mobile messaging service that lets businesses communicate with their customers via text, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more
||It supports customers who prefer messaging.
||A live chat software that lets businesses and customers chat online, in real time, on their websites or in the company’s apps
||It connects with customers instantly on any device.
||A chatbot solution that is embedded into apps or websites to handle common questions and gather information for agents.
||It helps companies deflect cases, expand service, and automate frequently asked questions to improve CSAT.
|Self-Service Help Centers and Portals Community
||A customer-facing portal where customers answer each other’s questions, helping others access the answers they want at any time, from anywhere
||It frees up an agent’s time to focus on complex issues by crowdsourcing common questions and answers.
|Social Customer Service
||A platform that connects customers and businesses through social media
||It listens and responds to customers on a wide variety of social media channels.
||A way to integrate customer support—such as two-way video chat (also known as SOS)—directly into websites or mobile apps
||It provides guided, on-screen assistance.
Some of the resources suggested in this unit are accessible to Salesforce Partner Community members only.
- Salesforce blog: 40 Customer Service Statistics to Move Your Business Forward
- Web page (Partner Community login required): Service Cloud Learning Path
- Web page (Partner Community login required): Partner Community for Consulting Partners
- Chatter Group (Partner Community login required): Official: Service Cloud Experts
- Chatter Group (Partner Community login required): Field Service Experts