Help desk software is designed to provide a customer with information and support regarding a company’s products or services. Customer inquiries are typically submitted via multiple channels including email, phone, or social media.
Help desk software provides a ticketing system for staff to organize and respond to customer inquiries as well as create information portals on the company’s website. Help desk platforms are used by customer service teams to streamline the support process and provide analytics into customer engagement across all communication channels. Help desk software may contain additional self-service, social customer service integrations or live chat software modules, or they possess those capabilities to create a complete customer service experience. Those that strictly concentrate on customer support tickets often integrate or run side-by-side with these other customer engagement products.
To qualify for inclusion in the Help Desk category, a product must:
- Organize external customer inquiries into tickets for support agents
- Aggregate inquiries from emails and a customer portal
- Assign tickets to support agents for prompt service