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Reinventing Tech Support

Many organizations view technical support as a cost that must be borne and little else. It receives very low budget priority and is a perpetual source of customer complaints. But a well managed reorganization of the technical support department can turn it into a valuable customer retention tool. Here’s how one company did just that.

One of the largest and most significant projects I have ever had to undertake was redesigning my technical support team. I have managed this team for seven years, and when I first began, we were hemorrhaging angry customers. As my training and experience was not in this area, I asked both the CEO and Vice President of Sales what they wanted me to achieve. One of them said, “I’m tired of getting yelled at by customers for lousy support.” The other said, “I’m tired of seeing salespeople do technical support instead of selling.”
With that, I was able to craft a winning plan. In retrospect, I can see things that should have been done sooner as well as…

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