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  Post #16 (permalink)   04-24-2012, 07:09 AM
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I think people who genuinely want to know about another host will read the faq, because we as customers want to know what to expect from this host. I'm sure some people don't want to read, and I'm equally as sure that those people soon switch hosts because they didn't pay attention to details. I spent a week looking through different hosts, reading their faqs and wikis, and trying to decide what host would be best for me. It's like shopping for a new car- are you gonna get the one that looks fantastic until you drive it and find all the problems it actually has? If customers don't put effort into choosing a worthwhile host by researching and reading through the host's pages, then part of me says that they deserve the trouble they may receive by not paying attention.

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  Post #17 (permalink)   09-30-2012, 08:16 PM
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I honestly think that FAQ / Knowledgebase is a great tool for several reasons:

1. It entices people to buy from you if they can get good, clear, easy to read, easy to understand questions answered there.

2. It helps you with search engine rankings (providing that your FAQ/KB is public).

3. It also helps cut down on your support costs & time. People find answers that they need in your FAQ / KB and your support staff / customer service / sales staff don't have to waste time answering meaningless, pointless questions cause they are already answered in your FAQ / KB which customer's are urged to access first, prior to supporting a ticket.

4. I noticed that a lot of companies are now 'charging' or telling you that they are at least if you ask a question that is already covered in their FAQ / KB. I noticed that Nocster/Burst does that and a few other hosts.

5. I would put a disclaimer in your 'Submit a Ticket' page, telling customers to review your FAQ / KB before submitting a ticket or else there may be a charge for the support that you provide to them.

6. I noticed that most customer's don't want to search for their answers, they rather just ask it and get a 'personal response' from someone. Those are the customer's that tie up our support reps all the time!

7. Overall... an FAQ/KB is a MUST for ANY company, no matter what you do! So get one today and pack it full of information, but don't give too many details about your company!
 
 


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  Post #18 (permalink)   10-01-2012, 01:59 PM
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We find with our extensive KB that most of our clients are using this rather than submit tickets.

We took the decision to only allow logged in clients to read our KB as we were finding that our KB was being accessed by many people on a daily basis and some were searching through every single KB item, which was increasing our B/W foir the site and none of these were even going to our sales pages.
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  Post #19 (permalink)   10-19-2012, 04:25 AM
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I find that the FAQ section of a site is very useful and that is the default "go-to" whenever a potential customer wants to find out more. (The other one is the "Contact Us" page)

It could be a very good tool for promoting but IMHO, people go to that particular section on the site to be genuinely informed about the products and that sells on its own. No need to subtly plug-in to the questions how good your service/product is. Some might actually feel that they were tricked into reading an advertisement instead of finding out more about the product.

I think if we want to promote, we can have a main FAQ section and sub-sections for "Why Us?" and "Why the Product" - One good example is a cloud service benchmarking site called Cloudsleuth. Every provider is given sections where they can add in resources and they separate the "neutral" ones from the ones that are "self-promoting". Nonetheless, all these are good for organic SEO.
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  Post #20 (permalink)   10-19-2012, 07:21 AM
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It is a good idea, the only problem that i see is that too many people don't like reading at all - they don't read the ToS, they don't read the FAQ, they don't read the announcements, etc.
I agree, i include our FAQ link in all intital emails as well as the welcome email but clients still ask me the questions instead of even looking at it...
 
 
 


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  Post #21 (permalink)   10-19-2012, 07:31 AM
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I agree, i include our FAQ link in all intital emails as well as the welcome email but clients still ask me the questions instead of even looking at it...
I think every host gets that. i bet their is less than 1% of clients who read any hosts TOS etc. before signing up but will always ticket that they agree to them
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  Post #22 (permalink)   10-26-2012, 10:13 AM
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We dont use an FAQ very much. Found that many clients dont read it.
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  Post #23 (permalink)   10-26-2012, 11:40 AM
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We dont use an FAQ very much. Found that many clients dont read it.
I think you are mostly right. But FAQs aren't just for customers. Its much easier to link to a FAQ in a support response then typing the same thing over and over again. On the flipside, its a good idea to turn tickets into FAQs

These things are helpful to the support staff, if not the customer.
 
 
 


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  Post #24 (permalink)   10-26-2012, 12:44 PM
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I think you are mostly right. But FAQs aren't just for customers. Its much easier to link to a FAQ in a support response then typing the same thing over and over again. On the flipside, its a good idea to turn tickets into FAQs

These things are helpful to the support staff, if not the customer.
We often link KB/FAQ articles to support tickets. It is also handy when you have livechats with prospective clients.
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  Post #25 (permalink)   11-05-2012, 07:47 AM
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Hello,

Yes, FAQ, presale questions plays an important role on your site. Listing of presales question save a lots of work of live chat person and provide all basic sales and important details of a site to clients within minimum questions only.
 
 
 


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  Post #26 (permalink)   11-07-2012, 02:29 PM
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FAQ is good for SEO, too. Questions and answer about the products or services you are offering on your site are good opportunity to use your best keywords, too. Whether people are reading them or not, probably not.
 
 
 


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  Post #27 (permalink)   12-26-2012, 02:40 PM
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How many hosters here actually view their FAQ as a sales tool as well as a customer service tool? Remember that your FAQ is a frequent stop for potential clients as well as existing clients. Why not put your uptime guarantee or that you have 24/7 phone support as Q&A's #1 and #2? Or better yet, reword your USP (unique selling proposition) as question #1?

Q: "Is it true that every member of your support staff is US based and has at least 5 years experience?"
A: Absolutely! We started XYZ Hosting, Inc. with the idea that support should be knowledgeable and easy to access."
I agree and I'm sure customers appreciate an FAQ, it's also not a bad idea to include a FAQ on your website. Saves the hassle of having the customer contact you.
 
 
 
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