Managed Service Providers (MSPs) handle a multitude of customer support cases, each requiring efficient routing to the right team member. Squadcast's Webforms provide a solution to expedite issue reporting and streamline resolution. In this blog, we will explore how MSPs can leverage webforms to enhance the customer support experience.
To overcome the limitations of hotline numbers, MSPs can adopt Squadcast Webforms, which offer several key advantages:
Creating multiple Webforms with Squadcast is a breeze. MSPs can customize forms based on specific customer needs, such as regional impact or affected services. Every Webform has a unique URL that can be easily embedded in customer accounts or product portals, providing a seamless incident reporting experience.
Additionally, Squadcast also offers the option for a custom domain. This means that you can use your own domain name, such as https://support.example.com, for your Webforms instead of the default Squadcast domain.
Here are the steps to configure Webforms in Squadcast:
1. Form Configuration, where you can add a name & check your form public URL or check the checkbox to set up a custom domain instead. You can also add tags here. Tags on webforms help classify different webforms better.
2. Owner & Services, where you can add an owner that enables streamlined assignment of incidents and service requests from customers. You can add services for which you’re creating these webforms.
Once the form is submitted, an incident is automatically created in Squadcast. This also triggers the escalation policy associated with particular services, notifying subject matter experts based on the services being affected.
3. Input Configuration, allows adding custom input fields for webforms like severity, priority, etc. which will help users to define their problems more clearly.
4. Additional Details, which includes editing Form Header, Title, and Description fields, customizing your logo, etc. You can choose to send email updates to the reporter for the following stages of the reported issue: trigger, acknowledged by internal team, and resolution.
One of the primary concerns when utilizing webforms for incident reporting is the potential for spam submissions. These unsolicited and irrelevant reports can overwhelm the incident management system, leading to wasted time and resources. To address this challenge and ensure that only legitimate client incidents are being recorded, a strategic approach is required.
The proposed solution tailors Webforms for Client Validation. This approach safeguards the incident reporting process while making it convenient for clients to report issues.
Two effective strategies stand out in managing incidents through webforms while minimizing spam:
(a) Suppression Rule: Filtering Out Unwanted Incidents
By implementing suppression rules, incidents originating from email addresses outside of the client domain are classified as suppressed. While these incidents are still logged in the incident management system, they are marked as suppressed and do not trigger notifications. This approach strikes a balance between logging all incidents for reference while preventing unnecessary notifications for non-client reports.
(b) Merge Suppression with Discard Function: Minimizing Noise
For a more rigorous approach, combining the suppression rule with a discard function ensures that incidents not meeting the client domain criteria are not logged in the incident management system. This step minimizes noise by preventing the creation of irrelevant incidents altogether, sparing valuable time and effort that would otherwise be spent sifting through spam reports.
Squadcast Webforms offer MSPs a highly efficient alternative to traditional hotline numbers, streamlining incident reporting and enhancing the incident management process. By using Webforms, MSPs can achieve faster issue resolution, improved customer satisfaction, and seamless communication with customers.
As they continue to evolve in delivering top-notch support, Squadcast Webforms serve as a valuable tool, enabling them to handle incidents swiftly and effectively reducing your MTTA & MTTR. They can elevate your incident management capabilities and enhance customer support while also acting as a potential assistance to live On-Call Routing.
Squadcast is a Reliability Workflow platform that integrates On-Call alerting and Incident Management along with SRE workflows in one offering. Designed for a zero-friction setup, ease of use and clean UI, it helps developers, SREs and On-Call teams proactively respond to outages and create a culture of learning and continuous improvement.