If you are selling online courses then you will want to make sure you have the proper tools in place to support your customers when necessary.
A quick Google search will yield a ton of different results in this category. There are some pretty amazing options out there.
Before jumping into the tools, you should clearly define what it is you need to deliver for customers and perspective customers before choosing the platform. For simplicity sake let’s say you need the following (at the very least):
- Pre-sales message management
- Support tickets
These three aspects pretty much apply to any business.
One common mistake I see is people try to copy the exact tools that big companies use in their business. They want full-blown help desks with service level agreement tracking, robust ticket management, single sign-on options, and so forth.
There is nothing wrong with any of these items but it is likely going to be overkill if you are just starting out.
Keep It Super Simple
As outlined above, you really need a way to handle communications (1 & 2) and any training documentation (3). The first two can actually be combine into one which saves you some extra headache.
Later on you can decide if you want to add some new elements (like pre-sales chat), but those decisions can come at any time.
So what should you use for pre-sales and support tickets? My advise is to go with something as close to regular email as possible.
If you go with either HelpScout or Groove, then you can take care of #3 pretty easily since these options both have built-in documentation capabilities.
However, you may need to jump up in pricing to get the knowledgebase features. If you only plan on having a “Frequently Asked Questions” section then the solutions offered by Helpscout or Groove are overkill.
In that case, use a free knowledgebase plugin for WordPress or something similar. You can always transfer these to a more robust system down the line if necessary.
Don’t Get Distracted
It really is easy to overthink this part of your business. Based on experience I can tell you that any of the options above will server your needs (and then some) if you are just starting out.
The tools you use today might not be the ones you use tomorrow – and that’s okay. Get something in place that meets your needs now and in the foreseeable future. Focus on getting customers first and they will help guide your future direction.