Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

These are the questions we hear a lot and you'll find the answers below. But if you have others, please don't hesitate to contact us — we're here to help.

Getting Started

  •  What is Service Cloud?
    Service Cloud is built on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, giving you a 360-degree view of your customers and enabling you to deliver smarter, faster, and more personalized service.

    In addition to being a pioneer in cloud-based sales force automation, Salesforce is the recognized leader for CRM customer engagement. With Service Cloud, you can automate service processes, streamline workflows, and surface key articles, topics, and experts to transform the agent experience. Connecting one-to-one with every customer, across multiple channels and on any device, was never easier.

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  •  How can Service Cloud help my business increase loyalty, retention, and satisfaction?
    When your customers have questions, your customer service team needs to be equipped to answer them quickly and easily. When your customer service is frictionless, customers are more likely to return to your product or service. Service Cloud gives agents the tools to deliver an outstanding customer experience, enabling them to work faster and more productively, which improves customer satisfaction and reduces costs. And with Service Cloud and Customer Communities, you can create a self-service community that allows customers to tap into the best information about your product, connect with peers, or contact a support agent when needed.

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  •  How does Service Cloud increase agent productivity?
    The Salesforce Console for Service was designed with agent productivity in mind. With features such as email-to-case, skills-based routing, macros, and milestone tracking, Service Cloud gives agents the tools to quickly and efficiently respond to customers on any channel. Agents enjoy a streamlined, intuitive experience that gives them a 360-degree view of your customers, a comprehensive knowledge base, and access to company experts. It’s not just about your agents, your entire organization can glean insights from a case history or help provide technical expertise that answers a common service question.

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  •  What is social customer service and how can this help my business?
    Treat social channels just like email and phone. Listen and respond to customers across a variety of social platforms and automatically route social cases to the right agent at the right time. Because social customer service is an integrated, seamless part of the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, your social care team gains a comprehensive picture of the customer before responding. This 360-degree view of the customer empowers agents with the ability to engage customers on the social channels where they are talking.

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  •  What is a self-service community and how can it help my business?
    A self-service community is a customer portal that allows you to help customers help themselves. Delivering self-service means showcasing your knowledge base and offering case management to customers, so they can get answers to their questions anytime, on any device, from community content or peers. This allows your agents to focus on solving the most complex issues. And you can even create an internal self-service community for your employees to collaborate around content and business processes.

    With Service Cloud and Community Cloud, you can deliver a self-service community or customer portal that is an extension of your brand, while enabling agents to jump on the case when needed, so no question goes unanswered. Extend your support via a fully branded experience where customers — and employees — can tap into articles, discussions, and ask questions of their other community members or agents with Service Cloud and Community Cloud.

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  •  What mobile solutions does Service Cloud provide?
    Customers are increasingly engaging with your product or service via mobile apps. But are they able to access support within your app? Service Cloud offers Service for Apps, which lets you embed customer support directly into your apps, from case management to SOS. In fact, SOS is changing the way companies provide in-app mobile support with live agent video chat, screen sharing, and on-screen guided assistance. You can take customer service even further with Community Cloud. Our self-service communities are responsive on any device, meaning you can create a single branded community where your customers can enjoy the same seamless experience to quickly find the answers they need from a mobile phone or tablet.

    And with the Salesforce1 Mobile App, customer support managers can access the data and insight they need right from their mobile device to make informed, real-time adjustments.

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  •  How are other companies using Service Cloud to power their business?
    Companies of all sizes, across all industries are using Service Cloud to transform customer service. With Service Cloud, companies have been able to deliver faster, smarter, and more personalized service to their increasingly connected customers across multiple channels. Companies are empowering their agents with the tools they need to increase customer engagement and are seeing significant improvements in customer satisfaction as a result. Visit our Customer Stories page to see how companies are reimagining customer service with Service Cloud.

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  •  Will my customer service data be secure and private on a cloud platform?
    Success is built on trust and trust is at the core of everything we do. We go the distance to ensure that our customers’ data is safe and secure. We use a multi-layered approach to protect your information, constantly monitoring and improving our application, systems, and processes to protect the integrity and availability of the information that is vital to your business operations and our shared success.

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  •  What reports and dashboards are available in Service Cloud?
    With Salesforce’s customizable reports and dashboards, you can monitor your service metrics and track key performance indicators that are important to your business, whether it’s the customer satisfaction score or average handle time. Dashboards provide high-level visibility at a glance, and customizable reports let you drill down for detailed information on the performance of your customer engagement center, call center, or help desk. Creating your own reports and dashboards is a snap; there’s no need to wait for overloaded IT resources.


Pricing and Editions

  •  Should I use Service Cloud or Desk.com?
    Salesforce has a customer service solution for any company, regardless of size or industry. Desk.com is our solution for small businesses that need an app for customer service that they can get up and running right out of the box. But if you’re a business of any size that needs a solution that can be customized and is flexible to adapt to your changing business needs, then you need Service Cloud. As a platform for customer service, Service Cloud adapts to the unique requirements of your business, integrating all your information, processes, and systems in one place. Service Cloud provides your entire organization with a complete, 360-degree view of your customer, increases the efficiency of your operations, and provides analytics to drive the decisions important to your business.
  •  If I start with Desk.com, can I move to Service Cloud later?
    Absolutely. With Desk Connect, all the data you store in Desk.com is instantly synced with Salesforce. That means that when it’s time to make the move, the data migration piece is already taken care of. Your case, customer, and account information can live in both systems, synced instantly on both ends.
  •  Which edition of Service Cloud is right for my business?
    There are a variety of ways to customize Service Cloud and we work with you to build a complete CRM customer service solution that addresses your business needs, is scalable, and allows you to innovate. Service Could Enterprise Edition is a comprehensive solution that delivers the Console for Service, a multichannel view of cases, CTI integration, call scripting, knowledge management, developer tools, and more. With Unlimited Edition, you’ll receive access to unlimited online training, 24/7 toll-free support, and over 100 admin services. You can maximize performance across service and sales with Performance Edition — a fully integrated sales and service solution built on the Salesforce1 Platform.
  •  How does the free trial work?
    The Service Cloud free trial lets you dive right into all of the great capabilities of Service Cloud for free for 30 days. See what it’s like to use the Console for Service, manage cases, create customer profiles, and search for questions in a self-service portal.

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Implementing Service Cloud

  •  Where do I find a list of partners for my Service Cloud implementation?
    In addition to the Salesforce Success Services team, Salesforce collaborates with a network of partners to help you configure Service Cloud to meet your unique industry, call center, help desk, and overall business needs. Explore our partners and learn more about their specialized capabilities for your Service Cloud implementation via the Salesforce AppExchange or by contacting a Salesforce representative.
  •  How do I integrate my other products and systems with Service Cloud?
    Service Cloud integrates with back-office applications allowing you to extend your service processes to meet your business needs and customer expectations. You can innovate on a platform that delivers enterprise security, reliability, and scale. And Service Cloud integrates with all the popular phone systems, so your CTI (computer telephony integration) is a snap.
     
  •  What support is available to help me get Service Cloud up and running?
    We have a team of certified experts and innovative offers that when combined with our market-leading cloud solutions, accelerate the business value our customers are able to realize. We leverage our experiences working with Service Cloud customers across multiple industries building and extending our platform to help you get the most out of your implementation. And with the AppExchange — the world’s largest marketplace of business applications — you can further customize and extend the power of Service Cloud and Salesforce.
  •  How can I connect with other Salesforce experts?
    Join the Service Cloud group in the very active Salesforce Success Community.

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The best way to see how Salesforce is revolutionizing customer service is with a free Service Cloud trial. With a free trial you can join the conversation with our Success Community and learn from other users how it can help your business thrive.

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