The Top 3 Field Service Trends Leaders Need to Know Today

The right field service strategy delivers more revenue, productivity, and cost savings.

 
 
Taksina Eammano
EVP & GM Field Service at Salesforce
 
If 94% of your customers told you the service they receive influences their future buying decisions, would you pay attention? What if nearly half said they’d be willing to switch brands to get better customer service?
 

of customers say that the customer service they receive influences their future buying decisions.

State of the Connected Customer, 5th Edition, Salesforce, May 2022

This is the stark reality faced by companies across every industry today. Yet at the same time field service teams are racing to keep up with rising customer expectations by delivering five-star service, they’re also contending with a talent shortage, tightening margins, and rising costs. Considering mobile workers, both employees and contractors, are often the only company representatives customers ever meet in person, that puts them under even more intense pressure to perform.
So, what does this mean for mobile workforces everywhere? To find out, Salesforce surveyed nearly 1,800 field service professionals across multiple industries. Here, we explore the top three field service trends and share what you can do to keep up with the leaders.
 
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Trend #1: Leaders need their field service teams to grow revenue.

Eighty-six percent of the decision makers we surveyed consider frontline service teams critical to growing the business. Why? Customers trust their in-depth product knowledge and recognise they have the right tools and skills to do the job. And that puts them in the right place at the right time to cross-sell and upsell products and services.
 

of decision makers consider frontline service teams critical to growing the business.

The State of Service, 5th Edition, Salesforce, September 2022

When equipped with the right technology and a complete view of the customer, mobile workers can:

  • Review customer communications, offers, and past transactions
  • Sell new parts and upgrades directly to customers
  • Renew and upgrade policies and contracts in the field
  • Promote add-on services, such as a new subscription or an equipment warranty
  • Proactively recommend follow-up maintenance service
 
 
 

Trend #2: Field service management drives productivity and cost savings.

You wouldn’t dream of sending a technician to a worksite without the tools needed to get the job done. Increasingly, those tools include field service management technology: 94% of service professionals in high-performing organisations cite productivity as a major or moderate benefit of field service management. Even better, cloud-based field service management helps organisations conduct more service calls remotely, reducing the number of truck rolls. This helps to save costs while promoting sustainability goals.
 

of service professionals in high-performing organisations cite productivity as a major or moderate benefit of field service management.

The State of Service, 5th Edition, Salesforce, September 2022

How does field service management drive better business outcomes? With field service management, field service teams can speed up response times, improve first-visit resolution rates, and increase the number of customers they serve every day. And these efficiencies help companies save on costs. High-performing field teams believe automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are the keys to success: Our research found that 78% of high-performing field service organisations use AI and 83% use workflow automation, while other organisations report 59% and 68%, respectively.
 
 
 

Trend #3: Innovation improves customer experience outcomes.

Rising customer demands put pressure on mobile workers. Not only do 71% of high performing mobile workers say expectations for service and support have increased since before the pandemic, 65% report feeling that burden — more than any other type of service professional.
 

of high-performing mobile workers say customer expectations for service and support have increased since before the pandemic.

The State of Service, 5th Edition, Salesforce, September 2022

Decision makers understand the link between the employee experience and the customer experience. By investing in technologies like AI that support process and workflow automation, mobile workers can serve customers faster and better. High performers are particularly enthusiastic about the ways automation improves mobile workers’ productivity and efficiency, and by extension, the customer experience.
95% of mobile workers save time
94% of mobile workers report an increased ability to focus on individual customer needs
94% of mobile workers have time to take on new projects
92% of mobile workers report fewer errors

Learn what’s next in field service.

The exciting innovations in field service are transforming the ways companies in every industry serve their customers. All evidence indicates they’re just getting started: Not only is field service management predicted to grow to an $8 billion market by 2028, future mobile workforces will be able to use technologies like augmented and virtual reality to grow customer relationships even more.

 

 

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About the Author

 
Taksina Eammano
EVP & GM Field Service at Salesforce
Taksina Eammano is the Executive Vice President & General Manager of Salesforce Field Service. She is responsible for the overall strategy and vision for the Field Service product, powering the mobile workforce. Previously, Taksina led the Product portfolio for Sales Cloud as Chief Product Officer, and was responsible for the overall vision, roadmap, adoption and growth of Sales Cloud. Product isn’t Taksina’s only passion. She works with various non-profit organisations to push for equity in the workforce. In her downtime, Taksina enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys and seeking the best gastro hidden gems.
 

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