Improve MSP and Support Workflows with Splashtop SOS

Splashtop On-Demand Support (Splashtop SOS) is a popular solution used by MSPs, IT teams and support professionals to deliver on-demand, attended support.

Start support sessions more quickly, improve technician productivity, and deliver a better customer experience

The standard attended support process with Splashtop SOS is pretty simple.

  • The technician instructs the end client to go to https://sos.splashtop.com on the Splashtop web site to download and run an app
  • The client runs the app and gives the technician a 9 digit code to start the support session

To deliver a higher level of service, you can go beyond that standard experience, simplify the workflow for technicians, and give your customers an improved support experience. Below are some easy solutions to these three top requests:

  1. Is there a way we can host the SOS app on our own site instead of referring users to the Splashtop web site to download it?
  2. Can we change the branding of the SOS app to show our own company name and logo instead of Splashtop SOS?
  3. Can I make it easier for my end-user to start a support session next time and not have to tell them to download from the Splashtop web site each time?

 

Host the Splashtop SOS app on your own site

The SOS app is updated regularly to add new features so you won’t want to host a static version of the actual files on your site.

Instead, you can put hyperlinks to the Windows and Mac apps on your site that will always link to the latest versions of the apps on the cloud.

Click here to see the article with the links

Then just create a page on your site where you will direct the user and put those links on the page so they can download the apps.

If you create a custom branded SOS app (instructions below) you host that custom app directly on your site.

Now, instead of telling the user to go to sos.splashtop.com, you can point them to simple URL on your own site.

 

Customize the SOS app with your brand

Now you can customize the Splashtop app with your company’s logo, colors and text to provide a better, branded user experience for your end users.

You can customize multiple aspects of the app including the caption (name of the app window), banner/logo, background color, instructions text, and text color (if you need to adjust for light text on a dark background or vice versa).

Splashtop SOS setting custom branding

Example with the original SOS app to the left and UI for customizing it to the right

Once you create your customized version of the app, you can make it available for download from your web site.

Note that each time the SOS app is updated, you should apply your custom branding to the new version of the app, sign it, and make sure you are distributing the latest version of the app to your end users.

Click here for the how-to article for SOS custom branding

 

Create a desktop shortcut on your users computers for quick and easy access

Here’s a quick tip that can make it easier for your users to more easily start the SOS client app and give you a session code without having to point them to download the app from the Splashtop web site each time.

The user has usually just downloaded the SOS app so on Windows it’s as easy as going into their Downloads folder and dragging the “SplashtopSOS.exe” file to the Windows desktop. That will create a desktop shortcut for it.

Splashtop SOS desktop icon

If you can’t easily find the file, access the “Settings | Download Streamer” menu option in the Splashtop SOS app that is on your client’s computer and that will start a new download of the file that you should be able to easily locate. Then follow the steps above to create the desktop shortcut.

Splashtop SOS Download Streamer

Download Streamer menu option in the SOS app on the end-user’s computer.

 

You’re ready to go

In this article we’ve seen how to increase technician productivity and make it easier for your end-user support customers by offering SOS app download links from your own web site, custom branding the SOS app, and creating an SOS app shortcut on and end-user’s computer to make it quick and easy to start future support sessions.

If you don’t have SOS yet or are using another on-demand, attended support solution, check out SOS now.

If you already have Splashtop SOS, we hope you find these tips helpful.

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