Learn the basics of the Customer Service Hub
The Customer Service Hub’s intuitive interface brings together vital information in one place, so you can focus on the things that matter.
Customer Service Hub application requirements
Here’s a list of browsers and mobile versions that are supported by the Customer Service Hub:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge (supported on Windows 10)
- Apple Safari 11
- Internet Explorer 11
- iOS 10 - Tablet & Phone
- Android - Tablet + Phone (Android 6 and 7)
- Windows 10
Open the Customer Service Hub
The Customer Service Hub app is available to use on a desktop browser and on a mobile device for managing knowledge articles and case management. You can open the Customer Service Hub in the following ways:
These options are available only to users with the Customer Service app access role , System Administrator role, or System Customizer role.
In the Common Data Service platform, go to Settings > Application > My Apps > Customer Service Hub.
In the Dynamics 365 Customer Service sitemap, navigate to the app switcher and then select Customer Service Hub.
To access the Customer Service Hub app on a mobile device:
Install the Dynamics 365 Customer Service mobile app.
To install the Dynamics 365 Customer Service mobile app, see Install Dynamics 365 for phones and tablets
From the MyApps page, select Customer Service Hub.
Work with case management record types, dashboards, and tools
In the Customer Service Hub, you will find everything you need to easily manage customer service at your organization:
- Activities: Email, Task, Appointment, Phone Call, Social Activity
- Social Profiles
- Knowledge Articles
The Customer Service Hub comes with an enhanced sitemap to enable easy navigation of the interface. To learn more, see Understand the sitemap navigation.
The navigation bar for the Customer Service Hub is different from the navigation bar in the Common Data Service platform.
Any record types that are enabled for mobile are also available for use in the Customer Service Hub. However, these records are read-only.
Understand the sitemap navigation
- Select the sitemap icon . Select Service, and then select an entity record type.
When you select a record type from the menu, such as Accounts, Contacts, or Cases, you’ll see a list of corresponding customer records (also known as Entity grid).
To view recently opened records, select the down-arrow next to the record type in the sitemap.
Here is what each entity record type is used for:
- Dashboards collect all your most important data in one place. You can select from multiple dashboards as per your role.
- Activities help you keep track of tasks, email messages, appointments, phone calls and much more.
- Accounts are the companies you do business with.
- Contacts help you manage and store information about the customers you work with.
- Social Profiles let you track a contact's presence in social media.
- Cases help you create and track your customer requests and issues.
- Queues keep a track of cases waiting for you to work on.
- Knowledge Articles capture your customer’s questions, issues, feedback, and resolutions, so that other service reps can benefit from them.
Select ... to go to Training and access the documentation site to view the Help Center.
You can also access Service Management from the sitemap. Service Management lets you define all the customer service admin settings from the Customer Service Hub sitemap. Select ... to go to Service Management.
More information: Service Manager Guide (Customer Service Hub and Customer Service app).
Select Favorites and Recent button to see recently viewed records, or to see views that have been pinned as favorites.
For a mobile device, the sitemap is displayed as illustrated in the following image:
Open the default dashboard for a record type
When you’re viewing the list of records for a specific record type, select Open Dashboards in the command bar to switch to the default dashboard for that record type.
To return to the list of records, select Open Views in the command bar.
More information: Use interactive dashboards to effectively manage service cases
Navigate through records and pages
When you're viewing a record:
Select and expand Open Record Set to navigate to other records.
A side panel opens where you can view other records. You can directly select the records from the panel and view the details of the record.
The option Open Record Set will not be available on devices with comparatively smaller screen sizes.
Quickly create new records
To create records quickly by filling in only the most basic information, select the New button given on the nav bar.
On a mobile device, from the nav bar, tap and then tap Quick Create Menu.
Email a link
You can email links to records so your colleagues can quickly find these records by selecting the links. To email links to records, select one or more records in the list, and then on the command bar, select Email a link. The default email client opens with the links to these records. The recipients will see all content in the records for which they have permission.
Know your forms
Forms are designed to help you quickly handle important customer service tasks and complete actions from a single place.
Understand the different components of a form below:
In the Customer Service Hub, forms for cases and knowledge articles include a process bar (also called a business process flow), which appears when you save the record for the first time.
When you select a process stage on the process bar, you'll see the steps to take to complete that stage. A flag on a stage indicates the stage you’re currently on. When you select an active stage, you can see the Next Stage button move to the next stage in the process.
The stages in the business process flow are displayed in floating mode, or docked mode. Stages can be aligned in a vertical layout, instead of horizontal, which makes it easier to see what steps are required to move forward. You can also choose to include an optional step in the business process flow and define criteria to trigger it.
If there is more than one process to follow, you can switch between them by selecting Process > Switch Process on the command bar, and then selecting the process you want to use. Or you can choose to abandon the process if it no longer applies.
When a business process flow based on multiple entities is applied to a case or a knowledge article, the following limitations apply:
The business process flow based on multiple entities isn't displayed on the form.
The Switch Process option only shows business process flows that are based on a single entity.
If there are only multi-entity business process flows for an entity, the Switch Process option isn't available.
A tab is a group of sections on a page. Each case form is composed of one or more tabs. By default, the Summary tab shows information about the customer, interactions with the customer, and other related records. You can select different tabs to enter or see other miscellaneous details of a record.
For example, here’s a view of how the tabs appear on the case form:
This table lists the default tabs for each record type and the information that they show for a particular record.
|Record type||Default tabs|
|Case||Summary. Includes the customer card, Timeline, and the Related section.
Details. Tracks Case details, additional details, and social response details of the case.
Case Relationships. Shows a Merged Cases and Child Cases list. You can add a new child case to the current case from the Child Cases list. It also shows a list of knowledge articles associated with the case.
SLA. Shows the related SLA KPI Instance records that are created for each SLA KPI that is tracked for the case.
Related. Shows related entities like Knowledge Base records and Connections.
|Account||Summary. Includes the customer card, Timeline, and the Related section.
Details. Tracks additional details like company profile, marketing details, contact preferences, and billing and shipping.
Related. Shows related common entities.
|Contact||Summary. Includes the customer card, Timeline, and the Related section.
Details. Tracks additional details like personal information, marketing details, contact preferences, and billing and shipping.
Related. Shows related common entities.
|Activities||Activity forms shows a tab called Task for the respective activity and a Related tab for common entities.|
|Knowledge Articles||Content. Lets you write and edit the content for the article.
Summary. Tracks basic settings, Timeline, publishing settings, and related information.
Analytics. Shows the number of views, feedback, and a list of cases using the article.
Related. Shows related common entities.
|Social Profiles||Social Profile. Captures general information, and social profile details along with related social profiles.
Related. Shows related common entities.
See a complete view of your customer’s touch points in the Contact card. This card is available in the General Information section of the Summary tab.
You can add a picture to the account or contact record in the Common Data Service platform, and it will appear on this card. You can make calls to customers from the Contact card using Skype for Business – IP telephony.
For account records, the card shows contact details for the primary contact associated with the account. For contact records, the card appears if the contact is the customer value on the case form.
This is an early access feature. You can opt in early to enable these features in your environment, which will allow you to test these features and then adopt them across your environments. For information about how to enable these features, see Opt in to 2020 release wave 1 updates Opt in to 2020 release wave 1 updates.
See a combined view of your customer’s interactions across various channels, such as phone, email, or even social activities in the Timeline. The Timeline enables you to create notes and posts, and also, to view any related notes or system posts. The Timeline control makes collaboration with other users easy and efficient.
You can do the following:
- Identify the key activities with simple icons.
- Quick access to the command bar to perform common actions on an activity with ease.
- Filter activities on the timeline with multiple filter options.
- View and manage email conversation threads on the timeline with ease.
- Expand and collapse activities in the timeline with ease.
The Customer Service Hub comes with an enhanced timeline that shows you all customer interactions arranged in a single stream. Managing activities in the timeline wall will be faster and more responsive with improvements to data viewability and usability.
- Search Records
- Take notes
- Add info and activities
- More commands
- Activity status
- Activity icons
- Date and time
The timeline section is available on the Summary tab for account, contact, case records, and for knowledge articles, and it shows the following:
- Phone Call
The activities, note, and post are standard entities. If your administrator or system customizer has configured other entities, then those will appear.
You can create, edit, and delete an activity, note, post, and other interactions from the timeline itself. Additionally, you can filter and sort the interactions. In the timeline area, you can see three actions: Add info and activities, Open filter pane, and More commands. Use these options to add, filter, and sort the interactions on the timeline.
Add activities, posts, and notes: Select the + icon in the timeline area to quickly open an form or quick create form to create and save. The item you created appears in the timeline. The standard activities that you can currently create with + button in the timeline are as follows:
- Phone Call
Based on your administrator configuration, other entities may appear.
Filter the activities, post, and note: With the help of text and visual filters, you can filter by activities, notes, posts, and other custom entities in the timeline. You can also view the items from the previous day or week, and you can filter the interactions using the filter icon in the timeline area. To learn more, see Filter activities, posts, and notes on the timeline.
More commands: The timeline provides the options to refresh so you see the updated list of activities, notes, and posts and sort the timeline interactions. Select the ellipsis (...) in the timeline to refresh and sort the timeline by choosing one of the two: Sort newer to older and Sort older to newer.
Take a note
You can select the Enter a note box in the timeline and specify a title and message. The message box has a rich text editor that enables you to create rich and well-formatted content for the notes with emphasis. The editor brings common word processor features like:
- Copy formatting
- Font and size
- Bold, italic, and underline
- Background color for text and text color
- Bulleted and numbered list
- Decrease and increase indent
- Block quote
- Text alignment (align left, centre, and right)
- Link and unlink
- Text strikethrough
- Text direction from right to left and left to right
- Undo and redo
- Remove format
The feature is enabled by default, your administrator can enable or disable rich-text editor for you. To learn more, see Enable rich-text editor for notes in timeline.
You can format only the message (body), and not the title.
You can also add an attachment to your notes, and the attachment is displayed below the note. At anytime, you can attach one file. Before adding the note, if you want upload another file than the one you've selected, you can again browse and choose another file. This will replace the already selected file.
- The notes rich-text editor is available only for Unified Interface and not for web client.
- If you create a note with the rich-text editor formatting in Unified Interface, and when you see the note in Web Client, the note is displayed to you with HTML syntax.
Identify the activities, notes, and posts with icons along with time stamp
The timeline shows a simple icon before the activity, post, note, and custom entity making it easy for you to identify the type.
Also, you can view the timestamp at all times. Activities, posts, and notes that were created or updated today will reflect only the time and created or updated on other days will reflect the date and time.
Access command bar to perform actions
When you hover the cursor on or expand an activity, post, and note, the command bar appears with the options specific to the activity, such as marking an activity complete, assigning it to others, adding it to a queue, converting it to a case, liking a post, replying to a post, editing a note, or deleting the activity.
Filter activities, posts, and notes on the timeline
Quickly filter the activities, posts, and notes with multiple filter options to see what matters to you. The filter is available for the activities, posts, notes, and custom entities that are present in timeline. The timeline filters and displays the records and the count of those records that are present in the timeline.
When you select the filter icon, you can see the Filter by menu where you can filter the items based on the following categories.
|Activity due date (active)||
When you filter based on the activity status, then those activities, notes, and posts in a particular status are displayed to you.
Search for records
You can easily search for records in the timeline. When you search for a phrase, the timeline searches the title or subject and description or body of the content, and then displays the record to you.
View and manage email conversations
You can easily set email messages to show as conversation threads on the timeline, significantly reducing usability (scroll and clicks) when managing email activities.
Expand and collapse timeline activities
Select an activity from the timeline to expand and view.
Configure Timeline section for your users
In the Related section (also known as Reference panel), use the tabs to see related records for the current record. This section is enabled by default for account, contact, case, and knowledge article records. Your customizer can add this section for all entities (including custom entities) that are enabled for interactive experience. The reference panel is also available in model-driven apps, for information, see Reference Panel in model-driven apps .
By default, the first tab in the Related section of a case record shows the Recent Cases and Entitlements for the current case record you’re working on.
The second tab in the Related section of a case record is the Knowledge Base search. Knowledge Base search lets you search for the knowledge articles related to a specific record. It also lets you view automatic suggestions. You can filter the search results to display articles that are Published, Draft, or Approved. For more information, see Search for Knowledge articles.
The third tab in the Related section of a case record displays Similar Cases. Select ... on a record to follow or unfollow the case, and explore other options.
Watch this video to learn more about the Reference Panel in the Customer Service Hub:
You can configure rules that help you view similar cases based on automatic suggestions. For more information, see Use advanced similarity rules to view similar case suggestions.
- For Accounts records, you can view Contacts, Recent Opportunities, Recent Cases, and Entitlements in the Related section.
- For Contacts records, the Related section displays Recent Opportunities, Recent Cases, and Entitlements.
- For Knowledge articles records, select an article and go to the Summary tab to view the Related Information panel. Here you can view Related versions, Related translations, Related categories, Related articles, and Related products for an article.
Your system administrator or customizer can choose if Related section should be included in a form. They can also decide on what related data should be displayed in the section for each form.
Reference Panel reflow
The Customer Service Hub is available to use on a desktop browser, and on a mobile device. Depending on the zoom level and the resolution of the system on which you are accessing the hub interface, the Reference panel adjusts the tabs and records for an optimum experience.
For example, on a browser, if you zoom in to about 100% or more, the tabs get docked on the top of the panel.
Similarly, if you zoom out to about 60-70%, the records appear in grid form.
Activities are the tasks that you or your team perform while interacting with customers. An activity is any action which can be entered on a calendar and has time dimensions (start time, stop time, due date, and duration) that help determine when the action occurred or is planned to occur.
For example, you can make a record to track a phone call with a customer, or list an appointment scheduled with a customer to discuss a certain issue. You can create activities for yourself, or assign them to other service reps.
In Dynamics 365 Customer Service, the following activities are supported:
- Phone Call
- Social Activity
You can create and edit emails in the Customer Service Hub app on a desktop browser. However, on a mobile device email is read-only in the Hub app.
Open Activities view
In the Customer Service Hub sitemap, select Service > Activities. The My Activities view is displayed.
Select in the nav bar to go to Activities to quickly add a new activity.
Select the My Activities drop-down to switch between activity views.
Select the Due drop-down to see the list of activities that are due in coming time or are already overdue.
Explore the command bar options to create a new activity like new Task, Email, Appointment, or Phone call.
For example: To create a new email, select Email from the command bar. The New Email activity form is displayed.
Select ... in the command bar and go to Open Dashboards to directly open activity dashboard.
To view the status of an activity, click the activity record and see bottom-left in the activity form.
View and create email
Dynamics 365 Customer Service lets agents interact with customers through email. Email functionality allows agents to:
View and respond to emails.
Utilize common email toolbar functionality and rich text editor controls.
View and insert images inline using drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste functionality.
Create email in a pop-up window.
Preview templates before applying them.
View your email
To view your email:
In the Customer Service Hub sitemap, go to Service > Activities.
Select the All Activities drop-down, and then select My Received Emails.
Select the email you want to view to open it. The email will open, where you can then reply to the sender and recipients or forward it.
The following steps detail how to create an email.
In the Customer Service Hub sitemap, go to Service > Activities.
On the command bar, select Email. A new email window opens.
The From field is automatically populated based on the currently logged-in user.
Write your email directly in the composer or select Insert Template to search for and apply a template.
To compose your email in a full-screen window, select the expand icon.
The message box has a rich text editor that enables you to create rich and well-formatted content for the emails with emphasis. The editor brings common word processor features like:
Font and size
Bold, italic, and underline
Background color for text and text color
Bulleted and numbered list
Decrease and increase indent
Text alignment (align left, center, and right)
Link and unlink
Text direction from right to left and left to right
Undo and redo
- When you're done, select Send.
Work with Queues
Use queues to organize, prioritize, and monitor the progress of your work. In Dynamics 365 Customer Service, queues are containers used to store anything that needs to be completed or requires an action, for example completing a task or closing a case. To know more about creating and managing queues, see Create and manage queues.
Open Queues view
In the Customer Service Hub sitemap, select Service > Queues. The queues view is displayed.
- Use the drop-down lists to switch between the views and the various queues.
- Select a record in the queues view to:
- Edit the record
- Route the record
- Pick the record. It will be assigned to you and will be moved to your queue.
- Release the record. It will be assigned back to the queue owner for other's to pick up.
To know how to add a case to a queues, see Add a case to a queue.
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