How will Faithlife improve product quality, and customer satisfaction?

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Oct 26 2016 11:37 AM

Let me start by saying I know absolutely nothing about running a business, or being an entrepreneur.

I know that Faithlife does far more than simply develop Logos, and there are many other facets to the business that Bob has to run on a daily basis.

I am sympathetic about how difficult it is to do one thing well. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to start new endeavors (such as the Mobile Ed offering for churches), and try to keep everything else running smoothly.

But I wonder if all the unresolved issues are tiny cracks that will eventually lead to some failure in the business, because no one has the time to address these (lower-priority) outstanding problems, due to the ongoing number of currently active issues that people currently have to address.

For example, here are a few specific concerns that I see taking place, with no resolution in sight.

  • Older books pulled from the store, when no newer edition is live yet. E.g., The Moody Handbook of Theology. (The old product is no longer sold sold yet is still in use, even by new Mobile Ed courses that shipped last month. The newer edition is still in pre-pub.)
  • Mobile Ed subscription offerings don't regularly change. There was no new course for October, and apparently only one new course for November. Why subscribe if the majority of the content rarely changes.
  • Publisher contracts not favorably (re)negotiated. For example, Zondervan collections can't be discounted, can't be included in bundles, or can't have dynamic pricing? The time for a customer to discover that a collection (such as WBC) isn't dynamically priced, should be before they purchase a volume from the collection.
  • Mobile Ed courses need to be updated. We're either told it won't happen -- we are stuck with the course as it is -- or that it eventually will get done. Saying that Mobile Ed "recommends Platinum" is inadequate, since many requirements which did come with L6 aren't in L7.
  • Mobile Ed courses ship, but some of its resources aren't available. This should be caught by FL before the product ships.
  • No favorable pricing yet for Mobile Ed resources. While it's something you've acknowledged, why are resource bundles offered for "certificates," yet not for individual courses? (You already offer discounts when people buy additional items along with a base package. Why not a discount for course resources along with its mobile ed course?)
  • Discounts for academics, and referral program coupon codes, yet no (volume) discounts for people who eventually spend tens of thousands, yet aren't in school. Having to jump through hoops with inbound sales on a call-by-call basis is bothersome.

Ideally, if there could be some sort of check in place that warns when if a product being pulled from the store (or from a base package) if Mobile Ed requires it, that would head off 1/2 the problems on the list.

Resolving some of these issues would not only improve the quality of your products, it would also benefit the satisfaction of your customers (and lead to more word-of-mouth recommendations).

I am thankful for FL/Logos, for many reasons, including supplying us a forum where we can report issues. Perhaps all I really need is to know that someone has seen and logged an issue for another department to follow up, instead of left wondering if it ever will be addressed.

 

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 26 2016 12:28 PM

PetahChristian:

  • The time for a customer to discover that a collection (such as WBC) isn't dynamically priced, should be before they purchase a volume from the collection.

What a simple, yet profound idea! A banner somewhere on relevant product pages that says, "Please note, purchasing xyz package in the future, to which this product belongs, will not qualify or a dynamic discount" would not only give a fair warning to customers, but might also help generate more sales for FL as people are motivated to just go ahead and bite the bullet an purchase the whole bundle. 

Excellent idea! 

Myke Harbuck
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Adjunct Professor, Georgia Military College

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 26 2016 1:08 PM

Petah, your title is appropriate!  Customer, singular.

I suspect Logos might be working on my satisfaction, not yours ... I didn't see a single item I need on your list.

Now, granted, regarding my own list, Logos isn't making any headway either.

I wonder exactly what they're doing all day long?

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 26 2016 1:44 PM

Denise:

Now, granted, regarding my own list, Logos isn't making any headway either.

Perhaps part of the problem is that we're in the dark regarding whether they even acknowledge or intend to address a particular issue at all.

If it's not an actual bug, there's no mention of a case being opened. Sometimes someone from FL will fix some (product) issue on the store, and report back that it's done, but mostly there's no reassurance that a particular issue will be corrected sooner (rather than later or never).

If products (such as Mobile Ed courses) would have to go through a beta similar to the Logos software itself, maybe that's what is needed for issues to be caught by testers and fixed before the product is released live to everyone.

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 27 2016 4:37 AM

PetahChristian:

Perhaps part of the problem is that we're in the dark regarding whether they even acknowledge or intend to address a particular issue at all.

If it's not an actual bug, there's no mention of a case being opened. Sometimes someone from FL will fix some (product) issue on the store, and report back that it's done, but mostly there's no reassurance that a particular issue will be corrected sooner (rather than later or never).

I happened to get an email from Bob last night, mentioning that FL will try to improve the communication.

While I am impressed that a CEO would take the time to correspond with me, perhaps it would save everyone time and inconvenience, if a coordinator from FL could handle the non-software issues similar to how Philana handles the bug reports?

As a user, I simply want to report an issue, trust that a case has been opened, and get back to using Logos.

Simple acknowledgements truly go a long way to reassure us that some issues can/will be fixed, or that the right departments/people have been made aware of a specific problem with a resource.

I am grateful for all the people involved in producing the software and the resources we use, to help us in our study and education. Thanks for Logos and Mobile Ed!

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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