What are the best practices for managing a knowledge base?

Follow these best practices and guidelines to build a knowledge base that knowledge base managers can work with efficiently and where customers can find answers to their questions with ease.

Bold360 AI offers various options you can use to optimize your content:

  • Links to connect related articles to each other for easier findability
  • Labels to organize content in your knowledge base and group articles in the support center
  • Phrasings to make sure readers find relevant content when they use wordings other than the intent
  • Synonyms to cover similar words thus minimize the number of phrasings
  • Context to keep internal and external content separate, offer different escalation channel options based on customer type and so on
  • Article variations to create alternative answers to the same question for different audiences
  • User groups and permissions to provide access to a specific knowledge base or a subset of one
  • Content management workflow to ensure the quality of the content
  • Search Optimizer to help knowledge base managers follow up on customer voices and improve content and phrasings

What are the best practices for labels?

You can increase productivity using labels because you can save time looking for content. Organizing the content helps to keep the content grouped together per owner which in turn also creates easy accountability when filtering the reporting data by label.

When creating and applying labels to articles, keep in mind the following:

  • It?s best to use labels based on how you group content and assign content-related tasks internally.
  • It?s good practice to use a label for conversational articles and articles that include videos to easily find them.
  • To have control over what articles are presented in the FAQ, use a specific label for FAQ articles.
  • To create channeling policies and reports for certain articles, use the same label for them.

What are the best practices for phrasings?

When creating phrasings, remember the following:

  • Search works best with phrasings that are
    • to the point
    • three to eight words long
    • simple sentences
    • formulated as a question
  • Use phrasings that are unique to a single article to ensure the accuracy of search results.
  • Increase variety in the wording of phrasings? as the search algorithm looks at the combinations of the different terms used across all phrases in the article.?
  • Use negative phrasings when you have articles with almost identical titles and substantially different content.
  • Use synonyms instead of phrasings to cover words that are close in meaning.
  • Add up to 10 phrasings for an article.
  • Use the full term in the title and add acronyms as phrasings.
  • Use entities to turn your data into smart chatbot conversations.
  • When leveraging voices to create new phrasings, clean up the voice, for example, remove typos, redundant words and shorten long sentences to improve the appearance of phrasings in autocomplete.?

What are the best practices for synonyms?

Keeping a large list of synonyms helps improve the Bold360 AI Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithm.?

When creating synonyms, remember the following:

  • Use narrow synonyms. If a synonym is too broad, it negatively impacts search results and it is difficult to identify the root cause.?
  • There?s no need to capture typos as the NLP algorithm automatically corrects them.
  • Create synonym groups for common abbreviations of a word.
  • Add synonyms that are specific to your business.
  • Use synonyms for acronyms and word combinations of two or more words.