3 Ways in Which Online Support Determines Your Company’s Credibility

3 Ways Online Support Determines Your Company's Credibility
3 Ways Online Support Determines Your Company’s Credibility

If you are a startup, earning customer trust is so important to get those first few clients and get things rolling. However, even if you are a well established business, continuously maintaining customer trust and meeting customer expectations is as important for keeping existing relationships as for making new clients.

Adding a live chat tool to your website is one simple and efficient way to build credibility with your customers.

There are several aspects of how you manage live support on your website, which signal the customer right away how credible your company is and whether you are worth having business with. If you want to give the right impression and look credible in the customers’ eyes, watch out for the following things.

1. How often customers find live support online

Excuse me, but if you have a live chat icon on your website that says “24/7 support”, but whenever customers are trying to reach you, all they see is an “offline” or “not available” message, that ain’t gonna work. The trust is broken from the start. The customer concludes that you don’t practice what you preach, so how are they going to believe whatever you are offering them to purchase from your website.

This is the number one fault that many companies make when they start utilizing live chat, so make sure to avoid that. If you are a small business and can’t offer live support 24/7, that’s fine. Just be transparent about it and set the customer expectations right.

2. How fast your agents respond to live chat requests

The speed of response is a crucial factor in showing your company’s credibility. I’ve seen many chat lines where it was popping in my eye that an agent is at a standby and ready to answer my question. To my disappointment, when I actually accepted that offer, I was presented with many automated responses telling me that I could browse a knowledge base, answer some questionnaires or needed to wait for an answer. I had no way of figuring out whether my call would be answered at all or not. Sometimes 10 to 15 minutes could pass before someone had answered or I had given up on waiting.

Research proves that customer expectations for the speed of response are very high: 60% of customers will abandon a call after just one minute of waiting on hold. Consequently, taking care to respond to all live chat inquiries within one minute is an immune booster to your company’s reputation.

3. How professional your agents are

Recently I had to deal with one staffing company. I will save the advertising, but they had a really nice website and were priding themselves in working with many big clients. They indeed seemed to have a quite advanced candidate assessment tools. Everything seemed just great. But when it came to speaking with their representative on the phone, I was very surprised. I could barely distinguish what they were saying for two reasons. It seemed like the call was being made from a north pole, there was a terrible connection from that location. And the second reason, the person had such a strong accent that it was almost impossible to decipher their words. Additionally, the person was just clearly reading a script and was absolutely not interested in what I was saying, probably because they also couldn’t clearly hear and understand me.

Now, I am not against outsourced contact centers. I had many pleasant experiences and I consider it a completely normal practice. But I couldn’t help feeling disappointment and mistrust. If their support is like this, probably all those great things written on the website is just a bait to get you in, but that’s what you will get in the end.

I don’t know whether that’s true or not, maybe the company will ultimately follow through with their promise and it’s just that their support is weak. But my point here is, if your support team are not a gang of professionals who will earn you the clients’ trust and love, your ship will be sinking quietly and you won’t even know it. Some clients, like myself in this case, will not tell you about it, but maybe write somewhere…

On a Final Note

If you are at a stage where you are looking for ways to earn greater trust with customers and build credibility, consider adding live chat to your website.

Live chat is a simple in implementation, yet a powerful tool to shape and monitor how your clients perceive your brand. It helps to maintain your company’s reputation and create long-term relationships with your customers. However, remember, that a powerful tool can also work against you. So watch out how you manage online support and avoid the pitfalls that we discussed today.

If you want to give live chat a try, Provide Support offer a 10-day free fully functional trial that can be installed on your website in just a few minutes. Sign up for the trial today and start earning new loyal customers.

Maria Lebed

Maria Lebed

Maria is a Customer Service Advocate and Social Media Coordinator at Provide Support, LLC. She is a writer and blogger on customer experience, customer service innovation and live chat support service.
Maria Lebed

4 thoughts on “3 Ways in Which Online Support Determines Your Company’s Credibility

  1. It’s really true, Maria:”The speed of response is a crucial factor in showing your company’s credibility. I’ve seen many chat lines where it was popping in my eye that an agent is at a standby and ready to answer my question. To my disappointment, when I actually accepted that offer, I was presented with many automated responses telling me that I could browse a knowledge base, answer some questionnaires or needed to wait for an answer. I had no way of figuring out whether my call would be answered at all or not. Sometimes 10 to 15 minutes could pass before someone had answered or I had given up on waiting.”

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