7 Signs Your Support Really Needs Live Chat

7 Signs Your Support Really Needs Live Chat
7 Signs Your Support Really Needs Live Chat

Live Chat is quickly gaining popularity all over the world, but many business owners are still not sure if it’s the right solution for their customer service needs. Many of them believe that traditional customer service channels like phone and email are quite enough to handle their customer interactions and keep their business competitive.

It’s no longer enough, actually. Modern technology keeps evolving at a rapid rate, and ‘this is how we do things’ is no longer an effective strategy for customer service,  whatever your business is. Today’s online consumers are changing quickly, as well as their expectations and preferences. And to keep up with the pace,  your  people need best tools at their disposal. How about taking the next step and investing in an innovative tool to make your team more efficient and effective?

If you are still questioning yourself “Should I get Live Chat for my business?”, this is an article that might help you out. We’ve pulled together 7 signs your team really needs Live Chat.  Look to these indicators to figure out how you can improve your performance with Live Chat.

1. Your Customer Satisfaction Needs Improvement

Low customer satisfaction rate is an alarming sign for any business. It can be caused by a number of reasons but the list is topped by these two: contacting customer support takes too much time or requires too much effort.  Long delays, automated systems and dreaded ‘hold’ music hurt the chances, don’t they?

According to the Customer Service Benchmark Report released by eDigitalResearch in July 2015, less than half of consumers (45%) said they were satisfied with phone as a touch point, with only 26% of which found this method easy to use. The report also highlights Live Chat as the touch point scoring the highest customer satisfaction rate (73%) of all channels, due to its ready availability and ease of use.

2. Your Support Team Gets Too Many Emails

Let’s face the fact: email FCR is reported to be the lowest of all channels nowadays. The challenge faced by support agents when handling email requests is all about need for more information. Usually, information provided in initial customer email is not enough to resolve the issue through a single email message, so in most cases they have to get back to customers with a request for additional details like account name, order number, etc.

If the interaction was held in real time, getting all this information would not take that much, so adding Live Chat to your website can really help resolve the problem and reduce the number of email correspondence.

3. The Volume of Phone Calls Is Too Low

There are many people indeed who hate having to call someone. For various reasons: they might dislike to be put on hold, or hate the transfers, or simply feel uncomfortable with the need to allocate the time and a quiet space to make a call.  Forrester data reveals that Generations Z and X prefer communicating in Live Chat with a live person rather than speaking on the telephone, as talking by typing is the preferred method of communication for the greater part of the younger audience.

4. Your Budget No Longer Fits Your Customer Service Expenses

As your business grows, so do your service costs. The more customers and prospects are contacting your team, the more people you need to handle customer interactions. And one day you start questioning yourself if there is any way to manage the resources more efficiently. The cost of a single Live Chat interaction is one of the cheapest compared to other customer support channels. Gartner found that Live Chat costs just about 1/4th that of a phone transaction, while Forrester provided the figures of $10 per Live Chat session against $33 per phone service transaction. In addition, a single agent can manage multiple chat sessions at the same time. This means that less manpower is required to provide Live Chat assistance.

5. You Don’t Have Enough Info About Your Website Visitors

One of the most significant benefits of Live Chat is that you can collect and analyze data about your website traffic — and use this information to communicate with customers more effectively. In most cases when a website visitor calls your Live Chat you have them on your website. Real-time traffic monitoring combined with analytics can be used to benefit your Customer Support team in a number of ways, giving you great insights into your customer service and marketing planning. It lets you connect the initial request with lots of information available about the customer, such as where they come from and how they are using your website so that you can work out better ways to approach them and establish a business relationship.

6. You Need to Convert More Leads into Paying Customers

A recent Forrester Customer Service study states that over half (53%) of US online adults will abandon their online purchase if they cannot find a quick answer to their questions right on the spot. In fact, unanswered concerns, complications, and confusion at checkout are one of the major reasons customers abandon their online shopping carts. When confused customers get instant help exactly when they need it, the chances they will successfully complete their purchase are higher. Live Chat support allows a business to provide real-time assistance to customers, answer their questions and concerns during the sales process, which leads to increased conversions and sales.

7. You Feel It’s Time to Act More Proactive

The growing demand for proactive customer engagement is one of the top trends for customer service in 2016, according to Forrester. Are you looking for professional ways to make the shift to a more engaging customer support?  Proactive Live Chat is successfully used on many websites to offer finely-targeted assistance to the visitors when they really need it, making sales and customer service processes vastly more user-friendly and productive. For instance, a chat invitation can be triggered when a visitor spends too much time on a checkout page or a specific website section with complex information about a product.

E-TAILING GROUP data shows that using Proactive Chat yields very good results with 65% pollees showing receptiveness of invitations sent through Proactive Chat. If you would like to find out more on Proactive Chat implementation and strategies you may read our blog article on proactive chat here.

Your Turn

If you do recognize some of these signs in your own business, implementing Live Chat support as another customer service channel might be the right solution. In case you are already using Live Chat on your website, please tell us about your experience. We would love to hear from you.

Provide Support is a leading software provider in customer service, offering live chat and real-time visitor monitoring tool for websites. Empowering customer service with live chat  www.providesupport.com

Julia Lewis

Julia Lewis

Customer Service Advocate and Social Media Coordinator at Provide Support, LLC
Julia is passionate about customer service excellence, and has more than ten years of experience as a Customer Service Representative. Julia is also a writer and blogger on topics related to customer experience, customer service innovation and live chat support service.
Julia Lewis

7 thoughts on “7 Signs Your Support Really Needs Live Chat

  1. Thanks for this post. Online businesses nowadays definitely need real time customer service and LiveChat is the easiest way of doing that. Email is slow, phone takes time and if very inefficient. Have you tried providing the link to someone over the phone?

    1. Thank you for your valuable comment, Peter. I do agree with you. Live Chat combines features people like the most about customer service and expect to get: human touch, great ease of use and no need to wait. The latter is particularly important for today’s customers, I believe. So it is a nice way to show that you really care and value your customers’ time. Ultimately, as the old adage goes, there’s no present like the time

  2. Thanks for this post. The future of the operations and business concerned with customer service greatly relies on the chat answering service. Moreover, with an increase in the business activities undertaken on a cross-border basis, many businesses have been benefited with this service in order to trade overseas.

    1. Thank you for reading our blog, Frank! I agree, Live Chat is one of the most important features a site can offer, and it’s fairly popular as a point of contact for many customers today

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