Michiel Gaasterland
Michiel Gaasterland
Chief Brand Officer
Aug 14, 2013

ROBIN rolls out Live Chat

Live Chat
It’s been a busy summer here at ROBIN HQ. Our development team has been working their binary butts off to realize the delivery of one of our customers’ top wishlist items: Live Chat.

As of today, ROBIN customers can now simply change their status from ‘offline’ to ‘online’ in their ROBIN dashboard. This will change the text on the contact tab on your web store from ‘CONTACT’ to ‘LIVE CHAT’. If you want, the text on the contact tab can be edited in the ROBIN dashboard.

What happens if you go offline?

Although Live Chat is a great way for web stores to deliver super fast service to their customers, the problem is that most small & medium sized web stores are not online 24/7.

So, what happens if you go offline?

At the end of the working day, when you change your status back from ‘online’ to ‘offline’, the text in the ROBIN contact tab will change back from ‘Live Chat’ to ‘Contact’ - showing customers the same web form. Most other Live Chat solutions will then state: ‘We are currently offline. Please send us a message’. This is a bit like saying: ‘The light’s are off, nobody is home, but you can try ringing the door bell anyway’. We thought ‘Contact’ was a bit more inviting ;-). But there’s more…

Integrating Live Chat with Email

When you are offline, your Live Chat solution is once again dependent on email. Incoming emails from customers will come into your email client (e.g. Outlook) or web mail (e.g. Gmail). This leaves your customer service team back at square one, where your important emails from customers can be overlooked, answered double, or incorrectly.

When you are using ROBIN, and you are unavailable for Live Chat, customers will be using the ROBIN web form to contact you. They can also simply drop you an email. All these messages will land into your ROBIN dashboard. You will immediately receive a notification via email or via your iPhone.

As you answer them, ROBIN provides you with customer data such as conversation history, order-, billing- and shipping status and much more. Needless to say, this data is also available during Live Chat.

Also worth noting, is that the ROBIN Premium plan supports unlimited concurrent live chats. This means that customers don't have to wait when you are already busy chatting to another client. You can simple have two more simultaneous chats with an online shopper.

A brand new online contact form

While we were at it, we also improved the design of the ROBIN online dialogue. Previously the contact form was a layer over the web page. Now, the contact form elegantly slides in from the left or right side of the page (depending on where you place your contact tab). Customers can also move the form to the right side of the screen or minimize it, while they keep browsing pages on your site.

Click the ROBIN contact tab on the right side of this page, to check out the look and feel of the new contact form!


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