Interacting with customers online is a given in business these days. But turning those interactions into sales? That’s a whole new kettle of fish.
Messages On Hold has its own Facebook page, but it’s not quite a sales tool. Sure, we can field questions from current and potential customers there, but it’s more a branding exercise. It allows us to connect with people in a relaxed, social manner and show a more playful side of the company.
So we could interact with prospects in a purely sales-centric, low-pressure environment, we installed a chat application on our website. This allows web browsers to navigate our site at their own pace and, if they want to ask us something about a product, it’s as easy as clicking on the chat icon and having a real-time conversation with one of the sales team.
The benefits of having a chat application on our site are two-fold. It allows our sales people to multi-task: chatting with several clients at once or even fielding email enquiries whilst a chat session is in progress. It also breaks down that fear some people have about picking up a phone and being locked in a sales conversation. Perhaps the biggest benefit of all is the fact you can connect instantly with a prospect while they’re pumped and interested in your products.
There are plenty of ways to encourage online interaction from your target market, and installing a live chat application is just one of them. You can start by setting up a Facebook page to open a casual dialogue with customers and prospects. Twitter is another simple, streamlined way of prompting communication from customers. The most important thing is to get something underway.
To learn more about the benefits of live chat applications, check out this useful article.