Web Design Tip: Live Chat

September 12, 2019    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Have you thought about having live chat on your website?

Live chat can be an extremely powerful tool for your business. Live chat enables customers to be able to chat with your company on the fly. It’s easy, fast, and with little commitment. We spend a lot of money, time and effort on getting people to our websites. If a visitor arrives at your website and can’t find the information they are looking for, they are gone. That’s why it’s crucial to not only understand your customers intentions, but also allowing them to be able to take the next step effortlessly.

Chatting is a good “catch all” for your website. Similar to an FAQ page, but much easier for your customers.

A customer’s next step doesn’t have to involve filling out a contact form or picking up the phone. Or browsing through hundreds of pages on your website to find the answer to their question. And picking up the phone for your visitors isn’t something they always want to do. They’re busy. Kids are screaming in the background, they’re in the airport, or they are work and supposed to be working. They could send a contact form, but how long will a reply take? Does the contact form just go into the ether?

Live chatting allows someone to get an answer right now.

You may think it’s going to be too much for your business to handle. You can test it out for a day or two and see how it goes. Most live chat applications have a phone application. Install the app on a phone and hand it to the person who answers the phones. Odds are the amount of work won’t be as great as you imagined, and the benefits will far outweigh that effort. In the end, your website will be much more effective for your business.

Last updated on May 04, 2020. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

Couldn’t recommend Shawn and Graticle more for your website services. Through easy to understand short videos, design, and superb communication you really cannot ask for better. I am the owner of a boutique law firm in NYC who needed a complete revamp for my website from scratch with no real time to devote to it. Shawn stayed on top of it, made changes as soon as I sent them over, and had the patience to deal with my lack of speed! He also recommended some great copy-writing, so do not be afraid to ask. Thank you Shawn and Graticle!

Danny Grace

Danny Grace, P.C.

dannygracepc.com

New York, NY