As Shopify is an e-commerce platform, it definitely needs a live chat to better support and assists customers through their buying process.

As according to Forrester, customers who engage in a live chat conversation with a business are 2,8x more likely to complete a purchase.

As you may be running a small e-commerce website on your own, you may not be able to answer every customers' questions. Is it enough to build a competitive advantage?

The answer is yes! As long as you follow the few tips that we are going to give you, you'll be all set to install a live chat on your Shopify store.

Don't worry, by adding a chat app on your shopify store, you'll not get flooded. Here are a few tips you can follow to kickstart your live chat support.

Choose the right time to display your live chat

As every efficient ecommerce business, you may have set Google Analytics on your website. With this wonderful tool, you're able to monitor peak traffic window. As you're able to understand these things, make sure to make your live chat available on this window.

Example of daily trafic using Google Analytics

When you've defined the right shift during your day, be sure to pay attention to the number of conversations that are created.

More than only looking at conversation, take a close look at how many conversations led to a purchase or close enough to hope one in the next days.

From there, you can make your chat available on the perfect time and enhance your customer happiness by coordinating conversational experience with highest buying intent.

Pro tip: While doing some discount like Black Friday or Christmas sales and sending a newsletter to your customers, make sure that your live chat is available. You can even set some automated chat greetings to automatically engage with users that come from this specific newsletter, based on URL parameters.

Choose the right place to display your live chat

You live chat software should give you significant control over the way customers can get in touch with you. Make sure you can show and hide the chat depending on your key pages.

As we just mentioned, sending automated greetings is also a key part of your customers' engagement. If you can't do this with your current chat tool, look for other alternatives that offer the ability to target users based on visitors' behavior.

By hiding the live chat app everywhere, you can then decide to which page you should display your live chat. Once again, by using Google Analytics, you should be able to define which are the best pages to display your chatbox.

Look for "Landing pages" in the "Behavior" section, here is what you should be able to see:

With this data, you should be able to define a data-driven strategy that could help you to better asses the key pages.

Simply, with a bit of brainwork, you can define the following pages as being key pages for your customers' lifecycle:

  • Show the live chat only for product pages and checkout process.
  • Show the live chat only on pages that feature new products or bestsellers
  • Open the chatbox widely to send chat welcome message after a new visitors arrives on your website.
  • Show the chatbox for visitors that are brought to your website through marketing campaigns
  • Show the chatbox to specific country only

Pro tip: While focusing on live chat, you should always think of your customers' lifecycle and what are the key touchpoint that they are going through before reaching to you using a chat app. Building a shared inbox is a nice way to enhance customers communication.

Don't forget that live chat is not the only channel

Live chat is a great channel when trying to improve customers satisfaction on ecommerce platform. As there is a growing number of communications' channel, companies should not forget that there may be some other channel to handle to offer the best customer experience possible.

As small e-commerce team can't handle every conversation, it is normal to think about a way to centralize all your communication channel.

The best way would be to build a shared inbox that could unify customers' chat, customers' email, customers' SMS or even customers messages coming from Facebook or Twitter.

Shared inbox is the perfect way to evolve in the multichannel environment we now face. More centralizing information, it also brings transparency and visibility throughout the team.

Pro tip: While focusing on shared inbox, you can also take some time to build canned responses that will help you to answer to your customer very quickly. These are templated answer for live chat that are available for you to use for common customers' question.

Look for qualitative instead of quantitative live chat conversations

As you're running out of time, you need to keep your mental energy and trust me, nothing will drain your brain faster than trying to handle multiple live chat conversations at the same time.

You'll serve your customers better (and so you too) by sending the right answer to one customer rather than twelve half-answers.

Settings up a queue is a bad idea as you are reproducing the same mistakes that big customers support companies are doing. Remember this voice:"All of our agents are not available, we will get back to you shortly". So rather than frustrating your customers, automate the first level of support.

Pro tip: While responding to customers, be sure that your chatbot is available and qualifying customers requests to reduce the global amount of requests that you will have to handle. Here you can check some chatbot example.

Does live chat increase sales?

The answer is, once again, definitively YES! AS an e-commerce entrepreneur, you should always be willing to better understand your customer and live chat is the perfect way.

Having a chat with your website visitor is gold as 82% are more likely to convert to customers after a chat conversation.

Even more, their average basket value is 13% higher than people that didn't chat with you.

Live chat is a powerful (and underrated) channel to convert your ecommerce traffic into paying customers.

Now that you're convinced about setting up a live chat on your Shopify store, here are some key resources that will help you: