At times, you or your agents will receive chats from people who mistake you for another company or service. On other occasions, you can get chats from online bullies who want to abuse your agents. Read on to see what to do in such situations.
To cut down on the number of accidental chats, you can increase the time it takes for your automatic greeting to pop up.
When you set it to appear immediately after someone reaches your site, you will get chats with lots of visitors. Including those who reached your site by mistake. They don’t need long to see that they are on the wrong website, so delaying your greetings by 10 or 15 seconds should reduce spam chats.
Another way to filter out your visitors is by using the pre-chat form. It’s a form displayed to visitors before they start the chat. Apart from being a great tool for collecting contact details, the pre-chat form helps sift serious customers from spammers. Visitors who are genuinely interested in your service will take the effort to fill it out while time-wasters are likely to be deterred by it.
You can reduce spam chats to a minimum but you will get one sooner or later. It’s just baked into the cake. It’s important not to lose temper when it happens. You wouldn’t throw a visitor out of your store just because they confused doors, right? Keep calm and let them know they are on the wrong website. It may be a good idea to create a canned response for dealing with confused visitors. It will save your time and goodwill.
When you notice that a visitor is intentionally trying to ruin your day, you have two ways out: either end the chat or ban the visitor. Whichever you choose, make sure that the visitor is not simply confused but tries to be rude or abusive on purpose.
There are two ways to end a chat: from the chat list and the chat feed.
- Hover over the name of the customer in the chat list. An x should appear in the top right corner
- Click on the x.
- To finalize, click on Close and archive.
- Click on the three dots icon “…” in the top right corner.
- Choose Stop this chat.
- Confirm, by clicking on Stop chat.
If closing the chat is not enough and a customer keeps causing trouble, you can ban them. Banning prevents customers from using your chat, but it won’t kick them off your website. Banned customers won’t see your chat, won’t appear in the Traffic section and will be ignored by automatic greetings.
There are three ways to ban unwanted visitors: via Chats, Archives, and by adding their IP to the banned customers list.
Each agent can block a visitor during an active chat. Here’s how to do it: