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I am very happy to announce that from now on, LiveChat supports rich messages. What does it mean exactly? That you can mix and match: text, images, and buttons to create personalized product cards and clickable menus. Send them right on chat to provide better support and boost sales.
We are only getting started, and for now, you can create rich messages through our integration with ChatBot. All messages sent by bots are displayed both in the chat widget and the Agent App.
Read this article to learn more about the benefits and capabilities of our newest feature.
About two months ago we shipped our new, robust chat widget configurator. But we’ve never stopped working on it. Today, I want to show you what has changed since the big premiere, and what new options are available.
What has changed
First, thanks to a collapsible menu, you can quickly find the setting you are looking for.
Second, now you can change not only the widget’s position (left/right) but also its side and bottom spacing.
Third, you can choose different visibility options for your chat widget – head to our article on Chat widget visibility to learn more.
What is more, visibility, chat widget position and widget type can be set separately for mobile devices.
Last but not least, Preview shows not only the widget’s appearance but also its alignment on your website.
Curious about these features? Go to Settings → Chat window → Customization and try them out.
Talk to us
Did you like what we did with the Chat widget configurator? We always welcome your feedback. And don’t forget our Support Heroes are there for you 24/7/365.
Fancy talking with 25k companies that use LiveChat? We’ve got it covered! From now on, you can join our discussion platform and chat away.
Meet other agents, experts, developers, and the LiveChat team themselves! It is a perfect place to exchange information about LiveChat features, customer service tips&tricks and making the most of chatting with customers.
How to join?
Once you get there, use your LiveChat credentials to sign in. And that’s it! Now all you need to do is write your first post!
See you there!
How to enable the New Chat Configurator?
If you’re not yet using the new Chat Configurator, the process of turning it on is quite simple! Head over to the Customization section of your LiveChat settings and click on the Discover new look button.
You should see a new Chat Widget Configurator, together with the preview of your brand new chat widget. To apply changes, click on the Save changes button.
And that’s it! Now you can start using your new Chat Widget Configurator to change the looks of your chat!
So, what options are there?
Pick your theme
Our new Chat Configurator gives you the option to pick a theme of your chat window. You can currently choose between Smooth and Modern, but don’t worry! There are more themes coming really soon.
In addition to changing the theme of your chat, you can also change the style of your minimized chat widget. Amaze your customers with a simple yet functional Bar or a modern and minimalistic Bubble!
Pick your color
With the Pick your color option, you can choose a color scheme similar to that of your company’s brand. Picking a carefully pre-selected set of colors will increase your visitors’ website immersion, providing a much greater browsing experience.
We also realize that each website is different. That is why, in addition to the ready sets of colors, we’re giving you a feature called Custom Colors. A tool allowing you to adjust the color of your chat perfectly.
From now on, you can change the color of your minimized and maximized widget elements, either by providing a hexadecimal representation of a color or by using our built-in color palette!
With widget position, you can decide on which side of your website your customers should expect to interact with the chat window. Either on the left or, as set-up by default, on the right! And all of that without any additional CSS customization.
Oh, and did we mentioned that it works great on mobile devices as well? But don’t take our words for it: try for yourself, with just a click of a button!
OK, but what about the widget’s behaviour?
With the new Chat Widget configurator, we want to bring you the possibility to change the behaviour of your chat window, without modifying LiveChat script added to the source code of your website.
So, which behaviour can you modify exactly?
Show agent’s photo
Decide whether you’d like to display your agent’s photo during a chat and in the chat bubble, after your customer will minimize the chat window or receive a greeting.
Enable sound notifications for customers
By default, your customers will be notified about a new greeting and a new message received in a chat by a sound notification. This should get their attention whenever they, for example, minimized their browser while talking with your agents. However, if you’d like to disable those sound notifications, simply switch this option off.
Let customers rate agents
With this option, you can decide whether your customers can rate your agents during or after the chat.
Let customers get chat transcripts
Turn on this option to give your customers the possibility to request the transcript of their current chat. The chat transcript will be sent to their email.
Hide widget until it gets activated
If you’d like to keep your chat widget hidden until your customer will either: receive a greeting or interact with a custom start chat button added to your website (more on this subject here), this option is the way to go. Oh, and it’ll also work in case that you’d like to implement our open chat window API method, to build your custom mechanism responsible for opening a chat.
Display widget on mobile
Enabled by default, this option will make sure that your customer can chat with you when browsing through your store on their phones or tablets. If you wouldn’t like that however, simply switch this option off.
Tell me more!
If you’d like to know more about the new Chat Widget Configurator, don’t hesitate to start a chat with us! Our Support Heroes are available 24/7/365 and are always ready to help.
With Twilio for LiveChat, you can start sending SMS to your customers right during a chat! And all of that without leaving your LiveChat application.
Twilio for LiveChat: what does it offer?
There are three core features offered by Twilio integration:
- Sending SMS to customers during and/or after the chat;
- Scanning your pre-chat survey for the phone number and automatically adding it to the Send to field;
- Loading the history of previous messages from Twilio, based on the phone number provided by you or your customer.
All of them can be accessed easily during or after a chat, right at the top right section of your Chats or Archives sections.
OK, show me how it works!
To make your life easier, we’ve prepared a dedicated tutorial that will show you how to integrate your LiveChat with Twilio and how to use the integration itself. Click here to check it out!
Also, in case of any additional questions, don’t hesitate to start a chat with us! Our Support Heroes are available 24/7/365 and are always ready to help!
From now on, you can add new contacts to your Highrise account and see if the person chatting with you is already on your list. All of that without leaving your LiveChat app!
Highrise for LiveChat: what’s the update about?
We’ve basically revamped the UI of the integration, making the experience of adding new Contacts to Highrise much smoother. From now on, clicking on Add to Highrise button will no longer take you to the completely different screen, outside of LiveChat app.
Instead, we will open a new window straight in your LiveChat, where you’ll be able to add new Contacts to your Highrise account. And that should significantly improve your workflow with the integration.
Highrise for LiveChat: so, what else is there?
We’ve not only updated the UI of Highrise integration, but we’ve improved the source code of it as well. This change will ensure the better stability of the module, and it will also provide us with better tools to diagnose your Highrise integration, in case of any issues!
In addition to all that, we’ve got one more treat for you. If you’ll click here, you will see our updated Highrise tutorial, telling you all about the integration itself and guiding you through the installation process. Just in case that you have not yet linked your LiveChat with Highrise :)
To learn how to turn it on, click here. But, before you do, take a moment to check out what exciting new possibilities are waiting for you!
New Chat Window: what it’s all about?
There are several things that come with the update to your chat window, both in terms of the looks and the technical aspect of it. Let’s go through them one by one.
New Look for your Chat
The first thing that you’ll notice is that the new chat window is now animated! Actions like receiving new messages in a chat, minimizing the chat window or having the window pop-up for your customers are now brushed with a neat animation.
This may seem like a small update but it accomplishes a lot. New animations will make the chat window look much more responsive in the eyes of customers visiting your website, making sure that they’ll be more likely to use a chat during their future visits.
New Feature: mute chat on your website
The Mute button is an entirely new addition to the chat window. Your customers can now use it to disable all sound notifications coming from the chat.
Don’t worry though! The mute button will not limit the core functionality of the chat. Your customers will still be able to continue a conversation with you, no matter what.
Customize your chat window
Along with the new look, we provide you with new ways to modify the chat on your website. From now on, you can change the color of your chat window, straight from LiveChat app. You will also be able to choose which parts of the chat window you’d like to show or hide: transcript, agent rating, and agent avatar – all of that without dabbling in CSS.
We’ve got something for our Marketplace users as well! Soon, you will be able to pick and choose a custom theme for your chat. The Marketplace will offer access to high-quality themes, without having to rely on an in-house developer.
So how to turn it on?
The process of turning on the new chat window is quite simple! Head over to the Customization section of your LiveChat settings and click on the Discover new look button.
You should see a new chat window configurator, together with the preview of your brand new chat widget. To apply changes, click on the Save changes button.
And that’s it! The new chat window is now visible for you and customers visiting your website!
Oh, and one more thing
The current release of the new chat window is just the beginning. If you are curious on what we have planned for you in the future, both as an end-user or as a developer who’d like to max out the possibilities given by our chat window, click here.
Konrad, our chat window magician, has prepared a dedicated post on our Developers Blog. This post will once again guide you through all the new features available in the chat window, as well as show you what exciting new possibilities are waiting for you on the horizon!
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the result of many years work by the European Union to unify and strengthen data protection for all EU citizens. As taking care of your and your customers’ privacy is our number one priority, we are gladly reporting that LiveChat is GDPR compliant!
LiveChat is GDPR compliant: what does it mean?
GDPR regulates the processing of personal data in the European Union (its collection, storage, transfer or use). Under the GDPR, the concept of “personal data” is broad and covers any person-related information that can be used to identify them.
The important thing is that GDPR applies to every organization that processes personal data of the EU citizens, even if it’s located outside of the EU. What it means is that GDPR gives you more control over how your data is used.
General Data Protection Regulation: two-way agreement
We are dedicated to help our customers become GDPR compliant as well. Here is a product guide that will show how to adjust LiveChat for GDPR compliance and that will help you better process and control your customers’ data: Prepare your chat for General Data Protection Regulation.
Also, in case of any additional questions regarding GDPR, feel free to visit our official GDPR landing page. There you will find a lot of additional information that you may find useful.
There’s one more thing: as we know how important this topic is, don’t hesitate to start a chat with us – we will be more than happy to provide you with any additional information that you may require!
You can now decide who will get chats first in a group. This is a follow-up update to the recently released Agents section.
You have two priority settings to choose from: Primary, for core team agents who always should get chats first, and Secondary, for agents who fill in as backup or are still learning the ropes.
You can change agent priority by editing one of your agent groups in the Groups settings. You need to have the new design enabled in your Profile menu to access priority settings.
Let us know what you think about the update!
The new and improved Agents section is finally here!
You can now filter agents to find specific team members more quickly. You also get information about agent’s email and groups right on the list.
Smaller changes include a cleaner look for the Agent details section. Next week, you’ll also get access to a priority system you can use to decide who will get chats first within a group.
You can go between the new and the old look using the switch in your profile menu. Make sure to check the new Agents section out!