We like to stay fresh!
In the upcoming weeks, we want to introduce an exciting feature—chat history in the chat widget. Which means your customers will be able to view their previous chats when visiting your website again.
To do that we had to make some improvements in the chat widget:
Pre- and post- chat survey answers displayed for the customers
Now your customers can see the info they provided both in the pre- and post-chat surveys.
The conversation is visible until the session is finished
Before, when the post-chat was on and the chat was closed, the customer couldn’t read the conversation anymore. And if they wanted to check something quickly, they had to start a new chat and ask for the information again. Now, when the chat is closed, the customer has access to what was written until they close the browser (or refresh the page).
We added a few interface changes to make things easier for your customers, like better readability in the Modern theme, or icons in the Smooth theme.
Please note that these changes are only available in the new chat widget. To switch to the new chat widget, go to Settings → Chat widget → Customization and click on Discover the new look. Confirm by hitting the Save button.
Test a new feature: Chat history
As mentioned before, we want to ship chat history in the chat widget soon. If you want to test this feature before we release it to all LiveChat customers – fill in this form. We’ll get in touch as soon as we’re able to launch it for you.
Meet your LiveChat Home. Where you can keep an eye on the most important metrics. See how many chats your agents are currently handling. And check if you are on top of your sales and support goals.
You can view the Home section by clicking on its icon in the menu. You will find it in the top left corner of the LiveChat app.
Another part of our app was redesigned. This time, we are happy to introduce the Tickets section with a fresh, new look.
Now, you can quickly manage your tickets thanks to clear layout, intuitive filters, and neatly organized details. We’ve also added an All tickets tab so you can find a ticket even if you don’t know its status.
Learn more about what has changed from our post on LiveChat Developers Blog>.
From now on, you can decide what information (and in what order) is visible in Customer Details. All that, so you can have all the data about your customers close at hand.
What’s even better, you can add these apps: UPS Delivery Status and Hubspot as widgets in Customer Details. Which means no more switching between tabs and more time to provide excellent customer support.Learn more about Customer Details.
We’re constantly working on the Agent app so it has more powerful features but stays easy to use. Today, we shipped redesigned Archives.
What has changed?
- The new design is easier to work with. Clear division between a list of archived chats, chat feed and details, makes you know what is what immediately.
- You can see all chats with a particular customer with one click.
- The old filters like Agents, Groups, Tags, Sales, etc. are still there. Now, you can set them to return results that meet one or more conditions. For example, all chats that were tagged with either Support or Sales tags.
- Last but not least, it is possible to sort chats by date.
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.
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!