Today’s Shoppers Expect Great Customer Service No Matter Where They Shop

Today’s Shoppers Expect Great Customer Service No Matter Where They Shop

With a brick and mortar store, you have a team full of customer service specialists available to help your customers at any moment. For catalog customers, your contact center is staffed full of knowledgeable agents ready to answer questions and take their order. But who is helping your online customers at the moment their shopping? Are you making it easy to answer their questions and ease their concerns?

Live chat is an integral part of providing a great online shopping experience today. Companies should invest heavily in certifying chat agents on several different chat platforms. Generations X and Y prefer this method of communicating online with live chat. This along with the advent of new technologies and people wanting immediate answers tells us that “Chat is where it’s at.”

As more website visitors become more experienced online, even more visitors will abandon their shopping carts, and online comparison shopping will become ever more commonplace. These comparison shoppers are 84% more likely to research online to ensure they get the best price. More than two –thirds say they like to shop around before making a purchase. What this tells us is that visitors that abandoned shopping carts are very valuable – higher income customers that are more tech savvy, and use this knowledge to comparison shop and find the better deals online.

There are two common chat solutions that are best, allowing staff to be on your website ready to answer consumers’ research and pricing questions and assist in closing the sale. If you are not assisting your customers, your competitors will. And when your customer leaves your site to compare, and your competitor has a Live Chat option, your competitor will take that sale.

Chat solutions:

  • Live Chat: Completely customizable, fast Java Webstart client requiring no downloads or plug-ins. Customer chat links only appear when Customer Service is available. This easy-to-use interface allows Customer Service to handle up to ten concurrent chat sessions.
  • Proactive Chat: Called Instant Invite, use this automatic method for inviting your visitors to chat whenever you want, for example, when they stall on a page or return a certain number of null searches. Remarkably easy to deploy, customize and maintain. Adjust rule conditions and invitation content on the fly.

There are certain ethics involved in tracking down consumers who abandon shopping carts. It is always best to have full intentions to only assist the customer rather than harass. The point being, a customer may feel unsure, have questions or not understand the site itself. As an example, with a brick and mortar store, when a customer walks in they are greeted and if the customer wants to just look around, they will say so. It is the sales associate’s responsibility to be available to answer questions and assist in their checkout process.

The thought is the same with chat. Customer Service is there when the customer arrives and prompts them asking if they need assistance. They respond yes, no, or maybe. Through the use of rules and best practices, you can, with some certainty, determine the needs of the prospective customer. With chat you can always be there for the customer to ask questions and they will receive immediate answers. In the event the customer does not wish to deal with the online chat process, they simply just say no thank you and Customer Service will thank them for their time and back away. However, they can always be available through proactive or static chat. This adds to the customer’s experience.

Chat services are quickly becoming a must-have for companies dedicated to providing the best service online. The technology continues to evolve and improve and soon, video chat will even become commonplace.

For more advice on creating a quality assurance team that drives CX or if you would like to learn more about Etech, feel free to contact us at

Jim Iyoob

Jim Iyoob

Jim Iyoob is the Chief Customer Officer for Etech Global Services. He has responsibility for Etech’s strategy, marketing, business development, IT, program implementation, operational excellence, and product development across all Etech’s existing lines of business – Etech, Etech Insights, ETS & Etech Social Media Solutions. He is passionate, driven, and an energetic business leader with a strong desire to remain ahead of the curve in outsourcing solutions and service delivery.

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