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You Are Talking to a Robot. How Does That Make You Feel?

Chat is an incredible tool for having a real-time conversation with a customer on the other end of the computer. It’s been proven to be one of the most preferred methods of communicating with a customer support representative online. In fact, 63% of customers said they were more likely to return to a website that offers live chat as opposed to one that doesn’t.

But how do the tables turn when chatbots are introduced into the customer service mix? Do customers really mind if an automation is clicking “send” on their responses? Alex Debecker of Ubisend and VentureBeat teamed up to publish this article on the issues and real questions around having a robot do the talking.

Read a portion of the post here, and the rest on the VentureBeat site:

Conversations about chatbots helping humans in the workplace always brings up the same range of issues. We often end up discussing the place artificial intelligence will have in our lives. We (very) often talk about robots taking over completely. Some mention ‘the Singularity’ in a frightened tone, while others scoff at it.

Whatever the conversation, it always seems to revolve around the same topic: the impact robots will have on the humans they might replace and/or harm.

This debate is missing an entire piece of the puzzle, though. What about the humans on the other side of the conversation? After all, chatbots are there to converse, and there must be someone on the other end. So how do they feel about talking to a robot?

You are talking to a robot. How does that make you feel?

This is a highly relevant question. A chatbot could be as smart as anything in tech, but if people are reluctant to use it — for whatever reason — it becomes utterly useless. We know the prospect of robots taking over our jobs is scary to some. But how do we feel about chatbots helping us in our daily lives?

Thankfully, a few studies have allowed us to answer this question.

Mimi An from HubSpot shared the results of her study on the topic of artificial intelligence in eCommerce and customer support. The study found that only 57 percent of the people interviewed would rather get help from a real person than an AI program. To support this statistic, 40 percent answered they didn’t care whether they are talking to a human or a machine as long as they get the help they need.

Continue reading the article >>

Check out Ubisend’s 2017 Chatbot Report here >>

How does the thought of robots taking over live chat support make you or your business feel? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Must-Have Support Tools for a Successful Startup

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Often strapped for time and funding, small businesses and startups can be faced with a difficult decision — how do we spend our resources and manpower on our product, website, marketing, and customer relationships equally? Having a well-rounded customer support strategy isn’t always easy to keep up with. However, taking the time to make the right optimizations to your support system will help you retain customers, gather more helpful feedback for your growing company, and keep everyone happy.

Who says startups can’t offer an exceptional customer service experience? Here are our favorite customer support tools to help you make the most of your service.

Intercom

Having a live chat support functionality built into your website is an incredibly useful way to connect with customers who have any questions or issues to address. As a small business ourselves, we love using Intercom because it allows us to automatically track both chat and email interactions with each customer, as well as provide completely personalized one-on-one support.

The convenience factor can be huge in a customers’ decision to either get help or quit using your product/service. Intercom allows small businesses and startups of all sizes to engage with customers quickly and directly, without taking out a lot of time in the normal work day.

Bonus Tip: Link up Intercom with Zingtree to get background information from your customers before you start a live chat.

Zendesk

Everyone’s favorite support software earned the title for good reason. Zendesk provides a cloud-based customer service platform that’s been specifically designed to bring businesses and customers together, having all conversations and support requests centralized, searchable and totally organized.

There’s often not a lot of time in a day for startup workers to evaluate new software, but finding the right kind of CRM is important to scale. Developing a hyper-efficient CRM process can take a little time to prepare, but is guaranteed to help you build and maintain great relationships with people.

Bonus Tip: Integrate Zendesk with Zingtree to give customers a decision tree for self-solving, or allow them to submit a Zendesk ticket with their full tree history if they can’t find a solution.

Zingtree

Online knowledge bases and FAQs are a must-have for any startup or small business. But, customers searching for specific answers or step-by-step solutions to a technical issue, these knowledge bases of articles can be intimidating and frustrating. Zingtree allows you to create customized, interactive decision trees and troubleshooters to provide always-available, guided help to your customers.

Our platform lets you add visuals like GIFs and videos to provide more context, and has publishing tools to let you embed your trees into WordPress or any other website page for seamless integration with your existing online presence. Plus, you can gather feedback through comments to make optimizations even easier.

Bonus Tip: We integrate with a ton of other helpful tools and apps for startups and small businesses, so you can easily link up and share information between platforms.

Twitter

More than just a social media platform or means of distributing your business’ content, Twitter is an incredibly helpful medium for basic support communications. So many consumers are turning to the ease and accessibility of social media to share issues and ask questions, and startups can offer up ultra-fast, bite-sized responses to solve problems through replies and more lengthy direct messages.

Not just for the youngsters anymore, adults of many ages are now using Twitter to keep up with their interests, as well as brands they love. It’s free, fast, personalized enough to please consumers, and simple enough for even the smallest of startups to lend resources to.

Bonus Tip: We’re also on Twitter – follow us and ask us anything!

Grasshopper

Sometimes customers just want a direct line, straight to the source of the information. For startups working with the elderly, those with poorly-functioning Internet, or otherwise technically-challenged customers, having a phone can be a huge benefit. Grasshopper allows you to make a new business-only line from your own personal cell phone, so you can easily field questions anywhere, anytime.

Perfect for startups with remote (or distributed) teams like us, Grasshopper is a cool way to stay in contact with customers while keeping your existing number, and even allows you to send texts through your business number to work through things with clients and customers on-the-go.


Ready to help make your startup even more customer-friendly? Get a free Zingtree account today

Live Chat Integration: Intercom and Zingtree

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Live chat is an incredibly useful way to connect to our customers, both for offering support and for getting insights into new product ideas we may never have thought of ourselves. We are happily using Intercom, which allows us to track chat and email conversations with each customer.

For technical inquiries, we use Zingtree Data Entry forms to get the tree ID, node and URL of any problem reports. To save our customers some typing, and make it faster for us to answer questions, we’ve built our own Contact page using Zingtree. For technical and sales inquiries, the decision tree leads to an end point that opens Intercom chat, with information about the problem already pre-populated.

Once you submit a technical question, here’s what appears in Intercom:

Intercom chat with Zingtree

Demos:

Requirements:

  • Your tree must be embedded on your site.
  • You need to have the Intercom chat client in place on the page that contains your tree.

How to open an Intercom chat session, and include the Zingtree transcript and data entry:

  1. Go to Overview.
  2. Edit the node you want to trigger the chat, and  set the Parent Action to Intercom: New: #session#.When a customer lands on this node, this Parent Action is triggered.
  3. On the hosting page, include this script before the </body> tag:
    <script src="//zingtree.com/api/chat/intercom.js"></script>

It’s that easy!

Source Code:

From the Zingtree Gallery, you can see two examples:

Friday Features: Zingtree Holiday Updates

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It’s really redundant to give ourselves a shout-out for giving new updates to our customers as a Holiday gift, since we do this throughout the year anyway. But every blog post needs a theme, so there you have it.

Here are the latest updates!

Some fixes for data entry forms:

  • Data entry fields now replace ALL occurrences of that variable in the tree, not just the first one. (h/t Christopher)
  • Passing data entry field variables to subtrees now works properly.
  • Identically named form fields in separate nodes caused data to be erased. We now only save data if it’s not blank.
  • Adds form data to email session transcripts (h/t Andrew).
  • Parent Actions can be used to pass Zingtree data to other systems.

And a smattering of other things:

  • Deleted trees no longer appear via publishing links (h/t Tess).
  • Bug fix: Tree with no nodes no longer crashes Designer (h/t Ben).
  • New Answers-only toggle for history display. Look for the [A] button at the top right of the History panel. (h/t William).

And finally, our Feedback page is making use of Zingtree’s recent Intercom chat integration, so if you have a suggestion, go over and tell us!

Zendesk Chat (Zopim) Decision Tree Front-End

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Beyond using Zingtree decision trees, one of the best things you can do to ensure a positive customer experience is to integrate a live chat system like Zendesk Chat (formerly Zopim). Live chat is convenient for customers, and a time and resource-saver for companies. In fact, in a survey conducted by Forrester, 44% of respondents said that having a live person answer their questions was one of the most important features a website could offer.

To make live chat even more valuable, and excellent customer support more easily achievable, we updated our software to allow Zingtree to open a Zendesk Chat session, gather information from your clients before the chat session begins, and include a transcript of the Zingtree session as a part of the chat.

Here’s the end-result:

View our Zingtree + Zendesk Chat demo.

Requirements:

  • Your tree must be embedded on your site.
  • You need to have a Zendesk Chat client in place on the page that contains your tree.

How to open a Zopim chat session, and include the current Zingtree transcript:

  1. Go to Overview.
  2. Edit the node you want to trigger the chat, and  set the Parent Action to Zopim: New: #session#
  3. On the hosting page, include this script before the </body> tag:
    <script src="//zingtree.com/api/chat/zopim.js"></script>

That’s it!

Source Code:

You can examine the Zendesk Chat Demo tree from the Gallery.

Update: Zingtree Chat Integrations

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Zingtree has always been a great front-end for email support, but why not chat? For any organizations doing live support via chat, Zingtree can be a great time-saver. Not only can customers find answers to their problems before going to chat, but if they open chat, a Zingtree transcript can be delivered along with the first message, which saves the support agent time and avoids asking repetitive questions.

Zingtree can also collect info via data entry forms, and then deliver it to the chat box, which will save your team even more time. Our Contact Us page uses this method.

This update has chat integrations for:

Is there another chat system you’d like to see supported? Chat or email us now!

P.S. Thanks to Grégory for this idea!