Now Chatting: The Olark Live Chat Blog

Advice and perspectives on live chat sales, customer service, and building human connections in a digital world.

Kate Urban

Kate Urban
As Olark's Story Sherpa, Kate is responsible for shaping and shepherding human-centric stories of sales and support (say that ten times fast). In her free time, she enjoys mountain trails, bear hugs, and chocolate everything.
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Sales and Conversions, Customer Support, Olark Essentials, Chat Tips

New! Capture leads and sales from around the world with the Live Chat Translation PowerUp.

One of the best things about selling online is the opportunity to reach prospective customers anywhere in the world. But if you’re attracting a global audience (yay!), you’ll likely find yourself fielding questions and requests in multiple languages, many of which your chat team doesn’t speak (hrrm).  

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Olark Essentials, Chat Tips

[Video] Live chat for Slack — Meet the Olark Slack App

Want to chat with your customers directly from Slack? The Olark Live Chat Slack App makes that possible! You can also share conversations with teammates in Slack, ask for help when things get busy, and celebrate together when one of your team members gets a 5-star customer rating. 

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Making Business Human

Making Business Human: Bennett Awards + Recognize Someone

This story is part of our Making Business Human series. For more on the series and our mission, check out this post!

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Making Business Human

Making Business Human: Join the Conversation

Creating connections between customers and businesses is at the core of Olark. Since day one, the heart of our product has been about humanizing websites through chat. Our mission can really be boiled down to  a single, short statement: Make Business Human.

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Olark Customers, eCommerce and Retail

8 Awesome Examples of Olark Live Chat on Squarespace

A few years ago, while chauffeuring me to the airport the Sunday after Thanksgiving, my mom casually suggested that I start a food blog. “You’d be such a hit!” she gushed. “We all loved your Piecaken!”

At my age, I like to think I’m immune to parental flattery, but I never did outgrow the longing for internet fame. So, I started exploring blog platforms. I didn’t need much—a rich text editor, simple photo formatting, and basic analytics so I could chart my rise to stardom.

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eCommerce and Retail

How three Ecommerce businesses use live chat to boost sales

Need some creative ways to use live chat for ecommerce?

Here at Olark, we’re continually awed by the diversity and creativity of our ecommerce customers. Who knew there were so many amazing folks out there, selling everything from custom meal plans to electronics insurance online?

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Olark Essentials

Introducing the JIRA-Olark Live Chat Integration: A triumph of efficiency in customer service!

We’re thrilled to announce that it’s now possible to create detailed JIRA tickets straight from the Olark chat console! Just enable the integration and use the !jira command to send customer bug reports and feature requests straight to the waiting arms of your engineering team.

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Olark Essentials

Refer, Earn, Repeat: How the Olark Live Chat Affiliate program works

Hello, Olark blogfans! We’ve got a great post about our Olark affiliates program for you today. Let’s kick it off with a few easy questions:

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Olark Customers

Behind the Olark: How Collage.com uses live chat to hone their customer service and product positioning

Collage.com is a Michigan-based ecommerce company that makes it easy to create your own professional-quality custom photo products. They offer more than 50 products—such as books, blankets, t-shirts, calendars, and more—that anyone can customize simply by uploading their favorite photos.

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Olark Essentials

It’s a phone! It’s a chat! It’s a mobile live chat! How to use Olark to chat on mobile

Last week, while in line at the grocery store, I checked my email on my iPhone and up popped a clearance sale announcement from my favorite running company. I’m a size medium, so I had no time to lose—millions of averaged-waisted shoppers were vying for my shorts! I made my thumbs do the cha-cha and had three pairs charged to my PayPal account in seconds flat.

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