Olark Live Chat Blog

The Olark team of contributors share best practices on increasing sales and conversions, gathering marketing insights, and providing high quality customer support.

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Olark Essentials

Now available for Olark: Front, the inbox for teams

We're coming to an end of a busy, busy year here at Olark Live Chat, but before we close the books on 2016, we have one more integration partner to add to our redesigned Integrations Portal. Today we're announcing that we've teamed up with Front to launch a native integration that makes it easy to access all of your customer conversations and messages in one place.

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Olark Essentials

Make customer service more human by combining Olark and Help Scout

More choices. More power to you.  We've talked before about why it's important to connect Olark Live Chat and a CRM or help desk solution. It makes the qualitative data contained in transcripts actionable and more valuable, improving retention and increasing the likelihood of future sales. As an independent live chat platform, our value is multiplied by the number of platforms we enable our users to connect with. By offering you more platform options to connect with, we increase the power you have to provide a high quality customer experience.

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Customer Support

How to manage Customer Service during the holidays

Today's blog post comes from Olark user Timesheets.com who shares how businesses can prepare for balancing employee time off requests during the busy holiday shopping season... Congratulations - Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over! But as you know, we're not finished with the holiday shopping season yet. As Jordan Vidra said in a recent Olark holiday ecommerce webinar: "Customer interaction volume at Homage goes up starting with Black Friday and stays high through Christmas, and even after Christmas with returns and exchanges." This sustained increase in customer interactions makes staffing customer service over the next month tricky. Many employees want to take vacation to spend the holidays with friends and family, leaving businesses with fewer staff than is ideal for helping holiday shoppers.

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Customer Support

[Video] Omnichannel retailer Homage shares customer support tips for holiday shopping season

This is part 2 of our holiday shopping season ecommerce webinar series. In part 1, StellaService discusses why retailers are discontinuing email support and instead adding more help on live chat. In today's discussion, Jordan Vidra of Homage talks about how his company creates unique connections with every customer, and how their lean team staffs accordingly to handle the holiday shopping rush. [-Karl]

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Sales and Conversions

[Video] 8 things retailers should know before the holiday shopping season

Last week I sat down with Carol Krakowski of StellaService to discuss data and trends that are driving change in the retail customer experience. We covered a wide range of topics, from eCommerce to live chat to Facebook Messenger. You can view our entire conversation in the video below, or scroll down to the highlights. [-Karl]

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Olark Essentials

Hummingbird, Everywhere: Olark Redesigned

You might remember that a few months ago Olark launched Hummingbird - a completely redesigned live chat experience on mobile devices. Over 50% of Olark users now have Hummingbird enabled on their mobile sites to increase sales and conversions, and support their customers' needs. You can see it in action on our site, or on sites such as TheBlackTux.com (pictured here) So it's with great excitement that today we announce that Hummingbird is once again taking flight!

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