Can I proactively invite guests to chat?
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Last updated on Feb 14, 2017
You've probably been on a website that not only includes a chat option on the page but also proactively invites you to chat after you've spent some time on the page. Love it or hate it, this technique can increase patron engagement (Zhang and Mayer, 2014). You can do that within LibraryH3lp too!
Broken down, the four main components are:
- A presence (availability) check to make sure that your chat queue is online before prompting the guest to chat. After all, we don't want to risk annoying the guest if we're not online to help.
- A timer to control the amount of time that will elapse before the chat invitation is presented. Zhang and Mayer's paper reports success using three minutes - substantially longer than many commercial websites.
- A graphical dialog to control the appearance of the chat invitation. This part can be heavily customized, and we offer two different styles - a dialog with buttons and a dialog featuring a customizable chat invitation image. Plus there are many theme options for your proactive invitation.
- A cookie that is set when a guest declined the proactive chat invitation. After all, we don't want to risk annoying the guest if they are not interested in chat.
Offering your guests an invitation to chat proactively after a time-based trigger is straightforward and can be configured as part of any LibraryH3lp service.