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Using Live Chat to Drive SEO Google Rankings

Using Live Chat to Drive SEO Google Rankings

Driving traffic is a critical part of building a successful e-commerce business. While many stores drive the majority of their traffic with advertising, this can become quite expensive over time. While it’s unlikely you will move away completely from paid traffic, growing your organic traffic is great because it’s “free”.

The challenge with organic traffic is it takes time to build up. It’s also gotten a lot harder in recent years to drive organic traffic. While SEO best practices matter, the days of buying some links to drive rankings are over. Brands that do well with SEO make it much more deeply ingrained into everything they do as a brand, and Google rewards them with more organic traffic as a result.

Unique content that your market values are critical for SEO rankings, but it’s difficult to create consistently over time. Coming up with ideas can be challenging, and brands that pump out the same types of articles written mainly for Google will not see much success. However, if you use your customer service and live chat conversations as a window into the minds of what your market cares about, you can have a never-ending stream of unique and compelling content that Google will value.

Make Scaling Easier with a Customer Service Playbook

Make Scaling Easier with a Customer Service Playbook

Managing customer service as you grow is difficult. Not only is training new customer service agents tough, but as you scale, you’re going to be constantly bringing on additional agents. So training alone can become a full-time role if you are not strategic about it. Also, if you don’t manage customer service well as you scale, the customer experience can significantly drop, which hurts sales and causes you to shrink.

3 Advanced Chat Greetings That Drive Conversions

3 Advanced Chat Greetings That Drive Conversions

Live chat can be a great customer service tool to help visitors directly to your website. But if you use live chat strategically, you can drive a lot of conversions directly because of chat also.

The major factor in driving conversions with chat is using live chat greetings. Greetings enable you to invite someone to chat based on actions they are taking on your website. They can be incredibly powerful to spark up conversations and drive sales, but they can also be very annoying and kill conversions if you get the settings wrong.

3 Ways to Provide an Awesome Customer Experience on Live Chat

3 Ways to Provide an Awesome Customer Experience on Live Chat

Live chat can be an amazing tool to provide human help if used correctly. In fact, it can be even better than in-person retail help if you know how to use it right. The challenge is that some of the default functionality you have in your live chat software might not be set to maximize customer experience.

There are a few key principles to get right with chat, and a few ways to supercharge results. At HelpFlow, we provide 24/7 live chat teams to over 100 brands and have done millions of chats that have driven over $10 million in sales. We’ve developed best practices over time and will walk you through how to provide an awesome customer experience with chat in this post.

Even if you don’t end up working with us, there will be a lot here that you can apply with your team. So let’s get into it…

Customer Service KPI Routine

Customer Service KPI Routine

Customer service software typically provides a whole range of analytics you can use to measure how things are going.

While these are sometimes fun to explore, it can be overwhelming to figure out which of these metrics truly matter and should be used to manage the customer service department. Even if you do know what numbers to use to measure customer service, it could be overwhelming to figure out how often to review the numbers and what the right timing is to act on them to improve certain issues you see.
Even with the craziness of customer service, it’s possible to create a predictable workflow and eliminate the feeling of fire fighting each day. You can have a clear time that everything gets addressed throughout the day and throughout the week, which makes for a much better work environment and the ability to do overall better quality work.

Meeting Routines for Customer Service Departments

Meeting Routines for Customer Service Departments

The customer service department has a fluctuating workload and a lot of fires to put out throughout the week. Without a clear meeting routine, you’ll typically feel like a firefighter all the time and it’s only getting worse as you grow. Not only is this a frustrating environment to work in, but it also won’t leave you time for deep work that moves the business forward.

Even with the craziness of customer service, it’s possible to create a predictable workflow and eliminate the feeling of fire fighting each day. You can have a clear time that everything gets addressed throughout the day and throughout the week, which makes for a much better work environment and the ability to do overall better quality work.

How to Handle Customer Service Spikes

How to Handle Customer Service Spikes

Customer service spikes can happen in many ways. You might have some unforeseen publicity opportunities or an ad that performs better than expected, both of which can drive a lot of questions. On the fulfillment side, you might have order processing issues that cause an increase in the number of questions per order. And, of course, spikes can happen simply due to seasonality and holidays.

3 Critical Customer Service Skills to Screen For When Hiring

3 Critical Customer Service Skills to Screen For When Hiring

It’s tough to hire someone good for any role if you don’t clearly define the skill sets needed for success. When hiring customer service agents, you’re probably aware of a few skills that are important for success. But evaluating that upfront in the recruitment process can be difficult. On top of that, when you need a new customer service agent, you typically need them quickly. So hiring speed matters.

How to Train Customer Service Agents

How to Train Customer Service Agents

Building an e-commerce business is challenging. Once you’ve got a great product, the tough part is not over once you’ve cracked how to drive traffic and sales through advertising, influencers, or some other growth channel. As you start to ramp up, you have to figure out how to scale the people side of your business in customer service.