Manual processes don’t scale. Not just because they’re repetitive and time-consuming, but also they just don’t scale because repetitive, mind-numbing tasks become boring and tend to promote more human error than automated tasks. Let’s face it. No one likes to do the same boring tasks over and over again, even us.
Automated tasks also have the advantage of being much much faster. You just can’t compete against a computer in terms of speed. The computer wins every time.
We’ve come to the conclusion a long time ago that if we’re doing the same things over and over again, then we’re just not using our time wisely.
We listened to our customers, who suggested we put together some form of chat demo for potential clients to evaluate. Up until a week ago, we were putting together manual demos of what live chat would look like on your website, using a scrape of your site, hosted on our servers. With each demo, we got faster at putting them together, but we hit a point where we weren’t gaining any speed. I also felt like it was cutting into our productivity and ability to innovate.
So I stood at my stand-up workstation in my home office, armed with plenty of caffeine, and in a weekend I created an instant automated demo system for showing what live chat would look like on any website.
The advantages extend beyond just our selfish need to innovate and our need to keep driving our products forward. Not only does this make it easy for us to create an instant demo of live chat on any website, but it also makes it easier for anyone reading this blog, such as yourself, to help us promote our products.
Just enter any website URL in the text box on our home page, and you’ll see an instant chat demo on any website.
Instant Live Chat Demo
Word of mouth is what great businesses are built upon, so please share this information with your colleagues, customers, vendors, and anyone who could benefit by increasing sales conversions from their website using live chat software. Let them know we’re offering free trials and occasionally have very compelling specials.
Check out the new instant conversion chat demos on our Home Page.
If you’re a desktop operating system vendor, and you’ve created a development platform that helped your customers build their businesses on top of your platform, wand your developer customers are now leaving your development platform
theory is that many people will already be using some form of IM client, so why not just deliver leads through these existing hooks
Integrating with other applications sounds like a great strategy for Conversion Support’s Live Chat product, and it’s a great strategy for Microsoft to acquire applications that these businesses are integrating with
Microsoft is fighting the moving tide of developers leaving their platform in exchange for the Web, not by fighting change head on, but by embracing it
to your boss on a new Internet Sales campaign and you’re working with not one but two contractors to get updates made to your website, and this software that is supposed to solve all your sales problems suddenly eats up 30 minutes of your time, simply because you can’t login! Then, when you call the support line and the guy who answers can’t hear you and you can’t hear
For items in the basic category, no one will ever praise you
Don’t expect a pat on the back from your boss, your customers, or anyone that you come across in your daily life
However, when these things fail, you better believe there will be some form of dissatisfaction
It can create an environment where your clients get a bad feeling about you, or distrust you, or have buyers remorse, wondering if they made the right decision to go with you as their vendor and partner
As a result, the feedback we received and are subsequently acting on is this: Make sure the basics are taken care of!
Now, this doesn’t mean that the main features of the application aren’t important
We’ve also been working on the features, from the Kano model, that we know drive excitement
These are the features that, if ommitted, won’t cause any grave disappointment, but if those features are included, we’ve discovered that they excite new clients and lead to new business opportunities
Anyone who has been in the world of online sales has most likely read the MIT Lead Response Study. This fascinating study defines a small window of time when a sales representative is most likely to find success in qualifying a lead and converting that lead into a sale.
When a lead registers on a contact form on your website, the best time to contact that person is right now. Wait just one hour, and according to InsideSales.com, “the odds of calling to contact a lead decrease by over 10 times in the first hour.”
Of course, these are just the numbers for making contact. Even if you were to successfully make contact, according to InsideSales.com, “the odds of calling to qualify a lead decreases by over 6 times in the first hour.”
The bottom line is that in a sales environment, timing is everything. There is a very small window of opportunity in which a sales representative has in order to successfully respond to a sales inquiry. That window of opportunity starts closing very quickly, and after an hour, the walls have closed around you, limiting your ability to make a successful impact in your follow-up calls.
Sales is definitely not for the claustrophobic, the people who are afraid of tight spaces. In this field, we must be prepared to act quickly, before the imaginary, yet very real walls of lost opportunity close around us.
The question is how does one use this knowledge of lead response rates in order to successfully take advantage of the opportunities presented. One tool that can help you manage your lead response callback times is our Active Response engine, which we use to power tools such as click to call and our lead response callback system.
This tool has been used successfully in our contact center’s sales department for years. We’ve seen significant increases in our sales numbers since implementing this solution, and now we’re working on bringing it to our clients. I’ll be beta testing this new client-facing solution on our website, and once the bugs are worked out, we will announce the release of this solution as an add-on feature in the Conversion Support Control Panel.
My hope is that it will help reduce your sales claustrophobia just as it’s helped reduce ours. I’ll post more updates as we make more progress on this new solution.