A great way to provide extra value to your website users and customers is to add a live chat functionality to your site, regardless of the type of online business you have.
Here's an interesting statistic, according to this research on the FurstPerson, 44% of customers agreed that the most important thing for them, was to have access to a live chat feature when purchasing from a website.
Of course, this makes perfect sense, right?
I mean, just think about the times you went to purchase something from a website but had a few questions you needed answers to before committing to buy.
Did you hold off or did you go to another website where you found answers to your questions through live chat communication, and therefore was able to purchase the item there?
Another study revealed that only 23% of customers preferred regular email, while 42% preferred live chat as means of communication when transacting with a website.
So, as you can see, offering live chat functionality on your website is beneficial, especially from a business owner and customer perspective.
Whether you run an e-commerce website, a service website, or even a personal brand or blog, having live chat to communicate with your audience and potential customers can do wonders for your business.
The question now is, how do you add such functionality to your website or blog?
Well, assuming you use WordPress for your website, you'll be glad to know that there are a handful of great plugins you can use. Below you will find 5 of the best live chat plugins for WordPress that I could find and do some research on.
Some of these are free, some have premium options (paid-for).
Let's take a look at them all in more detail right now.
Let me start with the plugin that I'm currently using on Magnet4Blogging, Screets Chat.
Screets Live Chat is a simple to install and configure live chat plugin that comes with a bunch of useful engagement features. Benefits of using Screets include -
With Screets, you can also choose which pages you'd like to have the live chat icon visible, for instance, the homepage, contact page, etc.
You can customize the chat widget to match your website, use multiple operators per chat, and have 100 operators at any time, plus more.
The only gripe I have with Screets is that they don't have a mobile app for managing your communication on-the-go and outside of your site like many other similar plugins offer.
How has Screets Live Chat helped my business?
Having the live chat feature on my website has been very beneficial for me. I serve mostly bloggers, solopreneurs, personal brand and small business owners, and I've been able to use Live Chat to help answer some questions from my visitors, as well as obtain a few more clients.
For me offering Live Chat has had been beneficial for both me and my website visitors and customers.
How much does this plugin cost?
Screets Live Chat will cost you a one-time fee of $25 for a single site or $75 for unlimited sites. For this, you get access to all of the features including 6-months of premium support.
Click here to learn more.
LiveChat is another very popular plugin/service that is easy and fast to set up and begin using.
The benefits of using LiveChat include -
One of the other benefits of using LiveChat is that you can access and chat with your visitors from anywhere using the App on your tablet or Smartphone. You can also integrate using the WordPress plugin from the repository here.
Here is a list of some of the other features in LiveChat -
How much does this plugin/service cost?
You can sign up for 30-days free trial before committing to one of the LiveChat plans. Prices start from $16 per month for unlimited agents account. You can click here to learn more.
Purechat is a simple but powerful, and 100% free live chat plugin for WordPress.
If you're on a budget and can't justify paying a premium for offering Live Support on your website just yet, then this would be the perfect alternative.
There is also a pro version of PureChat which I'll talk about shortly.
Benefits of using the Purechat plugin include -
Now, as I said this plugin is free and comes with a host of features. However, there is also a pro version which comes with a few extra features.
Actually, quite a few extra features, including -
How much does this plugin cost?
Again, the free plugin version comes with a ton of features which you can check out and download here and would suit most small businesses, freelancers, and solopreneurs.
The pro version comes with even more features and options, with plans starting from $29 per month (10,000 monthly visitors). Click here to learn more.
Next, on our list, we have WP Live Chat Support which is the most popular Live Chat plugin available from the repository here.
For the most part, this is a free plugin and it's an ideal cost-effective solution for all small businesses on a budget.
The features included in the free version is too ridiculously long to mention here, however, some of the benefits of using this particular plugin includes -
As with most of these types of free plugins, as you've probably guessed, there are also pro add-ons available to make this plugin even more powerful.
A mobile and desktop app is also available for Android and iOS.
So, how much does this plugin cost?
As I mentioned earlier, there's' a free version that would suit most smaller businesses and freelancers. To access the pro add-ons, however, there's a couple of solutions for businesses.
You can either pay a one-time fee starting from $39.95 for a 1-site license, and that will give you access to all features, including email support and updates for 1-year.
You can also have unlimited agents, chats with zero restrictions on this plan.
Or, you can switch to pay monthly starting at $4.99 for a 1-site license with the same benefits as above, and continuous updates.
Last but not least, we get to Live Chat by Formilla.
Formilla's Live Chat software is one of the most attractive around, offering small businesses a complete solution to better communicate with their website visitors and customers with some great features.
Features include -
So, how much does this live chat solution cost?
Formilla's Live Chat doesn't just integrate with WordPress, but also other popular platforms such as Shopify, Drupal, and Wix.
When it comes to pricing, however, there are three plans to choose from. A free plan, suitable for smaller businesses requiring only one agent and with a maximum of 30 chats per month. There's also a Premium plan ($11.99 per month), and Premium Plus ($16.99 per month).
So there you have it, a few options for you to consider for your website.
The best thing to do is to figure out what kind of solution your online business really needs to have in place to serve it's audience/customers better.
If you're a solopreneur or freelancer like myself, then you might want to just invest in a simple plugin that will cost you a one-time fee like Screets or WP Live Chat.
On the other hand, if your business has a small team then one of the other options might suffice. Trial a few out to see which one works best for you and your team.
Whatever you decide, I hope this post has given you some great places to start. Best of luck.