Live support is also known as live help or live chat. According to Webopedia, live support is a web service that allows businesses to communicate, or chat, in real time with visitors to their web site. Live support is used to give immediate response, customer support and information to website visitors and customers. Exact features and functions of live support are application specific, however you can generally expect a live chat application to provide real time visitor monitoring, custom chat windows, invisible traffic analysis, web site integration and secure administration controls.  Live supports are now more customizable and efficient.
Live chat support offers many benefits. One benefit that users enjoy is the ability to take more than one chat at a time. Unlike phone calls, operators can only talk to one person a time. In this way, productivity is highly practiced. With regards to the cost of maintenance, users only need to maintain their websites as opposed to the maintenance of phones which is more costly. According to industry estimates, e-support can cost a company as little as 25 cents per interaction compared to as much as $25 for a telephone inquiry. An example of online chat being more efficient medium than telephone is 1-800-Flowers reports that chat agents can handle four concurrent customers within about six minutes while telephone inquiries average three minutes per call, thus half as efficient.
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So why not use IM instead of live support? The answer is live chat software is a better customer support than YM, ICQ or AIM because customers do not need to download and install the software. It saves customer’s time and is more convenient. Here are some sites from important people for the benefits of live support:
As Tod Famous, product manager for Cisco`s customer contact business unit said "one fundamental requirement for e-commerce text chat is that when the user clicks, they`re talking to an agent really fast. The more steps you put in, the more likely they are to basically abandon [your site] and go somewhere else.”
Jim Rapp, vice president of marketing for E-commerce Support Centers, Inc. said "It just takes away a whole irritant factor. They don`t have to experience the pain and agony of trying to follow directions over the phone. It speeds up the process and gives our reps an opportunity to expose people to more places on the Web site."
Stephanie Losi, a consumer and contributor of the Live Interaction Apps article said that live chat seemed pretty similar to the function of freely available programs like ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and most CRM software isn`t free: LivePerson`s software suite starts at a base price of US$2,000, plus $350 per seat per month; Cisco`s WebLine text chat and callback software costs about $2500 per seat. It would really cost a lot to pay for live supports years before, but now you can get a CRM software for as low as $... a month or do not pay anything at all with free trials. Take advantage of free trials like live support provider Crmsoft, Crmsoft offers a 60-day trial wherein users will have enough time to sort and know more about the product without paying a single dime.
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