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TOPIC: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website.

How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 14 years 1 month ago #2263

This is more of a tip to increase your sales that improve rankings. Several inspectors have asked me in the past (Gerry Beaumont asked today which moved me to finally write something up) on how to add chat to their website. There are many different methods of doing this, but one that I feel is the best for inspectors.

Why add chat to your website? Lets imagine the casual client who is looking over multiple websites for an inspector, not sure who they are going to choose. Yes, all have a phone number to call, so the client writes down the phone numbers planning to call a few once they narrow down their choices. Then they come across a site with a box on the front page of their site that says 'chat with this inspector live!' Now you've created a way to create an instant connection with a client from the comfort of your computer.

What happens if you're not at your computer? Well, there's two options. The first is that the system will simply say you're offline and they are welcome to leave a message (which is also nice, I'd have the system say if I'm off performing an inspection or something). The second is if you have a phone that supports any chat protocol such as MSN,AIM,ICQ,Google Chat,Jabber,Yahoo Messenger, etc, the message can be forwarded to your phone!

So, how do you do this? Go to www.plugoo.com/ . Register and enter the info requested and you will be given code to add to your site. If you're using our hosting service then create a block and you can add the chat to one of the side bars of your site, or add it to a new page. You can choose any of the chat systems mentioned above.

What happens when someone requests a chat? The message goes directly to your normal chat program open on your desktop.

Many phones today like the blackberry's, iPhones, treo's, etc can support live chat via the systems above, allowing you to stay in touch with users on your website all day.

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO

Re: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 12 years 9 months ago #25107

Have you had any problems with it?  I tried adding it to my page but on mine and other people's computers the chat never shows, it just shows that it's loading.  I went with meebo, but it doesn't seem to have the msn feature on it which would be much better.

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Re: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 12 years 9 months ago #25114

Hey Mark,

Welcome to the boards. I have noticed issues with it from time to time. You do need to have Flash on the computer for it to lad. Like you said, Meebo is another that the guys use.

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO

Re: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 12 years 9 months ago #25157

I decided to go with AIM.  Quick loading, nice interface, and the ability to use it on iPhones and other smartphones through applications.  Hopefully this helps somebody else.

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Re: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 12 years 9 months ago #25168

That works too!

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO

Re: How to allow clients to chat with you through your website. 11 years 10 months ago #36544

I decided to go with AIM.  Quick loading, nice interface, and the ability to use it on iPhones and other smartphones through applications.  Hopefully this helps somebody else.


I just register with AIM but I have no clue how to integrate it into my websites. I have the AIM chat-bar opened in the right of my desktop screen but that's definitely not close to being where it needs to be on my website.

Please Help!!

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