Social media is becoming the main communication source for several brands and omnichannel solutions are changing the way that you conduct business on a day-to-day basis. Adding Facebook Chat to your Wix website could be a crucial move, especially considering that as many as 46% of customers prefer live chat and a whopping 65% or more are using social media to contact businesses these days.
Of course, the tricky part comes in figuring out how to do it. Here, you have two basic options. For starters, we’ve created this guide that will walk you through the entire process of integrating a Facebook Chat plugin or widget on your Wix-hosted website.
And, in case you’re not down for the detail work, you can just let Smith.ai’s dedicated live chat agents handle all of your chats, messaging, and phone calls so that you don’t even have to think about it.
For those interested in the latter, we’ll talk more at the end about how we can help you improve your communications and deliver the 24/7 solutions your customers demand. For now, let’s get back to the importance of using tools like Facebook Chat and the Messenger app to communicate with your audience.
Today’s consumer wants personalized attention from a brand they feel a connection to—that's where social media comes in handy. There are over 4 billion people globally that use social media on a daily basis. And, now that Messenger is its own app, more customers appreciate the dedicated Facebook Chat feature on the website, which usually includes guest mode.
So, now that you have the basics down, let’s dig into how to actually get Facebook Chat installed and working on your Wix website.
Wix makes it easy for business owners to incorporate tools like Facebook Chat on their website. Like several platforms, message replying has a time limit within the app, but you can still see all of the communications directly in your Facebook Pages inbox or in the Messenger app because every chat will be synced across all platforms.
Installing the chat feature on Wix sites starts with basic steps. Facebook offers a handy step-by-step explanation for Wix, among other popular sites, so that you don’t have to use the generic installation instructions or developer options unless you really want to create a custom integration. Here's what to do:
This will ensure that customers can message you directly from your website and that all messages will also be transferred to your Facebook Pages inbox and your Messenger app accordingly.
Once the chat feature is installed, you will simply be able to navigate to your website and see something that looks like this—your main website will still remain the same, but there will now be a Chat icon in the lower right corner (note: while the option is available, we don’t suggest changing the placement of the button because that’s where consumers know to look).
Customers will be able to reach you via the chat directly, either as a Messenger or Facebook user or as a guest, and you will get the messages in your Facebook inbox as well as right there on the screen.
If you go to your Page settings, you can do this without having to add programming to the job. Just click “Settings” and “Advanced Messaging” and then edit the domains that are safelisted, allowing Facebook so that you can use the chat plugin.
If you just want to use the code directly, the basic form will look like the lines below. You can add colors, fonts, and other customizations to tweak the code, but this is the general deployment:
When you use the chat plugin, you will be able to access all of the rich media features of Facebook and the Messenger platform, including:
You’ll find a ton more features and you can link everything to your Messenger mobile app, ensuring that you’re always just a click away from communicating with your audience, no matter where in the world you are.
Plus, there’s even an analytics option to allow you to see just how well your messaging is working for your brand. Just go to the “Insights” button of your Facebook page and you’ll see all of the messaging analytics right there.
Believe it or not, there are still billions of people who don’t use social media sites like Facebook. And now that Messenger is a separate and dedicated app, even more don’t bother to create or activate their account because they don’t use the messaging tool for anything else. Therefore, when it came to offering businesses a way to communicate, it was decided that a guest mode was necessary.
Guest mode allows anyone to connect with your company when they access your Facebook Chat on your website directly. Bear in mind that the general public will typically not be able to contact you through Facebook directly if they do not have an account of their own. However, they can engage with you using the Messenger platform that is integrated into your site. They can also then transfer to a Messenger app and create an account to save conversations or further communicate with your brand.
In guest mode, transcripts are limited to 24-hour access and there are also limits on several of the features. For example, users will be prompted to log in to Messenger from guest mode whenever they attempt to:
This allows customers to communicate as much as they want without having to give all of their information out right away. It also gives people the chance to communicate with your brand via social media even if they don’t have accounts of their own. In fact, there are several different perks of guest mode, along with having this feature right on your website. That's what we’ll cover next.
There are several different benefits to consider in offering Facebook Chat to users directly from your website. Communicating with customers via social media, as discussed at the beginning, is a great way to get people to understand that you’re really here to help with whatever they need. Social media allows people to feel more connected and less formal, giving them the chance to feel like they can build a real relationship with your brand.
When you add the ability to use features like Facebook Chat right on your website without having to navigate to another screen, app, or device, you’re making it even better for them. And, with the Wix features and tools available, this is easy to do for your Wix-hosted website.
When you provide users with the tools to communicate in their preferred medium, you’ll boost your brand reputation and customer loyalty, too. Here are just a few perks to keep in mind:
There’s also the concern that all these perks might result in a lot of additional work for your support team once your audience actually starts using the Chat feature. That could mean some changes are in store, or it could mean you should find another way to field the messages.
If you’re like the average business today, you’ve already got more than enough on your plate without having another messaging tool to worry about. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can just leave your customers hanging. You still have to give them the tools and communication solutions that they deserve. The easy answer? Partner with our dedicated live chat agents to field live website chats, and more.
Our live chat solution is much more comprehensive, offering services for website chats and even SMS text messages. We will provide you with the latest software and the most experienced agents for live-answering coverage and solutions in English and Spanish. Plus, we can integrate with your website or e-commerce site, and will be the face your brand needs.
Our agents will field everything from common questions to lead screening, new client intake and scheduling, payments, and much more. Ask how we can revolutionize the way you handle customer support as the face of your brand. We can even help you create the perfect strategy for communication solutions that fit your budget and business needs.
Schedule your consultation now to learn how to take our live chat solution to a new level. You can also reach us at email@example.com or by calling (650) 727-6484.