Live chat tools allow for communication between sellers and buyers. They are popular instruments for e-commerce sites that don’t have the advantage of face-to-face communication, but these live chats can actually increase sales and boost profits, a new study suggests.
“We found live chat can increase purchase probability of tablets by 15.9 per cent, and we see that human interaction results in better sales performance,” said study researcher Xue (Jane) Tan from Indiana University in the US.
According to the researchers the fact that sellers and buyers cannot speak in person, like brick-and-mortar stores, leads to uncertainty about product quality and seller credibility.
Live chat tools allow e-vendors to communicate with customers in real time, they added.
The data source, Alibaba, has a reputation of being similar to eBay, where feedback is collected after each transaction.