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Vivian Vassar profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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We use the free version of Olark on our website and it is monitored by our customer service staff. It allows our customer to chat with us immediately if they have a question or issue with checkout. Because it is so quick and easy to chat we are able to turn problems into sales. We can also see what page the customer is on in the website and what pages they have visited. This lets us suggest other products for them to look at based on their browsing.
  • Showing us what page the customer is on the website lets us track the path they follow through the products. It lets us know what what page they looked at and what they are looking at next, or if they are stalled on one page.
  • Yotpo chat lets us know how the visitor came to our site - we can see in real time what the search query was.
  • The away feature lets us put up a message on the chat about how to contact us while we are away plus links to commonly asked questions.
  • The version we have does not allow us to set up a list of common responses to pop into a chat. We keep them handy on a separate document so it makes for extra steps.
  • We have not been able to add html for clickable links in the away window even though the site says you can do it.
Olark chat is easy to set up and use. You can have more than one user logged in to monitor the chat on different computers. This makes a fast response time more likely. Although you have to be sure to keep your volume up on the computer so you hear the sound letting you know there's a chat waiting. I like that you can see the customers path through the website and you can put clickable links while you are in a chat to guide the customer to a product or a help page. Plus you can see if they actually went there. This makes it easier to upsell.
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Adam Montgomery profile photo
January 08, 2019

Chatting Made Easy

Score 9 out of 10
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Olark is used by our customer agents and sales team to address questions and inquiries from visitors to our web site. It allows us to provide better and more timely customer support. We have also noticed that we are able to capture more leads and increase sales opportunities by having Olark on our website.
  • Its ease of use and simple design is a huge plus.
  • Their customer support is top notch. They have always been super responsive and helpful.
  • Past chats are stored and easy to search.
  • It's easy to customize to fit the look and feel of your website.
  • It would be very helpful to send graphics (like screenshots) during chat sessions. Olark allows you to receive graphics but not send them.
  • There is the occasional outage/downtime but it's usually back up and running pretty quickly.
  • It would be nice if multiple users could share one seat, but they only offer one user per seat.
If you are looking for a turnkey chat live chat solution, then I could not recommend a better tool than Olark. It is so intuitive and useful that your team will be up and running with a chat tool on day one of installation. The installation is also quick and painless.
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May 08, 2019

Olark is Okay...

Score 8 out of 10
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Olark is used in two instances for our team. One I can speak to more than the other. In the first instance, our sales teams use olark to answer prospective customers questions while they view a tour of our product.

My team (support) uses Olark to support our product via live chat. Chat allows us to serve more than one customer at a time and still gives the customer direct access to a real person at the click of a button!
  • Gives analytics of the chatter's internet browser and what page they are using in our product.
  • Users seem to be able to locate chat and use it without too many questions or instructions.
  • It's affordable...
  • Image sharing is a must.
  • Text breaks. Come on! This should go without saying that a chat program should allow for you to hit "shift return" to put a page break in your text. How are you supposed to send step by step directions?
  • Olark has been very unreliable as of recent. Messages sending and receiving at an alarmingly delayed rate.
Olark is suited well for those that want an affordable option for a live chat solution. Olark is really just "okay" and I'm 100% positive that we can find a better solution for our team's live chat needs. Olark still feels clunky by its limitations. If they were to give us a means by which we could use page breaks and share files with users, we'd be good to go!
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January 31, 2019

Olark for Customers

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Olark to interact with our online visitors. It is used by our Guest Experience team and it has really helped elevate our guest service even more. We have real people providing answers to guests that would not necessarily call in for their quick questions. We have also increased our number of reservations by really focusing on converting those visitors into guests!
  • It is easy to learn and implement.
  • It is easy to set up and create shortcuts.
  • It is very affordable!
  • There is not a way to add a queue. We have guests that get a little impatient when we are very busy. This would allow for the guest to know that we are working on getting to them and not ignoring them.
  • We have experienced outages this past year, and the communication in regards to what is happening is not the best.
It is a great tool if you are wanting to add it to a website so you can provide quick answers to your clients/customers/guests. I would not recommend it if you don't have a website. If you wanted this for internal use I would recommend a different service. It is quite affordable, so if you want to test it you would not lose much by doing so.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Olark was previously used as a chat widget our clients and end users would engage my support team for help desk related inquiries. Our sales team also uses olark as a chat widget on our homepage to engage potential new clients. The problems olark helps us address is allowing our client base to communicate to us via our CSM or homepage so we can answer any questions or concerns they may have.
  • Ability to chat via mobile web browsers.
  • Ease of implementation.
  • Their support is very courteous and eager to assist.
  • More options to edit the theme of the chat widget.
  • They lack a Mobile app for end users to chat with the individuals that reach out to them via chat.
  • Their Slack integration needs some work, or I need to make sure all of the settings are in place correctly.
Olark is well suited for an implementation. The ease of applying their SDK into your website takes minimal effort.

Also, you're able to observe which site your guest is viewing and a trail of sites they've visited prior to engaging the chat.

Their support is superb because they're always courteous and willing to help.
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Luke Ferrel profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Olark to manage our chat channel for technical support. Overall Olark is a very solid, no-frills application. We are able to limit chats at any given time, as well as integrate with our WFM provider. They don't have higher level capabilities (Chatbots, predictive chatting) but it works as needed
  • Reliable for the most part
  • Limit the number of chats
  • Integrate with outside platforms
  • Chatbots
  • Prediction of time to chat
Olar is perfect if you want to have a basic chat channel for incoming volume. If you want to do fancy advanced things I would go with another vendor. If you want something that allows users to click chat support on your website and have a rep support them, Olark is perfect!
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Score 10 out of 10
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Olark is mainly being used currently by our customer service team via the chat option on our company website. It is professional, very user friendly, whether you are the customer or the employee and the reporting features are great. We did not have to incorporate programming our site and reprogramming as we changed web providers, instead, we have Olark and it works with it all. So convenient and a program you can trust to offer an additional means of communication for the customers.
  • Olark is user friendly for both sides of the CHAT conversation. If you are initiating the chat, or the one receiving the chat, it is extremely easy to follow and use. There are many different levels of computer use comprehension and Olark is for every level.
  • Olark has reporting features to allow you to check the quality of your employees chat abilities as well as their productivity. It provides feedback for the employee themselves to also see how they are doing and take any suggestions the customer may leave for them regarding their chat experience.
  • Olark is very affordable and offers you the option, at a low cost, to look bigger and more professional that you even are. We were a smaller company and has the chat option with Olark and now have grown tremendously and STILL have the Olark chat option. Olark allowed us to grow and provide professionalism to our customers .
  • The Olark program allows you to set up quick responses to keep your customer from waiting, and to allow your employees to not have to retype the same response over and over. It is a great program that the employees really enjoy as well. It reminds you if you forgot to log out when you left your desk and provides your customer a quick note giving them the option to send the chat as an email inquiry instead, so you don't miss a thing.
  • I have not found anything that does not work the way we need it too with Olark in our organization. I was concerned that it would not be able to accommodate our tremendous and somewhat unexpected rapid growth because so many of the programs we have used early on were failing us, but Olark has done just fine. Better than fine, excellent.
If you want to have the option to chat on your company website and keep track of those chats, the customer's satisfaction, your employees' capabilities and the repetition of certain inquiries, Olark can truly help your business. We have 4 employees at any given time dedicated to our chat function during business hours. After hours if offers the option to send our customer service team an email with your question on your behalf. Everyone wins.
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Blaire Kotsikopoulos profile photo
June 10, 2016

Olark is great!

Score 10 out of 10
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Olark is used by the customer success team at TrackMaven for communicating with customers while they are in our application. We use it daily. It's reliable and integrates with our systems.
  • Easy to use for customers and staff
  • Affordable
  • Scalable
  • Nothing comes to mind!
Not a good tool to use on mobile. Needs an integration through another tool for that.
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Julieanne Faas profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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I have used Olark in my past two companies' customer service departments (which I managed) to interact with customers in real time.

Pros: Olark is very reliable, has many well thought out features and has very helpful customer service (via chat of course) when you need them. Its very customizable, intuitive and quick and easy to set up and maintain. Olark's features include - starting conversations when customers preform specific behaviors, storing transcripts, noticing when a customer is back for a 2nd visit, and acts as a "contact us" box when your chat agents are offline. You can have multiple employees on chat at the same time - though you do have to pay by user. They also integrate into a number of other platforms such as Salesforce, Desk.com and Zendesk. Though these integrations are rather limited.

Cons: I would love to see them get a bit stronger on analytics - they don't offer much in that department but you can include them in Google Analytics which gets you most of what you need to know. It'd be great if their integrations were a bit stronger (or if you could use more than one at a time). It can also be tricky to use if you have more than 15 employees that will be on chat.

All in all I highly recommend Olark and have enjoyed working with them over the past years!
  • Customizations - It's easy to get it to do what you want it to.
  • Intuitive features to get your customers to interact
  • Customer Service - they are there when you need 'em!
  • Nice clean design
  • Analytic - They don't give you much, but you can tie it into Google Analytics
  • Integrations are basic
  • Difficult to use with > 15 employees
Olark is well suited for companies that have a lot of customers coming to their website and want to be available to them in real time. It's designed for smaller companies and may not work for a very large corporation.
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August 13, 2014

Try Olark On a Lark

Score 9 out of 10
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Olark is primarily used in the customer service department of our company. Olark allows us to directly connect with and support our customers. As our website performs a variety of functions, we have a wide array of issues that arise that Olark allows us to resolve quickly and efficiently. There is nothing more frustrating for a customer than to want to use a tool, but unable to due to either lack of know how or technical difficulties. Additionally, as we are directly connected to the entertainment industry, much of what we do is extremely time sensitive. The immediacy of Olark allows to put out small fires quickly rather than wait for them to turn into full blown five alarm nightmares.
The screen share option has proven to be particularly helpful - especially with those clients who are not used to describing, in detail, the issue they're having - obviously compounded by frustration. The archives of all chats prove to be helpful as well when referencing past conversations for following up.
  • Screen share is an invaluable tool for offering that support to customers who are not completely computer savvy and require some special TLC.
  • Provides a user-friendly chat window - easy to read, and navigate.
  • Also, Olark customer service whenever I've had an Olark question proves very helpful.
  • Doesn't easily allow you to email a transcript of the chat you've had to a customer.
  • Copy and pasting of chat information is difficult.
  • Screen share sometimes does not work.
All of my current colleagues use Olark - within my department. If I met someone who was in the same line of work as me who was not currently using Olark - I would highly recommend it for customer service. It's much less taxing than answering live phone lines - but just as direct and immediate. Obviously, the thing I dislike about it most is all of the 11 year old children who decide it's a good idea to 'be an actor' and want advice without their parents' knowledge - that does take up a considerable fraction of our time that you would not encounter over the phone, but it also protects you from dealing directly with stressful customers.
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Score 7 out of 10
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I used Olark in my role as Support Manager at Zozi back in 2012-2013. I liked the level of ease it brought to allowing our customers to contact my team for support, but I was really displeased with the lack of a queue - we often had 8-10 people chatting us at once, and with a super small team of only 3 support agents, this made it difficult to multi-task (we also offered phone support, and often had to juggle both at once).

Other than that, Olark was a comprehensive product with excellent user support. If they've implemented a queue feature, then more power to them! I'd certainly recommend them as an option if my current company ever decides to go the chat support route.
  • Ease of contact - customers don't have to call
  • Easy to understand - click and chat, anyone can understand that
  • Good support for users - if something goes wrong the Olark team is on it
  • Excellent chat logs
  • Queue for customers - instead of piling several customers on a chat agent at once, queue the users for singular service, which actually results in a BETTER overall customer experience
It's easy, it's inexpensive, and it integrates nicely into a website's UI. I think the biggest question to ask is whether or not a chat service is needed - though I am personally always pro chat, as I look for it as a consumer on any website. If I don't have to pick up the phone, I'm a happy camper.
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August 16, 2017

Olark gets it done.

Score 7 out of 10
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We practice all-hands support so Olark is currently being used by the entire team. We use it to talk to prospective customers and answer quick questions.
  • Telling us where customers are located
  • Saving conversations
  • Telling us the page customers came from
  • More than 1 team member cannot be signed on at a time
  • I'd like to see a history of the pages customers visited
Olark is great for large websites and giving customers the opportunity to ask quick questions about products
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Score 7 out of 10
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Used as a live chat tool, olark has the ability to show service agents that a customer is typing and also has great searchability when digging through archives. [It's] Very easy to use and great for automated chats as well. [It's] Still fairly manual when customizing, so could use improvements there, but good for startups etc., searching for an easier-to-use product.
  • Live chat automation
  • Visual customization (holidays, etc.)
  • Easy integration
  • Still very manual when customizing
  • Web only shows 5 visitors on site
  • Searchability is limited (keyword)
Great for startups, lacking for an enormous volume of chats
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Score 9 out of 10
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Olark has been specifically used by my organization as a tool to interact extensively with customers - answering questions about our website, services we offer, job opportunities, recruiting a larger customer base, and helping folks navigate our website. Olark is typically only used by a few individuals in the organization itself, although most office employees have a working knowledge of the program. As for business problems, Olark manages to provide instant gratification for those with internet access and burning questions or concerns.
  • The program itself entails an incredibly easy set up with user-friendly features. It is also possible for multiple Operators to speak with customers/visitors at once - this particular feature can be useful if there is a large surge in visitor traffic.
  • When logged into the LiveChat feature, Operators are able to see the visitor's location in the world, what pages they're looking at on your site, as well as previous pages browsed and lapsed time exploring your site.
  • Olark also offers a great deal of custom features - it's a bit difficult to explain thoroughly, but for example, one may choose to customize the site's chat feature by creating a pop-up chat widget, or a "click to chat" feature image.
  • Not really an area of improvement for Olark specifically, but I will offer that it is incredibly important to keep in mind your company's "shopping hours" or peak traffic times (there is a Reports feature on the software that allows you to analyze peak traffic times).
  • Transcript history can be a little tricky - if you're searching for a specific past conversation, sometimes you may get multiple search results and have to sift through them until you find exactly what you're looking for.
  • I'd also offer that you will occasionally come across folks that are on your site to cyberbully or say nonsensical things. While there isn't an absolute fullproof way to deal with this, Olark does offer a nice "block" feature to disregard any unwanted conversations.
I do believe that many customers enjoy the fact that using Olark's Live Chat feature is a way of (more or less) instantly gaining access or insight to questions and further information. In today's overtly connected world, for some individuals, it's much easier to log onto their desktop, laptop, or some other mobile device and seek the help they need - and it seems that many individuals would rather do this than dial a phone number. For example, if a customer asks a very difficult question to answer on the phone, there could possibly be that awkward silence on the other end while you struggle to answer their question or concern. However, with Olark's Live Chat, that lapsed time isn't necessarily an awkward silence, but instead allows you a bit of time to think and respond appropriately.

With regard to well-suited or less appropriate scenarios, I think the most important thing is to know your customer base and traffic flow to your specific site - what exactly do they prefer? What would they like to see in the future? What can you do to help them? How can you provide better customer service, and via what medium?
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Score 7 out of 10
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We utilize Olark to provide customer support to visitors on our website. It's a positive asset because it allows us to answer questions online rather than on the phone in our offices, and it occasionally will funnel customers directly toward someone that can walk them through the sales process. Some of our best leads come through Olark chats. We don't have specific departments here, but it is used for sales and customer support.
  • I think Olark does an excellent job of making an easy to use product that anyone can pick up in a matter of minutes.
  • Olark's overall site design and layout is clean, tasteful and playfully their own. It's easy to find exactly what you need.
  • This doesn't have much to do with the actual use of the product, but Olark has built an enduring brand that I find incredibly charming, relatable, and fun. I love their updates on their retreat and the way that they enthusiastically talk about their identity.
  • I hate the fact that I can't create the username I want. Olark only has one server and I have a common name. I'm the only Jacob in our office, but because Olark has one central server, I have to be Jacob10 because one of their other clients has that username.
  • I wish I could see more information about previous conversations with returning customers. Simply saying "this is a returning customer" doesn't do me much good.
I think this is well suited for companies that sell products online or are involved in technology and need to offer technical support. I don't think this is best for high touch industries where customers are onsite a lot, but its perfect to help customers make purchases and offer occasional support.
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About Olark

Olark is a website live chat tool for engaging website visitors while they browse. It can be used to to track leads, drive sales, provide support.
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