Message Mate

Описание

Message Mate is a simple but wonderful slider add-on to your website that advertises a phone number which current and prospective customers can text with one click to reach you or your employees.

Your customers would rather text than call you. In fact, 76% of young adults prefer to interact with companies via texting (and not through calls, emails, live chat or contact forms). And thankfully for your business, texting is a more efficient and less distracting means of communication.

Texts also have much higher engagement potential with a 97% open rate, at least three times higher than email.

All parties’ personal mobile numbers – yours, your employees’, and your customers’ – remain hidden. Up to three users can receive and respond to incoming messages via SMS, email, and a web dashboard. And you can even add automated responses and post-conversation rating requests.
Sell more, with Message Mate. Choose any US area code (subject to availability), and get your first 14 days for free.

Скриншоты

  • Message Mate on desktop
  • Message Mate on mobile
  • Message Mate dashboard

Установка

  1. If you haven not yet done so, go to ownerlistens.com/message_mate to create and personalize your Message Mate. When you\’re done — copy your unique Message Mate Token
  2. Install the WP plugin, and in the settings page, paste your token where requested
  3. Head to your site and check out your Message Mate

Часто задаваемые вопросы

THE BASICS

What is Message Mate?

Message Mate is a simple but wonderful slider add-on to your website that advertises a phone number which current and prospective customers can text with one click to reach you or your employees.

Why do I need Message Mate?

People are calling less and texting more. Your customers are no different — they would rather text than call you. In fact, 76% of young adults prefer to interact with companies via texting (and not through calls, emails or blasted contact forms). This is a beneficial trend for your business as well since texting is a more efficient and less distracting means of communication.
Texts also have much higher engagement potential with a 97% open rate, at least three times higher than email.

What are common use cases for Message Mate?

There are myriad uses for Message Mate — answering questions, accepting reservations, receiving pick-up orders, and soliciting feedback are all examples of great use cases for Message Mate. Feel free to think of others that are relevant for your business. Just ask yourself: what are customers calling or e-mailing me about that is wasting a lot of time and has a relatively simple answer? What might they not reach out about via phone but perhaps would be willing to text? For example, they may shy away from speaking with a salesperson, but they’ll gladly ask for a quote via text. Another great way to use Message Mate is to save on fees that you pay services such as reservation or delivery apps/sites. There is no per transaction fee or per customer fee with Message Mate, just one low monthly fee.

What do customers typically use my number for?

That really depends on how you customize your Message Mate and market the service to customers. You can solicit messages from customers to make a reservation, ask about a product/service, request a price quote etc.

How do I tell customers about Message Mate and texting my business?

Message Mate sits neatly on all pages of your website so any visitor notices it when they scroll. You can customize the text on the message mate and help steer customers to your preferred use case. In addition to your website, you should tell customers about texting at additional touchpoints: posts on social media, your mailing list, in your store (if you have a physical location), and on your marketing materials. The more you promote texting, the more customers will reach out to you saving you time, money, and leading to more loyalty.

Can a Message Mate replace a chat window on my site? What’s the difference between it and a live chat?

While the Message Mate shares certain features with a live chat — both are text based, usually contain short messages and would typically be between two parties — Message Mate has some unique differentiating features:
-Customers can take the conversation with them on the go — there’s no need to remain connected to a website or maintain a consistent wireless connection. That way you don’t lose customers just because they had to leave that browser session.
-Text messages are asynchronous by nature allowing the customer to continue the conversation at their convenience.
-With Message Mate, you or your employees can respond to customers via text, email or from the web dashboard.
-Unlike a chat where the user has to find the correct web page, with Message Mate a customer only has to know one thing — your number; This is why you should encourage customers to save your Message Mate number to their phone. It will make your business more accessible than ever.

INSTALLATION

Can you walk me through the sign up process for Message Mate?

Signing up for Message Mate is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4
1. Head to ownerlistens.com/message_mate enter your website\’s address and select WordPress as the platform where your site is hosted.
2. For a business plan, enter your desired 3 digit area code and wait for the system to suggest a number. You can cycle through a few numbers until you find one you like. For a personal plan, simply enter the number you want to display on your Message Mate. When you\’re done, scroll down to Step 2.
3. Now comes the fun part, personalize your Message Mate\’s design to match your site. Here is also where you can personalize the two lines of text on the Message Mate. Note that you can select a color by tapping it or entering the color\’s hexadecimal code.
4. If you\’re creating a personal Message Mate, click the orange CREATE button to save your work and receive your Token. If you\’re creating a Secure Message Mate, click the orange NEXT button and enter the delivery information for you and anyone else who should be receiving customer messages. When you\’re done, click the orange CREATE button to save your work and receive the Token.

How do I install the Message Mate on my website in under 3 minutes?
  1. Make sure to copy your unique Message Mate Token after creating Message Mate
  2. Install the WP plugin, and in the settings page, paste your token where requested
  3. Head to your site and check out your Message Mate
I’m having some difficulty installing Message Mate — who do I contact?

We’ll have you up and running in no time! Send us an email to support@ownerlistens.com or text us at 650-825-1166 and we can walk you through the installation. Also, we will gladly send an email to your webmaster explaining what they need to do to get Message Mate up and running on your site.

UPGRADING AND CANCELLATION

Can I upgrade my plan from Personal to Secure?

Absolutely. We want you to take advantage of everything OwnerListens has to offer. To upgrade, simply login to your account and click the UPGRADE link on the bottom right of the page. If you did not enter an email after creating your Message Mate and cannot login, please text or call us at: 650-825-1166 or send us a note at: support@ownerlistens.com and we’ll help you out.

How do I cancel my account?

We’ll be very sad to see you go but if you must leave us, we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Simply text or call us at: 650-825-1166 or send us a note at: support@ownerlistens.com. Please mention your username and/or website name. Your account will become inactive within 12-24 hours. Should you ever wish to come back, just contact us and we will gladly reactivate your account (though we cannot guarantee you will get the same virtual number). One click self serve cancellation is coming very soon

BILLING

Do I get charged per message?

No, you do not get charged per message. You are, however, limited to the number of conversations included in your plan. For Message Mate users, your included number of conversations per month is equal to that of our Small Shop plan which is currently 50 conversations per month. We will let you know if you come close to exceeding that number and need to upgrade. You cannot roll over “unused” conversation credits from month to month.

What counts as a “conversation”?

A conversation is an unlimited exchange of messages between the business and a unique user who has not contacted the business during the previous seven calendar days.

PRIVACY

Will customers see my name and number? Will I see theirs?

In the Secure Plan, all personal numbers are masked. Message Mate exchanges no personal information; only your responses are sent to the customer. (However, if your messages contain personal information in the text, it will be delivered to the recipient as part of the response).

In the Personal Plan, the number of each participant will be visible to the other. Note that this means customers will have your personal number and it will be plainly visible on your site. The messages do not go through our servers, just directly between you and your customers.

What if a customer texts me in the middle of the night?

In the Secure Plan you control when and if you receive messages to your phone (a.k.a “sleep mode”). When you set up your Message Mate, you can choose when you’d like to receive messages to your phone that are sent at night or outside of business hours. You can choose to receive messages as they come in, only during business hours, or at all hours except at night (10:00 PM — 7:00 AM).
*All hours are adjusted to the time zone of the area code you provide for receiving messages by phone.

NUMBERS AND AREA CODES

I can’t get a number in my area code — what’s up with that?

OwnerListens is dependant on the availability of virtual numbers from its providers. Some area codes are more constricted than others, but we can normally offer a number at least in a neighboring area code.

Can I change the number I receive?

Message Mate allows you to select an area code and select a number from a pool of available numbers. If you need to change the number after you make your initial selection please contact support@ownerlistens.com. We can assign you a new number but may not be able to provide a specific number and cannot always auto forward messages sent to the old number to your new number.

Does the number I get support messages with images (MMS)?

By default, Message Mate numbers does not support rich text messages (MMS) but if images are important to your business, we can get you a number that does. Numbers that support MMS are more expensive and carriers charge more for each message leading to a higher price point. For the basic secure plan, the additional cost would be $5 a month. Please text or call 650-825-1166 or contact support@ownerlistens.com for additional details about pricing and availability.

Can I get a toll free number?

Yes you can. There is a small extra fee for toll free numbers as they are more expensive for us to purchase. Please text or call 650-825-1166 or contact support@ownerlistens.com for pricing and availability.

Can I get an overseas number?

Yes you can. We support over 50 countries. Pricing varies depending on each country’s number availability and messaging costs. Please text or call 650-825-1166 or contact support@ownerlistens.com for pricing and availability.

FREE TRIAL DETAILS

Which features does the free trial support?

The free trial includes all of the features of the plan you choose to try, as if you’re a paying user. For Message Mate, this means full Message Mate functionality, auto responses, rating requests and additional users.

What happens once the free trial ends?

Once the trial period elapses you will no longer be able to respond to customer messages until you sign up for a plan. If you do not sign up for a plan with 30 days from your initial signup date, your number will be deactivated. You will receive an email informing you of this.

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Журнал изменений

1.4

  • Remote widget call improvements

1.3

  • Bug fixes

1.2

  • PHP 5.5 compaility
  • Bug fixes

1.1

  • Settings page UI improvements
  • Message Mate Token validation added
  • Bug fixes

1.0

  • Update to settings page
  • Stability improvements

0.9

  • Initial release.