Chatlake allows customers to continue chat conversations via email threads under the following cases.
- If no agents are available and the customer leaves a message in the chat,
- if the customer leaves the chat before the agent replies.
Along with these cases, the contact should have an email address associated with it in Chatlake CRM.
Obtaining email address of contacts
You can prompt/update customer emails into Chatlake through the following ways.
1.via Chatlake SDK
If customer email is already known, you can supply it into Chatlake via the
setUser method in our SDK
2.via PreChat Form
If a mandatory pre-chat form is enabled. the conversation starts with a screen as below
You can find more details about configuring pre-chat form via this guide
3.via Email Collect Prompt
When the pre-chat form is disabled and the customer email is unknown, Chatlake starts a conversation with an email collect prompt.
If the customer email gets updated through any of the options mentioned above. When the agent replies and the customer is not active on the chat widget:
- The customer receives an email thread with a conversation summary over which they can continue the conversation.
- The agent receives the customer replies from email in their Chatlake dashboard, continued over the existing conversation thread.
The email icon in the chat bubble indicates that the customer reply arrived via email.