Let customers know you are out of office with Away Experience


As a business you cannot be online 24/7 and you can convey this proactively to your users in Freshchat with Away Experience. You can also prompt customers and leads to leave a message and their email id or phone number which you can use to get back to them later once you are back online.


  1. Setting the right expectations upfront will help prevent customer frustration and also reduce the number of ‘away’ conversations you might get.
  2. Prompt customers and prospects to leave a message and their contact info. This will be helpful for you to get back to them once you are back online.
  3. Manage all the ‘away’ conversations separately.
  4. Auto-convert ‘away’ conversations into tickets to match your workflow.


You can enable the Away Experience for all your message channels or for specific channels and when a visitor or customer clicks on a message channel to start a conversation with you, it will be visible to them in Away mode.

In the Away mode, the channel name will have an ‘offline’ label attached to it and there will be an away prompt for the user to enter their email id/phone number (which you can choose) and a message.



How will the Away Experience appear for a customer


When a customer clicks on a message channel for which you have enabled Away Experience, it gets activated. The user will be prompted to enter their email ID or phone number and a message. 





NoteWhen Away Experience prompt is active the reply text box will not be visible.


Once they enter their email ID and message, and hit send, it will appear as a chat message and the reply text box will become visible. 





The customer can still send follow up messages and it will be appended to the same message thread. The Away Experience prompt will be triggered again post 30 minutes from the last customer message.

 

How can team members differentiate Away messages from normal chat messages


It is easy to identify Away messages in Freshchat. Any ‘NEW’ conversation initiated during your out of office hours and reopened conversations (previously resolved and now reopened due to customer's message during your out of office hours) will be affixed with a half moon icon. This indicates that it is an ‘away’ message. 

 

This will help your team members identify messages that came in during out of office hours and prioritize their work. 


 

You can also create custom views specifically for Away messages.


 

How to set up Away Experience 


Go to Settings > Away Experience > Switch the toggle to Enabled



Select the channels for which you want to trigger the Away prompt and add your Away message. You can also add Away messages in other languages based on your language settings.



You can choose to get either the user’s phone number or email ID. You can even add a thank you message at the end.


 

Automatically convert ‘Away’ messages into tickets


You can do this if you have Freshdesk integration or any other integration supported by Freshchat.


Under Advanced settings, move the toggle to the right to enable ticket conversion. Set a duration after which the conversation will be auto-resolved and converted into a ticket. You can also label these conversations for easy identification later.


 

Some important pointers

  • Once the time duration expires the conversation is resolved and gets converted into a ticket.

  • All the messages the customer sends within this time period gets converted into one single ticket.