How to add a WhatsApp chat to your website
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app worldwide. Over 2 billion of active users are on the platform to communicate with friends, family, and businesses. For businesses, WhatsApp is the ideal channel for personal, accessible, and informal conversations with their customers.
To introduce WhatsApp as a channel into your customer journey, one of the first steps is to add a WhatsApp chat button to your website. It's easy to set up and the best way to keep the conversation with visitors going after they leave.
In this article, we’ll show you how you can add a WhatsApp chat to your website.
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Why you should add a WhatsApp webchat to your website
There are three main reasons why you should consider embedding WhatsApp on your website.
Keep in touch with visitors after they leave your website
When a website visitor reaches out via live chat, your team won’t be able to contact them after they leave. And with patience running thinner every day, customers tend to leave faster than ever. Unless your team has the time to instantly reply all day long (which they don't).
But when a visitor gets in touch via WhatsApp, they get the same experience — without having to stay on your website to await an answer. This gives them a better experience, and it gives you more time to reply.
Reactivate cart abandonment
People can abandon their carts because of many reasons. But for most, it will definitely benefit to follow up. Because whether they still have some doubts or they simply forgot to follow through, it often doesn't take more than a nudge via WhatsApp to persuade them towards a purchase.
When someone for instance has doubts about a specific item, you can send a quick message including a similar item but with better features. And this gives your team the chance to both convert this customer and upsell. There are very few ways to optimize your conversion rate as easily as this.
Add a personal touch
Where live chat used to feel informal and personal, it has grown into a communication channel that many businesses treat the same way as email. This makes it less attractive and special for website visitors.
WhatsApp, on the other hand, is an app we all use to talk to our friends and family every single day. By inserting your business into that environment, you automatically build a more personal relationship with your customer. Especially if you can manage to reply fast and use the right informal tone of voice.
How to embed a WhatsApp chat on your website
There are three ways to let your customers contact you via WhatsApp as a chat on your website.
- Click and chat
- QR code
- Trengo multichannel widget
1. Click to chat
The click-to-chat feature lets customers click an URL in order to directly start a chat with another person or business via WhatsApp. You don’t need to save any phone numbers in your phone to do this. With the link, you simply open a chat and start typing. This works for the smartphone app as well as for WhatsApp Web.
With this feature, you could add a Whatsapp link to the website and for instance hyperlink a sentence such as ‘WhatsApp us!’ to WhatsApp. You could also type out your phone number and hyperlink it.
A click-and-chat link is obviously fine to offer on your contact page, but it gets a little difficult when you want to offer WhatsApp throughout your entire online customer experience. Having to share this link on every single page will make your website look messy.
How to add a WhatsApp link to a website
To make a click-to-chat link, you need to edit this link: https://wa.me/[WhatsAppNumber]. Replace ‘WhatsAppNumber’ with the phone number you would like to use.
2. QR code
Having to add a phone number to your contacts to start a WhatsApp conversation can feel time-consuming for your customers. Especially when you want to offer this channel as a business, this isn’t a feasible way. Think about the steps a customer has to take:
- First, they have to look up your phone number
- Next, they have to save you as a contact. This includes the name of your company and phone number. If they need to do this for all the companies they are in contact with, their contact list may explode one day.
- Finally, the customer has to navigate to WhatsApp, look you up, and only then can they start a chat.
This doesn’t take hours. But it also doesn’t make for a flawless customer experience. And that’s the goal.
That’s why some companies have started to create QR codes to start a conversation. All they have to do is create the code and place it on their website for customers to easily start a chat.
To create such a QR code, one must first create a click-to-chat link. This link can then be turned into a QR code via websites such as QR Code Generator or QR Code Monkey.
Want to know how using a QR code feels for a customer? Try out starting a conversation with our own Trengo WhatsApp account via this QR code:
3. Trengo multichannel widget
So far, we’ve discussed two options. But neither of them is a true WhatsApp integration with your website.
The best way to add a WhatsApp chat icon on your website is by using a multichannel chat widget, such as the one part of Trengo's WhatsApp Business solution. Because via this solution, and the widget, your customers can contact you via a WhatsApp button on your website.
Another important advantage is that Trengo offers the possibility to use WhatsApp with multiple users, which isn’t possible with the official app. Your team can easily collaborate on conversations in one WhatsApp account. In the inbox, they can @tag each other and assign messages to specific colleagues or teams.
Add WhatsApp button to your website: HTML code or Google Tag Manager
Once you have started your free trial at Trengo, you can add a WhatsApp chat widget to your website in two different ways:
- By pasting the widget script into your website's HTML source code.
- By using Google Tag Manager.
For a technical explanation of both methods, you can visit this article.
How to integrate WhatsApp into a WordPress website
You can also ask for some help from your developer and add the source code to your WordPress template.
Use cases of a WhatsApp widget on your website
Marketing and sales
Online shopping is bigger than ever. But it still doesn’t come close to the experience of shopping in the real world. Seeing and feeling the products. Trying on a new pair of shoes. Having a conversation with the store assistant.
By adding a WhatsApp chat to your website, you add a conversational element to the online experience. It enables your team to collect leads, advise products, and even make sales — all in a personal and informal way.
Once the customer leaves the website, the conversation still continues on WhatsApp. This is a big benefit of using WhatsApp live chat over regular live chat.
Learn how automotive company Muntstad collects leads via WhatsApp on their website.
Modern consumers shun phone calls or emails. They take too much effort and time. When they have a question, they prefer asking it via a messaging app or simply looking up the answer themselves in a help center.
That’s why WhatsApp is a great solution for your customer service team. Because of WhatsApp’s informal etiquette, you can have a personal and authentic conversation that’s efficient for both the customer and your team.
How to automate the WhatsApp chat on your website
Customers will wait two days for a reply to an email. They’ll sit in a waiting line on the phone. But when they’re using WhatsApp, they expect almost instant replies. For customer service teams, these expectations are both a gift and a curse. If you deliver, customer satisfaction skyrockets. But if you fail, you frustrate your customers.
With these automations in place, you enable your team to keep up with the expected speed.
Ever gotten any repetitive questions? About your business hours, stock, return policy, or delivery methods? Of course you do. And if you don’t automate answering these questions, you’ll waste valuable time.
By creating templated messages, a.k.a. quick replies, you can automate answering these FAQs. Here are 15 templates you can use right away.
By setting an auto-reply, your customers always get an instant response. This buys you some time when you’re not able to respond right away. Which especially comes in handy outside of business hours.
Here are 8 auto reply samples for some inspiration.
If you’re dealing with a lot of inbound messages, it can be tough to stay organized. By creating rules, you can automate this organization process. In Trengo, you can also do this for your WhatsApp conversations.
You can automatically add labels to conversations, assign conversations to a team member and inform customers during peak hours.
If you’re ready to take it to the next level, you can also use Trengo to build a chatbot for the WhatsApp chat on your site. A bot will answer frequently asked questions and even collect leads — also outside of opening hours.
Building a bot all by yourself may sound intimidating. But with Trengo, you can use a no-code chatbot builder. It’s straightforward and fast. You can even test and play around with it before you go live.
Add a WhatsApp chat to your website today
A WhatsApp integration can truly make the difference between a website visitor leaving your website and someone converting. Because your team can really keep the conversation going. Even after visitors leave and potential customers abandon their carts.
So include WhatsApp as a channel in your customer journey. And start by adding a WhatsApp chat to your site. Official WhatsApp Business Solution Provider Trengo can set everything up for you. So all you have to do is test and take the time to see how your visitors react to the WhatsApp chat.