We recently met with the folk from Nanorep, an impressive online customer service hosted software application with a well-crafted Magento extension.
Nanorep is a "self-aware support system" that is capable of learning the answers to repetitive questions and updating its knowledge base software in real time. This innovative & automated software approach to self-service can dramatically improve the friendliness of e-commerce sites with resultant cost savings, increased conversion and improved customer satisfaction.
Nanorep widgets on any page allow to you to ask questions in self-service mode across multiple channels. There is no need to wait for responses from customer support agents – via email, telephone or forums. The responses provided by nanorep are instantly available and contextually correct - queried by "natural language" free-form questions/searches with responses driven by its clever search technology. Its knowledge base is "self-learning": it instantly updates with questions and answers and learns in real time what is statistically relevant. If answers are missing or don't hit the spot, you can enter answers directly through Nanorep's web-based console.
As a website customer - on the front-end - you can easily use the widget to find answers to all product-related queries on site. Because each customer that visits your e-commerce website is theoretically unique, individual responses are based on user type, product,location, technical specs, stock, care & maintenance etc. So, the answer to a question depends entirely on the context in which the question was asked.
The Nanorep widget
Shoppers can ask any kind of question on any product page and get instant answers which help them to make up their mind. nanoRep addresses three specific types of question:
This does not refer to a specific product, nor to any action that the user may have taken. It is simply a general question -- maybe about your company, or the process of ordering something or about who the management are. The answers are automatically retrieved from the nanorep Q&A knowledge-base.
These refer to a transaction (in general), either a product that has been bought or that is being considered to be for purchase. The answers are automatically retrieved from your Magento product catalogue data base.
The personalized question refers to a specific transaction, such as an order placed, or a service which was disrupted or anything else that happens to the individual customer. The answers are automatically retrieved from your Magento database.
Consider the following questions: How much does shipping cost? Is this available in my area? What payment methods do you accept? Each of these questions requires a specific personal response. The cost of shipping is not uniform; it depends on the product, on availability, on geo-location, and even the user.
Question topics automatically retrieved from the Magento database include:
Further, all nanorep self-service functions are available in multiple languages and is fully optimized for all mobile devices and smartphones.
The functionality of the Magento extension includes:
The Nanorep module usefully includes analytics and reporting that show real time insights to the mind of the shopper: making it possible to know precisely how NanoRep has delivered value: