What do you like best?
The control over the type of chat windows, customizations to colors, sizes, headshots, feedback survey's, and auto-responses (called Bots) that you can program are all amazing tools inside the software. Their hands-on tech support is amazing and they will help you however possible.
What do you dislike?
The admin UI leaves a lot to be desired. While it has the functionality, the layout is poor and needs serious updating to be up to the standards of today's UI's. It needs to be larger and dynamic, rather than everything crammed in one small window that cannot be enlarged. Like I said, it works but is lacking in the modern design and simple ability to increase the window size.
One set-back from previous versions, was the ability for one user to see all other users under a tab named "Operators". This has been removed and now the users can only see users of that department they are signed in under, where another user that is not a member of the same department will not be visible to begin a chat with.
The other feature that is not available yet, is with the SMS chat function, which is great, but when your office is closed...the system has no way of sending an "offline greeting" to the customer, informing them that your office is closed...so they sit there thinking that you've received their message but are not replying.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Compare price points with feature packs & user count. I found that using ChatBeacon as the admin takes a week or more to get familiar with, however, between versions, it remains mostly the same making it simpler for admins to deploy updated server software or full migrations to new servers.
The integration with MS SQL and working inside VM's makes ChatBeacon a real ease to create redundant backups and versioning.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
ChatBeacon is the solution for our customers to be able to type live chat back and forth with our office. We like options of communications, therefore provide phone support, email support and live chat support, provided by this software - ChatBeacon. It provides us the ability to have an AI that automates much of the typical questions our customers have and reduce overhead of employees handling the chats. It also allows for after-hours chats to be handled by the AI. And you can chose from the 4 AI's they support!