Handle multilingual chats
An insurance customer in Rome, Italy initiates a chat with a support representative in New York. Using the automatic translation tool, the agent is able to handle the chat request in English while the customer uses their native Italian. The tool translates chat conversations between customers and agents, giving them the flexibility to communicate in their respective native languages. If this chat is handled by an agent who happens to speak Italian, they can choose to handle the conversation without the aid of the translation tool.
8x8 Contact Center introduces multilingual support for chat. Customers can choose to chat in any of the supported languages. Agents can handle customer chats in any of the supported languages they know or use automatic translation tool. Each 8x8 Contact Center agent is associated with one primary and one or more secondary languages of fluency.
- If the chat request is in one of these languages, agents can chat in the requested language.
- If the chat request is not in their primary or secondary language, agents can use the automatic translation tool.
With Multilingual support for chat:
- Administrators can provide language choice in embedded chat.
- Customers can choose to chat in a language of their choice.
- Agents can handle customer chats in any of the supported languages.
8x8 Contact Center offers chat translation support for:
English, Russian, German, Japanese, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, and Polish.
Configure multilingual support for chat
To configure multilingual support for chat, administrators must:
- Configure a pre-chat form in the embedded chat flow.
- Offer language choice for customers in the pre-chat form.
- Include the pre-chat form in the chat script that controls the chat flow.
- Indicate the primary and secondary languages of agents.
In your embedded chat flow, you must add a pre-chat form which offers language choice for customers. Using this form, customers select a language to chat in. Follow the steps described here to design a pre-chat form.
- From the Configuration Menu, open Chat Design.
- Click the Form tab.
- Select to edit an existing pre-chat form or create a new one. For details, refer to Design a Chat Form.
- Select Translation under Format. This offers customers a language choice question. A list of languages supported for chat translation shows up.
- Enter a Question, such as <Select a language you wish to chat in>.
- Select the language choices that you want to offer your customers to chat in.
You can choose the language for translation to be Set as default.
- Click Add. The question is added to the form.
- Add more questions as desired.
- Click Next to define the visual details of the form.
- Add the desired visual requirements, such as window title, background color, or font color.
- Click Save. Your custom pre-chat form is now ready with the chat translation choice.
In this step, make sure the pre-chat form is included in the chat flow, which is controlled by a chat script. You must include a pre-chat form with the language choice in the chat script.
- From the Configuration Menu, open Scripts.
- Go to the Chat tab.
- Edit or add a chat script. For details, refer to Create a Chat Script.
- Under the CVB Online object, click [add].
- From the menu, select the pre-chat form you just created with the chat translation option.
- Save the script.
Note: Your chat script must contain a chat button to initiate chats, a pre-chat form to indicate language choice, a chat window for typing chat messages, and a chat queue to forward the chat requests.
- Assign this script to the desired chat channel.
Selecting a primary and one or more secondary languages for agents indicates their ability to chat in these languages. Automatic translation is available to agents based on their primary and secondary languages:
- If the language of the chat request matches the agent's primary language, automatic translation is disabled.
- If the language of the chat request matches the agent's secondary language, automatic translation is available but turned off. The agent can turn it on.
- If the language of the chat request doesn't match the agent's languages, automatic translation is turned on by default.
To indicate languages of fluency for users:
- From the Configuration Menu, open Agents.
- Select to edit
- In the
Generaltab, notice two fields:
- Primary Language: Select a language of primary fluency. This is the default language of chat for users.
- Secondary Language: Select one or more languages of secondary fluency. If a chat request is in any of the secondary languages, they can chat in this language or use the automatic translation tool.
- Save the language settings.
Multilingual chat flow
The multilingual chat flow can be represented as follows:
- A customer visiting a website initiates a chat by clicking the chat button.
- A pre-chat form is presented to the customer to indicate language choice.
- The customer fills in the form, selects a language to chat in, and submits the chat request.
- The request enters the chat queue in 8x8 Contact Center and is offered to an agent.
- On receiving a chat, the control panel indicates the language of choice for the chat.
- On accepting the chat, agents can process the chat using their language of fluency, or use the automatic translation tool.
Note: Automatic translation is available only in the absence of language match or a secondary language match. In case of primary language match, automatic translation is disabled.
- By using the translation tool, messages from the customer are translated to agent's primary language, and vice versa.