Chat rooms once existed for teenagers to spend their time on the computer after school. Although this type of chatroom has essentially evolved into SMS text messages, the world of chatrooms is far from extinct.
In fact, the majority of useful chatrooms reside on company websites, apps and internal communication systems. The chat rooms can be created to discuss projects with individuals or with large groups of people.
For example, a website development company needs a chatroom to keep all of the developers and designers on the same page. You also might have a chatroom for a blog, forum or even a small business app for a law firm.
Seeing as how the chatroom is so powerful for customer service and internal business communications, it makes sense to get a chatroom module in your mobile app so everyone has access to it in their pocket.
That’s what iBuildApp has done with the new Chatzy feature.
Resellers can pitch this tool to clients, and regular small businesses have a chance to expand the way they communicate with customers. We also like the chat feature for a forum-like experience, along with the option to make a system for all internal employees to talk with each other.
How the New Chatzy Feature Works
The new iBuildApp feature is based off of the Chatzy free private chat website, integrating directly into that technology for a beautiful chatroom interface. The app creator makes a completely private chat for their organization, invites people to join, then makes sure the chat module is inserted into the mobile app.
You can always go in there and delete the chatroom if needed, or create multiple chatrooms for different groups of people in your organization.
Working with Chatzy in iBuildApp
You add the new Chatzy app like you would any other feature – by going to your current app in the dashboard, and hitting the Add a New Page button or replacing a current feature you don’t use anymore.
The Chatzy feature is located in the Utility category, so you can install it from there. Once installed, you see a few steps to walk through. Go to the step that has you sign up for a free Chatzy account. This sends you to the Chatzy website where you’ll make the private chatroom for your app.
This is a completely private chatroom, so you can invite whomever you want. Type in your name, along with a message for the email being sent out to the people you invite. For this particular example I’m making a chatroom for a high school mobile app. This way, the parents can go into the chatroom and discuss important issues without any of the kids seeing what’s going on.
In addition, they won’t be interrupted by other random users trying to access the chatroom. The room is only for the parents, so they have the privacy and access that they need. After setting up the chatroom I can click on the Create My Chat button.
Chatzy sends you an email to join the chatroom. This is the same email that every invitee receives. All the user has to do is click on the link in the email to join.
Each user makes their own name/alias, then they select a color for their chatroom. People can also configure setting for things like alerts, images, video thumbs and text sizes. After all of that, the Enter Room button is a click away.
You can communicate through the chat through the mobile app or a computer. It’s a rather simple and intuitive chatroom interface where you type in what needs to be said and click on the Enter button. They even have support for media and emojis.
At the end of the process don’t forget to paste in your chatroom URL so that it shows up in the mobile app. You might have to remove anything that doesn’t include the chatzy.com URL and the number after the slash. Click on the Save button to complete the set up.
Are You Ready to Put a Private Chat in Your Mobile App?
This is one of the simplest features you can add to your mobile app, but it provides all sorts of value for your customers, employees or other stakeholders in the organization.
If you have any questions about the new Chatzy feature from iBuildApp, let us know in the comments below.
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