Rival Technologies Launches Chat Lab Engagement Platform

Chat Lab is a two-way, ongoing dialogue platform built by researchers that uses chat, voice and video technologies to build digital communities.

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Vancouver-based Rival Technologies launched Chat Lab at the Insight Innovation Exchange Conference last month. Chat Lab is an end-to-end insight platform to email overload and survey fatigue.

Rival's solution aims to close the gap between the way people live their digital lives and how market research is conducted. Researchers heavily rely on emails to engage customers, but consumers are moving away from email and on to messaging apps.

People Are Moving Away From Email

This mass migration is due to two key factors.

First, the typical research experience of today does not reflect real human conversations and behaviors. It’s static, boring and doesn’t use the same language and tone that real people use in real life.

Then there’s email overload and survey fatigue: Research shows that nearly 250 billion emails are sent and received every day, with 74% of consumers saying they are overwhelmed by email.

Messaging Apps Increase Response Rates

A 2018 study found that 93% of research participants found the chat experience more fun and easier to complete than traditional online surveys. As a result of their over-reliance on emails, researchers are seeing declining response rates to surveys. This, in turn, makes organizations less agile.

By applying extensive market research experience to the development of insight communities, Chat Lab solves several major and interconnected challenges.

Built on the foundations of sound market research methodologies and practices, it takes advantage of pervasive chat, voice and video technologies, such as Facebook Messenger, SMS, and Instagram, that today’s m obile-first consumers use seamlessly every day.

To get an accurate read of consumer attitudes and opinions, companies need to engage with people where they are,” said Andrew Reid, Founder and CEO of Rival Technologies. “Chat Lab is designed to help companies do this by facilitating ongoing conversations in mobile apps and messaging platforms that today’s consumers use.
About Rival Technologies

Rival Technologies is rethinking research with voice, video and chat solutions that integrate into technologies that people actively use on a regular basis. The company’s platform, Chat Lab, makes it easy for companies to create mobile agile communities of customers, fans, and employees that can be engaged continuously for insights into their preferences, opinions, and habits. The company’s innovations rival traditional surveys and online communities by employing conversational technologies that reach a broad range of demographics through SMS, social media and messaging apps. Andrew Reid, Founder and Former President of Vision Critical, serves as the CEO of Rival Technologies. Rival is part of the Reid Campbell Group and a sister company to Reach3 Insights, a full-service consultancy that uses immersive and in-the-moment research and dynamic digital storytelling approaches to deliver experiential insights that inspire action. For more information, visit www.rivaltech.com .

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