IRIS Chat enables your team to share messages, images, and files right inside IRIS CRM.
It also provides the ability to create group chat rooms and use public channels (where you can share questions and insights with other ISOs).
By using IRIS Chat your team no longer needs to use a third party chat solution but instead, the whole team and their conversations can come together in the same place in IRIS CRM.
To open your chat window, click on the "Chat" button in the lower left corner in IRIS CRM:
The chat window will open up on the left side as shown in this image:
On the top of the chat window you'll find options to upload your avatar, create a group chat, create a public channel, enable/disable sound notifications, and hide the chat window:
Uploading Your Avatar
To upload your avatar, click on the "Settings" icon in the chat window, click "Upload Avatar", select your profile photo, and click "Save":
Starting a Chat With a User
Start a chat with a user by clicking on the user's name in the chat window (if the user is online, a green circle will be shown in their avatar):
You can search for users in the user search box. The user list will automatically refresh and show the matching results:
Once the chat popup appears on your screen, you can start your chat. If you need to send an image, just copy and paste it in the chat window and hit Enter.
The three buttons in the lower right corner allow you to insert an emoticon, insert a link to the page you're currently on, or upload a file:
If you need to locate a specific phrase from a previous conversation, click on the search icon in the chat popup, enter your search phrase and hit "Search":
Creating a New Group Chat
To start a new group chat, click on the "Create New Group" icon, enter the Group's name, select the Group's members and click "Create":
Tip: If the user list is too long, use the Search box to filter the user list and find the required users faster.
The new group will now appear in your chat window and you can click on it in order to start the group chat:
In the group chat popup you'll find following group-specific options:
- Add/Remove Users
- Change the Group Name
- Leave the Group Chat
- Delete the Group Chat
- Search the Group Chat
- Start a Call With all Members of the Group (The Dialer must be enabled)
Creating a New Public Channel
The public channels are used to start discussions and share insights with all ISOs who are currently using IRIS CRM. To start a new Public Channel, click on the "Create Public Channel" icon, enter the channel's name and click "Add":
The new channel will now appear in your chat window and you can click on it in order to open the channel conversation. Public channels are distinguished from the individual or group chats by the hash character (#) shown right before the channel's name:
The public channel popup provides two channel-specific options, including the option to change the name of the channel and the option to delete the channel:
Note that you can also post messages on a public channel right from your private chat window. To do so, enter the hash symbol (#) in your private chat window and start typing the name of the public channel.
After you've entered a few letters the window will automatically show the matching channels which you can then select:
After you send your public channel message it will appear both in the private chat window and the public channel:
Enable/Disable Notifications and Hide Chat Window
To enable or disable the chat sound notifications simply toggle the sound icon:
To hide the chat window click on the "Hide Chat" icon:
Alternatively, you can also click on the twistie icon to collapse the chat window:
Enable Chat Desktop Notifications
The incoming chat notifications can show up on your desktop even when you’re working in a different browser tab which doesn't have IRIS CRM loaded.
In order to enable the desktop notifications in Chrome, click on the "Secure" icon just to the left of the address bar and enable the "Notifications" setting:
Once you’ve saved your setting you will need to reload your page once in order for the setting to kick in:
Your incoming IRIS CRM live chat notifications will now appear in the lower right corner of your desktop whenever you switch over to a different browser tab:
The procedure for enabling desktop notifications in other browsers is similar to the one described above for Chrome.
Enabling the Chat Feature
To enable the chat feature for a specific user class, go to Manage > Administration > Users & Groups > User Classes.
On the User Classes page click on the permissions button for the user class you wish to edit (e.g. the Sales Rep user class):
Expand the Communications accordion, check the "Enable Chat" checkbox, and click on the "Save" button at the bottom of the features table: