Burlingame, CA – August 29, 2017 – VimChat CEO and Co-Founder Brent Wickam announced that the Silicon Valley startup company has landed its first large corporate account plus a half dozen residential real estate office clients since its official product launch in July.
The first vertical industry VimChat is targeting is residential real estate, though hospitality, retail, insurance and healthcare industries will also benefit by using VimChat.
VimChat (www.vimchat.com) is a communications and commerce company that allows customers to anonymously text with a business, and for the business to manage those texts in a team environment.
These text conversations can be handled via a synchronized app and web platform in real time while protecting the customer’s and business’ identity, including phone numbers, thereby increasing engagement and trust. With VimChat, businesses never lose a lead as they might with voice calls, lost emails or live web chat. Agents also will have the ability to broadcast deals directly to all receptive prospects through this platform.
“We think the timing of our product offering couldn’t be better, particularly since it is becoming far more common to communicate with texts, versus phone calls. Plus, as a marketing tool, VimChat is clearly superior to old-school telephone prospecting and email marketing. Unequivocally, the communications systems and tools we use today are broken. We’ve developed the solution,” says Brent Wickam.
Indeed, VimChat’s first corporate client is Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, which has signed on as an official, national VimChat partner. VimChat has signed several residential real estate offices in the San Francisco Bay Area to VimChat accounts. Among them are Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker and Sotheby’s Real Estate offices.
Title insurance officers and real estate agents are currently using VimChat as part of a free trial promotion. VimChat is offering two different user plans for businesses starting at $19.99 per month, per account. Consumers use VimChat for free.
As a marketing tool, VimChat has experienced a 98 percent open rate in beta testing, versus an industry average of about 25 percent open rate for email marketing campaigns. For sales people, VimChat eliminates countless hours of being on hold while trying to reach a prospect, and equally important, it circumvents gatekeepers who answer general phone numbers at businesses, and then often act as screeners to prevent calls from getting through.