company today is utilizing automation to reach more customers as efficiently as
possible. Workplace automation is gaining momentum because it reduces costs and
helps teams respond to customers faster. Automation with chatbots in particular
is predicted to save businesses nearly $8 billion in 2022
alone. That is huge!
is a Chatbot?
A chatbot is a
program used to interact with customers automatically based on predefined
conditions. Although some advanced bots use artificial intelligence to
understand and react, the majority of chatbots today still rely on a set of
rules programmed by a human. Usually, these rules are programmed using if-then
statements that are then aligned with pre-written responses.
of using Chatbots:
- Consistent responses every time
- Quick responses
- Collects more data
- Can be accessed on-the-go using mobile service
- Little to no development costs
consumers want more chatbots?
company decides to use a chatbot, there is one important question to ask: do
consumers really want more chatbots? The short answer is yes. Based on a recent
study, companies found that 87% of users rated their chatbot experience between neutral to
positive. Although consumers still prefer to talk to a representative, when
it’s outside of business hours or when agents are bombarded with other tasks,
chatbots can act as a solid stand-in.
This is because
chatbots are available 24/7 and can offer quick responses. When properly
configured, they can be easily customized to address the user’s issues. In
fact, studies predict that by the end of 2021 over 50% of large enterprise companies will most likely spend more
on implementing chatbots each year than mobile apps. As the technology gets
smarter and the AI functions grow out of their infancy, chatbots’ ability to
help consumers will only grow. This makes them an essential ingredient to a
future-focused inbound marketing mix.
how “smart” are they?
Chatbots are as
smart as you make them! Their workflows can be as simple or complex as you
desire. It all depends on how many if/then branches you want to utilize and for
what purpose. Many businesses today utilize chatbots to engage through their
website. The bots can gather information and route requests for human agents to
follow up on. By enabling chatbots, businesses never miss an opportunity to
engage with a potential customer. Chatbots can do the following tasks:
you collect data
a specific question to a specific team member
chatbots for B2B or B2C purposes, their use can make experiences more convenient
creative ways to use chatbots
power of chatbots isn’t limited to a website conversation. Many businesses
today are finding creative ways to use chatbots to further engage and delight
customers. Here are a few examples from across industries.
If you had
absolutely no idea what to make for dinner, instead of roaming around Whole
Foods, you may decide to ask their chatbot to search for recipes. With a few comments, or even by
chatting an emoji, Whole Foods’ chatbot would search the knowledgebase to
gather all the recipes that include the individual item you indicated, thereby
helping you curate your list of new recipes to try!
Let’s say that
you wake one morning and you really don’t feel well. You decide to call you
primary physician’s office, however, they do not have any appointments to accommodate
your schedule. You just need quick answers. Healthtap implemented a bot to help patients ask
questions and quickly find out what they need to do to feel better. The bot uses
specific knowledge lookups to answer questions, providing recommendations to help
patients feel their best.
Media & Entertainment
its audiences many wonderful, magical experiences. In recent years, they
implemented a clever chatbot to further engage fans. In the 2016 movie Zootopia,
Lieutenant Judy Hopps investigated an endless number of crimes, making her one
of our favorite characters! Through Facebook Messenger, Disney gave users the
abilty to speak to Lieutenant Hopps and help her solve crimes. Many fans
engaged with the conversational bot, returning eagerly ask for more clues to
help her solve more cases. This complex bot was used to provide an enjoyable
Disney experience, right from users own homes.
Fashion & Beauty
makeup, skincare, or even fragences online can be difficult, but with Sephora’s
virtual artist bot, clients have the option of recieving
expert advice without ever having to leave home. Sephora created a bot using
Kik, a popular app among teens in the U.S. The bot provides personalized product
recommedations. Users are asked a number of questions about products, their
skin type, and what they are looking for, and the virtual artist provides a
list of items that are targeted to the indiviudal client.
stressful as is, but what if there was a better way to help book your next
vacation without having to hire a travel agency? Snap
Travel created a bot
that helps travelers book flight and hotel reservations. Within each conversation
with the bot, travelers can ask specific questions such as “ When is the best
time to travel?” or “Give me the best deal”. The bot uses AI to search all criteria,
thereby serving up the best deal without the users ever having to leave the Facebook
bot to find it.
insurance can be confusing. It is important to be sure you are not only getting
the best service, but at the best price. Insurify implemented a Facebook bot powered by
natural language processing and machine learning to give users the capability
to ask as many questions as they like. The bot gives users the ability to share
key information about what they are looking for, and the virtual agent then
compares insurance policies and quotes, and makes recommendations to fit the
recently implemented a ‘banking assistant’ that took the industry by surprise. The
company used an AI powered bot connected to Facebook to deliever specific,
individual answers. Users could ask the bot questions like, “What was my most
recent transaction?” or “How much did I spend on food last week?”. This bot was
also available through Facebook Messenter, making it easily accessible anywhere
the customer went, 24/7.
In the end, a
chatbot is used to make your life easier. Setting up a chatbot for your
business purposes can help you reach a large number of customers, at a faster
rate, but still provide great service.