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01How Does A Chatbot Work? 02What Are The Benefits of Chatbots? 03Why Are Chatbots Important? 04How To Create A Chatbot 05An Introduction to A.I. Chatbots 06Best Chatbot Examples 07Chatbots Case Study: 165% Demo Increase 08Try Drift Chatbot Software

The Ultimate Guide to Chatbots

What is a Chatbot?

Chatbots are software applications that use artificial intelligence & natural language processing to understand what a human wants, and guides them to their desired outcome with as little work for the end user as possible. Like a virtual assistant for your customer experience touchpoints.

A well designed & built chatbot will:

  1. Use existing conversation data (if available) to understand the type of questions people ask.
  2. Analyze correct answers to those questions through a ‘training’ period.
  3. Use machine learning & NLP to learn context, and continually get better at answering those questions in the future.

The adoption of chatbots was accelerated in 2016 when Facebook opened up its developer platform and showed the world what is possible with chatbots through their Messenger app. Google also got in the game soon after with Google Assistant. Since then there have been a tremendous amount of chatbot apps built on websites, in applications, on social media, for customer support, and countless other examples.

 

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How Do Chatbots Work?

One of the most interesting parts of the chatbot space is the variety of ways you can build a chatbot. The underlying technology can vary quite a bit, but it really all comes down to what your goals are. At the highest level, there are three types of chatbots most consumers see today:

    1. Rules-Based Chatbots – These chatbots follow pre-designed rules, often built using a graphical user interface where a bot builder will design paths using a decision tree.
    2. AI ChatbotsAI chatbots will automatically learn after an initial training period by a bot developer.AI chatbot

 

  1. Live Chat – These bots are primarily used by Sales & Sales Development teams. They can also be used by Customer Support organizations, as live chat is a more simplistic chat option to answer questions in real-time.

 

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What Are The Benefits of Chatbots?

Today’s marketing & sales teams are under a lot of pressure to not only show results, but to constantly be improving the customer experience. It’s a big task. Not to mention the ever-increasing expectations of todays consumers (aka, the Amazon effect).

Today, we expect answers immediately and we expect that they will be accurate. This can be done with human beings up to a certain tipping point, then technology has to be the answer. This is why forward-thinking brands have adopted chatbots to help them:

  1. Increase their website conversion rate – Marketers put a lot of work in to drive traffic to their website, to only have that traffic convert anywhere between 0.25%-1.0%.
  2. Generate more qualified leads – It would be nice if we could talk to every lead and ensure they’re a good fit before we schedule a meeting. In reality, that’s impossible for most organizations to do at scale. Bots can help use advanced qualification logic to do lead qualification and improve sales acceleration.
  3. Combat Customer Churn – Bot are a perfect answer to high-volume support inquries, especially where customers become frustrated with standard knowledge bases that are hard to sift through.

 

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Why are Chatbots Important?

There’s no denying the hype that’s been surrounding chatbots over the past few years. Whether you view the technology as a passing fad, or believe that chat bots will revolutionize how people communicate and interact, the impact chatbots are having on online experiences is real…and it’s measurable.

To help shed light on how chatbots are reshaping online experiences today, the teams at Drift, SurveyMonkey Audience, Salesforce, and myclever have come together to create a data-backed report based on a survey of 1,000+ adults.

 

Learn More Get the full report on why chatbots are important.

 

How to Create A Chatbot

Getting started with chatbots can feel a bit intimidating at first. The strategy, the tools, the technology, the process, the reporting – the list goes on.

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Luckily, our team put together a handy guide on the bot creation process to help you go from amateur to expert.

 

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Having Trouble Picking The Best Chatbot For You?

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