Many years ago, chat rooms were one of THE most exciting and vibrant venues for online social activity. An enchanting land, where ten-year-old kids claimed they were twelve and twelve-year-old kids claimed they were aliens orbiting planet earth before an invasion. If you asked someone at the end of the 90’s what a chatbot was, they would’ve probably said that a chatbot is just a means to an end for someone who wants to blow off some steam and get kicked out of a chat room.
However, these days chatbots are more than just a target for teens practicing the new curse words they recently learned. They can be the robotic army you’ve always dreamed of but never dared to ask your mother for. It’s basically a computer program created to simulate a conversation with real human users using AI. Sounds like something from the future, but chatbots are already present on planet earth! When creating a stunning Wix website, adding this chatbot app is a great start, but you can really take things to the next level on social media. Not so long ago, Facebook launched a new messenger bot tool that allows pages to automatically engage with users while offering 24/7 support & sales services through Facebook Messenger. Want to control this power and generate your own customer service terminator? Read on.
Chatbots are much more than just a cute gimmick. If you’re asking yourself if it’s really worth the effort, think about the time you or your customer support representatives spend every single day answering simple queries without an efficient help desk software. You know, the ones that could have been solved with a quick visit to the FAQ section of your website? Taking this burden off your shoulders and having a bot handle support conversations will free up your staff’s time to focus on more complex issues.
Thought that was pretty much the only good reason to have a chatbot? Think again. Let’s say you run an online music store, suggesting albums to customers based on their previous purchases and preferences. You can kick things up a notch with the help of a Facebook Messenger bot who can perform quick data analyses and offer product and service recommendations. And if your bot’s dialogue includes enticing CTAs like, “Book Now” or “Order This Item,” you’ll surely benefit.
Another notable chat-vantage is the ability to establish a more personal connection with your users. That might seem a bit paradoxical when you program an algorithm to automatically answer questions, but in comparison to endless FAQs or lengthy and monotonic Interactive Voice Response systems, a well written, subject related answer can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. An immediate response is something so rare, that providing a quick answer or solution to a problem will position you as a total novelty. Some of your users might even pinch themselves to make sure they’re not dreaming! Thanks to years of various forms of artificial intelligence appearing in movies and other popular culture references, people tend to see bots as more than just lines written by a programmer. This perception can be leveraged by creating a distinctive personality for your chatbot, adding some magic and charm to the pot for enhanced engagement (now say that four times in a row).
The first step you need to take in the journey towards operating a Facebook Messenger bot is deciding which platform you’ll use to create it. Though using Facebook’s in-house tool sounds like a good default, some might find it a bit complicated (although they provide some great guides to help users out). Other platforms like Chatfuel, OnSequel and Botsify might be considered more simple and user-friendly for those with no programming experience. Oh, and just like Willy the whale in very short parts of the movie franchise – it’s free (if you’re not planning to do something too complicated). After you’ve created an account on one of the platforms, simply connect it to the designated Facebook page.
From this point, you’ll start to create the dialogue your chatbot will use to engage your visitors. Think about a suitable Welcome Message that aligns with your business’s tone, choose whether your answers will include text, photos, links, registration forms or sharing options and decide what a visitor’s next step will be, according to the information they’ve given to the chatbot. If you’re looking to dive a bit deeper, check out this tutorial for messenger bot creation. Before going live, make sure to test things out yourself (it’s better to be on the safe side when you work with A.I.) and add a shiny ‘Message Now’ button, encouraging users to get the conversation started.
Still not sure if your business can benefit from using a Facebook chatbot? Can’t think of creative ways to use artificial intelligence to your advantage? Do you want some names? No problem. Just sit down please, you’re making us nervous.
Oh, and last but not least – Wix. Yeah, we also created a Facebook Messenger chatbot for our Stunning Awards campaign. This chatbot challenged users with a few questions and transformed their answers into a recommendation for a dream vacation spot. And yep, it was fun as it sounds!
Ready to create an amazing website to match your incredible Facebook chatbot? Build a stunning Wix website today!
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