Posts tagged with Chatbots

Skyscanner chatbots pass one million unique traveller interactions

Skyscanner's chatbots (across a range of platforms) have already surpassed one million traveller interactions.

This is just one of the fascinating nuggets we learnt when we caught up with Filip Filipov, VP Product Management at Skyscanner, to ask him about his work.

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Why fashion and beauty brands are still betting on chatbots

Chatbots have gone in and out of favour during the past couple of years. First touted as the ‘next big thing’ for marketing, many brand examples have since died a death due to the tech lacking sophistication or failing to provide any real relevance for consumers.

That being said, the fashion and beauty industries still appear attached to the concept, with many more brands launching AI-powered chatbots in the past year or so.

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Battle of the Christmas chatbots: Why M&S beats Lego & ASOS

Christmas is a time for drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies, and panic-buying naff presents for people.

This year, a few retailers are doing their utmost to make the latter experience a little less stressful, by launching their own gift-finding chatbots.

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What we've been reading this week at Econsultancy

Some great reads this week, from a crisis of leadership in agency land, to a hatchet job on Zuckerberg, by way of a potential boom in WeChat AR usage.

Get stuck in...

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Why Jamie Oliver's new emoji chatbot actually works surprisingly well

Every Friday I round up some of the sillier stories in digital and marketing, and last week I ridiculed Jamie Oliver's new chatbot.

I wrote that the 'most maddening headline of the week' was this effort from The Drum - "Jamie Oliver's new Facebook chatbot to offer recipes via emojis".

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Five things we learned from launching a Facebook Messenger chatbot

Back in March we unveiled our very own Facebook Messenger chatbot, lovingly created to help promote our forthcoming Supercharged event which is all about how AI is impacting marketing.

In the intervening months close to 400 people have spoken to our little bot and in general I think it’s coped quite well.

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A review of HomeHero: The energy-switching chatbot

There are a whole host of energy switching apps out there, all designed to help consumers find a cheaper tariff.

A little while ago, I explained why uSwitch is one of the very best. However, I recently came across HomeHero – a new comparison service that works via Facebook Messenger.

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The case for chatbots being the new apps - notes from #WebSummit2016

 “Bots are the new apps” according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a keynote given at a Microsoft developer conference in March 2016.

On the basis of the amount of start-ups working on bot related activities at Web Summit 2016, it would seem as if bots may be about to become mainstream after all.

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Why chatbots are an important opportunity for retailers

With Facebook Messenger now able to accept payments through chatbots, a new era of ecommerce is here.

The new functionality lets retailers accept payments directly, right there within a Messenger conversation with a user.

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The doctor is always in: Baidu to launch medical chatbot

The chatbots are here and brands are already putting them to use.

While many early adopters, such as Domino's Pizza, are employing chatbots for conversational commerce, the opportunities aren't limited to commerce and marketing.

In fact, in the future, chatbots could be a common way for individuals to interact with healthcare providers. 

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Chatbots: Are they better without the chat?

"Bots are better without the conversation."

The title of Kik CEO Ted Livingston's recent Medium post, discussing the relative failure of early brand attempts at chatbots, says it all.

With so many marketers parroting on about customer experience, we may have temporarily lost sight of what users really value - speed and convenience. To borrow a phrase, 'don't make me think.'

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Five pioneering examples of how brands are using chatbots

The chatbots are here, and while it remains to be seen whether they are a useful technology or merely a passing fad, many brands are already putting them to work.

Here are five examples.

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