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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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I tried out the new Resident Evil AI chatbot. It was far from intelligent.

A colleague passed on a press release announcing that "the world's first movie character powered by true AI" has arrived on social media platforms.

Naturally, my internal 'potential blog post' siren began to wail. And I also thought, 'that's quite a cool idea'.

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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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How KLM uses bots and AI in 'human' social customer service

KLM social media manager Karlijn Vogel-Meijer was one of the most enlightening speakers at 2016's Festival of Marketing.

She told the story of KLM's work on social media, including the latest footnote - using AI and bots to enhance the customer journey whilst maintaining a human touch.

Here's a recap..

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Instant messaging: An introduction to the future of communication

At Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said “(Instant messaging) is going to be the next big platform for helping you connect with all kinds of services in new ways".

When you bear in mind this is a man who spent the best part of $22bn buying WhatsApp, you can be pretty sure he’s going to be right.

But where is instant messaging heading and what does this mean for marketers?

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Wow, this week's digital news was right on trend.

Chat bots, AI, ad networks, intelligent personal assistants - one can't help but feel the winds of change beneath our wings.

Reader, get stuck in!

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

A short but extremely sweet digital news roundup this week.

Big moves from Amazon, Deliveroo, Apple and Spotify, and lots of fun and innovation from Google, The Guardian and Snapchat.

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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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The latest messaging app unicorn: India's Hike

Global messaging powerhouses Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp face a new challenge from India, and it's a big one.

When most people think of messaging in Asia, names like WeChat (China), Kakaotalk (Korea) and LINE (Japan) come to mind.

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Will conversational marketing become a reality in 2016?

Clearly it is not new to think of marketing as conversations

In the Cluetrain Manifesto of 1999 Doc Searls and David Weinberger remind us that markets are conversations.

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Does the rise of messaging apps mean brands need a ‘bot’ strategy?

Private messaging is social's next big ad frontierbut there’s huge potential for these apps to evolve beyond being just another ad platform.

In the East, platforms like WeChat show how messaging apps can be potent channels for commerce, and all indications are that the same could one day be true in the West.

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Content creators, it's time to abandon yourself to Facebook

For years, brands and publishers in particular have been warned of the dangers of wallowing too far into Facebook.

The rationale was that if brands didn't prioritise their own publishing platforms (apps and websites), they would be vulnerable if Facebook decided to shake things up.

2016, to my mind, has seen the old argument finally put to bed, as Facebook steams into new features and publishers realise the art is in hedging bets and learning as they go.

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