Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dramatically changing business, and chatbots, fueled by AI, are becoming a viable customer service channel. The best ones deliver a customer experience (CX) in which customers cannot tell if they are communicating with a human or a computer. AI has come a long way in recognizing the content – and context – of customers’ requests and questions.
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Developed by Zendesk, a customer service platform that started in Copenhagen, Answer Bot is designed to help companies create customer relationships that are more personal and productive. Businesses can customize Answer Bot to answer and assist customers that visit their website without having to develop a customer service bot from scratch. When Answer Bot is unable to answer a customer's request, customers are redirected to one of the businesses' support agents.
Pros: The personal interaction with the team is probably the biggest draw for me. ActiveChat is one of the new players in the bot field, but they're clearly listening and responding to their early adopters via e-mail, the official Facebook Group and probably other channels as well. I am confident they will execute everything on their roadmap within a reasonable time frame, allowing us to create every type of bot we can imagine.
Answer Bot works right alongside your support team. It uses machine learning to help answer your customers' questions with content from your Zendesk Guide knowledge base. The answers it provides are tailored to each customer's question accurately and reliably—every time. And when in doubt, Answer Bot loops in your support agents to offer the customer a human touch.
Context and coherence: Some bots (or you ideal chatbot) can flow with long conversations and provide appropriate responses without losing the understanding of the subject being discussed. They may even help solve problems that are identified after lengthy discussions, or forward them to a human counterpart when they do not have enough knowledge to deal with them.
Typically, customer service chatbots answer questions based on key words. The most basic systems are actually document retrieval systems. Sometimes this is frustrating. Think of the times you may have asked Siri or Alexa a question and received the wrong answer. The computer recognizes key words but may not recognize the context in which they are being used. In other words, the computer doesn’t recognize the way people naturally speak. This causes the customer great frustration. However, these systems (including Siri and Alexa) have come a long way and continue to improve.