Creative Virtual, winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation 2017, is a global leader in conversational self-service solutions that bring together humans and artificial intelligence to enable anywhere, anytime customer and employee engagement. Leading global organisations rely on our award-winning V-Person™ technology to improve their support experience, reduce costs, increase sales and build brand loyalty. Backed by an experienced, expert team as well as an extensive partner network, our innovative virtual agent, chatbot and live chat solutions, along with our knowledge management and business intelligence platform, empower organisations to provide consistent, accurate, personalised and seamless omnichannel engagement.

Miriam Slozberg is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media content creator who educates others about the realities of mental illness and depression. Because she suffers from depression, she wants the stigma of mental illness to be completely broken and for it to be made known that any kind of mental illness is just as serious as any kind of physical illness. She mostly writes in the parenting niche, is a frequent contributor to BabyGaga, and runs two blogs: at her own site and at Expressive Mom. You can also follow her on Twitter.


IBM Watson™ Assistant is highly flexible, allowing you to deploy small, focused solutions or to scale to enterprise wide deployments. With simplified tooling, it allows collaboration between business SMEs and developers to build out conversational solutions and advanced dialog flows, without needing to be an expert in machine learning. The premium and dedicated plans provide enterprise grade security and support; such as data isolation, end to end encryption and support for non-regulated PII data.
Chatbots, which are often called virtual agents or virtual assistants, are used in place of a human to conduct specific tasks or provide information based on written or spoken requests. This functionality includes both external, customer-facing requests and internal, employee-facing requests. Chatbots allow users to interact with an application in a conversational manner, whether textually or audibly, to perform certain functions.
Pros: I like the quickness with which I am able to create a chatbot on Botengine. I also think that Botengine is well priced and affordable for small teams like ours. Most important ,is the fact that the chatbot we created on Botengine ,has been reliable and met our expectation by reducing the amount of customer query our customer care department agents have to respond to each day.

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.
Chatterbot is a machine learning and conversational dialog engine. Chatterbot enables easy generation of automated responses to the use’s input. In order to generate different types of responses, Chatterbot employs use of machine learning algorithms therefore enabling developers automate conversations and create chat bots for users in an easy way. Chatterbot is language independent. The language independent design, enables Chatterbox speak any natural language. Due to Chatterbot’s machine language nature a human agent or developer is also able to improve its knowledge level. This improves Chatterbot’s level of relaying possible responses when it interacts with other sources of informative data…
Reply.ai brings the power of artificial intelligence across all messaging apps including Facebook Messenger, Kik, Telegram, LINE, SMS, or your own chat screen. Native custom UI elements are used in each channel. Reply.ai visual bot builder gives you the power to build advanced bots as well as visually create your conversations on your own, without the help of a developer. Reply.ai supports human/bot hybrid which allows human agents to take over the conversation from Reply.ai, Zendesk, LiveChat, BrightPattern, FreshDesk or ZipWhip, at any moment and only when really needed. Analytics enable you to analyze every single response from your users…
Pypestream is a secure messaging platform that offers customer engagement solutions that connects customers to their businesses through the power of smart messaging. Pypestream is a compliant and secure platform that combines chatbots with pragmatic AI therefore enabling transactions over messaging. Pypestream uses fully fledged technology that provides businesses with scalable and secure messaging solutions. Pypestream objective is transforming enterprises to on demand powerhouses by providing powerful and smart messaging solutions. Pypestream two way smart messaging platform uses patented framework of streams and Pypes. The patented framework separates communication into topic specific channels. This will enable enterprises or companies broadcast…

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Dr. Dillon Browne is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Waterloo. He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto and has written numerous articles in the domains of children’s mental health, human development, and family studies. Dillon enjoys playing the guitar and piano, cycling, and fitness. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
Bold360 is the ultimate customer engagement solution delivering personalized interactions and the fastest time-to-value. Leveraging the power of AI, Bold360 helps personalize and enhance every engagement no matter where it takes place, allowing companies to deliver richer and more consistent customer experiences seamlessly across both AI and agent-based interactions. Bold360 delivers groundbreaking intelligence with out-of-the-box simplicity, allowing agents do what they do best – be human. For more information, visit www.bold360.com.
Pros: Having a woocommerce site than activechat is a must have bot for your facebook page. Not only for facebook they have bots for other platforms like telegram, and whatsapp bots are about to launch in a while. They have launched a website widget too. NLP is an addition to this bot its just more interactive than any other bot available. I am waiting for whatsapp integration

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MS: I found that Joyable had a user-friendly interface and felt the Joyable app would be good for those who have mild depression and anxiety. The coach and the program do help you stay on track with self-improvement. You need to work with the coach after completing each module if you hope to get the most out of the program. That said, if you are dealing with moderate to severe depression and anxiety, this app will not be helpful.
I like that Botengine platform is easy to use,thereby making it easy to create our chat bot in a matter of minutes,and with as much minimal support as possible from the software development team. Botengine is so simple to use,that it was created and deployed by myself and team members at the marketing team,despite not coming from a technical background.
Verloop ------------------- Verloop is the world's smartest Hybrid(Bot+Human) Chatbot Builder Platform that helps businesses engage with their customers 24x7, 365 days a year. With its fast evolving set of automation tools, you can use Verloop to - Automate Customer Support on your website - Generate more leads on your landing pages - Qualify leads in real-time - Improve buyer experience by assisted buying experience Get started for free today and join 15,000+ businesses using Verloop. How do you differentiate? ---------------------------------------------- When compared to traditional bot builder platforms, Verloop's - State of the art Machine Learning models deliver higher impact and conversion - Language agnostic bot builder framework helps your converse in the language of your choice - FAQ Automation let's visitors ask commonly asked questions to bot and get answers super fast. - Live chat platform allows visitors to talk to your sales and support agents when needed.

Twyla is a messaging platform that uses artificial intelligence to place smart chatbot in live chat channels. Twyla simply educates chatbot to deliver more delightful service experiences. With Twyla, saves over 50% on phone calls by shifting support conversations from phone to call. Twyla provides the self service chat which tackles general customer queries. When using Twyla as a messaging platform for live chat you are guaranteed to get up to 30% higher customer satisfaction ratings. Beginning to use Twyla will require integrating it into your existing live chat or helpdesk platform. Twyla will then require to be assimilated to…

Cons: Botengine has reduced the workload on the helpdesk department . However ,I fear we may come one day have an advanced Botengine ,years down the line ; which is able to respond to the current complex queries we respond to and thus when that day comes , why would my employer keep me at the job ,when a Bot can do a better job ,without ever getting tired?
DigitalGenius is an intersection of artificial intelligence and customer service. DigitalGenius combines machine intelligence and human understanding so as to deliver great customer satisfaction. This is demonstrated by Human + AITM. Through the combination of human and AI, DigitalGenius enables human agents use the minimal time while serving their customers and therefore creating great experience for their customers across any channel. The combination of AI with human will enable DigitalGenius to automatically respond to repetitive questions. DigitalGenius also suggests the right answers to be given to your customers. This eliminates searching of answers from knowledge articles and also eliminates copy…
This form of obtaining information from the collective intelligence of a large number of people allows Cleverbot to respond in new conversations by taking into account the context of the conversation typed by a user and searching its database for an appropriate response. It scans its history for every user-submitted response to the given question and replies accordingly, which creates a more human-like conversation with users.
AIDS THE SUPPORT TEAM - Botengine basically aids our support team by helping address the most popular and simple questions ,which customers are likely to ask the support helpdesk team like ; what Iroko is about , our office address , our contact email ,how to subscribe to Iroko ,or where to find our smartphone apps etc This activity enable the human support team to focus on the most important and complex customer questions , which Botengine cannot respond to.
MS: I found that Joyable had a user-friendly interface and felt the Joyable app would be good for those who have mild depression and anxiety. The coach and the program do help you stay on track with self-improvement. You need to work with the coach after completing each module if you hope to get the most out of the program. That said, if you are dealing with moderate to severe depression and anxiety, this app will not be helpful.
Bold360 is the ultimate customer engagement solution delivering personalized interactions and the fastest time-to-value. Leveraging the power of AI, Bold360 helps personalize and enhance every engagement no matter where it takes place, allowing companies to deliver richer and more consistent customer experiences seamlessly across both AI and agent-based interactions. Bold360 delivers groundbreaking intelligence with out-of-the-box simplicity, allowing agents do what they do best – be human. For more information, visit www.bold360.com.
Twyla is a messaging platform that uses artificial intelligence to place smart chatbot in live chat channels. Twyla simply educates chatbot to deliver more delightful service experiences. With Twyla, saves over 50% on phone calls by shifting support conversations from phone to call. Twyla provides the self service chat which tackles general customer queries. When using Twyla as a messaging platform for live chat you are guaranteed to get up to 30% higher customer satisfaction ratings. Beginning to use Twyla will require integrating it into your existing live chat or helpdesk platform. Twyla will then require to be assimilated to…
Based on my responses, Wysa built me a “toolkit” with a variety of exercises “for better focus if I’m overwhelmed, to manage conflict, and to relax.” Some of these exercises are based around the practice of mindful meditation, which is an Eastern-influenced and evidence-based approach to managing a variety of psychological issues, especially stress and anxiety. I was also excited to see some yoga poses in my toolkit!
DB: The last app I looked at was Talkspace, which provides online therapy with a licensed health professional at a significantly reduced rate. Similar to Joyable, it uses a variety of activity-based tools to make improvements in a variety of areas such as happiness, compassion, balance, self-awareness, and productivity. Users can communicate with therapists by leaving text, audio, and video messages at any time.

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Alfred AI aims to transform humans into super-humans by strengthening their abilities. It's able to process text and audio specialized in CX in three languages. Spanish, Portuguese and English in which slang and other natural ways of language can be used. By implementing an innovative Machine Learning it understands and answers in a very friendly manner. Alfred AI is not just a bot is also a virtual agent able to respond chats, mails, tweets. FB, Instagram, WhatsApp and a phone call. It integrates with CRMs (Oracle Rightnow, Salesforce, Avaya) and other virtual agents such as Alexa or Siri but not limited to. One of the main difference with competitors is the fact that it only charges whenever a correct answer confirmed by the user is given. If a user states that the answer was not useful or it never answers then it won be charged. Alfred AI is different, is a CX specialist with empathy as main characteristic together with a high level of understanding.
We only introduced Botengine by Livechat into our help desk process in November 2017 ,however as expected with all things created by the Livechat team (counting on past experience) ,it has been helpful for the team . One ,it is easy to integrate with our existing Livechat solution , and the helpdesk team integrated it ourselves without the need to leverage on the technical know-how of our colleagues at the engineering department. Two ,it reduced the chat workload on the help desk team ,as we no longer need to treat everyday customer query like ; what does Iroko tv do , what countries can Iroko be used ? Pricing of our services ?
If your business is on the fast path, a chatbot is almost indispensable. The platform ensures that your clients are kept engaged any time, any day. Unlike their human counterparts who can only effectively handle one or two queries at a time, chatbots are designed to attend to limitless conversations effortlessly. This helps eliminate waiting which may drive away potential clients.
ManyChat helps you create Facebook Messenger bot easily for marketing, sales, and support. Their visual drag and drop bot builder helps you set up Facebook Messenger bot in a very short time. It provides you a set of tools to help you grow your Messenger audience. And it helps you broadcast your message effectively with Messenger. You can also automate your Messenger marketing.
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4. Chatbots make friends and build relationships: Most companies wish their agents had more time to make outbound, proactive contact with their customers. Chatbots are there to help, and in some ways, they are revolutionizing the way brands stay in touch with their customers. Whether it’s a simple email or text on a customer’s birthday, or a quick check-in to ask if they are enjoying the brand’s product or service, chatbots are helping to foster brand loyalty. Devine says, “This may sound counterintuitive, but the most sophisticated chatbots can provide a more human experience than an actual human. They don’t have bad days and they don’t get frustrated by typical customers.”
Botsify helps you create intelligent Facebook Messenger chatbots without coding. It enables human takeover and handover features. The platform introduces conversation forms which collects information from users through Chatbot conversations. Botsify has an easy drag and drop interface. It is powered by AI and machine learning. And it offers plugins for integration of your platform with chatbot via JSON API or RSS Feed.
Pros: It's system is more advanced comparing with Manychat or Chatfuel (both are like toys if you try Activechat). It has autorresponders of course, but also suitable for flexible AI conversations. Is like coding an advanced chatbot without needing to be a coder. The team is very responsive and their founder Andrii has a clear vision about this project.

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