UseResponse Chatbots

UseResponse offers a powerful tool for chat automation and delivering proactive support to customers - Chatbot.

While  triggers are used to set up simple automation in chat or messengers, chatbot scenarios are designed to sustain complex response flows between a bot and a user.

Chatbot scenarios can be built to cover hundreds of business requirements. Here are the most popular ones:

  • To automate chat routing and assign the dialogue automatically to a certain chat operator in the team based on user attributes or request details;
  • To request customers to fill out contact or user forms in a chat widget to quickly understand customer needs and provide instant solutions without taking up the operator's time.
  • Based on received answers during a scenario, guide users to the precise information in your help center and reduce the number of common requests to the support team, etc.

Chatbot scenarios work for conversations started in a live chat widget and such messengers like Telegram, FB Messenger, Viber.

Bot Creation Process

UseResponse bot executes a pre-determined scenario that is launched on specific events and acts based on user clicks.

You can create as many scenarios as you need. First, the administrator has to enable Chatbots in Applications in the administration area.

Only Administrators of the system can build scenarios in Administration » Chatbot. That could be changed for other agents in Menu » Users by creating a new team with administrator permissions and assigning support agent to it. Here is more detail about teams in UseResponse.

Here are the scenario components to build a response flow with the customer:

  • Events - scenarios must start with the entry event. It could be a received message, a specific visitor's behavior on your website, or chat initialization by clicking the chat widget icon. You can also define a set of additional conditions that should be met to launch a scenario.

Note: if a chatbot is launched, other triggers on incoming actions or user actions won't work until the chatbot scenario ends.

  • Bot replies - once a scenario is launched, you need to perform a bot action. There could be configured the following bot replies:
    • Text message;
    • The article or faq from your knowledge base;
    • The inline images with links (cards) lead to help documentation. There is the ability to add buttons with predefined answers that should be picked by the customer to proceed with the conversation;
    • A form to be filled out with user or contact details. In addition, we allow building a custom form with the specific data required for your workflow;
    • Transition to another step with its own response logic. Additional steps are helpful if you have a large scenario that is better split up into smaller pieces. For example, you provide several answers with buttons one of which can be picked by the customer. Based on the user's choice, you can split the conversation flow into separate branches. So the chosen button is considered to be a condition for the step.

Please keep in mind when a scenario is being processed, the message input in the chat widget is unavailable for the user. The user action is required only to pick the suggested buttons.

There are two important bot actions you need to add in order to end the scenario:

  • Connect to Operator - this action will create a new conversation in UseResponse with the history of the scenario flow. Just click the eye icon on a chat page in the agent interface to expand this history. The user will see a message in the widget that the system is looking for the operator to connect. Please refer to the article that explains how to set up live chat workflow in UseResponse;
  • Exit Scenario - the conversation will be ended but it won't create a new request in the agent interface. The customer will be offered to start a new chat. 

To make sure your scenario works in the way you expect it, you can test it by clicking the Test button on the scenario page or test icon in the list of scenarios. You can deactivate and activate scenarios without having to delete them from the list.

In Administration » Chatbot the administrator can monitor how many times the customers went through all the scenario steps to the end successfully.

Sample Use Case

Let's review a simple bot scenario of how to send an automatic reply to the customers if they initiate conversations on weekends.

  1. In Administration » Chatbot press "New Scenario" button or click the plus icon at the top left and select Scenario in the list;
  2. Enter the scenario title;
  3. Click the plus icon to define the events when the scenario should start. In our case, it would be "Chat: User Opens Chat" event;
  4. Click Add Condition and choose Day in the drop-down to match Saturday and Sunday. Hit Save to proceed;
  5. In Bot replies section, click Add New and select Message in the list. Enter the response message to inform them that support is closed on weekends and that you will get back on Monday;
  6. Click Add New again and select Form. Add a custom form to grab the user details and his question description to get back to his request when the team is online;
  7. Click Add New again and select Connect to Operator action to create a new chat in the system. Specify the routing rules for who should be notified on the chats started on weekends and save the rules. Hit Submit on the scenario page.
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