2 Posts by
Juliet Rowley

Using Chatbots to Triage Live Chat Customer Needs

24th October 2018
Posted by in Brain Bites: 2 Minute Insights
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Conversational interfaces (voice assistants and chatbots) have not lived up to their launch hype, due to how hard it is to design and build conversations which obey the subtle nuances of human communication and language.

However, these technologies – when they are implemented knowing their limitations – are still valuable when designing multi-channel experiences. We’ve user tested chatbots which have been designed to answer simple questions where possible, and to gather all the information a live chat agent will need to answer more complex ones.

A well-designed chatbot can effectively triage or sort customers, helping some immediately and reducing the time that an agent needs to deal with others.


Designing Chatbots: A Guide

When people think “chatbot”, it’s often not in a positive way. People conjure up images of themselves frustratingly sat by their laptop, as the conversational UI they’ve been speaking to replays the same error message over and over again. And that is certainly the case sometimes – chatbots designed by Facebook for their Messenger platform had a 70% failure rate only last year – but it doesn’t have to be.


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