An automated conversational agent that converses with customers based on a set of conditions. The bot is also empowered with the ability to perform actions to give it the functional of a human support/sales agent.
As you make changes or improvements to your bot, you can save them as versions. You can choose to publish a version so that it can start servicing customers and/or create a draft version to make additional changes for the next release while the current version is actively being used. Older versions can be archived so that version management is seamless.
The actual conversation that the bot has had with a customer.
These are building blocks of a bot conversation. You can configure messages, set up conditions, get user input, and set up actions within dialogs.
A set of dialogs grouped together create a flow. Within a flow, dialogs are sequentially connected to each other by default.
The sequential processing of dialogs within a flow can be broken using the conversation break option.
- Hello - First flow when the customer returns to the bot. Has greetings dialog by default.
- Sorry - Executed when the bot is unable to proceed further in the conversation. It can be used to redirect the customer to an Agent.
Configured for a dialog. This is the type of input required from the customer. Enabling the ‘Get user response’ toggle allows you to configure answer types. You can configure this manually or choose to define them dynamically.
Manual Answer Types
- Button - For the customer to click on a button to choose between options
- Drop-down list - For the customer to select an option from a list
- Carousel - For the customer to select one card from the carousel
- Text field - For the customer to type an answer in the text box
- Content list - For the customer to view answers in a list along with detailed explanation for all its elements
Dynamic Answer Types
Answer types whose values are obtained from APIs. For example This can be used when you configure buttons whose names are to be fetched through an API call.
Custom variable name for each possible user input, so that the variable name is different from the display name of the user input. This is specifically used for dynamic answer types.
The bot builder allows you to set up dialogs and connect them to another, anywhere in the workflow. For every dialog you create, you can configure a follow-up action for the bot to perform. These actions can be any of the following:
- Trigger Remote Request - This action will allow you to fetch, update, or post data remotely
- Client-side Actions - This action will enable you to interact with the customer’s browser and help you in performing a set of actions
- Assign to an Agent - This action will enable you to transfer the bot conversation over to a live agent
- Add Attribute - This action will enable you to add or update attributes of conversations or user profile
- Sleep - This action will make the bot inactive for a specific period of time
- Start New Conversation - This action will enable you to end the current conversation and start a new one
- Change Language - This action will allow for the language of the conversation to be changed based on the other languages configured in the helpdesk
A condition defines how the bot should progress in a conversation. It can be based on dialog inputs, API responses, custom parameters, placeholders, or function outputs. For example: After Dialog A is executed, proceed to Dialog B OR if Button C is clicked on Dialog A then proceed to Dialog D.
The bot builder provides you with commonly used functions for your daily operations, such as fetching current date, separating strings by a delimiter, manipulating date and time, etc. These Functions act as placeholders and takes care of populating values for fields dynamically.
This function splits the given text based on the delimiter/separator and returns the value based on the index specified.
The ‘&’ here is the separator which will split the text, 1 is the index indicating the position of which value should be returned (0 being the position of the first value).
The preview option allows you to test the bot based on the current configuration.
Configure and manage APIs used in the bot conversation. Once APIs are configured here, they can be triggered using the actions tab in dialog configuration.
Select a set of logs for conversations that a bot has had. You can filter based on errors for debugging.
They are options shown to the customer to choose from, during the bot conversation. It comprises of slash commands, widget menu, and preset buttons. Preset buttons can be defined globally and are customizable for every conversation. Slash commands and widget menu options can be defined globally but are not customizable for every conversation.
Variations of the messages of a dialog to make the bot sound more human-like. A variation is displayed at random from the list of available variations.
Types of users
- Read Only - Can only view the bot configuration
- Admin - Can view and make changes in the bot configuration
- Owner - Can view and make changes in the bot configuration, add and delete users, manage billing, etc.
The owner’s email will be the PoC for communication from the Bots team about product updates, error alerts, etc.
When you have a global customer base, a bot talking to your customers in a language they best understand will improve your customer support and CSAT rating. Within the bot builder, multiple languages are configurable in a single pane, thus making your bot, polyglot.