With the bot builder, you can build a bot without requiring custom development. It is as easy as connecting a few dots with numbers. We’ll walk you through the process of configuring your first bot in the following steps:
Creating a new bot
When you log in to your account and click on the Chatbots icon in the menu, you’ll see a list of all your bots configured in your account. If this is the first time you're creating a bot, click New Bot > Give your bot a name > Choose between using answers or creating flows for your bot.
- You can also create a new bot by cloning an existing, published bot by clicking on the clone option that appears when you click on the three dots of any published bot.
The bot gets created, and you will be redirected to the Answers module (if you picked Answers) or the default Hello flow (if you selected Flows). Let’s look at setting up your first bot with Flows in this article.
Creating new flows
You can create new flows by clicking on the New flow button from the menu. You can also create a new flow from an existing flow using the insert icon > Dialogs > New flow. You can also create a new flow by cloning a flow using the clone button that appears when you hover over an exiting flow.
Setting up conditions
All the dialogs created are executed subsequently unless a condition in one dialog redirects the customer to a different dialog or if there is a break in the flow. If you’re using the button input type or the carousel input type, you can even trigger actions corresponding to responses received.
Likewise, you can redirect the customer to a particular dialog in a different flow based on their choices. You can also make use of the nested AND/OR operators for these evaluations.
For example, a travel agency can choose to display destinations to plan trips for their customers. In another example, a bank evaluates the customer’s age and then shows the interest rates accordingly.
You can also execute actions with the bot. The Actions feature in the flow will allow you to execute some events based on your requirements. We have divided them into groups based on their behavior:
Dynamic actions: Trigger API, Set property, Transfer to Answers
Agent handover: Transfer to Agent
Conversation actions: Start new conversation, Stop conversation, Resolve conversation
Previewing the bot
Upon completing your bot’s configuration, you can click on the Preview button on the top right to preview the bot you’ve built. You can also visualize the connections between the different flows with the Holistic view button on the bottom left.
Deploying the bot
Once you've finished setting up the bot, you can start deploying it on all your support channels to help your customers wherever they are.
Analyzing the bot behavior
Creating your bot doesn't stop with getting your bot out to meet your customers. It also means you should be able to get feedback on your bot's performance and tweak it to achieve optimal customer service. You can make use of a variety of reports that we offer out of the box, or you can create your own reports as well.