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3 Things Every CMO Needs To Know About Chat Bots

April 11, 2017

By Cynthia Johnson

In case you haven’t noticed, chatbots are having a moment right now. It’s easy to see why.

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A Bit of Background

In their simplest form, chatbots help brands deliver intimate, one-to-one engagement, at scale. Bots are all about creating interactions that feel personal instead of transactional. It’s an approach that isn’t lost on discerning millennial and Gen-Z consumers who value uninterrupted, genuine user experiences over those that seem forced or too self-serving. Plus, bots live in mobile messaging apps—the fastest growing online sector within the social landscape over the past five years.

Brands can no longer afford to ignore mobile messaging apps as a viable marketing tool. The race for real estate in the mobile messaging world has intensified even more recently, with Apple teasing the introduction of its iMessage app store. This would put the company on pace to better compete with the likes of WeChat, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and even Facebook Messenger.

ChatBot expert Murray Newlands and founder of bot tool Chattypeople commented that “Where 10 years ago every company needed a website and five  years ago every company needed an app, now every company needs to embrace messaging with AI and chatbots.”

The end game is to turn mobile messaging into an all-encompassing platform that consumers can essentially live in; they’ll soon be able to make payments, access enhanced visual content (e.g., emojis, stickers, GIFs), and even shop or call an Uber. For brands who were reluctant to jump on the Facebook or Twitter marketing bandwagon in 2006, chatbots, specifically, offer a shot at redemption.

In the few weeks since “bots” have become a buzzword, I’ve seen a whole host of different chatbots emerge from publishers and entertainment companies, eCommerce sites, and even makeup brands. There are bots to help you find a job, bots that keep you current on politics, and bots that can help book your next vacation. There’s even a bot to help regulate your dating life.

Everyone wants a chatbot right now, but not everyone knows why or even how. If you fall into that category, read on.

Here are three things every chief marketing officer (CMO) needs to know now, before entering the chatbot space.

1. Have a Broader Mobile (Messaging) Strategy

The way consumers communicate today is much different from the way it was 10 or even 5 years ago. Sharing and interacting is happening in a digital environment, on smaller screens via mobile messaging apps. As a result, companies have had to evolve the way they advertise, moving away from things such as banner ads and interstitials.

In their place, a new age of advertising tactics has emerged. Chatbots are one such example. And, like any advertising campaign, branded chat campaigns perform best when rooted in strategy—specifically, a mobile messaging strategy. This means ensuring everything from the objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), key messages, and creative content are aligned and working cohesively.

2. Pick the Right Partner

Once you have prepared a broad mobile strategy, you’ll need to find a partner to help with the execution. …read more

Source:: Social Media Explorer