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Introduction to Chatbots on FB Messenger

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A quick description of the chat bots ecosystem and an introduction to bots on Facebook Messenger.

(Originally presented with a demo on how to create a FB Messenger bot, in May 2016)

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Introduction to Chatbots on FB Messenger

  1. 1. Creating Chat Bots on Facebook Messenger
  2. 2. Smart Messaging Platform About me Leads Developer Relations at gupshup. Prior to gupshup worked as a Senior Developer Evangelist at InMobi. Plays Ultimate Frisbee and reads comic books in his free time. Twitter: @soganmageshwar 2
  3. 3. Smart Messaging Platform 3 WHAT IS A CHAT BOT?
  4. 4. Once-in-decade paradigm shift 4
  5. 5. The problem with apps • App discovery is difficult in a crowded app store • User Acquisition costs are high • Bots are the new apps 5
  6. 6. 6 ? Messaging Apps are opening their APIs
  7. 7. 7As of April 2016. From statista.com
  8. 8. Facebook launches chat bots • Facebook launched Chat Bots on Messenger during F8 2016. • Since then 10k+ developers have built chat bots on FBM
  9. 9. FB Messenger Features • Chatting with a bot is similar to chatting with a Facebook user • A bot can send: • text and images • Structured Messages 9
  10. 10. Structured Messages • Button Template - Present simple text with options. • Generic Template - Allows for an image, title, subtitle, description and buttons. Supports multiple bubbles per message and displays them as a horizontal list like a carousel. 10
  11. 11. • What can a user send to your bot: • Text and Image • Location • Video or audio attachment 11
  12. 12. Approval process • Facebook has a strict bot approval process • Follow the Platform Policy section on Messenger • What you need to provide: • Page used to test your bot. Make sure the bot is properly connected and functional, otherwise your submission may be rejected. • Description and screencast of how you're using the Send/Receive API (pages_messaging) to communicate with people 12
  13. 13. Approval Process - Guidelines • Don’t contact people in Messenger unless they've agreed to be contacted by you • Respect all requests by people to block, discontinue, or opt-out of using Messenger to communicate with them. • Don't request or share individual payment card or any cardholder data within Messenger. 13
  14. 14. Smart Messaging Platform Tips to build a well-behaved chat bot • Always introduce yourself • Never leave a user hangin’ • Account for typos • Give easy access to ‘help’ • Offer levels of customization 14
  15. 15. Examples of good FB Bots • Esther 15
  16. 16. Examples of good FB Bots • Where 16
  17. 17. Examples of good FB Bots • Hi Poncho 17
  18. 18. Common reasons for rejection/removal • Incomplete documentation • Unexpected behaviour • 4% of users block the bot. 18
  19. 19. Gupshup offers tools for the entire bot lifecycle 19
  20. 20. Smart Messaging Platform Thank You! 20

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