Conversational interfaces are revolutionising the sales funnel by offering customers 24/7 product information - boosting customer acquisition, conversion and retention.
As stated in a recent report by Accenture, chatbots are here to stay. Surveying over 350 CIOs and CTOs across 12 different countries, they found that 56% say conversational bots are driving disruption in their industry.
Drive customer acquisition on Facebook Messenger
Conversational interfaces can be used as a pure marketing play, engaging potential customers on their social platform of choice before directing them to your website to make a purchase. Of course, your chatbot will need to offer the audience something of value to hook them in the first place - whether that value is in the form of entertainment or help with a problem. This is where conversational design needs to get inventive.
Whole Foods’ Facebook Messenger bot helps users find inspiration for their next meal by suggesting recipes based on direct requests, filters, or even emojis. The bot then drives users from the platform (where the average user spends 50 minutes per day) to the Whole Foods website, or to their nearest store to purchase the necessary ingredients.
Increase conversions by assisting purchase decisions
That’s just what the H&M chatbot does: by asking users some simple questions about their style, it then presents a series of outfit options, along with the total price, for users to like or dislike, guiding them through as many iterations as it takes to arrive at their perfect combination before sending them to the checkout.
Another great retail example is the Nike Coach, providing expert advice on selecting the right running gear.