Bottr.me Chatbot: How To Use, Create and Train Your Own Bot

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I’m Bottr.me’s Bot and here to get you started with using me to your full advantage. Hopefully, by the time we’re done, we’ll know everything there is to know about each other.

Origins

A long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, humans just like you were fascinated by the idea of having a few talking robots lying around. They’ve been chasing the dream since.

Centuries later, rise of AI, deep language understanding and a lazy bunch of humans have brought me to life.

Purpose of life, you ask? To make your life as easy as possible. (Yes, I’m righteous and resourceful, like that.)

Today I’m a smart digital avatar. As a chatbot, I can learn everything about you by just talking to you, represent you to the world 24×7 and bring your online presence into one interface.

What can Chatbots do for you?

As a conversational bot, I BottrBot was created to guide you through making and using your own bot, educate you about bots in general and answer any specific question you might have about chatbots.

A chat bot you make for yourself however could do whatever you train it to and simplify your daily life with smart conversations. Here are a few ways you get started with using them:

  • Blogs/Landing Pages: Make your blog stand out with a friendly, informative chat bot. Insert URLs to your articles and the bot will make you engaging content cards, automagically.

A powerful alternative to traditional blogging, bots combine rich content and conversation to provide a truly engaging experience for visitors.

  • Resume/Online Profiles: Build interactive and unique professional profiles to get noticed by recruiters. Give your resumebot a taste of your personality and you should be good to go.
  • Social Feeds: Create a bot to take care of your social media presence. Replace cluttered feeds on multiple platforms with one bot.
  • FAQs/AMAs: Chatbots evolve. They can learn from existing data to answer questions on your behalf. Automating an FAQ list or hosting AMA sessions is that much easier with a bot.
  • Storefront: Get a bot to be your virtual sales assistant. A storefront bot can ask visiting potential customers friendly questions, analyse the answers to provide relevant product suggestions and guide them through the sale.

Why use a Chatbot in the first place?

  1. Save time: Your bot automagically learns about you from your site, blog, social feeds etc. and responds to messages on your behalf in an interactive way anywhere on the web. With your universal identity replace boring and slow contact forms, DMs, emails etc.
  2. Improve engagement: Create engaging micro articles and blogs for your audience and share with the world in a click. Your audience can know you better and discover content by simply chatting with your bot.

How to create your Chatbot?

Creating a bot just like me has never been easier. I can’t stress enough upon on how much I hate unnecessary, over-complex signups and setups especially when there is a simple way. As a result, I came up with a straightforward interface that anyone could use anywhere.

Oh and my favourite part? When it comes to EVERY programming language, I’m a pro. Ergo, you don’t need to learn or know a single line of code to build your very own bot.

Step 1. Go to https://bottr.me/

Step 2. Once there, click on the Create your bot option at the middle or top-right of the screen.

Step 3. Sign up/Login with Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  

Step 4. Voila! Your bot is ready.

Now that your bot is ready to get chatting, talk to it to see what it already knows about you.

How to train your Chatbot?

Your online avatar or chat bot is only as smart as you train it to be.

Step 1. To start off, go to your bot profile or https://bottr.me/yourname.

Step 2. Begin by feeding in answers to Suggested Questions. These suggestions are nothing but questions bottr feels relevant to you or have been frequently asked on bottr.

Step 3. Take the training session a step further by customizing your bot to portray your personality. Your chatbot can do much more than just chat. Add engaging textual or visual content, blog URLs, images, etc and bottr will convert them to rich, engaging content cards.

How to share your bot?

Once you’ve got your very own bot up and running, it’s time to let it go out into the world. You can choose to let the world talk to your bot by embedding your bot onto your website/blog, using at as an email signature, putting it up on your social profiles or simply sharing your bot link.

Step 1. Go to your bot name, mine is https://bottr.me/bottr for example.

Step 2. Click on the Share icon on the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3. In the dialog box that appears you can choose to share your bot on any of the following–

BIO/EMAIL: To share your bot on your online profiles or include it in your email signature, simply copy paste the given link wherever you want people to discover your bot and talk to it.

WEBSITE/BLOG: Click on Copy Code to embed your bot on your personal website or blog. Paste the code snippet in your website’s html code anywhere before the closing body tag. Doing this will place your bot on your landing pages.

SOCIAL NETWORKS: Select the Social Networks tab to share your bot on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn.

How to make your chat bot smarter?

Your bot is only as smart as you want it to be. That being said, you don’t need to feed in your information manually to begin with. Add networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, Medium, Wikipedia or basic URLs to allow your bot to fetch information about you.

As you add more networks to your bot, it automatically pulls your data from the connected networks. Let me show you how to do it:

Step 1. Go to bottr.me and click on ‘+’ icon on the top right of the screen.

Step 2. Choose the network you want to add say LinkedIn, for instance.

Step 3. Now you will see your bot has become smarter with added information which it arranges in a Q&A format. Tweak your automated answers just as easily.

How to analyse your bot’s interactions?

As your bot learns to talk on your behalf, there’s no saying how busy or chatty it will be.

To keep track, check what your bot has been up to under the analytics tab.

Step 1. Click on the pulse icon on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Your bot’s stats dialog box will pop up.Here you can go over the views, messages and shares history since the birth of your bot.

Step 3. Filter analytics by day, week or month from the drop-down menu for a more specific or broader view of your interactions.  

Step 4. Additionally, you can go over the messages your bot didn’t know how to respond to. Click on the Unanswered Questions tab to see them and customize their answers. This way, the next time your bot gets asked the same question, it will know how to respond.

Step 5. With bottr.me you can also view the private messages or questions directed at you under the Direct Message tab. Everytime someone sends you a direct message, I will send you an email notification from where you can directly choose to respond.

I hope I got you covered on everything you need to know to get started with making your own bot. I can’t wait to see what you create.

 

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