A complete guide to getting started with building and using personal chat bots on bottr.

What are Chat Bots and What can they do for you?

Chat bots are smart digital avatars that 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.

A chatbot you make for yourself however could do what 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. A powerful alternative to traditional blogging, bots combine rich content and conversation to provide a genuinely engaging experience for visitors.Insert URLs to your articles and the bot will make you engaging content cards, automagically.
  • Social Feeds: Create a bot to take care of your social media presence. Replace cluttered feeds on multiple social 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. Learn how and why.
  • 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?

  • Save time: Your bot auto-magically 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.
  • 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. Let conversation take engagement beyond mere clicks.
  • Sell more: Showcase your portfolio, services or merchandise in an interactive, personalized manner with bots.

How to create your Chatbot?

Here at bottr, we hate unnecessary, over-complex signups and installations especially when there is a simple way. As a result, bottr.me was born–a straightforward interface that anyone could use anywhere. Creating a chat bot has never been easier.

Oh and the best part? You don’t need to learn or know a single line of code to build your very own bot. Follow these steps to get started:

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

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

Step 3. Sign up/Login with one of your social profiles. As of now, you can choose between Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to start off. (Instagram and Youtube coming soon)

Step 4. As you connect, bottr learns about you from your connected profile to create relevant data for your chat bot. While this is happening behind the scenes, all you have to do is wait for a few seconds as your bot gets ready to start chatting.

Once your chatbot has been created, you’ll see how it already knows quite a bit about you and generates suggestions and answers tailored to your interests, likes and dislikes.

Although your bot might mess up in the beginning as it knows the bare minimum about you, the more you interact with your digital twin the closer it will get to resembling you.

How to train your Chatbot?

Your online avatar or chat bot is only as smart as you train it to be. While we humans take years to train in the art of making conversation, bots are quicker learners and can be trained much much more easily.

Here at bottr, we also realize designing conversational trees is not everyone’s cup of tea. Plus, who has the time? Hence, we came with a easy to adopt alternative– training chat bots directly by chatting with them.

Add engaging textual or visual content, blog URLs, images, etc and bottr will convert them to rich, engaging content cards.

Step 1. To start off, go to your bot profile.

Step 2. Edit the answers to Suggestions or the questions itself by clicking on the edit icon on the content card. These suggestions are questions bottr feels relevant to you or have been frequently asked on bottr.

Step 3. To add images, click on the image icon within the content card. Next, drop in your photos or click to upload.

Step 4. To insert URLs within your replies to link to blog content or web pages online, click on the link icon within a content card.

Step 5. React to replies with hearts and emoticons. Click on the smiley emoticon under each card to react.

Step 6. Click on “Add more” to insert more responses or cards to your answer. Delete unnecessary content cards by clicking on the trash icon under the card.

Take the training session a step further by customizing your bot to reflect your personality. Besides, a bot always remembers hence whatever you feed into it, it will retain forever. Use that to your advantage by reviewing your interactions and updating responses over time.

How to connect your chat bot and make it smarter?

Your bot is only as smart as you make it. 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 learn as much as it can about you.

As you add more networks to your bot, it automatically fetches your data from the connected networks. Let me show you how to go about 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 your bot to connect to.

Step 3. To link your social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, click on the respective logo icons.

Step 4. To connect to Medium, click on the Medium icon>copy paste your Medium profile link in the input box.

Step 5. Further, add your WordPress blog, wikipedia page or any other online mentions, by copy pasting the respective URLs.

Step 6. As you add more networks, you will see your bot generate new suggestions relevant to the information it pulls out, which it arranges in a Q&A format. Tweak your automated answers just as easily.

Being connected to all your networks, you can manage all your information from different platforms in one interface.

How to share your Chat 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, for example Bottr’s bot is at https://bottr.me/bottr.

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–

a. Share on 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.

b. Embed on 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.

c. Share on Social Networks: Select the Social Networks tab to share your bot on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn. Once you do this, your friends and followers can directly chat with your bot from their social feeds.

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. This shows the number of messages your bot has received and the total number of shares across all platforms.

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 answer 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. View private messages or questions directed at you under the ‘Direct Message’ tab. Every time someone sends you a direct message, you will get an email notification from where you can directly choose to respond.

We hope we got you covered on everything you need to know to get started with making your own bot. Go ahead make your own chatbot– we can’t wait to see what you create.