In recent months, Facebook introduced AI bots onto their Messenger App. You may have come across the ‘bots’ menu while using search in Messenger. Facebook designed their chatbots to enhance B2C engagement and enable consumers to receive live updates on events and news.
Yet, chatbots are not impressing or of value to users, in fact they’re leaving them very dissatisfied, while simultaneously damaging an organisation’s image through their inability to provide customer value.
This artificial intelligence requires a lot of refinement. Simply, it doesn’t perform as expected.
- 70% failure rate- The majority of the time chatbots are unable to fulfil user requests.
- The bots are unsophisticated- Due to hype, this AI was prematurely released so its capability is rudimentary.
- Poor ‘conversations’- The chatbots cannot sufficiently assimilate human conversation and this has made interaction disappointing and unnatural.
As a result, Facebook has reduced their efforts towards the chatbots and companies are reluctant to jump on the chatbot bandwagon.
However, Josh Constine from TechCrunch recently revealed that Facebook is planning to introduce chatbots for group conversations. Thus far it has been revealed that Messenger’s group chatbots will-
- Be created by AI whizzes- To improve proficiency and optimise benefit for users.
- No longer one-on-one- So there is less pressure for bots to emulate human speech.
- Provide automatic updates- Collective users will receive relevant information without having to prompt a response.
It is not yet known how Facebook intends for group chatbots to function- it will be interesting to observe whether they can satisfy all members in a group thread and, ultimately become a superior way for organisations to fulfil consumers needs and wants on a digital media platform.
How do you feel about chatbots? Do you think group Messenger chatbots will either improve or be problematic for digital B2C interaction, why?
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