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Shopping and doing business with a chatbot or an online digital assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence is a growing trend set to transform commerce.

It may be some time before any cell phone client will have the capacity to sort or say, “I need a flight from Miami to New York this Sunday,”  and in a split second, a message demonstrating a rundown of flight times, costs and bearers will be given, with purchasing tickets, and checking all accessible info within the discussion.

For example, Garanti Bank of Turkey has more than four million active clients (speaking to half of its customer base on the internet) making it an early pioneer on the web and saving money.

The outcome? MIA, a voice-based chatbot, which enables clients to play out an assortment of exchanges – transferring cash, installments, checking an adjust, and so forth.

Clients will discover, nonetheless, that MIA enables them to play out these customary exchanges inside the application in an exceptionally modified manner and is customized to their particular needs. This customization and insight is not something many talk and voice administrations, particularly in saving money, can yet assert.

Voice Assistant Innovation and Virtual Client Benefits 

As we move far from assistants who perform basic automated tasks, 2017 can possibly transform voice assistant innovation into a virtual client benefit functionality. The merging of chatbots and virtual voice associates can totally change the retail experience.

For some organizations, human communication is critical, making it impossible to change to bots. Be that as it may, as Alexa turns into a standard fixture of each home, and chatbots progressively replace conventional customer service.

When will genuine human communication be seen as less proficient than the virtual connection with chatbots or voice-initiated platforms?

At the point when voice-activated programming was at first announced, it neglected to meet many clients’ exclusive standards and big expectations due to widespread problems with understanding even basic responses.

On account of headways in AI, voice-acknowledgment innovation has gained significant ground in only a couple of short years. These platforms have turned out to be a great deal more refined. They are currently ready to separate between regional accents or even distinguish if the client has a cold. This level of precision implies they would now be able to offer completely automated services for regular requests, basic applications and transactions.

Having innovation that oversees client connections safely, advantageously and productively in any language, with no additional effort from the customer, ticks a lot of boxes for multichannel retailers.

Voice-activation software may, in any case, need to manage uncertain issues, for example, background noise disrupting speech and incorrectly interpreting the context of similar sounding words. Yet, these challenges are on course to be settled inside the following year.

What many companies struggle with is standardizing the experience. A web experience, no matter how hard we try, is nothing like a physical shopping experience. Mobile is closer since I can use mobile as part of the physical experience via mobile payments or apps. Starbucks has come the closest in this respect with its mobile app, and it recently released a chatbot — yet, it still requires a human to take your order when you’re in the physical location.

Voice Chat Offers the Standard Experiences We are Looking For

Be that as it may, voice may give the standard experience omnichannel has been searching for. I can have a conversation with a virtual representative in store, on my cell, via a voice-activated platform like Alexa, or through a chatbot inside Messenger or inside the companies` own particular application. This conversation could be carried across all channels, customizing my experience as I go.

Imagine a scenario where I wake up in the morning and Alexa reminds me of a sale going on, or even better, that I have unused rewards points at Starbucks.

“Hello Carly, you have a Star Reward from Starbucks, would you like me to order as usual?”

“Thanks, Alexa, that would be awesome.”

“Perfect, I will place the order when you are 5 minutes from the Starbucks destination.”

Using the location services from my Starbucks mobile app, Starbucks would know when I am approaching, place my order, and remind me of my order via push notification — or even better, through voice.

As I pull up to the drive-through, I repeat:

“Hi, it`s Carly I`m here to pick up my order.”

“Hi Carly, please pull forward, your order is ready.”

This simple scenario is truly omnichannel and would save me, as a consumer, valuable time. As a retailer, it would build loyalty and provide insights into customers’ everyday behavior.

Final Thoughts

Voice command activation and text chatbots using AI are moving into society at a rapid pace. We are seeing elements of this moving to hotels and events. It will be just a matter of time to where we will be using simple and natural voice commands to assist and guide us through our events and trade show journeys.

Posted by Maya S.