Ever since Facebook released its chatbot API, bots have taken over Messenger. Some are good, useful, and even funny; others not so much. What is certain though, is that many of us would benefit from launching a branded bot on Messenger. But how can it be done when budget is limited and you have no knowledge of coding?
In this day and age of multi-tasking and mashing up, we are encouraged to do everything in-house – or even on our own sometimes. Marketing, promoting, copywriting, visual design; they are just a few things in a social media manager’s daily work. However, coding is a skill that most of us still lack, mostly because we don’t have time to learn. Does it mean we cannot create Messenger bots? Or that we need to pay someone to do it for us? Not necessarily. So what can we do?
Here is a list of 3 tools that will help you build the Messenger bot you want, without any knowledge of coding.
Botsify offers an awesome way to build your first bot in just a few minutes. Its user-friendly interface will help you create not only simple bots, but pretty advanced ones as well. Botsify offers several features like message-scheduling and analytics. But what is particularity awesome about this tool, is its integration with WordPress and Medium. This way, you can simply feed your chatbot directly from your existing website.
Botsify offers a free plan for you to start with, otherwise mostly plans start at just $7 for one bot.
Chatfuel is very similar. It lets you build a bot in less than 10 minutes. The tool also integrates with many social networking platforms, but there is no direct integration to WordPress.
The tool began from Telegram where it quickly gained millions of users. Chatfuel is now focusing on helping businesses build chatbots for Facebook Messenger. Chatfuel is 100% free to use, unless you plan to go over 100,000 messages a month. In this case, you would have to contact the team.
FlowXO is the most versatile of the three. It helps you build bots for Messenger, but also for Slack, Telegram and even SMS.
FlowXO is probably also the most complex platform. It is designed for the more advanced user but you can build pretty much any kind of bot – with any kind of function. And you still won’t have to code anything yourself. You can start building your first bot for free. The recommended plan for a typical user will cost you around $19 per month.
Have you tried any of them? If so, what was your experience with them and what bots did you build with them?
Let us know in the comments!