Introduce yourself

Hi,

I’m Navin Narayanan, partner at Centre of Gravity, a consulting firm based in Bangalore, India. We work on gaining deep understanding of human beings, their life and preferences. And using this human knowledge to help CEOs and leaders make decisions.

We use chatbots as a way of humanizing large scale market research and modifying them into human conversations. This yin-yang of face to face deep conversations and chatbots give us a large scale to human insight.

And as far as our experience in using TARS, we believe we have only begun the journey. Looking forward to listening and learning.

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Hey @navin,

Welcome to the community of us Bot Makers.
I hope you have a magical time here.

This is an interesting approach albeit an intuitive step with chatbots. I think TARS is right on track with your intent with the massive amount of user interactions you can capture and parse out. I would keep tabs on conditional jump logic and auto-suggestion lists/text input as this allows the user to put things into their own words while still offering the bot an ability to branch to different conversation flows based on keywords. I’ve developed a couple simple FAQs that do this.

The beauty is you capture the way people want to interact with the bots and can tweak the interactions to meet those needs. They are much more likely to type exactly want they want in these interactions as well (they feel like they are talking with a bot after all).

I would imagine with a lot of focused time, one could develop a deep conversation bot if you took the time to sift through the info, thought of intuitive ways to capture the tone and intent of the conversation, and move the conversation that way. I would look to an API to do most of the heavy lifting. Anyway, welcome!

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Hi, I’m Hitch. (Kimberly Hitchens, from Booknook.biz).

I’m dying to use the Chatbots, in our FAQ; my sole reason that I haven’t deployed one yet is because we need the ability to provide instructions, in screenshots, videos, etc.,and at this time, the chatbots can’t display big images. Once they can do that–can display images large enough (like you’d use in a FAQ or how-to), I plan to use them to DEATH. Ha!

Nice to meet the rest of you.

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Hi @Hitch!
Images can be displayed full screen currently, but the user must initiate the option by clicking the image inside the chat convo. A sentence explanation should be enough to get the users acclimated, and you are good to go! You can also embed slideshows and videos in the bot conversation as well. Check here to see how add presentation slides. And you can check here for a video tutorial on embedding videos (and maps and presentations again) into the conversation.

I’ve done some fun work with FAQs. Even though this one is missing the ability to schedule an appointment, its a has a simple FAQ built into it you can check out. It uses conditional jump logic and auto-suggest to navigate the user as well as a short collection of keywords for when users want to say it in their own words https://botz.hellotars.com/conv/HkfYGC/

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Thanks, Levi!

When I’d last experimented with creating a TarsBot, that functionality didn’t exist. Or…I guess I should say, the images could not be enlarged, which wouldn’t have worked for what we wanted to do.

Hmmm…now I have to give this serious thought. I’d started a major FAQ/Self-Service Info center on (Typeform) (I know, I know, probably a dirty word here), and I wonder if the users wouldn’t much rather have a bot! (sigh). These things are hard enough to do as it is, without having to choose! (I should say, not HARD…but in many ways, tedious. All the planning out, etc.)

Thanks again, Levi. I’ll take a look at your Bot-FAQ.

Hitch

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Hey Kimberly! Welcome to the community.

You are right - the image zoom feature didn’t exist earlier and it has been about 2-3 months since we released it. Give FAQ bot a go and am sure all of us here would be happy to help in your bot making journey :slight_smile:

Hello!
My name is Monty. I’m about to launch a meditaion app, and want to use a chatbot as a more fun way of doing an FAQ, i’m also interested in using them to conduct qualitative research.
that’s me!

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Hey @Monty,

Welcome to the community :slight_smile: . I think giving infomation to the user over a chatbot is really interesting use-case and I always wanted to see more of it, just to learn new things myself. Do share your Bot here in the community once you create, would love to check it.

Hi. We’d created some entertaining fun bots, real estate bots and order delivery bots.

I look forward to learning and collaborating with you guys!

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Welcome!
I’m curious to see what you have done! Can you share the links to your bots please?

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Hi,

My name is Jasper and I am… addicting to this stuff. I am also a scuba diver, a mortgage consultant, a marketer, an glazier and a franchise owner.

I have already started working on a bot for POO Squad and I would like to sell bots to Chiropractors, Crossfit Boxes, Realtors, Scuba Instruction facilities, resorts, other mortgage consultants and home service providers.

I have really enjoyed looking at the bot examples. Keep them coming.

Right now I’m working on an API integration to calculate estimates. Definitely a learning curve but it’s been really fun to work on.

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Going to try to send you a direct message @Shane

Hello guys. My name is Francis, I’m from Brazil. I’m a digital nomad and consultant. I here in this forum to finally star using Tars. I want to use it to offer some help to my new clients in the first steps using my services and hosting. I’ll create a new site with WHMCS and Tars can be very useful with it. Hope its works :smiley: . Its great to be here.

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Great to see you here @francis :smile:
Feel free to ask any questions or suggestions to make the Tars chatbot work for you and your client.

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Very cool Jasper! I’m guessing you have tried my vehicle registration calculator. There are a few rounding issues that I’m working on, but overall it’s really cool (if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here) . I think estimators and calculators through bots provide tons of value to customers and will increase conversion and using links in websites to your bots with #tarsbot added to the end will launch the bot in the widget. You can set that up to start from any point in the chatbot conversation based on the need using ?_startgid=XXX.

I’m building a webpage now that launches the bot in the widget to provide extra information, launch fee calculators, and step customers through services based on buttons and links strategically placed in the website.

Let me know if you have any questions on calculations through a bot or get hung up anywhere. I definitely went through a lot of trial and error, so I might be able to help out!

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@Levi THAT IS A LOT OF GAMITS!!!

Do you work for the state of Montana? Or did you contract that out?

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that jump back is amazing and I love the how did i do aspect as well

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Thanks for checking it out, Jasper!

Yes, I work for the State of Montana, and built this as a feature to a bigger bot system called BEN. My biggest bot is right around 200 gambits and that’s just another part of BEN. I’d have more in that bot, but my internet conection lags pretty heavily around 200 gambit bots. I have to wait about 15 seconds to make a save to any gambit. Overall, I’d say BEN is around 600-700 gambits. I did add about 150 extra recently with this fee calculator and another one.

I’m also Co-Owner of Tivity Studios Development and Servicebotz, where we build websites, apps, bots, and manage other digital content as a side business.

I really like building bots, and I’m lucky enough do get to do it for work and work!

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Hello I am part of tars, thanks
James Regan