14 Lessons Learned From 2 Years of Marketing Enterprise AI Bots and Knowledge Bases For Support Teams

Posted by Rob May on Nov 6, 2018 11:25:37 AM

At Talla, we have an automation platform for support teams that automates much of the support process away. It's a combination of a very different knowledge base (although we work with other KBs) and a chatbot. What is unique about our product is that you don't have to script out anything. You don't have to build bot decision trees. The bot learns from your Support documentation like a human would. Then it connects to your other Support systems to take action. Instead of a search engine, it's an action and automation engine that you can control from a web, or chat interface. (Plug: If that sounds cool, get a demo.)

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Topics: Customer Support, Bots

5 Ways AI Can Improve Your Customer Support

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Nov 1, 2018 1:05:00 AM

Customer support is one of the most challenging, time-consuming, and costly aspects of any business, but artificial intelligence software can help make your customer support team more efficient. Below are five steps in your tech support workflow that AI can speed up, simplify, or streamline.

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Topics: Customer Support, Artificial Intelligence, Bots

What 5 Kinds of "Bad Bot" Stories Can Teach Us About Managing AI

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Oct 30, 2018 10:35:00 AM

Artificial intelligence technology has matured to the point you can entrust AI bots to handle many customer service functions, but new AI tech means new AI bugs that many organizations have never seen before. Below are some of the most famous cases of "good bots gone bad" and the underlying bugs you need to prepare for when AI takes the reins of your customer interactions.

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Topics: Bots

Avoiding Misconduct of Bots in the Workplace

Posted by Stephanie Ventura on Sep 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing increasingly popular and forcing businesses to restructure the way they are run. The implementation of both intelligent assistants and chat platforms are a popular point of entry. Intelligent assistants and bots let employees automate away repetitive tasks, improving communication, and workflow at a company. 

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, intelligent assistants, AI, Bots

Dispelling Popular Myths: How Artificial Intelligence Keeps the “Human” in Human Resources

Posted by Stephanie Ventura on Sep 7, 2017 3:40:52 PM

Will my job exist in five years? Is artificial intelligence (AI) going to replace me?  

If you ask yourself these questions when you first hear about emerging technology like an intelligent chatbot assistant, you’re not alone. It’s hard to predict what the next trendy tool will be and what impact, if any, it will have on your day-to-day life.

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Topics: information technology, Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Bots

Chatbot UX Design Lessons Only 2 Years, 4 Bots, and 2,000 Customers Can Teach You

Posted by Matt McMillan on Jul 14, 2017 8:06:00 AM

Being the lead designer for Talla has been an exercise in navigating uncharted territory. Talla was founded to bring real artificial intelligence to chatbots in conversational systems like Slack. We started in 2015, several months before the Slack app store even existed.We had to learn everything; there was no playbook out there for how to create a product like this.

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Topics: Bots, Conversational UIs, ChatOps

Training your own AI replacement (and keeping your job, too)

Posted by Mike Manson on Jul 13, 2017 11:55:47 AM

When I make sales calls on behalf of Talla, I often run into a type of prospect I like to call the blue-collar tech worker. These are the everyday men and women who work in the trenches of IT, keeping hardware and software running on a tight budget with few resources. The blue-collar tech worker isn't the CIO or chief architect, he's the guy snaking CAT 5 cable through a drop ceiling, or the gal answering the panicked "my email is down" message at 2am on a Saturday and they are extremely valuable to the organization.   

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Topics: IT Service Desk, Bots, Artificial Intelligence

How Do You Evaluate a Conversational Interface In The Buying Process?

Posted by Rob May on Jun 7, 2017 8:27:29 AM

We've now had thousands of companies try Talla, and we have learned a lot from our metrics about how people evaluate bots and conversational interfaces.  The most interesting thing so far is that when the Talla trial ends, most enterprises don't make a decision to buy or pass - they email us and ask for a trial extension because they don't feel like they have evaluated it enough.  As we dug into this issue, our analysis of the data and discussions with customers in the trial process allowed us to develop a few hypotheses about why this happens.   The number 1 issue seems to be that, given the open ended nature of a conversational interface, it is difficult to know when you have said enough things to it to know it works well.  With that in mind, here is our recommendation for how you evaluate bots and conversational interfaces in general, and then we will write a follow up post for evaluating Talla specifically.

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Topics: Bots, Conversational UIs, Future of Work

What's the Difference Between Microsoft's Chat Products? Microsoft Teams vs. Skype (and more)

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on May 17, 2017 8:39:00 AM

Sharing information has never been more important than today. In the digital revolution, chat is transforming the way we access information in the workplace and stay ahead of the game in a rapidly evolving market. Much of that evolution includes chat itself. With recent chat products like Microsoft Teams (and Talla!), we’re seeing a new technology emerge in the competitive business arena.

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Topics: microsoft teams, ChatOps, Future of Work, Bots

Learn What Businesses Need to Know About Chatbots [Free Webinar]

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on May 12, 2017 12:37:34 PM

Have you ever wondered:

  • What exactly are chatbots? Should my business be utilizing them?
  • How can A.I. and bots make my employees more productive?
  • How should my business evaluate bots in terms of functionality, security, etc.?
  • Which specific bots should we be using?

On Wednesday, May 17th at 2pm ET, join us for a webinar to get the answers to these questions and see live demos of Talla, Troops, Growbot, Polly, and more.

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Topics: Bots, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Conversational UIs, Future of Work

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