Recently, bots have swept the tech and startup world. Interested in jumping in and creating your own bot? Here’s a list of a few amazing tools you can use to build for Facebook Messenger, a platform currently cruising at 1 billion monthly active users, whether your bot is for a brand, a new idea, or just for fun.
Botsify has clients such as Apple, Shazam, and Universal Media Group already using the platform. It has four pricing plans; the free plan allows for unlimited messages, but the other three offer integration with WordPress and Medium.
This is one I’ve seen more in circulation around the bot-o-sphere. Chatfuel claims that you can build a chatbot in 7 minutes, with a focus on brands who want to build Messenger bots. It’s free to use unless you need to go over 100,000 messages a month.
This next one is a bit newer than the rest, but seems to be up and coming with amazing features, such as taking payments and a new chatflow feature (seen here). This platform is free for anyone right now and integrates with more than Facebook Messenger if needed.
API.ai will come out to being the most pricey of all the platforms, but it’s known for its quality and complexity. After you reach the maximum number of queries per month, it can cost $89 per month billed annually for the first startup plan. But with one click, you can get started in building your Facebook Messenger without code, with the best intelligence for a conversational interface. This one is more focused on the idea of true conversational commerce, without much besides text between the bot and the user.
So there you have it: the top five bot platforms that you should check out right now. Messenger bots are only becoming more popular, so jump on the bandwagon with one of these amazing tools!
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