Best Chatbot App for Websites

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Do you want to generate leads from you website?

Are you frustrated that you do get traffic to your website or landing page but no leads get generated?

Even you are unable to collect the email of the visitor.

Who knows if he found something interesting on your website? And what he was looking for?

You might have the best solution for something the visitor was looking for, but alas one more prospect lost.

You say you have a contact form on your website.

why people do not fill forms or long forms?

There is a science behind this. The science of micro-commitments.

When you ask someone to provide you their details in the form, it creates a fear response.

So to avoid this you need to find a way to engage with your prospects with small byte size questions, like a quiz, without triggering a fear response. Then gradually ask the next small question and so on.

This concept is best implemented by Chatbot apps which have proven to increase conversion rates.

Why should you buy a Chatbot App?

You have a fantastic website with high traffic or you have a competitive product or service, but no one wants to buy your product or service? Or you are getting traffic and click through rates but this is not converting to sales.

We are talking about conversions here.

Conversion can basically make or break your business.

Chatbot app can help to collect leads that visit your website.

It can help you set up meetings, bookings or appointments with your prospective client.

It can help generate enquiries from your website.

These bots are proactive and available 24×7, so they reduce your worries about losing out on your prospective customers.

Messaging with chat bot is 100% automated. It changes the flow of conversation, based on the way your visitor communicates. And it chats with each and every visitor on your website or landing page.

So, creating conversations which drive engagement can help to grow sales with minimal effort.

Collect.chat  Review

Collect.chat promises to be a very useful chat bot app in the market today for lead generation.

It replaces web forms with an interactive chatbot.

Even if you do not have a website you can use shareable link of the chatbot

You can schedule appointments/meetings from your website. Firstly you can set your appointment question and availability preferences, share your chatbot via URL or add it to your website. All your booked meetings will be added to your calendar, giving you and your invitee reminders before your meeting starts.

You can build your chatbot in a few minutes without any coding, just using a drag and drop builder.  Also you get multiple question templates which help to ask relevant questions to visitors.

The only drawback is that you cannot use Collect.chat with facebook. If you want an all in one chatbot which works on facebook and on your website, then you can check MobileMonkey. MobileMonkey is rated as the best chatbot platform as per Entrepreneur.

How to make a chatbot with collect.chat

Collect.Chat Pros

  1. Easy to use and customizable landing page templates.
  2. Meeting booking is a unique feature which it offers and this is not offered by other competitor chatbot apps.

Collect.Chat Cons

  1. Limited in features compared to competitors.
  2. Its slightly pricier than its competitors.
  3. You cannot make a facebook messenger chatbot with this app

<PIC>The Lite plan pricing comes to $24 if you pay monthly and $18 if you pay yearly. It allows you 500 responses/conversations ,  appointment booking, logical jump (conditional flow of questions based on user’s responses) and webhook (this is a notification sent via web when a conversation is completed). For custom branding, custom domain and other advanced features are only available in the standard plan which is $49 if you pay monthly and $35 if you pay yearly.

You can view all the plans and features in the image below

Collect.chat : Features and Benefits

Meeting Booking

The book a meeting or schedule a meeting feature is a unique feature which is not available with its competitors.

As per collect.chat the top 5 industries that benefit from chatbot apps are Real Estate, Travel, Education, Healthcare and Finance.

So it’s logical that decisions regarding buying a house, a course for education or any health related query requires a visitor to book or schedule a meeting. Obviously, these decisions are not made over phone or over the internet.

As a consultant having this feature is very useful on your website. Imagine your available meeting time slots can be easily booked by your clients and you are immediately alerted regarding the same.

This is how the booking works

  1. Select the design colors and the operator avatar.
  2. Select the script ie if you want to get email, phone number, question or appointment.
  3. Once you select Appointment you will get option to edit it. Here you can set the available day, time. Also there is option to integrate with your Google Calendar
  4. After that you get the embed code which you can embed to your website, wordpress site, any website builder like shopify or use it as a shareable link.

Email Notifications

Collect.Chat bots get enquires from your website as chances of users filling emails are higher with chatbot.

Once the chatbot completes the conversation with your visitor, an email notification is sent to your email address. The email address can be configured via settings.

You can send the notification based on the question which you select, like sales related question can be forwarded to your sales email id and supported related question can be routed to your support email address.

Logical Jump

This feature makes the chatbot smart.

You visitor will be led to a particular conversation based on the replies received, this is using conditional flow. This makes conversation more interactive and interesting for the visitor.

Just see the below video which shows how exactly you can implement the logical jump feature

Translate your chatbot

You get support for multiple languages. You can make a chatbot in French/German/Spanish or any other language.

You need to take note that one chatbot will be available in one language; if you want to translate the same bot into another language then you will need to make a copy of it.

Google Analytics

You can track your chatbot conversations via Google Analytics in real time.

First you need to login to Google Analytics and choose Property settings, copy your tracking ID.

Paste the tracking id in the bot settings in the collect.chat dashboard. Refer the below image

After that you can test the event by chatting with couple of chatbots.

On the Google Analytics dashboard, now you can goto REAL-TIME > Events to see the events live as you are testing. Refer the below image

Facebook Pixel

Like Google Analytics, you can track your chatbot conversations via Facebook Ads Manager.

First login to Facebook Ads Manager and choose Pixels from the main top menu, and copy the Pixel ID.

Now on the collect.chat dashboard, select settings for the chatbot you want to track, open tracking and past the tracking id, it will be autosaved. Refer the bot setting screen below

Now you can go to your website and start chatting with your chatbot few times.

Under facebook, Events Manager you can see the events and track the particular events from the bot. Refer image below

Custom domain

The chatbot can be loaded on your custom domain when used in landing page mode.

If you landing page URL looks like

https://links.collect.chat/5e9e818b9a4e6e1a28a539fc

Above can be set to load your site like

Subdomain.Yoursite.com

This can be set up in the following way from the dashboard.

Click on create and then share, also make sure your chatbot is in landing page mode at the top right corner. Refer the below image to see how to set example domain ask.chatbotfor.website

Now you will need to point the CNAME to the subdomain

ask.chatbotfor.website CNAME points to links.collect.chat

Once done you can load the chatbot from your URL.

Collect.chat  Alternatives

Top 3 alternatives of Collect.chat are

  1. MobileMonkey
  2. Chatfuel
  3. ManyChat

MobileMonkey

Mobile monkey is a chatbot platform, which allows you to run chatbots on facebook, your website, mobile app and more.

It is easy to use for a novice user and has features built in for sophisticated behaviour.

It includes inbuilt chatbot forms, lead magnets, marketing automation tools, you can use it for your wide range of marketing efforts like SMS marketing, chat blasts, drip campaigns, list building and more.

A live human can easily connect the conversation and provide the required answer with MobileMonkey.

Its free version comes with unlimited contacts and limited features. The PRO plan starts with pricing of $19 per month ($14.25 per month billed annually). It’s $49 per month ($36.75 per month billed annually) PRO Unicorn plan includes all of the features except premium support.

Chatfuel

Chatfuel is another widely used chatbot, which is easy to use platform for building bots only for facebook.

Chatfuel uses Artificial Intelligence, so all text messages which visitors send to your bot are going through your bot’s AI. By setting up AI rules you’ll make your bot understand user phrases similar to those you write and reply with some text or a block.

Chatbot is like a Swiss Army Knife, a multi-utility tool which can help you with all kind of different goals and tasks.  It helps to cut costs, save time, boost sales and delight customers.

Chatbots by Chatfuel are used by big brands like Adidas, Levi’s , T-mobile and more.

Paid plan of Chatfuel starts at $15 per month, this includes unlimited users,  full featured bot, priority support and more.

ManyChat

Manychat  is a great facebook messenger bot for marketing, sales and customer support.

Manychat bots help you to get SMS opt-ins for your text marketing, allow website visitors to subscribe via messenger, integrate with your shopping cart with shopify.

Manychat also has a full video course on how to master chat marketing.

Its free plan has many features like unlimited subscribers, two drip sequences, unlimited broadcasts, landing pages & web widgets and more. Its pro plan for businesses with high growth plans starts at $10 which is worth the advanced features it provides.

Conclusion

Collect.chat is a useful chatbot solution for websites. If you need a chatbot tool for facebook messenger then this is not the recommended tool for you.

That brings us to end of this Collect.chat Review. Hope you found it useful and do not hesitate to leave a comment if you have any other questions about this chat bot.

Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace: Best website builder reviews 2016

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You’re in a tight spot.

Your client has asked you to setup a simple well-designed website in a short time.

You want to keep him happy.

Now you are not an expert web developer, you are a strategist who can guide your client to build their perfect website online.

Also, your client does not have expertise in maintaining the website or does not have a budget to hire a full-time web site developer for the site.

Your options are limited but, you do have some widely used, easy to maintain, easy to develop, website builders available online.

Let’s dive into review of the best website builders available online

Weebly website builder

Weebly is a user-friendly website builder to create your website, blog or your e-commerce store.

It uses a drag and drop website builder which helps you to create a professional website, even if you do not have any coding skills.

All the content elements like photos, text, maps and videos can be added by just dragging and dropping them. You can create your website from your browser, nothing to install and no upgrades required.

Many businesses have successfully created their websites with Weebly and are very satisfied with it. Infact, Weebly is used by more than 30 million users. You can view some of the success stories here.

Let’s have a look at some of its main features

Features and Pricing

  1. Easy to Use

Once you have selected your theme, you can set up your website on weebly very quickly. Weebly uses the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style web editor, this helps you to quickly drag and drop contents, images and once you are done you can hit the publish button.

After that you can preview the web page and see if you need any further editing. Hence you do not need to have any technical, programming knowledge to create website quickly using this website builder.

  1. Beautiful Theme Options

Weebly enables you to create a website with beautiful theme options. All the themes are responsive. Click here to see the theme options available.

Weebly Themes

Weebly also provides you an option of creating your website with customized design, using HTML/CSS editor.  Hence, this gives you more control over the look and feel of your web design.

  1. App Center

If you need more tools and functionality for your website you can check out the Weebly App Center.

The tools are easy to integrate into your site like plug and play feature. The Apps are categorized as marketing, tools, communication, eCommerce and social.

  1. Mobile Apps

You automatically get a mobile version of the website you create with your chosen theme, as mentioned earlier the design themes are responsive.

With the help of mobile support you can manage and update your website from any mobile device. It’s available on iphone, ipad, apple watch, android and android tablet.

  1. Support and Community

Weebly provides support with the help of  chat and email support. Weebly has number of knowledge base articles for different categories, hence this covers most of your support requirements.

Apart from this Weebly also has a community forum wherein you can post any of your requirements and you will be replied by the weebly team members or other weebly users.

  1. Membership

This feature helps you to create a membership website. You can add members, manage them in groups and control which pages they have access to.

  1. SEO

Weebly covers all your basic SEO requirements for your website. You can add your descriptions, titles, and keywords for your web page.

Many Weebly websites rank well on google search pages and are seen on the first page of google.

  1. Web Hosting and Export Options

Weebly hosts website for you, hence you do not need to worry about any technical stuff like upgrades and security.

Weebly also gives you option to export / archive your website. Hence in case you want to move your website to another web host you can do it easily.

  1. Pricing

Weebly pricing starts from free option to the $25 per month option, refer the comparison table below

Weebly Pricing

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Weebly is a very easy to use drag and drop website builder
  • It provides pre-designed page layouts which is very useful for anyone who does not have any designing experience.
  • They provide mobile responsive templates/themes.

Cons

  • Designs templates provided are average.
  • Template customization options are limited.

Wix Website builder

Wix allows you to create interactive and professional websites. Take a look at examples of websites created with Wix.

Wix has design layouts categorized as per your line of business. They have over 510 templates to choose from.

It is an innovative website builder and their designs are at par with the latest design trends.

It is also an easy to use drag and drop website builder (no programming knowledge required)

Main features

  1. Easy to Use

Wix also uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) style web editor, ie whatever you insert and see in the web editor will be published as output.

It uses drag and drop builder which allows you to getting started and creating stunning web pages in a matter of minutes.

  1. Design Template Options

With Wix you get 510 design templates to choose from, bet you would find at least one which fits your needs. Click here to view the templates.

You have the option of using their pre-made templates or designing the web pages from scratch if you have designing skills.

wix template

Note that you once you select the template, you cannot change it. Hence, it’s best you finalize the template and then add the contents. Otherwise, if you change the template you will have to again insert the contents.

Also, Wix does not allow you to edit HTML / CSS codes, this limits you if you want to customize your design.

  1. Wix App Market

Wix enables you to enhance the functionality of your website with Wix Apps. Their app market consists of more than 260 Apps.

The apps are plug and play, you can install them with a click, you have a choice of fee and paid apps.

  1. Mobile apps

Wix enables you to edit Wix mobile site separately from the desktop site. This allows you to create an enhanced user experience for your mobile users.

Wix has a mobile action bar feature, this is a small bar which appears at the bottom of your mobile site display. This enables your site visitors to call, email, locate your address on map, or see your social profile with a tap of a button.

This feature is very useful for your business making it convenient for your visitors to reach you via call or email.

  1. Support and Community

Wix boasts of 24/7 help center to answer any of your questions. You can also schedule a call, so that they can call you at your convenient time.

They have a huge knowledge base and support forum, where you can post your query and you will get a speedy reply. Also 100’s of walkthrough videos and video tutorials to help you with your requirements.

  1. Wix SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Wix covers all your basic SEO requirements for the web page.  If you check the Google Webmaster guidelines, below they have recognized Wix.

Wix google support

You can add your descriptions, titles, and keywords for your web page.

  1. Web hosting and Export Options

Wix hosts website for you, hence you do not need to worry about any technical stuff like upgrades and security.

One drawback is that Wix does not have export / archive option. So you cannot take the website out of Wix if you decide to leave them and move the website to another web hosting.

  1. Pricing

Wix has free and premium plans, you can give a try with the free plan and if it suits you can go for the premium plans. Below are the monthly and yearly pricing options

wix pricing

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Provides you with one of the easiest to use drag and drop interface to create your web pages.
  • You get a variety of professional design templates to choose from. They provide 510 templates.

Cons

  • Switching from one template to other is not possible.
  • The Free plan shows advertisement logo which is quite prominent.

Squarespace website builder

Squarespace is easy to use drag and drop style website builder.

If you require a design oriented website then Squarespace is the right choice for you. It allows you to take full control of the look and feel of your website.

It provides you neat and simple designs and you can make the design which is more graphics and imagery-oriented.

Squarespace has more than 1 million paying users, hence their product and service is definitely good.

Main Features

  1. Easy to Use

Squarespace does make your job of  building a neat website very easy. You can just drag and drop content and effortlessly create web pages.

You can watch the useful help videos which will provide you all the information to create web pages using the website builder.

  1. Design template options

The design templates from Squarespace are a cut above what other website builders provide.

squarespace template

The designs look neat, top notch and expensive, very much the ones which designers will like. Although they do not have hundreds of templates but the ones that are available are of top quality.

  1. E-commerce Capabilities

Squarespace provides you more elaborate e-commerce capabilities than other website builders.

If you are planning to create your online store, then Squarespace has elaborate e-commerce tools that can help you to create a successful e-commerce website.

  1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Squarespace covers all your basic SEO requirements for the web page.  You can add your descriptions, titles, and keywords for your web page.

Squarespace produces web pages with clean HTML markup which helps to easily index web pages.

It automatically creates a sitemap for you which is an essential part of SEO.

  1. Support and Community resources

Squarespace provides you support 24/7 via chat and email. Care is taken that all the support requests are answered within 1 hour which is a good turn around time.

They have an extensive knowledge base offering videos, workshops, and detailed help guides.

They also provide a community driven forum where you can post your questions and get answers from experts.

  1. Hosting and Export options

Squarespace takes care of your hosting so you need not pay for hosting and other technical aspects of web hosting. This helps you focus on your business instead of the technical stuff.

Squarespace allows you to export your site to WordPress which is a unique feature not seen in any other website builder.

  1. Pricing

Squarespace does not have a free plan, but they do provide a 14-day risk-free trial. You can refer the pricing below

squarespace pricing

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Squarespace provides you with classy imagery and designer- friendly layouts.
  • Squarespace gives you ample styling options which are not available with many other website builders
  • All the Squarespace templates are responsive.
  • Squarespace provides elaborate e-commerce store options.

Cons

  • The dragging and dropping of blocks of contents are not as userfriendly as other website builders.

Great, you have come this far.

I hope by now you must have decided on the best website builder for your requirement.

And hope you have found the review useful.

So, don’t wait to get going with one of the website builders and get your business online.

Let me know which one you would choose and why.

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