How To Build A Chatbot?

Current practical state of Estonian language Voice AI (speech-to-text and text-to-speech)

In this blog post we cover the practical usability of Estonian language speech-to-text and text-to-speech technologies. At AlphaBlues we are focused on building high-end virtual assistants on our own AI platform. Recently we have done work on integrating voice capabilities into our virtual assistants. As we tested Estonian language solutions we thought to share our experience with the aim of giving people who are interested in using such technologies for practical purposes a quick overview. Voice-controlled devices are growing in their usage. Juniper Research estimates that there will be 8 billion digital voice assistants in use by 2023. Today, AI-based

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How To Train Your AI: After Going Live

In the previous post, we discussed the first steps in AI training processes. In this post, we will look into the possible training phases when the conversational AI is already up and running. In some ways, AI trainers are the parents of the chatbots. There needs to be skillful parenting in order for the child to grow up and lead a successful independent life. Chatbots behave in the same way. You do not want to underdo it and not particularly overdo it either. We have found out that training and analyzing about 10% of the monthly discussions will be sufficient

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How To Train Your AI: Getting Started

In the previous post, we dived in to the chatbot building process. In this post, we examine AI training. It is often argued that conversational AI will replace human workforce and cause unemployment across many sectors. It is true that increasing number of companies are interested in more efficient ways of customer service, but that does not mean humans will be replaced in the near future. Behind every successfully automated customer service lies an active support team. The core intention behind automation is to make business more efficient. Optimized solutions usually do generate more business opportunities, thus pushing companies to

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How To Build A Chatbot?

As discussed in the previous post, many aspects of conversational AI implementation are dependent on the details. The same applies to the tempo of the setup process. For smooth development, it is in both customer and developer interests that the customers know what they want. Concrete communication between businesses help to prevent additional tasks in later stages. Although, demo of the conversational AI can be built in minutes on the company’s website, we tend to utilize 1-2 months of development time plus one extra month of silent live for testing purposes. We have found out that with this amount of

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How Much Does A Chatbot Cost?

The short answer is – it depends. I know some readers might be looking for an exact number but this would be misleading. From our experience we see that the needs of companies vary greatly as do their technical capabilities. As such, to give a simple answer in pricing is akin to answering with a specific price to the question – „how much does a good car cost“. Everyone’s expectation to what a good car is, is different. Same with chatbots. However, there are specific things that can drive up the cost of your virtual assistant development. Let’s dig in.

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How to buy AI and chabots in a smart way

How to buy chatbots & AI in a smart way.

If you are looking to buy chatbots then don’t do an RFP. Instead do proof of concepts with 2-3 vendors. This has been the main learning from the recent Forrester report “The Forrester New Wave™: Conversational AI For Customer Service, Q2 2019” and based on our experience I wholly agree with this finding (you can see the Forrester summary video from this link here). Chatbots (or virtual assistants) have become more established over the past year and their value becomes increasingly proven in the realm of contact centers and sales. As more companies are looking into the space they want

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Top 2 Questions From Customers Answered – What Topics Should My Bot Know and How Much Training Data Do I Need?

The content and structure will largely determine the value for your virtual customer assistant. It stems from the use case that you give to your bot. Hence, before starting to build the bot it is important to really understand what you need the bot to do and how. Once, that is determined, then you need to figure out the content that goes into the bot. Some important points to keep in mind about the content for the bot that we get asked quite a lot. We advise to select around 50-60 (max 100) topics for your bot. These topics should

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How virtual assistants understand language

“My language is tough and hard to understand for AI”. This what I hear often when travelling to customers in Europe. What people are worried about in non-English speaking countries is that their language is more complex for the AI to master than English. This is totally understandable. Most AI companies focus on English as it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. However, when I talk to people from Hungary, Latvia and Poland, their concern is widely the same. Language is complex and as of today no AI system in the world is fully capable

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New feature release – user authentication in virtual assistants

One of the recent product features we’re proud of at AlphaBlues is the ability to authenticate users and provide detailed answers for the users. It is a new and exciting feature that allows our customers to offer a personalized level of support to their users through virtual assistants much like human customer support agents can. In the previous post we highlighted how the lifecycle of virtual assistants is evolving throughout time. Those companies that have high chat conversations volume on a monthly basis and innovation capacity are seeking more and more for virtual assistants to actually conduct activities out on

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Chat automation projects’ lifecycle

  Over time I’ve noticed a trajectory for companies in adopting virtual assistants. Companies start from any of the starting points and then slowly move up the trajectory as their chat automation project progresses. Needless to say, all the successful chat projects differ in speed but on average, the course is the same.   Understanding this trajectory helps you assess your own organization, where you currently stand and how to think about chat automation in the larger context of automation. Take this as an automation roadmap that you can use internally in strategy meetings or when planning out your activities

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