To put it simply, it's the use of chatbots to engage with your prospects in a conversational manner and push them through the marketing funnel.
Instead of navigating your website, filling out forms and stumbling across the content they need, prospects engage with a chatbot that guides them until they’re ready to engage with someone on your sales team.
And conversational marketing can help with sales engagement too. By giving prospects direct access to a sales person's calendar, prospects can book their own meetings or demos, through the chatbot with ease.
Consider conversational marketing as a facilitator, designed to help your prospects help themselves in a way that's both friendly and familiar.
In a nutshell, chatbots are AI-powered tools that use logic and machine language learning to talk with prospects on your website like a human, but without a human behind it.
A bit complicated, we know, but in reality they’re pretty easy to get along with.
Think of them like your own 24/7 concierge that lives on your website with the goal of helping your visitors.
Chatbots communicate using conversational language, but instead of just talking at you, chatbots also offer the opportunity to interact with you and control the conversation.
The simple answer is, it's just more natural. We’re social beings by nature, so any approach that feels more human is a bonus. As they say, 'people buy from people', and chatbots let you embrace that without there being a real person behind it all.
Offering your prospects the chance to talk and interact with an unmanned brand representative, chatbots can help them progress through each stage of the buyer journey.
Because chatbots are fully automated, your resources are never stretched as the role of humans only extends to the setup. So, whether you're chatting to 1 prospect or 200, you still have the resources necessary to deliver a personalised conversational experience to each and every one of them.
Chatbots don’t just stop at conversations either, they can do so much more, in fact with the right plug-ins, your chatbot can even go as far as capturing your prospect’s data and allowing them to book sales meetings directly into your calendar.
You can set qualifying questions in your chatbot too, to ensure your calendar is only accessed by prospects offering genuine potential.
As a Drift Partner, we align with their strategic direction on all things conversational marketing.
Drift's Framework explains how you can take full advantage by developing a strategy that naturally drives engagement and leads. Their strategy is broken down into 3 stages: Engage, Understand and Recommendation.
Engage is all about incorporating chatbots into your website to help your prospects with the challenges they're experiencing. These chatbots can help prospects navigate their way through your website, promote content that may be of value and capture data. This approach eliminates the need for forms, and makes lead capture much more natural as it's just a small part of the bigger conversation.
Understand is all about determining the relevance of a lead and responding accordingly. If you have a red-hot prospect in your pipeline who really wants to make a purchase, you need to act fast!
You have 5 minutes to respond to a prospect or the odds of qualifying that lead drops drastically. Being where your prospects are when they want you to be is now more than half the battle, and chatbots can help you do that just that.
Finally in the Recommendation stage, your chatbot needs to help the prospect take action and move onto the next step of their journey. This may be done by sharing content, booking a meeting or pointing them towards some helpful pages.
Armed with the right questions, your chatbot can effectively qualify leads and alert you in real-time when there’s a hot-lead. At that point, you can jump in and initiate live chat directly through the chatbot, to engage with the prospect.
The Engage, Understand, Recommendation model forms the basis for how chatbots can deliver value to prospects and organisations alike at every stage of the customer journey. By following this method, you'll be able to develop a chatbot strategy that gives your prospects what they need, when they need it.
You know what they say, 'seeing is believing' and we agree, here’s a great case study showcasing how the benefits of conversational marketing and chatbots can be unlocked.
As B2B chatbot and demand generation specialists, we can help you unlock the potential of chatbots in your business. If you’d like a free tailored 30-minute chatbot consultation, we’d love to share some conversational marketing strategies that can work for your business.