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Facebook recently announced that businesses will be able to send consumers promotional messages through Facebook Messenger. More recently, we’ve seen announcements from Apple and Google announcing new investments in chat platforms such as iMessage and Allo. Why all of the buzz? Because chat technology–and chat bots in particular–present major opportunities for companies to upsell shoppers.
… Over the past few months, there has been a media swarm around chat bots. Some wonder if the simulated computer software programs (most recently popularized within messaging applications like Facebook Messenger) will replace humans in a variety of jobs, while others speculate about just how helpful the technology really is to businesses…