Bots are taking over Egypt!
Imagine this: it’s 1:30 AM, you stumble upon a great event on your Facebook News feed. And you want to catch that early bird ticket before it’s too late so you message them on privately and a few minutes later, after a short conversation going on, magic happens! You know how, when and where to buy it!
You think that page moderator is awake right now to answer you at 1:30 am? It’s a chatbot! It makes it super easy for both, you and the business page, to reach each other even in times you’re supposed to be asleep in!
What are Bots?
It’s basically the link between businesses and its customers through the use of chatbots. Some of these bots can be found on websites. That makes them web bots! That’s not a necessity, others are designed to be compatible to be used on Messenger, Kik, Skype, Slack, Messenger and Telegram.
This is great news because with the evolution & development of mobile apps, moving across multiple ones can be crazy. Having a bot to help navigate to buy a product, or ask about the service makes live much easier. Also, bots don’t require another app to download, you can use them from within apps, websites and Facebook pages.
In Egypt, bots are increasing steadily. Elves is one of the most famous bots, and is basically a personal helper. There are many amazing startups working with bots. We will mention three amazing chatbots that Egyptian entrepreneurs have created!
“We bot your business” The first example of a great Egyptian chatbot that has several objectives to deliver to businesses and in a very simple way. They have a step-by-step process of easy instructions to build your own bot as well as personifying everything. They’re compatible with Messenger, Kik and Telegram! Botme has a 3 main unique offerings; Connect, Commerce and Restaurants. Each for a different objective, Connect is the opening of a two-way communication with your customers to increase reach & conversion rates. Commerce is having the whole eCommerce system in your bot. Restaurants is basically a way to manage your restaurant through the bot and staying up to date with clients, its not available yet but we’re interested to see it soon!
Checkout Botme profile on Startups Galaxy here.
“Build to engage” Another Egyptian bot is WideBot. Its available on Facebook Messenger, web pages, Telegram, Kik, Slack and Skype! WideBot can be used for a wide set of options. Those include call center automation, online shopping, food ordering, delivery services, inquiry services AND flight reservations.(Now that’s very exciting!) They’re also the first bot-builder that offer bilingual messaging.
3. Bots بالعربي
Now this isn’t an actual Chatbot but it’s basically the first platform that posts all about bots in arabic. They have educational content on how to market for bots to get a big amount of users and how to get profit from bots. They also offer reviews of bots that have been used in the arab region. It’s a great platform and not only for the new, developing bots, but also for those who have been in the industry as it offers content for developing, being included in the Bots بالعربي community and advertising your bot in their bots manual!
Egypt Loves Bots?
According to Egypt Innovate, a little over a year ago during Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge, 15 bots were Egyptian among the final 30 entries (source link). Bots like HireHunt Facebook Bot, Botme and Widebot show us how innovative chatbots can be, especially the Egyptian ones!