Monday, September 17, 2018

Create chatbots from Google Calendar using ProBotDev Event Chatbot

I've been working on Sarah Shopper, the Lazada price tracker, for a while. Sarah Shopper is a shopping assistant chatbot that periodically checks for price changes in popular online marketplaces such as Lazada, 11street and even IKEA. It's especially useful when you're willing to wait for a better price.

Sarah Shopper, the Lazada price tracker
Sarah Shopper, the Lazada price tracker

Sarah Shopper was modestly successful—9,000+ users in 9 months, mostly from the Google Assistant directory. However, learning from running another free-to-use consumer product (Homework Hero, the student tutoring platform in Indonesia), I know it's going to be a long and expensive journey.

Just a few weeks before graduating from Selangor Accelerator Programme 2018 (SAP2018), I came to the realization that it actually makes more sense to help other businesses to make chatbots, and that's how our SaaS came to existence.

ProBotDev Event Chatbot
ProBotDev Event Chatbot

ProBotDev Event Chatbot allows event organizers to create chatbots from Google Calendar. It is higher level than ManyChat or Chatfuel, as you don't even need to design the conversation flow.

It makes more sense for event organizers to use a template because event attendees generally ask similar questions. It also makes sense for us to make it a SaaS, as the improvements we put will make everyone's chatbot smarter.

I've written a getting started tutorial to create a chatbot and will keep posting for more in the coming weeks.

In case you're wondering, Sarah Shopper is still available, as it's personally useful for me :)

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