11 Chatbot Examples
& the Lessons Learned
Explore the possibilities for a chatbot from 11 real chatbot examples. Mobile Coach customers shared their chatbot designs, how they built their bots, and the lessons they learned along the way during Mobile Coach’s 2023 User Conference. These use cases vary widely and show the innovation and possibilities of a chatbot!
Using Chatbots To Prepare for Future Work
Joy Rechanek and Scott Morgan from Dell Computers shared how they built an innovative on-demand program that supports behavior-driven learning.
- 13 week conversation that takes about 10 minutes a week max
- Personalized schedule and topic
- Features: Button reply, emojis, gifs
- Proactively send researched based tips to level up your skill. Microlearning course disguised as a guided conversation.
- Prepare for the future of work for a large workforce
- How to provide 1:1 support for team members to develop human skills
Lessons Learned & What’s Next:
- How to promote and communicate it is vital. “You can have a great script, a great chatbot, but no one knows about it”
- Looking to build a “Botrary” or a library of chatbots.
- Development took about 2 months (internal team built the bot). Anticipating future chatbots would be faster. The longest part of development was learning the platform
My next Coach is a Chatbot - Ridiculous or Reasonable?
Emma Weber from Lever Transfer of Learning created Coach M, a coaching bot that creates behavior change via action plans.
- 3-12 month experience
- Reflective coaching conversation
- 20-30 minute learning break conversation with the Chatbot, Coach M
- Used on SMS, MS Teams, Slack, and more
- Prevent wasted training due to lack of learning transfer
- Hard to change behaviors
- 65.5% average improvement on goal
- 58.3% high goal progress with Coach M
- Leverage data to identify progress with behavior change and analyze common barriers, actions, and wins from the cohort.
Introducing Blu – a chatbot for learning in the United Nations
Ugo Caruso, Sofia Exarchou, and Claudia Gallardo Sanchez launched Blu, a concierge for their LMS that answers common questions to reduce help requests and wait time.
- Pop-up chatbot on the UN’s LMS (Blue Line)
- Answers common FAQ questions
- Guides users through a self-assessment to personalize course recommendations
- Schedules study time blocks in calendar
Problems: Scalable support to enable self-directed journey
Goal: Improve user and learning experience
- Balance design ideas against how much time it will take to build. Not all ideas are best suited for a chatbot or your goals.
- Feedback survey was too frequent and too many questions. Balance data against a good user experience
Nacho Your Ordinary Bot: Educating the Workforce on Sustainability using Digital Technology
Valerie Quezada, Daniel Lachman, and Obed Varela from Takeda created a gamified experience to drive sustainability to initiatives for World Environment Week 2022.
- 1-week experience to coincide with World Environment Week 2022
- Pushed to employees using MS Teams
- 1 question a day to earn points for one of a kind Nacho Bot T-shirt (extreme limited edition)
- MS Teams
- Increase sustainability awareness
- Highlight World Environment Week.
- Highlight recent sustainability initiatives at the site.
- Start planning and implementation earlier
- Increase visual communication at site level
- Investigate different incentives to increase participation experience
Starting the journey with Sophie - ASU Career Catalyst’s solution to guided learning
Erin Wilson from Arizona State University created a self-sustaining, friendly and easy-to-use chatbot to provide a sense of social presence in a fully self-paced and asynchronous course
- Introductory course guide for ASU courses
- One-time experience
- Offers suggestions about areas of focus and areas of strength for each learner
- Conversational tone
- Personalized results
- Learners don’t always know where to start or what they can skip over
- Learners are concerned about a lack of interaction in self-paced online courses
- Already iterated 3 times since starting the process
- Piloted with 4 professional skills courses
- Looking towards knowledge base and feedback based updates
- Tracking progress to keep learners on desired pathway
- Using variables to replace repeated words
- Take the time to learn the language
LEE – Learning Engagement Expert: Developing an institutional chatbot persona to support knowledge reinforcement
Roula Drossis and Jennifer Dolan from IC Axon established LEE and the chatbot modality as a viable and effective tool for supporting ongoing skill-building and knowledge reinforcement.
- Deployed via a combination of SMS and web widget – mobile only
- 15-week campaign, deployed every Tuesday morning
- Dialogue and social verbiage as the connective tissue between the learning and reinforcement material
- Scenario-based and adaptive responses (right, almost right, wrong) to provide reinforcement and additional direction
- Client’s sales team shifted from face-to-face to selling to virtual selling and needed to practice hybrid selling skills
- Recently introduced a new selling model
- They recognized the need for reinforcement of these training initiatives and were challenged by the need to minimize time out-of-field
- They were looking for a high-impact solution that could be implemented quickly and frequently to maximize the return on the investment made in the initial trainings
- Having key leadership as internal champions to endorse the chatbot
- Reducing the number of “clicks” to engagement (SMS to web widget is an extra step. Continuing in SMS or having the entire engagement in MS Teams might be easier)
- Value of participant survey to inform the design of the next campaign
iTrain Ali – the IT training chatbot
Vanessa Theaker and Dorigen Sykes from iTrain Legal designed iTrain Ali to improve buy-in and adoption of new systems and/or processes and overcome barriers to learning on return to desk.
- ‘Knowledge base’ style bot
- Table format (content is organized within csv)
- Development of Learning assets: 40 to 150 separate guides/videos in each module
- Proactive communications & follow ups
- MS Teams and web widget
- Deliver training support at point of need
- Help with ‘How do I…?’ questions
- Promote best practice working methods
- Make training content easy to access
- Communicate change to the firm
- Ability to cover a range of software applications
- Support the hybrid workplace
- Continuous cycle – keeping it fresh
- Consider adding more channels
- Incorporate ‘Knowledge Base’ functionality
- Further develop proactive and follow up scripts
- Don’t underestimate the time involved to produce quality content
- Dedicated resource
- Attention to detail
- Check and check again
Leveraging Mobile Chatbots for Coaching and Virtual Connection
Melissa M Carroll from Kaiser Permanente built a suite of chatbots to augment existing learning events and performance support with engaging, accessible technology that retains learning
Initial Chatbot Design:
- 26 pilot participants
- 12 weeks of messages (2-3 message series sent per week)
- Mix of interactive texts, videos, graphics, guides, and reminders
- Coach Grover avatar
- Have since launched several other chatbots
- Improved learner engagement supports reinforcement
- Chatbots are a frictionless way to engage users wherever they may be
- Think creatively
- Even though the technology is now accessible, you need careful design sensibility and solid project planning
Further developing emotional intelligence skills with the help of a chatbot
Dany Spenser shared how at IHHP they developed a chatbot to support behavior change for an EI training.
- 8 week conversation
- Tuesdays & Thursdays
- SMS, MS teams, FB messenger
- Schedules study time blocks in calendar
- Practice EI skills
- Recall what they learned
- Review content with new activities
- Focus on what would engage your learners the most
- Start small
- Don’t make the experience too long
- It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”
- Ask for feedback throughout
- Have your internal team go through the experience
- Iterate often
Choose Your Own Learning Adventure Pathways
Treion Muller the Modern Learning Architect created a chatbot to give readers experiences and example of what the book represents outside of reading.
- Menu based chatbot
- QR codes in book that point to different resources
- Optional to schedule content overtime as part of certain menu options
Goal: Show readers effective learning principles
- Reading/learning doesn’t need to be a linear experience
- Chatbots are awesome!
- Learner journey can continue after the reading is complete
ULActiveBot: A chatbot to make everyone more active!
Shreyas Korad, Shivaji Babar, and Alesiya Khan from Upside Learning
- 6 month “phygital” experiment
- Supported online meetings, physical outings, and hosted monthly events
- Activity log
- MS teams
- Improve the mental health of employees by encouraging physical activity
- Engage employees with each other to increase conversation and connection
- Employee engagement is harder than we think
- Testing features for ease of use with more rigor to get better engagement numbers
- reading is complete