(You can also search for Hello Vote on Facebook Messenger if you prefer.) Created in tandem with Twilio.org, the bot will take care of the rest by requesting pertinent information, like your name, address, and birthdate.
The best way to do that in 2016—when text messages have a 98% open rate and the average adult spends 23 hours a week texting—is with a bot that lets potential voters register through text or Facebook Messenger.More than one in three Americans (37%) are willing to make a purchase through a chatbot, spending an average of .80 per purchase, according to a new report from Publicis Groupe’s Digitas LBi.A chatbot is defined as computer software that can interact conversationally via text messages to solve simple, quick response requests from consumers for product information and to make online purchases.“But for retailers to benefit from the bot opportunity, they need to convince consumers that commerce through a chat interface — instead of a traditional Web site or app — is as easy as texting a friend, but with more perks.Think personal assistant, concierge, or VIP service.
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The only data Hello Vote files away, Berkowitz says, is what the bot needs to “reach back out to you and say, for instance, Election Day is tomorrow, and here is your polling location.”Hello Vote has recruited a number of launch partners—Genius, Refinery29, General Assembly, West Elm, the Shade Room—to help spread the word about the bot, be it with physical signage in stores or through customized widgets online.