When you think Artificial Intelligence, you may think of a Will Smith movie where he fights off robots or a robot who does your roommates dishes. But also AI can be a solution to many everyday business problems.
What is AI? Artificial Intelligence is a simulation of human behavior in computers (sounds so 2080 doesn’t it?). It is not the Matrix or the future, it is the technology of today.
Technology is racing ahead faster than ever before!-or faster than Usain Bolt’s Olympic debut race time. With more technology advances in the realm of Artificial Intelligence, it increases the possibilities for what we can accomplish without human intervention. If you are a small business owner, you may want to take advantage of some of these advances- they can make a big impact on the way you drive sales!
1) ChatBots = Extra Support for Customer Service on your Website
Having a ChatBot on your website for customer service/ support is deemed highly beneficial. AI is helping ChatBots get better at recognizing what are customer wants and needs. It is important to think of it as another user interface for customers to interact with your company. ChatBots are also useful for obtaining specific customer information without digging for it. Think about your most commonly asked questions from your customers-for an example- “How late are you open?”, “Do you have this item in stock?”, “Where is your location”…etc. These kind of calls can eat up a good portion of your customer service care- even if they are easy to field. If your ChatBot has the info it needs to answer your commonly-asked questions, your company can save a lot of time. Which also means it reduces the friction for customers, allowing them to quickly find what they want and making that decision to buy easier.
2) VA…Virtual Assistant
AI is ever-evolving to making your life easier and with less hassle. If you are a business owner- you wear multiple hats and sometimes it may be difficult to stay organized. When you have an average of 150 different emails every single day- it is easy for important emails to slip through the cracks. AI provides an alternative solution to having 10 different color post-its and an angry client who thinks you are ignoring them…a virtual assistant. These assistants need more instructions but they can easily be used to help chase down people for meetings, follow up on important emails and help you stay on track.
3) AI for Accounting (AcoBots)
Automating things that are tedious and repetitive can be a beneficial thing for your finance team. It can free up time for them to focus more of their energy on strategic thinking. AcoBots help you keep track of your bookkeeping to generate helpful insights that can help you create valuable decisions for your company.
Bottomline: AI is there to help you and take away some of your stresses in your businesses.