Zobot support in IM channels
Now, Zobot is available for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp channels. All the platforms (Codeless bot builder, SalesIQ Script, Zia Skills, Dialogflow, Azure, and Watson Assistance) supports channel compatibility. This way, you can build one bot using the platform of your choice and have it across all the channels.
New Integration block - Zoho Checkout
With Zoho Checkout integration, this block allows visitors to make payments. Check our help guide to learn more.
New Integration block - Zoho bookings
With Zoho Bookings integration, use this block to help visitors book an appointment/booking on their preferred date and time in Zoho bookings. Check our help guide to learn more.
Get files/attachments via bot
Get files/attachments from the visitors during the bot conversation by the "Files" input card. All bot-building platforms support this input card.
A new Plug datatype called "Files" is introduced to support files in plugs. Available for both SalesIQ scripts and the webhook platform.
In the Codeless bot builder, the obtained files can be added as attachments in the Send Email Card.
Add tags in Bot conversation
Add tags during the bot conversation using the "Associate Tags" block. Only existing Conversation tags can be selected.
Configuring Bot working hours
The bot's working hours can be configured based on both the business hours and operator availability.
Auto Pilot - Merging Answer bot and ZobotFeatures
You can now merge/join the answer bot engine to zobot using the Auto pilot function. For the codeless bot builder, it is available as an auto pilot block and for the rest platforms, it is available as an auto_pilot action.Learn more
Dynamic suggestion in Multiple Option/Option BlockFeatures
Using Multiple options or Options blocks, you can now provide suggestions dynamically based on the visitors' requirements.Learn more
Options List - Plug DatatypeUpdates
Introducing a new datatype in Plug "Options List." It has an ID for each text (value). So a list of text (value) can be shown to the visitor using this, and whenever they select one, the respective ID can be mapped to do further actions.Learn more
Setback/Restart the Zobot conversationUpdates
You can now allow your visitor to go back to the previous step or restart the whole conversation of the chat.
Note: This configuration is available only on the Codeless bot builder platform.
Undo/Redo in Codeless BotNew
You can now undo or redo actions on the Codeless bot platform until the bot is restored.
You can view the history of all the dates and times at which the bot was published on your website.
Forward Info MessageUpdates
You can now add an info message indicating the status of the chat that the bot will display once the chat has been forwarded to the operator.Learn more
New Block Category - End BlocksNew
A new block category called End blocks has been added to the Codeless bot builder. This has three blocks - Block, Operator busy and End
New Response block - LinksNew
The Codeless bot builder now has a block that can be used to share links with the visitor in the widget format with a short title and icon.
New Action block - Go ToNew
The Codeless bot builder has a card that can be used to jump from one flow to another. You can either re-use/restart a flow from there.Learn more
Zobot multiple trigger events supportUpdates
You can now choose multiple options with respect to when the bot can initiate a chat with the visitor while setting up your Zobot.
New Response block - VideoNew
The codeless bot builder now has a block that can be used to send a video URL to the visitor.
New Input block - SlotsNew
The Codeless bot builder now has a block that can be used to schedule slots for appointments and other bookings.Learn more
You can now duplicate a Codeless bot that you have previously created.
Validate type - textImprovements
You can now validate the input fields that contain text as the valueLearn more
New attribute - image_propertyImprovements
A new attribute image_property has been added in the image display card of the Zobot.
New attributes - date and time_zone_id
Two new attributes date and time_zone_id have been created for the Timeslots input card in the Zobot.
New attributes - time_zone_idImprovements
A new attribute time_zone_id has been created for the Date -Time slots input card in the Zobot.
New Integration Blocks - CRMNew
Three new integration blocks - Associate Lead, Associate Contact, and Associate Deal have been added to the Codeless bot block galleryLearn more
New Blocks in the Codeless BotNew
Two new categories of blocks - Response blocks and Input cards have been added to the Codeless bot builder.Learn more
Validate type - decimalImprovements
You can now validate input fields in the Zobot that have a decimal value.Learn more
New Integration Block - Associate TicketNew
This card will allow the bot to assign a ticket to a Desk user based on the integration configuration.Learn more
Multi-region support in DialogflowUpdates
Dialogflow now has a region-based agent deployment option for Data localization support. So, when you use the Dialogflow platform to build your Zobot on SalesIQ, you can pick agents based on their region.
Codeless BotNew Feature
It is a code-free, rule-based chatbot builder in SalesIQ that can create a conversational bot without any coding skills & control conversation flows like a flowchart. It helps you generate more qualified leads, capture data, and personalize visitor flow in real-time with no complexity.Learn more
New Input Card - PasswordNew
A new card that can be used to collect passwords from the website visitor has been introduced on the Zobot platform.Learn more
Multiple working hours supportImprovements
You will now be able to choose multiple bot working hours when you configure your Zobot.
Zobot Template - Zoho BookingsUpdates
A new template has been added to the Zobot Template section - Zoho Bookings. You can now easily integrate the Zobot with Zoho Bookings and make use of the functionality.
country_code key added for PhoneImprovements
country_code key has been added for the Phone input card used in the Zobot.Learn more
It can be used to display response suggestions to visitors. These cards work in the same way as suggestions but the difference is that, in display suggestions, even after an option is selected, the display card will not be hidden.Learn more
Chat Inactivity RulesNew
You can set up chat inactivity rules in the Zobot - rules to notify the visitor that he has been idle on the website for a considerable amount of time during the chat. Based on the inactivity time set in this section, the Zobot can send out messages to the visitor and end the corresponding conversation.Learn more
Options in Single Select and Multiple SelectNew
You can now enter a maximum of 20 options in the array for Single Select and Multiple Select, and the character limit for each option is 30.
New Display Cards in the ZobotNew
We have introduced some new Display Cards that can be used to display images to the visitor:
- Single Product - It can be used to display multiple images for a single product. Learn more.
- Multiple Products - It can be used to display single images for different products. Learn more.
Carousels for client actionsNew
We have introduced a new feature in text and product cards (carousels) that can be used to give actions to clients.Learn More
Videos in ZobotNew
Using the Video display card, you can send video files to your website visitors. You can either send URLs of YouTube videos or videos that have been uploaded to a serverLearn More
The visitorsession API can be used to store values temporarily during a chat conversation with the website visitor.Learn More
Input widgets - Name, Email, Phone and URLNew
The Zobot now has input widgets to collect the visitors' names, email addresses, telephone numbers and website URLs.Learn More
Passing visitor info and attachments in Zia Skills
The visitor object is a map containing the profile information of the website visitor. This will be available inside the messageData map across all scripts inside Zia Skills.
- visitor - you can retrieve the visitor info mentioned here
- attachments - if the visitor attaches a file during a bot conversation, it will be available inside this object. Otherwise, an empty array will be passed.
Attachments in ZobotNew
The Zobot can now send attachments like PDFs and other types of files to visitors during a conversation.Learn More
'pending' action in ZobotNew
If a bot needs some time to reply to the visitor's message, the pending action can be used .
last_visit_time in Visitor ObjectUpdates
A new property 'last_visit_time' has been added to the Visitor Object map.
Shortcut for Zobot actions and repliesUpdates
Shortcuts for all Zobot actions and reply types have been added in the LHS pane of the DRE Editor
Forward chats to departmentsNew
The Zobot can now forward chats to specific departments inside your organization.Learn More
Failure Handler Param UpdateUpdates
Replies have been added in failed_response of the failure handler. failed_response is the previous response object due to which the action had failed.
Params loaded for autocompletionUpdates
Params have been added for each handler in the DRE editor for autocompletion.
'End' option for ongoing bot chatUpdates
Agents can now end an ongoing bot chat. An 'End' option has been added near the 'Take over' button.
Bot description not mandatoryUpdates
It is not mandatory to provide a bot description while you are creating/updating the Zobot.
Default value for 'Choose Visitor Type'
The default audience will be set to 'All Visitors' by default while creating the Zobot
'select_label' param for location, calendar and range calendar widgetsUpdates
You can use the 'select_label' param to set customized text for widget values/slot submission actions.
Note: Maximum character limit for values passed inside the select_label key is 20
Delay in "end" actionUpdates
You can schedule a delay for the end of a chat. The delay will be unscheduled if the visitor types a message/ sends a message/ agents join the chat/ chat is handed off to the agent. The minimum delay that can be set is 30 seconds and the maximum is 10800 seconds(3 hours).Learn More
You can now update details like ID, city, etc. using the field_name.
Ex. siq_id, siq_city
Visitor Info updateUpdates
Passing visitor info is now possible on both the Dialogflowand Watson platforms.
The Failure Handler can be used to provide the status to the visitor when the bot is not able to perform an action. So, at that point, the bot sends out a message with respect to the action failure instead of ending the conversation or leaving the visitor uninformed.Read more
Zobot Configuration : WatsonNew
Watson assistant powered by IBM, is an offering for building conversational interfaces into any website or application and helps you build a powerful bot assistant for your website. You can customize the Watson Assistant according to your website business needs, and deploy it across multiple channels to bring help to your customers where and when they need it.Read more
Zobot Configuration : ' And spend more than' in Trigger VisitorNew
A new option 'And spend more than' has been added under 'Land on your site' inside Trigger visitor configuration. You can set the time here to either seconds or minutes. This will trigger a message to the website visitor after he lands on your website and spends the set amount of time.
Zobot Configuration : New option in 'Set Working Hours'New
A new option labeled “When operators are offline during business hours” has been introduced inside the 'Set Working Hours' section. This option will keep the bot running only when your operators are offline during business hours.
Zobot Connector : WebhooksNew
You can integrate Zoho SalesIQ's Zobot with your internal services via Webhooks. Thus, making your bot up and running on your website to serve your customers and lend a hand to your support executives. SalesIQ sends events to the webhook when a variety of interactions happen with the bot.Read more
No chat notifications for bot transfer and forwardUpdates
Chat notifications have been removed for both bot transfer and bot forward options and join chat option has been added instead.
DRE field validation changesUpdates
Statements can be included inside the bot scripts to validate parameters like name, email, etc. This way, the Zobot moves to the next step in the flow only when the specified parameter has been validated.
'Takeover' option for operatorsNew
Previously, only visitors were able to switch from talking to a bot to talking to an operator using the 'Want to connect to a human?' option. Now, operators can also acquire chats that are handled by the Zobot, at any point in the conversation using the 'Takeover' option.
"Bots" renamed "Zobot"Updates
The "Bots" tab inside the Settings section of Zoho SalesIQ has been renamed to "Zobot".
Zobot Configuration : Trigger VisitorNew
A new configuration named 'Trigger Visitor' has been added to the Zobot. This section will determine when the bot should interact with visitors matching the criteria set.
Custom action inside Trigger VisitorNew
The 'Performs custom action' option has been added inside the 'Trigger Visitor' section to determine when the bot should trigger a message to visitors that match the criteria set. This option will display a list of custom actions that can be performed by the visitor.
Widgets for Dialogflow and Zia SkillsNew
You can now add widgets in the JSON format inside the trigger responses for Zobots created using Dialogflow and Zia Skills
Introducing Zia Skills in ZobotNew
A new platform called 'Zia Skills' has been added for you to create Zobots on. Zia is a conversational bot building assistant that uses natural language understanding to process and perform your defined skills and action, to respond to the visitor queries.Read more
Trigger Visitor optionUpdates
The Invoke trigger option under Intelligent triggers has been removed and added inside the Zobot configuration. This option would let you configure trigger rules based on various criterions to filter out a set of visitors for the Zobot to trigger messages.
Common Publish optionNew
You don't have to publish each of the three handlers separately anymore. You can publish them all at once, once you think all the scripts are ready to deploy.
Zobot configuration : Allow HandoffNew
Enabling the 'Allow Handoff' option would provide your visitors with an option to converse with a human operator of your firm at any point of an ongoing chat session.
Visitor info updateUpdates
You can now update the visitor info through field_name(siq_name, siq_email, siq_phone).
Visitors can now attach files of all formats and send them right from their chat window.
No handoff when operators are busyUpdates
The handoff option will not be displayed to website visitors if all the operators in your organization are busy at the moment.
No "title" key for ArticlesUpdates
You no longer have to specify the title for articles that you want to display to your visitors inside the chat window.
No 'Connect to human' timerUpdates
The timer for connecting visitors to human operators has been removed and replaced with 'Forward'.
No bot image in visitor transcriptUpdates
The Zobot image will no longer be displayed on the visitor side chat transcripts.
Zobot on the free planNew
The Zobot tab has now been enabled for all users on the free plan as well. Video representations have also been added.
Zobot Configuration : Set bot typing statusNew
This configuration lets you choose how long should the bot typing status be displayed to the visitors. You can set this to either seconds or minutes.
Markdown support in bot messagesNew
Markdown support has been enabled for all the messages you define inside the Zobot. With this configuration, you can use bold, italics, underlined and so many other types of text inside bot messages.
Introducing Zobot - Dialogflow IntegrationNew
Dialogflow - an end-to-end development suite, powered by machine learning is used to build conversational interfaces for websites, mobile applications, and messaging platforms. It can be used to build chatbots, voice assistants, etc., especially relevant that are capable of having natural and rich interactions with the users.Read More
There are a bunch of default templates that are available to outline your bot. You just have to make some minor changes to these templates so that they can suit your business needs perfectly.Read more
Introducing Zobot with DRENew
Chatbots have created quite a buzz in the marketplace. And so, we have launched our own bot building platform - Zobot, on which you can actually build and deploy chatbots using SalesIQ scripts.