MobileMonkey October 2018 Update

In this video, I talk about the latest updates to MobileMonkey for October 2018. The colors of the menu have been changed to a blue, the Dashboard has a new look that I like. However, It’s not shown in this video because it was updated shortly after I recorded. Look for it in a future video recording or if you have MobileMonkey you probably already know. MobileMonkey also added a new feature that lets users create Facebook Messenger scan codes. These scan codes are great for marketing because anyone with Messenger on their phones can scan the code and be instantly taken to your MobileMonkey Chatbot.

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MobileMonkey Tutorial: How I Created The Coffee Quote Bot with the MobileMonkey Chatbot Tool

MobileMonkey Coffee Quote BotI’ve been using the MobileMonkey chatbot creation tool since early 2018 to help grow my followers on Facebook. It’s a great tool for growing engagement with followers and adding some automation to your Facebook page. I say “some” because you should still engage with your followers on a personal level. That means responding when a more personal touch is needed. But there’s nothing wrong with using a bot to respond to those questions that get asked over and over. Like what are your prices, what are your hours of business, the services that you offer or specific customer service issues. There’s a ton more you can do with chatbots and MobileMonkey is a great place to start.

My friend Mari Smith shared a recent post from the MobileMonkey blog on how to use it to send tips or even quotes to your followers. I have a page on Facebook called Seattle Coffee House that created for screenshots for a social media book I wrote years ago. I left the page up and found out that people were liking the page. I used to live in Seattle for 10 years and I’m a big fan of coffee. I came up with the idea of adding what I call the Coffee Bot and tied it to my Amazon Affiliate account. I took the idea from the MobileMonkey blog post and created the Coffee Quote bot. In this video, I’ll show you how I did it and the blog post from MobileMonkey is below.

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Chatfuel Chatbots: Subscribe and Unsubscribe from Chatfuel Chatbots

Chatfuel Chatbots: Subscribe and Unsubscribe from Chatfuel Chatbots

Chatfuel Broadcast Opt-Ins Tips: Subscribe and Unsubscribe from Chatfuel Chatbots

Looking for some tips on setting up Subscribe and Unsubscribe blocks with Chatfuel? It can be a little confusing but in the video below I discuss different ways you can accomplish this.

In this video, I talk about how you would subscribe a user to your Chatfuel Chatbot and Sequence. Then I show you how you should Unsubscribe them from your Chatbot and Sequence.

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[VIDEO] 5 Reasons To Have A Facebook Messenger Chatbot

Chatbots: Building Chatbots from Scratch with Chatfuel

Facebook Messenger Chatbots are the latest way to market your business and grow your following on Facebook. I did a 20 minute Facebook Live on February 25 to show how easy it is to build a Chatbot from scratch for your business. I’ve been using Chatfuel last fall for most of my Facebook business pages. There are other apps you can use to build Social Media Chatbots like Mobile Monkey and ManyChat. However, I feel that Chatfuel is east to use but also has some powerful features like JSON API, which gives you integration with your server for those who are more familiar with programming.

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Email Marketing Subscriber Growth With Chatfuel Messenger Bots and ConvertKit

Email Marketing Subscriber Growth With These Tools

In this post I’m going to show you how I am using Chatfuel, along with Zapier and Convertkit to grow followers for my next Udemy Life book using the Get Udemy Life Chatbot I created. I’ve written 2 books over the last several years and teach 11 Courses on Udemy with plans to release more courses and books. Building your following is an effective way to sell more courses and books or grow any business.

When I wrote my first book “Promote Your Business or Cause Using Social Media – A Beginner’s Handbook” I used self-publishing with Amazon Kindle and Createspace. I love publishing books this way because it works well for someone like me because it doesn’t cost a fortune. However since Amazon is selling your book you have no access to information on who purchased your book, therefore making it difficult to market future books. This is why you have to be creative with your online marketing with tools like WordPress and plugins. Here’s a landing page I created using WordPress a few years ago to promote my 1st book. I’m going to show you how you can capture information with Facebook Messenger Chat Bots using affordable tools like Chatfuel, Zapier and ConvertKit.

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I use Chatfuel to build the bots for the businesses I run and to help market my books and courses. The bot below is for my book Udemy Life which I published back in 2016 and features stories about the instructors I know teaching on Udemy. I plan to release a 2nd edition of the book in 2018 so I want to grow my list to target those readers when the new books is launched. I set up Chatfuel to match the sequence I already have built in ConvertKit to help up my email open rates. I’m finding out that I’m getting better open rates with chatbots because most everyone has Facebook Messenger installed on their smartphone or tablet.

In the image below you can see that I start with a “Block” which lets me drag and drop the elements of my chatbot. It’s triggered when someone goes to my Facebook page for Udemy Life Book and clicks on “Send Message” or from a post I create on the page. I can also create a link right to the bot Block which will start the process.

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The process starts and is sent to the user via Facebook Messenger and they have the option to leave an email address or Unsubscribe from the chatbot. I tested this by offering a free copy of my book in the Kindle format for a few days on December 18th, 2017 and December 19th, 2017. If you are reading this after those dates you can still get a free PDF copy of the book and I’ll notify you when the 2nd edition is ready. I saw some interesting results just into the first day of the free Kindle version promotion and provide the screenshots below under “The Results“.

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In the next step I created a ZAP using a tool called Zapier that makes the connection between Chatfuel and ConvertKit which is what I use to maintain my email list. You can make the connection to MailChimp and other email apps but I recommend and use ConvertKit (aff link) which offers a 14-day trial and I teach a course on ConvertKit on Udemy. I want you to take it free but make sure you get the Free 14-day trial from ConvertKit to follow along while you take my course. Plus if you subscribe to ConvertKit I’ll give you some Skype time to help you get started.

I created a Webhook which takes the data (first name and email address) submitted to the chatbot and sends it to my email marketing app which again is ConvertKit.

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I had already created a form to collect first name and email address along with a sequence in ConvertKit before I had set up the bot using Chatfuel and created a sequence to match the sequence I created on ConvertKit. If you aren’t familiar a sequence is just a series of automated messages that go out on the frequency you set. I have my sequence set up to provide helpful information for new instructors and links to my interviews with other instructors that reside on my YouTube channel. I was already using a LeadPages landing page to capture subscribers via my WordPress website. I matched the sequences so I could remind subscribers via Facebook Messenger to check their inbox for new messages. By doing this it helps up your email open rates because millions are using Facebook Messenger on their smartphones.

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The Results

I hadn’t done a promotion with my book on Amazon in while and decided to do one to see what I could do with the bot. I ended up with over 45 new subscribers to my list by the morning of 12/19 and an amazing open rate with both the chatbot and on my 1st email in the ConvertKit sequence. See the images below which are higher than what is average for all industries.

The book also was #4 for Free Small Business books on Amazon and #6 for Free Entrepreneur books and 3,023 for all Free Kindle books on Amazon. Which is pretty good considering all the free fiction and nonfiction books now available on Amazon.

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Welcome To Social Media Chatbots

Dennis J. SmithWelcome to Social Media Chatbots. I’m Dennis and I came up with the idea for this site after learning about chatbots during the summer and fall of 2017. I have been around computers since my teens when I got a Commodore Vic 20. I didn’t start coding until high school and again later while living in Seattle when Netscape 1.0 came out. I learned HTML back then and started coding using Microsoft Frontpage and Active Server Pages.

I currently teach marketing courses on Udemy and run Online Course Coupons, Free Course Daily  and a few other websites. I see chatbots as a way for creative entrepreneurs and marketers like myself to build their online following by automating Facebook Pages via Facebook Messenger. I’ve used both ManyChat and Chatfuel to build bots to run my Facebook pages and websites. Both make it easy for someone like me to manage relationships with my followers.

If you have a Facebook Messenger Chatbot you want us to promote I invite you to submit your chatbot to our site either through a Free Messenger Chat Listing or a Premium Messenger Chatbot Listing on our homepage.

If you are a small business wanting to have a custom Messenger chatbot built for your business please check out my Botfolio to see my work and contact me for a quote.

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