Chatfuel is a chatbot platform for creating chatbots on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and your website. It is even one of the most searched chatbot software brands in the world.
But is this Chatfuel worth investing in? Let’s find out!
Table of Contents
The interface of Chatfuel is really clean. On the left side, a menu is provided with the various functions of the Chatfuel software and on the right sight you can see the content of each section.
When building your chatbot chatbot, you can create folders with flows in it and a Visual Flow Builder where you can create and edit your chatbot flows:
But next to the Visual Flow Builder, you can also build your chatbot with their Block builder:
With the block builder, you can have multiple blocks and each block represents some chatbot elements. For example, you can have a block for showing the products of your shop and you can have a block for asking the e-mail of the user. And to keep everything structured, you can divide the blocks into “Sequences” or “Groups”.
I really like the fact that you have two different builders to create your chatbots. It creates flexibility for every kind of user.
One important thing to mention is that you need to choose one of the two builders. You cannot use them both interchangeably. This means that the flows you build in the Visual Flow Builder are not visible in the Block builder and vice versa.
Moreover, you can test your chatbot flows with Chatfuel before you actually put them live.
So the interface of Chatfuel is easy to use and you can set it up a chatbot in a matter of minutes!
- Visual Flow BuilderCreate chatbot dialogs with a visual flow builder.
- Test chatbotIs it possible to test the chatbot before putting your new flows or changes live?
- Interface easy to use?Is the chatbot platform easy-to-use?
- Easy to setup a chatbot?Is it easy to set up your chatbot with this chatbot platform?
Chatfuel provides a wide variety of elements to build your own chatbot. In fact, they only lack on two points: Attachments & Location sharing.
But these are definitely no deal-breakers, so you have all the chatbot elements you need to create an awesome chatbot.
- DelaysUse delays between messages in your chatbot
- ImagesCan you send images via your chatbot?
- VideoCan you send video via your chatbot?
- AudioCan you send audio via your chatbot?
- AttachmentsCan you send attachments via your chatbot?
- Gallery (Horizontal list)Show a gallery of cards inside your chatbot. A card consists of an image, title, subtitle and button.
- Vertical listShow a vertical list of items inside your chatbot
- EmojisCan you use emojis inside your chatbot?
- Persistent MenuCan you add a persistent menu to your chatbot?
- Quick RepliesCan you add quick replies to your chatbot where users can click on?
- ButtonsCan you add buttons to your chatbot where users can click on?
- Free text inputCan chatbot users freely type text to your chatbot whenever they want to?
- Location sharingCan users share their location inside the chatbot?
- Email validationWhen a chatbot user gives their email, can the platform validate it's a correct email address?
- Phone number validationWhen a chatbot user gives their phone number, can the platform validate it's a correct phone number?
- Date validationWhen a chatbot user gives a date, can the platform validate it's a correct date?
Within Chatfuel it is really easy to add custom fields to specific users. You can simply ask a question, for example, “How long are you already a client of us?” and the answer gets stored in a custom fields. With those custom fields, you can send specific broadcasts to user segments. For example, you could send a broadcast to anyone who has been a client for over more than 5 years.
In Chatfuel you can see all your users of your chatbot in the “People” tab:
When you click on one of the users, you can see all the information related to a user in a pop-up:
A disadvantage of Chatfuel is that you cannot add tags to users. This, however, can be solved by using custom fields as tags. You can just make a custom field and set the value to “Yes” or “No”, so this isn’t a really big deal.
- Custom fieldsStore information from your chatbot users inside fields. For example, you can ask for someone's email and store it inside the "email" custom field.
- TagsAdd tags to users in your chatbot flows to organize and categorize contacts.
- User segmentsCan you create user segments based on custom fields and tags?
Chatfuel provides broadcasts, sequences and the ability to subscribe/unsubscribe from these sequences. The platform performed really well on those three topics.
It is really easy to make a sequence of messages in Chatfuel. You can see the complete sequence of all the messages you want to send in one overview:
Where the platform lacks is on conditions. It is not possible to make a simple calculation or do some things on logic. This is a drawback because usually, you can make a personalized experience with this feature, which is not possible now.
Moreover, it is possible to make a chatbot in any language, but it is not easy to translate the chatbot to different languages. It is possible, but you need to do it manually (takes a lot of time and duplication) and default phrases (for example if someone is typing a wrong e-mail) cannot be translated.
- BroadcastsSend a message to all or a part of your chatbot users at a specific date and time
- SequencesSend messages on a pre-defined schedule with a certain time interval between those messages
- ConditionsMake checks in your chatbot flow based on if-then logic. For example, if the user has not given their email, ask for their email.
- Multiple languagesIs it possible to create a chatbot in multiple languages?
- Easy to translateCan you translate text to other languages without using a third-party platform and without creating duplicate flows?
AI & NLP
With Chatfuel it is only possible to recognize keywords with your chatbot. Based on a keyword (or a group of keywords) your chatbot gives a certain response.
How it looks in Chatfuel:
It is no possible to grab the intent of the user, use synonyms or use entities.
Also, Chatfuel doesn’t have a direct integration with DialogFlow. But I created a tutorial on how you can connect Chatfuel to Dialogflow yourself.
- KeywordsTrigger chatbot flow based on certain words or phrases a user says to the chatbot.
- IntentsTrigger a chatbot flow by understanding the intent of the user.
- EntitiesCapture specific information from sentences. For example, if a user says "veggie pizza", the chatbot can understand it's not a regular pizza, but a veggie pizza.
- Dialogflow integrationDoes the chatbot platform provide a direct integration with Google's AI Platform?
With Chatfuel, it is possible to create a chatbot on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and your website.
Unfortunately, you cannot merge contacts across channels.
- WebsiteCan you publish your chatbot on your website?
- Can you publish your chatbot on Facebook?
- Can you publish your chatbot on Instagram?
- Can you publish your chatbot on WhatsApp?
- TelegramCan you publish your chatbot on Telegram?
- SMSCan you publish your chatbot on SMS?
- SlackCan you publish your chatbot on Slack?
- SkypeCan you publish your chatbot on Skype?
- Can you publish your chatbot on email?
Chatfuel has a built-in live chat, which is the most important integration of any chatbot platform.
In addition to this, they also provide direct integrations with:
- Make (formerly known as Integromat)
- Google Sheets
If that’s not enough, you can also create your own API calls inside their flow builder and get or send data to other applications.
- LivechatDirect integration with live chat, either via a built-in live chat functionality or a third-party live chat platform.
- ZapierDirect integration with Zapier, one of the largest integration platforms in the world.
- Make (formerly Integromat)Direct integration with Make (formerly Integromat), one of the largest integration platforms in the world.
- Google SheetsDirect integration with Google Sheets, to store or retrieve data from sheets.
- WebhooksCan you call an API inside your chatbot flow to send or get data from other applications?
When it comes to Marketing for chatbots, Chatfuel provides all the possibilities you need.
You can add a Facebook Messenger widget to your website and send pro-active messages based on the URL that users are on. Moreover, you can also create your own landing pages with your Facebook Messenger chatbot.
On Facebook, you can:
- Create Ref URLs that go to a specific chatbot flow
- Automatically reply to Facebook Comments
- Send one-time notifications
- Send Recurring Notifications
- Connect a Facebook ad to your Messenger chatbot
- Send Sponsored Messages via Facebook Messenger
With Instagram, you can:
- Automatically reply to Instagram comments
- Send replies to Instagram users who mentioned your Instagram handle in their Instagram story
And with WhatsApp, you can send WhatsApp message templates.
The only drawback is that Chatfuel doesn’t provide a native website widget.
- Facebook website widgetEmbed your chatbot as a Facebook Widget on your website.
- Native website widgetEmbed your chatbot as a native widget (your own branding & colors) on your website.
- Landing pagesCan you create a simple landing page to drive users to your chatbot?
- Facebook AdsStart a conversation with your chatbot when someone clicks on a Facebook Ad
- One-Time NotificationSend one-time notifications via Facebook Messenger for a topic that a chatbot user has opted-in for
- Facebook comments auto-replyAutomatically reply with your chatbot to users who comment on your Facebook Posts
- Button creatorAdd a button to your website to drive users to your chatbot
- Custom URLs for your chatbotGenerate a simple URL that can be shared anywhere to send users to your chatbot
Chatfuel provides a free plan that gives you access to all the features as long as you stay under 50 subscribers.
The next plan is 15 dollars per month for 500 subscribers and goes up with the number of subscribers you have. 1K subscribers is 20$ per month and 2K subscribers is 30$ per month. To my opinion, really feasible pricing rates.
But, if you really want to step up your chatbot game, they also provide a Premium plan, which gives you VIP support, a dedicated Account Manager, synced cloning and a white-labeled dashboard (the price of this plan is custom made):
- Free trialDoes the chatbot platform provide a free trial?
- Free planDoes the chatbot platform provide a free plan?
- Price per monthWhat is the lowest price per month for creating a chatbot on this platform?15
- Monthly pricing available?Is it possible to pay monthly?
- Money back guaranteeIs there a money-back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the platform?
Chatfuel does really good on Analytics: the most important feature of any chatbot software (without this, don’t use the chatbot software at all!). It provides a clear dashboard showing you the number of users, user retention, user activity, popular blocks, popular buttons and popular messages:
Moreover, it can also show the user input the chatbot did not know an answer to, which allows you to easily improve the answer of your chatbot:
Next to this, you can also see particular statistics of your sequences:
And you can also see the delivered rate, seen rate and click rate of elements in your chatbot flow:
There are only three things it does not have: Conversion rate (but still possible to track certain actions), Fall Back Rate (could be a good improvement) and custom dashboards/reports (not always necessary).
- DashboardDashboard that provides general analytics of your chatbot.
- User inputGet the input from users that your chatbot didn't understand.
- Sent messagesThe number of messages that were sent by your chatbot.
- Open rateThe percentage of chatbot users that opened a message inside your chatbot.
- Click rateThe percentage of chatbot users that click on a button inside your chatbot.
- Conversion rateThe percentage of users that converted through your chatbot. For example, the percentage of users that gave their email address
- Fall back rateThe percentage of interactions where the chatbot did not know an answer to a question.
- Custom dashboards/reportsCan you create your own dashboard or reports?
Chatfuel provides an abandoned cart integration with Shopify. This allows you to send a message to users who put a product in their cart but did’t finish their order. By sending them an abandoned cart message, you can recover that order and increase your sales.
Moreover, it is possible to let users pay directly within your chatbot by using the Stripe integration of Chatfuel.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a direct integration with WooCommerce, but it is still possible to connect with WooCommerce by using Zapier or Integromat.
- PaymentsCollect payments inside your chatbot
- ShopifyDirect integration with Shopify to get products, order information and cart data.
- WooCommerceDirect integration with WooCommerce to get products, order information and cart data.
- Buy directly within the chatbotAbility for chatbot users to buy products or services directly from a chatbot
- Cart abandonmentTrigger messages in the chatbot when a user abandons their cart on a website or inside the chatbot
Templates & Cloning
Chatfuel provides 21 free templates which you can directly install to make your chatbot.
You can also create these templates yourself and easily share them with others using the Share Flow feature in Chatfuel.
Moreover, it is possible to duplicate your chatbot flows and chatbot elements to make your chatbot faster.
- TemplatesHow many pre-built templates does the chatbot platform provide?21
- Make templateCan you make templates yourself?
- Share templateCan you share self-created templates with others?
- Duplicate chatbot flowsIs it possible to duplicate chatbot flows, so you can easily reuse them?
- Duplicate chatbot elementsIs it possible to duplicate chatbot elements, so you can easily reuse them?
It is possible to do A/B testing in Chatfuel, but it is not in the free plan. So you need to upgrade to a “Pro” plan if you want to unlock this feature.
- A/B TestingCan you optimize your chatbot flows by performing A/B tests?
Chatfuel provides tutorials on how to make chatbots on their website, have proper documentation and good customer support.
What I really love about Chatfuel, is that they have a large Facebook community (75.000 members) in which all people are willing to help you when you get stuck.
- TutorialsDoes the chatbot platform provide tutorials on how to use its platform?
- DocumentationDoes the chatbot platform provide documentation on how to use its platform?
- Customer supportDoes the chatbot platform provide customer support?
This is not a section I usually include in my review, but I think it is worth pointing out.
In the Premium plan of Chatfuel, it is possible to have a Whitelabel platform. This feature extremely useful for agencies, because agencies can now act as if they have built their own chatbot software, but in fact it just a white-labeled Chatfuel platform.
I do not know the exact prices of the Premium plan, because they are custom-made, but it is a really promising feature!
So, should you use Chatfuel to create your chatbots?
Yes, you should.
Chatfuel is one of the best chatbot platforms for creating chatbots on Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Especially if you are just starting with creating chatbots.
Chatfuel has a flow builder, lots of chatbot elements, you can collect contact information, a lot of marketing possibilities, many integrations and great analytics. And all this for only $15 a month.