Freshchat is a live chat and chatbot builder for your website, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. But should you use Freshchat to create your chatbots?
Let’s dive in!
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What is Freshchat?
Freshchat is customer messaging software that you can use to put live chat and a chatbot on your website, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Besides this, it is also possible to:
- Create FAQ articles and display these in your chatbot
- Send email marketing campaigns
In this review, I will only focus on the chat side of Freshchat.
If you log in at Freshchat for the first time, you automatically get a quick-start guide, which helps you get started with their platform:
When you’ve set this up, you can see the complete interface of Freshchat showing the latest statistics of your chatbot:
Once you are going to create your chatbot flows, you can use the Visual Flow Builder of Freshchat:
In Freshchat, a chatbot element can be a Text or a Response of your user. The response can be buttons but also free text input:
Moreover, before your chatbot flows go live, you can test your chatbot:
Overall, I think that the interface of Freshchat is easy to use and it is easy to set up your chatbot.
- Visual Flow Builder
- Test chatbot
- Interface easy to use?
- Easy to setup a chatbot?
To be honest, the number of chatbot elements in Freshchat are pretty minimal.
They are missing some important elements, Video and Galleries.
But, they still provide enough elements to create your chatbot!
- Gallery (Horizontal list)
- Vertical list
- Persistent Menu
- Quick Replies
- Free text input
- Location sharing
- Email validation
- Phone number validation
- Date validation
In Freshchat, you can see a complete overview of all the user that talked to your chatbot:
If you click on one of the users, you can see the user details and the last chat they had:
In this overview, you can see that you can easily add custom fields to your users and add tags (called “Conversation labels” in Freshchat).
Moreover, you can also create your own user segments.
- Custom fields
- User segments
Unfortunately, you cannot send broadcasts and sequences with Freshchat.
Also, it is not possible to use conditions in your chatbot flows. And this is a drawback, because this would allow you to create more personalized chatbot experiences.
What I like a lot about Freshchat is that it is really easy to translate your chatbot to multiple languages:
- Multiple languages
- Easy to translate
AI & NLP
With Freshchat, you can understand the intent of the user. You can just provide multiple example questions and Freshchat will automatically learn the intent of the user:
Unfortunately, it is not possible to use Entities in your Freshchat chatbot.
- Dialogflow integration
With Freshchat, you can put a chatbot on 3 channels:
- Your website
- Facebook Messenger
Furthermore, you can also send email campaigns to your users.
Freshchat a built-in live chat, which is the most important integration of any chatbot software:
Furthermore, Freshchat has integration with the other Freshworks products, such as Freshdesk and Freshsales. Additionally, they have integrations with:
- Slack (so you can reply to user questions from your Slack channel)
- Clearbit (to get company information from anonymous visitors)
If this is not enough, you can also create your own webhooks.
- Google Sheets
The marketing possibilities of Freshchat are mostly focused on websites.
It is only possible to put a native widget on your website. You can change the colors and appearance of this widget so that it matches your website’s branding:
A slight drawback is that you cannot set a different greeting message per page on your website.
- Facebook website widget
- Native website widget
- Landing pages
- Facebook Ads
- Facebook comments auto-reply
- Button creator
- Custom URLs for your chatbot
Freshchat provides a free plan that comes with 100 agents, 10.000 unique visitors that can talk with your chat, but only provides access to the live chat (not the chatbot).
If you want to have a chatbot with Freshchat, you need to have the Forest plan of Freshchat.
The Forest Plan costs $69 per agent per month, and comes with 5000 chatbot conversations (called “Freddy sessions”), more channels (Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp) and chatbot analytics:
If these 5000 chatbot conversations are not enough, you can buy extra Freddy sessions for $100 per 1000 sessions:
By the way, if you want to have WhatsApp as a channel it costs $49 per month extra. Also, each plan comes with a 21-day free trial.
- Free trial
- Free plan
- Price per month69
- Monthly pricing available?
- Money back guarantee
Freshchat provides multiple dashboards showing the number of conversations, messages and API calls (click on the images to make them larger):
Also, you can improve the answers of your chatbot easily, because you can see an overview of all the questions your chatbot did not understand:
But the best part is this: with Freddy Self-Service you can create your own custom reports consisting of several widgets:
- User input
- User retention
- Sent messages
- Open rate
- Click rate
- Conversion rate
- Fall back rate
- Volunteer users
- Custom dashboards/reports
Freshchat has a Shopify integration that can send Shopify properties (such as the Order ID) to Freshchat, so one of your live chat agents can help the user more easily.
To me, it is unclear whether you can use these properties also automatically with your chatbot.
- Buy directly within the chatbot
- Cart abandonment
Templates & Cloning
Freshchat doesn’t provide any templates to get started with creating your chatbot. Likewise, you cannot create your own templates and share them with others.
Also, you cannot duplicate your chatbot flows and chatbot elements.
- Make template
- Share template
- Duplicate chatbot flows
- Duplicate chatbot elements
With Freshchat, it is not possible to do any optimization, such as A/B testing.
- A/B Testing
Freshchat has a lot of documentation and tutorials on how you can use their platform.
Moreover, they provide support via live chat and email.
- Customer support
So, should you use Freshchat to create your chatbots?
Yes, I would recommend that.
Freshchat has an easy-to-use visual flow builder, built-in live chat, you can easily translate your chatbot to multiple languages, built-in AI, put your chatbot on 4 channels and advanced chatbot analytics.
But Freshchat also has some drawbacks:
- Limited marketing possibilities
- Cannot use conditions in chatbot flows
- Minimal chatbot elements