“Imagine texting a number to order pizza and having it delivered without ever talking to a real human — that's what bots are all about. Specifically, a bot is an application that performs an automated task, such as setting an alarm, telling you the weather or searching online.”
“ChurchBot lets you find out about what’s happening in your church using Facebook Messenger. You can ask it questions like “who is on music next week” or “what it mark's mobile” and ChurchBot will respond.”
I was interested to discover that ChurchBot was created to solve the problem of Gen Y's not reading emails. Bruce, the maker of ChurchBot said:
“We ran some trials with SMS and the costs added up a bit. I noticed my kids using Facebook Messenger all the time so looked and discovered that Facebook had just launched a person-to-organisation capability. It started with sending reminders, I then then picked up the AI and ran from there.”
The response has been really positive:
“The Gen Y's love it, and in a few cases have become the go-to person in their households when parents want to check rosters quickly. It's been a big hit with staff for making contact with people – we keep our Elvanto in good shape so it's a trustworthy source of contact, demographic and family info.”
I haven't had a chance to test it out yet with my church, but it looks promising.