Do More in Less Time With These Bots
Business owners are asked to do a lot and are often juggling multiple different responsibilities or roles within their business -- if not all of them. While this isn’t something you can avoid as an aspiring entrepreneur, it is something you can minimize with the help of bots.
Today, bots allow business owners the opportunity to automate some of the simple, basic, and time-consuming tasks that distance you from what’s truly important. They’re easy to integrate into your existing daily operations and are scalable to meet your growing business’ needs.
When most business owners hear the term ‘bots,’ they immediately think of chatbots -- which continue to rise in popularity. Sure, chatbots are certainly one type of bot that you can utilize on a daily basis, but it’s far from the only type of bot that exists today.
In fact, you already utilize bots without thinking about it. Whether you’re using the voice assistant on your phone or one of the many home automation systems available today, bots are already making a significant impact in your personal life.
Now it’s time to make that same impact with your professional life. You’d be surprised at all the ways bots can help you do more in less time -- that’s why we’re going to detail seven of the most popular bots being used with online stores today.
Let’s get started!
1. Shoppy Bot
How much time do you spend researching, crunching numbers, recording, and managing all the reports that tell you how well your business is doing for any period of time?
For most business owners, this takes up a lot of their time each month, but what if there was a way to have these reports automatically created and organized for you? Better yet, what if accessing these reports was as easy as sending a text message to a bot?
Enter Shoppy Bot.
All you have to do is ask this bot a question and it automatically does all the research needed. Before you know it, you’re given an answer so you can continue on with your day. No gimmicks, no effort, just answers. (Oh, and it’s free)
2. Simple Shop Automation
Simple Shop Automation is another free bot, but instead of searching reports and data, it performs administrative tasks to help you easily manage your online store.
The great thing about Simple Shop Automation is it is fully customizable to your business’ needs. You define a set amount of criteria beforehand, including the ability to set multiple conditions, and the bot does everything else for you.
For example, it can temporarily hide certain products from your online store when it’s sold out, alert you when you’re running low on product, and even fetch you daily sales reports. These are all tasks you would have to do yourself, but Simple Shop Automation saves you the time.
We like to call this bot a ‘bridge’ bot because it helps integrate apps and plugins that wouldn’t normally integrate by themselves. If you’re someone who’s constantly shifting from one app to the next, this is the bot for you.
When you connect two apps together, you can easily automate repetitive tasks without needing to know a bunch of code or needing a developer to help you. All you do is take an event from one app, tell Zapier what you want to happen once that event is triggered, and then this bot does the rest.
For those that don’t need a ‘bridge’ bot, it’s always good to keep this in the back of your idea list. Since the business world is constantly changing, you never know when you might need it. It has free options, but can also cost as much as $100 per month for the best experience.
How often do you see customers leave your online store with items still in their cart? This is frustrating because you never truly know when you’re going to see that customer again -- if you’ll see them again.
With ShopMessage, you can -- at the very least -- urge your customers to return to their cart and complete their purchase or simply remind them that they’re still shopping. It’s the perfect way to turn an abandoned cart into a completed purchase.
It works through Facebook Messenger and automatically sends a customized and personalized message to the customer when they leave items in their cart. Doing this automatically means you don’t have to lift a finger -- just watch the sales grow.
While it does have premium options, there is a free option for new business owners looking to save money. And don’t worry, it details how much money it’s making you by tracking the purchases it completes.
This is a bot that’s very similar to the ShoppyBot we discussed earlier. It specializes in making sure business owners have access to their online store’s data, insights, analytics, and reports whenever and wherever they need it.
One thing we like about NumbersBot is how well it adapts to your business. The more you interact with it, ask it questions, and go through your day-to-day business, the more useful and robust it becomes.
There’s a $9.99 per month fee attached to it, but it’s well worth the investment if you want to save time each and every day.
6. Social Share Bot
Most business owners are so busy with their day-to-day schedules that managing their social media accounts is impossible. Not only is it difficult to find the time to create content and post it for your customers to see, but it’s difficult to find the time to respond to them when they interact with you.
Failure to do either of these things puts your business at a disadvantage. Luckily, the Social Share Bot makes it easy to manage all your social media accounts in one place. It costs as low as $3 per month, but it also has a 5-day free trial if you’d like to give it a try before purchasing.
For those that aren’t very social media savvy, Social Share Bot is ready to serve you on a daily basis.
7. Kit Bot
The final bot we’re going to mention is called Kit. It’s a bot that specializes in online marketing, which is perfect for the business owners that aren’t too experienced in this sector -- much like the Social Share Bot.
Kit is prepared to do a lot for your business, including social media ads, sending emails to customers, creating and monitoring discount codes, and so much more. It’s free if you have a Shopify store and has in-app purchases to enhance your experience with it.
The great thing about the seven bots we mentioned above is that you can use a combination of them to get the most out of your time-saving mission. If you need help navigating these bots or implementing them into your day-to-day operations, contact Consultants In-A-Box today.
We’re excited to help you do more in less time, that way you can effectively grow your business.
- Jordan VanMaanen