Blog Posts About Conversational Interfaces

Design Social Media Chatbots to Improve Sales Team Success

Innovation and automation have become guiding principles for agile businesses looking to inject disruptive technologies into their workflows. One such disruption that has proven to be a game changer in recent years is the Artificial Conversational Entity, otherwise known as the chatbot. While AI-driven technology is not a new concept, businesses have found much more […]
What does bad VUI look like and how to avoid it

What does bad VUI look like? How to avoid it

Here are some suggestions for how to avoid losing customers with bad VUI.   Just like those frustrating phone menus that never seem to offer the option you’re looking for, bad VUI offers a menu list that is long, confusing and off-target. Keep options short and to the point.   Open ended questions can lead […]
Some Challenges Designing for Voice

Some Challenges to Designing for Voice

As opportunities to use VUI expand, challenges are inevitable as are questions.   Accessibility What does accessibility mean when it comes to voice experiences? What are the considerations for those who cannot speak or whose speech does not interact well with VUI? What about those with hearing loss?   Platforms Much like the future of […]
Why you should care about VUI

Why should you care about VUI?

User expectations are changing and adoption of VUI will only increase. As adoption increases, voice experiences will become more of a gatekeeper to accessing certain customer segments. Without VUI, you may not be able to reach some of the customers you want to reach as those customers will come to expect the convenience and delight […]

Trends in VUI

Machine learning continues to drive improvements in voice technology. Error rates in voice and speech recognition are continually dropping. Eventually, our technology may get to the point where it hears and responds as well as humans.   Narrow AI vs. General Intelligence Narrow AI (artificial intelligence), also known as weak AI, is where we are […]

Basic Principles for Designing VUI

VUI (voice user interface) comes with a set of expectations from users. The give and take of conversation is cooperative and intuitive. Talking with VUI should be, too. Options, but not too many It’s helpful to give users information about what they can do. Keep them from getting lost by offering several options as a […]

VUI and User Delight

What are Users Looking For in Voice Experiences? Designing for voice is not simply designing for screen and adding voice. It requires completely rethinking the information architecture. There are design challenges, but also opportunities to delight each user. When it works well, VUI (voice user interface) can be fun as well as informative. Traditional screen […]

Upgrading User Experience with Conversational UX

The concept of using virtual assistants and chatbots on business websites and social media platforms is becoming less of an option and more of an expectation. Companies now actively use these tools when interacting with their customers and engaging them in conversations. Natural-language interactions have become an essential part of the development of smart applications […]