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By Ambit
on October 14, 2021

Everything you need to know about Conversational AI


In this blog we will unpack what conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is, how it works, and how your business can implement it.

If your business is ready to take conversational AI to the next level or you want to learn more about what it can bring to your company, this blog will guide you through everything from the basics of what an ai-powered chatbot is, drill down to benefits that both you and your customers can enjoy, and where this technology can deliver the most value to your business.


Some of the common questions we'll address are:

    • What is conversational AI and how does it work?
    • What is meant by conversational AI?
    • Why is conversational AI important?
    • How do you implement conversational AI?
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on August 30, 2021

We’ve all heard the age-old saying, ‘it’s cheaper to retain a customer than it is to acquire a new one.’

This has never been truer than today where it’s easier than ever for customers to switch KiwiSaver providers. With so many providers available - once a customer is gone, they’re almost impossible to claw back.

By Ambit
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Ambit Launches Conversational AI Platform in AWS Marketplace, Enabling More Businesses to Deploy an AI Chatbot.

By Ambit
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Conversational AI platform Ambit is preparing a Series A raise to support international market validation, expansion, and hiring new team members. 

By Ambit
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Enterprise grade chatbot platform helps businesses deploy a digital assistant to their website.

Auckland, New Zealand - 30 June, 2020 - Vodafone New Zealand today announced an exclusive partnership with Ambit to bring their enterprise grade chatbot platform underpinned by AI and natural language processing, designed to deliver 24/7 personalised customer service, to its contact centre customers across Aotearoa.

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As more and more consumers shop online, businesses must find new and innovative ways to improve the buying experience for end customers. One way to do this is with AI chatbots.

By Tim Warren
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Incorporating AI-powered chatbots into online experiences gives marketers a greater range of options for serving customers – from fast, accurate, and consistent, to more nuanced and empathetic, depending on their need.

By Maja Talevska
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In 2020 approximately 1.8 billion, or 23% of the global population belonged to the millennial generation.

By Tim Warren
on May 20, 2021

As consumers seek out more personalised experiences online, retailers must find strategies for technology to take the volume while people take care of the value.

Forrester predicts more than 25% of all US retail sales to occur online by 2024, a figure which poses a real challenge to retailers to change their business model to deliver world-class customer experiences at that scale.  

By Mark Norman
on April 13, 2021

Chatbots are the talk of the town. They’re one of the hottest topics in the technology world today.

Like any new technology, much of the fact and fiction gets jumbled up. This leads to a number of myths and misconceptions that sway popular opinion, particularly among decision makers.

By Ambit
on March 12, 2021

Release date: 11 March, 2021
Bot name: Lee

Auckland, New Zealand - 12 March, 2020 - Over 160,000 families around the world rely on Little Ones’ expertly crafted programmes to achieve better sleep and nutrition for their children. Parents access their program information, and a pay-walled community called, “The Village” where they chat with other parents and a fully remote, trained team of sleep consultants. 

By Mark Norman
on March 10, 2021

Businesses are now expected to respond to and solve customer queries instantly to ensure customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Customers no longer wait for businesses to respond. They need their answers, and they need them now.

Businesses need to evolve to meet changing customer demands. They also need to scale their operations to cope with the increasing volume of customer engagement through digital channels.

By Mark Norman
on February 23, 2021

The ways customers interact with businesses have drastically changed in previous years.

From the early days of face-to-face interactions, phone calls and contact centres, the customer service experience has evolved exponentially.

Shifts in consumer behaviour and advancements in technology are both catalysts for change.

By Ambit
on February 10, 2021

Experts predict that 85% of customer interactions will be handled without human agents in 2021, the vast majority of those handled by chatbots and virtual assistants.

Why? The traditional means of servicing customers struggle to provide the type of experience that modern consumers demand. Customers now expect a faster, more engaging, and personalised level of service than ever before.

By Mark Norman
on January 26, 2021

Chatbots, or Digital Employee's as they’re also called, is capable of having thousands of simultaneous conversations with a variety of different users.

That’s a lot of information gathered about your customers’ needs and wants.

In a world that’s ruled by data, that information is a golden opportunity to improve the way you interact and engage with both potential and existing customers.

By Mark Norman
on July 20, 2020

As consumer behaviours change and become more digitally orientated, retailers must evolve the way they interact with and support their customers, or risk being left behind.

Leading retailers are turning to artificial intelligence and automation to streamline customer service processes amidst a growing increase in digital-based customer enquiries.

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on May 12, 2020

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on May 06, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly thrust digital transformation to the forefront of business needs.

By Ambit
on March 20, 2020

Ambit has made available a COVID-19 advice chatbot at cost. This will be centrally maintained and updated as required. Various options are available. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

By Ambit
on December 18, 2019

Ambit recently featured in NZ Business Magazine where Tim Dacombe-Bird, NZ Country Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), was interviewed. He calls out Ambit as an example of a Kiwi tech startup achieving rapid growth and success leveraging AWS services in the build of our leading Conversational AI platform.

By Ambit
on December 10, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - December 10, 2019 - Parents will soon get easier access to advice provided by clinical psychologists Nigel Latta and Natalie Flynn thanks to a new partnership with New Zealand tech company Ambit. The relationship will see Ambit’s conversation platform used in the new Parentland app to be launched early next year.

By Ambit
on November 08, 2019

Ambit Co-founder, Josh Comrie, recently sat down with AI Time Journal to share his insights on how enterprises can start their Conversational AI strategies by identifying the pain points in their business processes and interact with their customers using virtual agents and chatbots.

By Ambit
on November 01, 2019

Auckland, 1 November 2019 – Technology Investment Network (TIN) has named Ambit one of the top ten most promising NZX Early Stage Companies featured in this year’s TIN Report, launched at a gala awards event in Auckland.

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on September 16, 2019

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By Ambit
on September 11, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

A chatbot’s personality forms the basis for the “human” user experience. From start to finish, the way a bot says hello and the way it responds to our frustrations can be phrased in many different ways. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Millennials — yeah, those young, entitled and easily offended people you see on their phones 24/7 who use different acronyms every quarter (I think this one is GOAT; “Greatest Of All Time”) and still live with their parents.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has made a change that fundamentally shifts the offering of financial advice in New Zealand enabling personalised robo-advice. This move allows for comprehensive disruption of the sector via new and innovative means of delivering advice.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

With the elections behind us, and a newly installed government making pledges to spend taxpayer dollars, it’s time to discuss how AI will fundamentally change one of the biggest issues we face as a society right now. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Chatbots in the West are a relatively new phenomenon.

Facebook launched their chatbot platform for Messenger in April 2016, shortly after Microsoft announced support for chatbots in Skype.  Apple was even later to the party, announcing their Business Chat platform a few months ago.

However, as is more often becoming the norm, the West was soundly beaten by the East in this innovation.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Trust. The key to a perfect relationship. In a world where knowledge is power, consumers are more and more concerned with their data. (Emphasis on the ‘their’).

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

I just watched the film “Multiplicity” from back in the 90s.

It’s a story about a guy who had too much on his plate. Menial activities like work and admin kept him away from his wife, his family, and other things he was passionate about.

So when he found a way to clone himself, he proceeded to do just that. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Our Bot Maturity Model will help you navigate a bot’s development.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

I love tech. I live and breathe it; from my meditation device that tracks my heart-rate variability, to my heavy app consumption, to the amazing drift button in my car. I love the sweet sauce it brings to my life. To support it, I’ve invested in over 20 hi-tech businesses and grown countless others. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

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By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

That’s an obviously nonsensical leading statement. Why on earth would you build your own CRM in today’s everything-as-a-service world? You just wouldn’t, would you? Not now anyway — 20 and score years ago, you probably would have, but not any longer. 

So, in the same vein, why would you build your own Conversational AI Platform? 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Negotiations are a part of our everyday life.

From negotiating with your boss for a higher salary to negotiating with your two-year-old to finish her food, negotiations dictate the big and small decisions of our lives.

Negotiations require knowledge, lin

guistic expertise, tactic, and emotion. It is a part of our daily social interaction which makes it an inherently human/biological trait.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

The future is bright for Conversational AI, despite its tentative progress: people overhype innovation when it first arrives but underestimate it once progressed over a few years. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Unless you’ve been actively ignoring it, or live in Pyongyang, I suspect you’ll have either read, heard about or seen the naysaying predictions about how AI is going to replace humans, and do us all out of a job. The truth is that none of us really know. The future is literally imaginary. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

In an interview with Tim Warren, CEO and Co-Founder of Ambit, we explore the reasons integrating digital employees into your workforce will help you reduce costs, accelerate your teams’ productivity, and deliver unrivaled customer experience.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Chatbots, AI, and finance. There is something exciting about being at the very beginning of a new era in technology. I’ve been here before. I was one of the first staff members of an Internet company, Qbik, in 1996. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

When you hear the term ‘chatbot’ you’re probably thinking about janky, unreliable experiences which clutter website interfaces.

We’ve all been frustrated by digital conversations had with someone that is clearly non-human.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

After helping over 100 NZ organisations design chatbots – we’ve learnt a thing or two!

Here are my top tips for creating a great human-centred chatbot.

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Chatbots provide a new kind of user interface to computer software. Rather than navigating with menus and buttons on a mobile or desktop device, a user has a conversation with a bot. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Tower Insurance officially announced their chatbot, Charlie, into the world. I have been an integral part of Charlie’s growing up process and I can’t wait to share the excitement!

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Using machine learning hides what the software is really doing, but maybe that’s nothing new…

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and in particular machine learning, is getting no shortage of mainstream media coverage these days. 

By Ambit
on July 22, 2019

Context is everything. You don’t just walk up to someone and just start telling them about your new mobile phone deal or that Gartner predicts people will talk to bots more than their spouse by 2020. 

By Ambit
on July 17, 2019

Emerging technologies are shaping every single aspect of the way any modern business operates. So, it’s not a big surprise that chatbots are becoming an essential content marketing tool. Intelligent bots literally take content creation and distribution to the next level.