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Unilever's Monkey

Unilever's fully AI-driven chatbot delivers daily jokes.

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Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
Hi all, proud to submit our latest bot to Product Hunt! Monkey's AI-driven chatbot is an extremely rewarding project. We had the pleasure of working with some of the world's largest brands and release something fun, engaging, and entertaining for a great charity event - Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. I am happy to answer any questions about the chatbot, the AI, or the company that built it - ubisend.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@alexdebecker how are you approaching getting distribution? What are the goals of launching this bot?
Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
@chrismessina Hey Chris. Unilever and their teams are handling distribution. As you can imagine, working with such a global brand means we are quite restricted in how we're able to promote the bot. To answer your question, they are mainly doing print advertising (magazines and banners/takeovers) in shops and train stations around London. They are also approaching consumer press. The goal is around retention and building awareness for Comic Relief and Red Nose Day. The Monkey chatbot is aiming to raise 1 million laughs, and these laughs come from the jokes he sends every day to each user. Did you try it yourself? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@alexdebecker signed up! We'll see how good the jokes are tomorrow! :)
Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
@chrismessina Awesome :) Try and have a chat with it as well if you get a minute, I'd love your feedback on the conversational aspects!
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@alexdebecker he ended up being more informational than funny when I asked him about green tea... lol. "Well friend, green tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis. The reason it tastes, smells and looks so unique comes down to the way the leaves are treated. As soon as they’ve been harvested, the leaves are steamed to stop them oxidising and turning brown. Crikey, sounds like thirsty work!"
Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
@chrismessina haha, he is a knowledgeable fella :)
Dean Withey
Maker
@deanwithey
Whoop ;) was a fun project this one. Grats to all involved.
This Tenqyu Life@thistenqyulife · founder, tenqyu
Cool bot. Must have been a fun project. I wonder how this adds value to their line of business though? Let's say @DropinIn (https://twitter.com/DropinIn) recommends events, shouldn't their bot recommend dishwasher liquid or recipe's ?
Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
@thistenqyulife Thank you for the kind words. The value was around exposure and something fun for Red Nose Day. Every year they do something new that involves Monkey in some way (last year Monkey floated down London's river Thames, IIRC). This year they thought turning Monkey into an interactive chatbot would be cool, so ubisend took on the project.
This Tenqyu Life@thistenqyulife · founder, tenqyu
@alexdebecker sounds fantastic. Tomorrow I will be at an IBM connect event applying Watson-tech to chatbots. Is that some technology you are working with as well?
Alex Debecker
Maker
@alexdebecker · CMO, ubisend
@thistenqyulife Nope, haven't used Watson. Have you? Let us know how it is.