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How to create your own Telegram chatbot

Jeremy DSouza
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How to create your own Telegram chatbot

In January 2021, Telegram announced that it reached 500 million monthly active users. By 2022, it expects to cross a billion users. 

In a world where privacy is a major concern, Telegram has made explicit attempts to protect its users’ data. That’s why it’s got an astoundingly loyal user base.

Due to its focus on privacy and security, consumers all over the world are shifting towards the app. That gives your business a great opportunity to engage with customers on a platform where they feel safe and comfortable.

But, how do you engage and support your customers at scale on Telegram? 

By creating an intelligent Telegram chatbot that can automate the resolution of your queries!


Table of Contents
1. How can your business use a Telegram chatbot?
2. How do you create a chatbot for Telegram?
3. How does Larsen & Toubro use it's Telegram chatbot? (Case study)

What can your business use your Telegram chatbot for?

Marketing 

An AI-driven telegram chatbot can help you deliver personalized marketing messages to your prospects and even help you upsell your current customers.

You can use your telegram bot to broadcast messages about promotional offers and new arrivals. You can even drive targeted marketing campaigns over your chatbot.

Your NLP-driven chatbot can even help you generate leads. You can collect customer details and auto-populate them in spreadsheets.

By creating a Telegram chatbot, you even make it easier for customers to make reservations, book appointments and set up demos.

All your customers need to do is select the time that works for them, provide their details and they’ll have it scheduled.

Customer support

Here’s where your bot truly shines. 

As your business grows, the number of customer queries coming in increase exponentially. It would take too much of your agents’ time and energy for them to handle every single request manually.

About 80% of the queries that come in are repetitive. They don’t warrant personal attention.

Imagine being a customer support agent and being subjected to the torture of answering every single one of these queries. What would feel like after answering the same question for 17 different customers in a single day?

You’d probably be frustrated beyond belief by the time you’re done answering it the 4th time. By the 7th request you’re screaming internally. And by the 10th time, you’re fighting a losing battle with the part of you that wants to leave your desk and go live as a hermit.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to come to this.

Your Telegram chatbot can take care of all these repetitive requests, without the slightest delay.

Now your agents will only have to handle complicated customer queries that call for personal attention.

Your agents won’t need to worry about automation taking over their jobs. Rather, automation will help them perform their jobs in a better manner. It will help them focus on higher level work, on solving complex problems rather than getting bogged down with mundane, repetitive queries.

Sales

Whether you’re an e-commerce store, an insurance agency, or anything in the middle, a Telegram chatbot can help you drive sales and collect payments!

It allows you to display your offerings, nurture your leads, and answer all the last minute questions that may pop up in your prospects’ minds.

Why force your customers to make the effort of visiting your website and browsing your offerings?

Saying that users are more comfortable with Telegram is an understatement. A lot of them are absolutely obsessed with the app.

Why do you think Amazon is phenomenally successful? They’re all about reducing customer effort. It’s what customers love about them. 1-Click purchases make their lives so much easier.

Apply the same philosophy to your business.

Your customers spend their time on Telegram. Simplifying the customer journey by allowing them to make purchases from you over Telegram itself would make it so much easier for them to do business with you.

‘The easier you make it for people to do something, the more they’ll do it’

Sharing content

Whether you’re creating marketing content or running a publication, Telegram can help you get your content out to people who’d benefit from it.

Ever heard of the Create Once Publish Everywhere philosophy?

As the name suggests, it focuses on publishing a single piece of content on as many channels as necessary. While publishing it in the exact same format might not be the best idea, you could tweak the content as necessary for different audiences on different channels.

Telegram chatbots can help you expand the reach of your content. 

Your bots empower you to send your content out in the form of links, documents, pictures and videos over Telegram, at scale.

The Wall Street Journal uses this strategy to push their articles out to their audience over Facebook Messenger chatbots.

Since your audience prefers Telegram, it might be worth engaging them by sharing content that they’d be interested in over your Telegram bot.

Employee Engagement

Employees have questions that, when left unanswered, impact the quality of their work. The good news is that a lot of these questions don’t need to be answered personally.

Onboarding can be automated to a large extent with an HR chatbot. Even payroll related queries can be handled be a bot, with the more complex ones being routed to live agents.

With the shift towards remote work, HR bots have increased in importance. Employees don’t have to chance to just run into HR at work. They can’t just stroll up to the HR manager and have their queries answered.

And though they have the option to send an email, it may not be answered as soon as they’d like it to be.

HR chatbots become particularly useful when it comes to change management. When organizations go through changes, employees are left confused. They need clarity.

The influx of questions is too great for the HR team to handle manually. That’s where a Telegram HR chatbot comes in.

Tracking orders 

After a customer places an order, they’ve just got 1 thought floating through their minds, “Where is my shipment?”.

It practically makes us anxious.

But logging into your e-commerce portal or even downloading your mobile app is just too much effort. Besides, most apps get deleted within 48 hours of being installed.

However, your customers love Telegram. 

The best way to ease the anxiety they face is to provide tracking updates and information over your Telegram chatbot.

How do you create a Telegram chatbot?

We’re going to break this down into three sections.

1. How to create a basic chatbot

2. How to configure advanced bot capabilities

3. How to deploy your chatbot on Telegram

Let’s get started.

1. How to create a basic chatbot

Engati has made it easy for you to create a basic chatbot in a few minutes. 

Our bot creation wizard streamlines the entire process, allowing you to set your bot up in no time. It even shows you the areas that you should fine tune later.

First off, you need to add the basic details for your bot. This would include the name, description, and the category that your chatbot would fall under.

Creating a basic chatbot


Now, you don’t need to build your chatbot from scratch.

Engati allows you to build your chatbot using a range of template chatbots, designed for various use-cases.

You can find template chatbots for lead generation, HR, e-commerce, and many other use cases. Instead of making the effort to build a whole new bot, you can simply use these template chatbots as a base layer and customize them to your requirements.

Use chatbot templates to build your bot


After choosing your template, you can configure the look and feel of your bot for your website with themes, fonts, and other options. You can deploy your chatbot on other channels after the initial setup is completed.

Set up your chatbots on multiple channels

Now, choose to enable live chat in order to get the perfect blend of automation and the human touch.

Telegram Live Chat setup


It’s now time for you to customize the welcome path for your chatbot. You can even set up FAQs really quickly in this step.

Set up conversational intelligence in chatbots


Guess what. You’ve just created your own chatbot.

All that’s left to do is quickly review your bot… and configure it’s advanced capabilities.

2. How to configure advanced bot capabilities

Now that you’ve created a basic chatbot, it’s time to take it to the next level. These are the ones that truly set your bot apart.

Let’s get started!

Languages

Only 26% of internet users even understand basic English. And since Telegram has large userbases in countries where English isn’t the most popular language, it makes sense to reach customers in their own language.

Engati allows you to engage your customers over chatbots and live chat in 50+ languages. These include, but are not limited to, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, and Right-to-Left (RTL) languages like Arabic.

To set up multilingual chatbots, select a bot, navigate to the ‘Configure’ section, go to ‘Languages’, and click on ‘Enable’.

Now just choose the language from the dropdown list, download the language keys, edit them and reupload them.

Creating Telegram chatbots in Hindi, Portuguese and Arabic

Data collection

If you’re using your bot to generate leads, you might as well have the data stored and organized automatically too.

When you integrate your Engati chatbot with Google Sheets, you’ll be able to add data to the sheets, update the data and even retrieve the data automatically.

Scheduling appointments

Your chatbot can help customers book appointments, consultations, and product demos.

By integrating your chatbot with Google Calendar, you’ll be able to pull the available time slots and allow your customers to schedule their sessions.

Payments 

By integrating your Engati chatbot with Stripe and other payment gateways, you’ll be able to drive sales and collect payments directly over your Telegram chatbot.

Live Chat 

Engati offers you a power-packed, integrated solution that gives you both - speed and personalization.

It merges automation and live chat into a single solution. 

But it gets even better.

You can even integrate Engati Live Chat with your ticketing and CRM systems, including Salesforce, Zendesk, and Freshdesk .

Third-party integrations

Your Telegram chatbot can also be integrated with other platforms using Zapier and JSON API integrations.

3. How to deploy your chatbot on Telegram

Deploying your chatbot on Telegram is rather easy.

In the Engati portal, go to the deploy workflow. Select Telegram from the list of channels.

Now, enter the Bot Father link (https:/telegram.me/botfather) in your browser or open the Telegram app and search for ‘Bot Father’ in the search field on the top of the chat page.

The Bot Father will send you a list of commands that you can use to set up your chatbot.

Telegram Bot Father commands

To create a new Telegram bot, enter “/newbot”.

Telegram newbot command

Now, you need to select a name for your bot.

Telegram bot name

After you select a name, its time for you to choose a username for your Telegram bot. This username must end with “bot”.

Telegram bot username

Once you’ve chosen a username for your bot, the Bot Father will provide you with an access token. 

Telegram bot API access token

Copy this access token, head over to the Engati Portal and go to Deploy -> Telegram and paste it in the Access Token field.

Telegram bot set up


Just hit save and your bot is ready to be used on Telegram.

It’s that simple. That’s all it takes to make and deploy a bot on Telegram.

Case-study: Here’s how Larsen & Toubro uses their Telegram chatbot

Larsen & Toubro has over 3,30,000 employees. With a workforce that large, it’s hard to engage your employees, answer their questions, and get progress updates from them.

It realized that it needed to engage it’s employees over a chatbot. And, of course, it chose Engati.

It loved how easy it was to use the Engati platform. In fact, L&T managed to build it’s entire integrated solution on it’s own, using Engati’s easy drag and drop conversational modeler with minimal intervention from Engati’s bot building experts.

In order to strengthen its connection with its employees, L&T decided to opt for a multichannel approach to communicate with them

It deployed it’s AI-driven chatbot on both - Telegram and WhatsApp.

The bot is deployed at different construction sites to improve the communication between the on -site workers and off- site project managers. The remote workers send out daily reports to their managers through this bot by answering basic questions asked by the bot. Sending/ updating daily reports through the bot did not only save remote workers time but it also made it much easier for project managers to track the progress on a number of projects.  

To make it’s employees’ lives even easier, it launched it’s chatbots in English as well as Hindi.

Create your Telegram chatbot

Now it’s time for you to build your own Telegram chatbot and engage your customers over the chat channel they prefer, in the language they prefer. Start now!

Ps. Route the complex customer queries to your live agents. Try Engati Live Chat with unlimited agents, free for 30 days!

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