Guidelines for FAQ bot
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Unstructured FAQ IVA guideline
Definition: FAQs stand for frequently asked questions. Adding general FAQs to your bot is a great way to ensure that users receive answers to most of their basic questions alongside the more detailed user journeys that you have built.
- Download the FAQ guideline linked here to add and structure all your FAQs.
- Always have follow-up QR options. Your user should have a way to move forward in the conversation.
- Ensure that the content is adapted for a chat. If required convert lengthy text into lists, interactive carousels, images, or even link a video if needed.
- Ensure that all your steps have been sufficiently trained so that your bot can answer correctly. You can go through the user message guidelines here.
- To upload a large number of FAQs at once, you may use the bulk upload feature. However, make sure that all good conversation designer practices like follow-ups are implemented within your content.
- Ensure that follow-up feedback doesn’t jump in too early and obscure your follow up QRs. Remember: QRs aren’t persistent.
- Sanitise all data - Create separate intents out of user queries
- Make sure that your answer is generic. Don’t have any ultra-specific introductions like “Yes that’s a lovely question” before your answer begins.
Other important considerations
Example 1: If your bot is a bot for logged-in users - Can you reuse information from the signed-in profile to avoid repetition? Example 2: If your user has previously mentioned their name, can you reuse it elsewhere?
Give directional cues to the user
Does your user always have a backup option to come back to the menu if they get lost during the journey?
Handle free form queries
Has your bot been trained to handle free-form questions related to the main use cases?
Example: For an Insurance Product recommendation bot, do you provide basic information about the product in freeform like “Will I get free training”