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Humanizing Chatbots with Next-Generation AI


Humanizing Chatbots with Next-Generation AI with Koen de Witte, Managing Director, Leadfabric

Chatbot technology in B2B is developing quickly beyond customer experience to becoming an important part of Top of Funnel (TOF) tactics. Join Koen de Witte, Managing Director at Leadfabric, and Drift's exclusive certified partner in Europe, to hear his insights around next-generation Chatbots in the sub-series, Marketing Horizons hosted by Ruth Stevens and Cyndi Greenglass.

Three takeaways:

  • We have to make a distinction between B2B and B2C applications, or complex versus one step selling, for this chatbot technology. They appear to be more suitable to the complex purchase decision environment.
  • Micro conversions move a prospect along step by step and the chatbot is perfectly suited to help with that.
  • Setting expectations is really important. While we’re trying to imitate human-like communication, the reality is it's not a human interaction. If we don't set the expectation appropriately, the customer experience will be negatively impacted.

About our Guest

Koen de Witte

Koen de Witte is one of the leading martech experts in Europe. He runs a martech services company, Leadfabric, that helps B2B companies across Europe select and install the right marketing technology — CRM, campaign automation — to manage their prospecting and current customer marketing efforts efficiently. Leadfabric also offers full demand gen services to clients — in fact, his was the first full-service B2B demand gen agency in Europe, started in 2008. He’s also a leading expert on chatbot technology, being a certified partner of Drift, one of the leading chatbot providers.

Meet the Hosts

Cyndi Greenglass

Cyndi W. Greenglass is a founding partner and president at Livingston Strategies, a data-informed, strategic consulting firm that helps clients develop, execute, and measure their customer communications with a close focus on results. Cyndi has razor-sharp strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Data Marketing Communications online master's degree program from West Virginia University.

Greenglass has twice been named into the Top 100 Influential BTB Marketers by Crain’s BtoB Magazine and was the 2012 CADM Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAND United and has taught, trained and presented at over 50 conferences throughout the world.

Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.

Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.

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