Why This CEO Jumped On Board With Facebook’s Chatbot

When Chris McCann, president and chief executive officer of 1-800-Flowers.com, was sitting in the F8 keynote with Mark Zuckerberg, he had no idea Zuckerberg would be including 1-800 Flowers in the presentation. The reason 1-800-Flowers.com was everywhere in the press is the announcement of the chatbot release. 1-800-Flowers.com has always been on the brink of technology innovation. They were the first to allow customers to call them to make an order for delivery in the early ’80s. They were the first retail company to have an e-commerce presence on the web in 1992 when they partnered with AOL. Now they are one of the first to take advantage of the Facebook chatbot release. Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences. 1-800-Flowers.com uses a few different technologies to run its large e-commerce operation that includes brands such as Harry & David and seven more.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • Understand the process of launching the Facebook chatbot for 1-800-Flowers.com.
  • How 1-800-Flowers.com ensures the quality of suggestions delivered by the chatbot
  • Learn about 1-800-Flowers.com customer service strategy

Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, author of More Is More, and keynote speaker. Sign up for her weekly newsletter here. Go farther and create knock your socks-off customer experiences in your organization by enrolling in her new Customer Experience School.

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