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It is common to find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to get your loved ones. As there are countless things available in the market, the choices become overwhelming. Sometimes, you are in a hurry and don’t want to spend a large portion of your time looking for the right gift.
According to the developer of Ask Leonard, this isn’t going to be a problem. It is a chatbot designed to help people find the best gifts. It uses information such as values, interests, and personality of the person you want to purchase a present. Ask Leonard has a large database, which allows it to suggest a wide variety of products to your loved one.
On paper, this looks like a great idea, but how will it translate in real-life scenarios?
Ask Leonard is a chatbot available on Facebook Messenger. At present, it isn’t available on any other platform. You need to select “Get Started,” found at the bottom of the screen, which allows the bot to start communicating with you.
The chatbot informs you that it doesn’t have the necessary programming to answer complex questions. If you try to provide replies, the bot won’t be able to follow the conversation. Fortunately, there is always the option to restart the chat. You can perform this task by selecting “Restart dialog,” which is available on the menu. The chatbot also informs you to not wait for more than 10 minutes to answer its question. It claims that the server will restart, due to which, it won’t be able to continue the conversation.
Now that you have all the information you need about this chatbot, let’s dive in to see how it performs. When conversing with the bot, you will find the following options in its menu:
- Other relationship
The chatbot wants to know your relationship with the person for whom you want to purchase a gift. It will ask a series of questions so that it gets to know this individual. The first question is whether the person is a male or a female. Next, it will ask you why you want to get the gift. The choices are as follows:
- Bridal/Stag Party
- House warming
- Valentine’s day
- Other event
You also have to provide the age of the individual, after which it will ask you to pick a style, which suits the person the most. Given below are some of the options available in the menu:
- Other style
Once you complete this task, the next step is to describe the person with 15 words. It can be the job of the person, favorite animal, art form, beverage, personal qualities, landscape, food, sports, bands, and core values, to name a few.
The last question is your budget before it starts to look for items that meet the personality of the individual. Ask Leonard will inform you when certain products are above your budget. Depending on what you type, the bot will suggest items that the loved one will like. For every product, the chatbot will provide a description.
For instance, if the bot suggests an instant camera, it will tell you why you should purchase it. Depending on what you select, the chatbot will redirect you to a platform, where you can order the product.
If you still think the suggestions won’t make your loved one happy, then you should take the personality quiz. The chatbot will ask another round of questions to know more about the person. For instance, it will find out if he/she is an introvert, whether he/she likes humor, and if he/she likes new experiences.
Once you provide answers to these questions, the chatbot will suggest a list of products. The bot follows the same pattern and shows items you can purchase. If you want to start again, you can select “Restart,” which is found at the end of the conversation.
When you face a problem, you can report the issue to the developer. You also have the option of suggesting gifts to the chatbot, so that it can improve its results in the future.
After using Ask Leonard for quite some time, one thing is clear; the chatbot works as intended. When it comes to looking for gifts, the bot makes your life easy. All you have to do is answer a series of questions, after which the bot will give you suggestions. For each product, there is a detailed description, which gives you a better idea about whether you should purchase a specific item. If you are not happy with the results, you can take the personality quiz. You can also make suggestions, which helps the bot immensely.
If you want to use this chatbot to look for a gift, check out the links given below:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AskLeonardBot/
Facebook Messenger – m.me/AskLeonardBot
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