Bots help build useful workflows and reduce the amount of typing significantly. That’s why the GroupMe platform advises users to make bots for their groups.
They can solve simple problems and offer quick solutions to help you implement decision trees in all kinds of conversations. In this article, we’ll dive into the process of adding bots to GroupMe groups and discuss the different types of bots you might need.
There are several ways to make a bot, but GroupMe developers recommend this one . The first thing you need to do is make a new GroupMe group and register a new bot.
Here’s how it’s done:
1. Open Developer Website
Open your browser and visit the page https://dev.groupme.com . It will direct you to a GroupMe developer website that allows you to create a GroupMe bot.
2. Find Options
Once you’re on the website, look for a small black box in the top-right corner of the page. After clicking, it will show a list of available features in a drop-down menu.
Among Tutorials and Code, Status, Applications, and Log In, there will be a Bots button.
Select Bots, and you’ll be directed you to a login page.
3. Log In
If you don’t have a GroupMe account, you need to make it before accessing the page.
In case you are a member of the GroupMe community, log in with your credentials, and open your GroupMe account.
After the login, you’ll get a four-digit PIN to verify your account. Once you enter it, you’ll be able to continue to the bot creation form.
4. Create a Bot
Now you that you’ve logged in, find the page that lists any bots connected to your account. There you’ll see an orange button – Create Bot.
After clicking, you’ll see a bot form to fill in, and adjust to your group’s needs.
- The first option asks you to Choose the group for the bot to work in, and you need to select the group name from the fall-down menu.
- The second option is to name your bot.
- Next, you need to enter an URL for your bot to receive and “listen” to messages in the field.
- Lastly, you need to enter Avatar URL associated with your bot.
Once you’ve filled in the form, press Submit. This way, your GroupMe bot is created, and it will appear in the designated GroupMe chat.
Test Your Bot
Now that you’ve made it through these steps, check if there’s a confirmation message that the bot is in your group. One of the options, and the last stage of this process, is to give it its first assignment. It can be a short message or an announcement to confirm that you did everything right.
Types of Bots
Once you have your bot up and running, you might think about where your bot might be most useful and what you need it for. Think about whether you want your bot to post in the group or to deal with chat interactions.
If you analyze your GroupMe group stats and see how many members it has and how they interact, you’ll get the answers pretty fast.
Bots for Interaction and Posting
If you need a bot to interact with several people or post content for a small group of people, it makes sense to get one that can post and respond to comments or potential mentions. That way, it will keep the conversation going and encourage people to comment on your posts more.
However, if your bot needs to remind people about an event or something immediate that needs to have a quick response, you need to have one that supports short conversations. Some group members might even need to interact with it in private. For that, it needs to have built-in scripts.
Note that when a lot of members have the same inquiry about a group announcement, the helpdesk bot can repeat it as many times as necessary. They can appear as push notifications and post news as soon as it becomes available.
Bots are changing the way we interact with machines and could be used to improve user experience. Now you know how to add GroupMe bots to your groups, you can ensure that your posts are visible and that everyone gets regular updates.
Do you know other ways to create a bot? Have you made one before? Tell us more about it in the comments section below!