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Here’s How You Measure the ROI from Chatbots

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IBM reports that globally businesses spend over $1.3 trillion/year to handle roughly 265 billion customer calls. Chatbots spring up to minimize the expenditure on handling customer queries, especially the most redundant ones.

It’s quite common for businesses to assess the return on investment before adopting new technology.

However, ROI from chatbots may vary according to the purpose it serves. For example, an insurance chatbot ROI differs from that of an HR chatbot. Here are certain parameters to consider for calculating the return on investment from chatbots.

#1 Average Human Live-chat Cost

The total number of tickets raised per month and the number of agents involved gives an idea of the average price per contact.

According to Help Desk Institute, the average cost/minute for a live chat is $1.05, while the average cost per chat session is $16.80. Assuming an organization handles 10,000 chats in a month, the cost incurred sums up to $168,000/month.

Depending on the number of people involved and their compensation, you can calculate the amount you’re spending on your organization’s customer support. Here’s a salary reference, which can be used in further calculations.

sample customer support operational cost

The salaries mentioned are referred from Job Futuromat 2019 wrt 12 months, 18 working days, 8 hours.

The actual operational cost also depends on material resources invested like office space, conveyance, communications, gadgets, etc. You can consider these aspects on your chatbot ROI calculator.

#2 Bot Installation Cost

The phases of bot installation cost involves brainstorming sessions, integration, and training both bots and agents.

During kick-off sessions, stakeholders discuss the scope of the bot, define goals and responsibilities, and make a project plan. After this, programmers and managers integrate the bot on the organization’s website and other platforms. Customizing the bot according to the client’s support cases covers the bot training phase. Testing the bot and training agents to use it are also factored into the ‘bot’ installation costs.

According to Ometrics, the average development charge for a chatbot may range from $1,000 to $5,000. But, this is a one-time charge, and after that the bot-developer may bill for maintenance charges.

chatbot roi calculator: installation cost

If the chatbot requires a higher level of customization, then the bot-developer may also claim additional charges. Also, the number of days spent for bot installation varies according to industries and organizations.

#3 Gains through Bots

Here we’re assuming all the customer queries are routed through the bot and it is accurate 50% of the time. Out of the 50% queries handled by a bot, if half of them are self-served and the remaining required human intervention, then monthly gains from the bot can be-

chatbot roi calculator: gains from chatbot

You can find the exact cases and accuracy from your bot’s analytics dashboard.

#4 Monthly Maintenance Cost

Like humans, bots also require human assistance for its successful operation. Its monthly maintenance cost is a summation of the organization’s human resources it needs and developer’s charges. Here, let’s assume a chatbot maintenance fee, which ranges from $100 to $1,000 a month. Similar to the bot development charges, maintenance fees vary according to bot capabilities.

chatbot roi calculator: montly maintenance cost

#5 Chatbots Return on Investment Calculation

The return on investment is a ratio of benefit from the investment to the cost of investment. It evaluates the efficiency of an investment. Mathematically, ROI = (Current Value of Investment – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment.

Since chatbots incur a one-time development cost and recurring monthly maintenance cost, here’s the chatbot ROI calculation from both perspectives.

Chatbot ROI during the first month: This includes the bot installation charges. 

For the above case,

ROI = (Gains through bot – Installation charge – maintenance charge)/(installation charge + maintenance charge)

ROI = ($63,000 – $9,292 – $3,647)/($9,292 – $3,647)

ROI = 3.9 or 390%

Chatbot ROI after the first month: This excludes the bot installation charges. 

For the above case,

ROI = (Gains through bot – maintenance charge)/(maintenance charge)

ROI = ($63,000 – $3,647)/($3,647)

ROI = 16.3 or 1630%

Using this method, you can build your own chatbot ROI calculator considering your own business parameters.

NLP and AI-powered chatbots can yield a better return on investment. For instance, Religare has incorporated a service chatbot on its Web portal and WhatsApp integration to handle customer queries. It has resulted in 10 times more customer interaction and 5 times more sales conversion.


For the above case, where bots are able to handle 50% of customer queries, there’s a direct 50% capital gain to the organization. The human-time saved can be utilized for more productive tasks, which can eventually accelerate the organization’s productivity. 

Powerful bots result in better success rates for customer facing operations. For example, Diageo’s iDia chatbot has led to a 55% drop in help desk tickets. 

Here are more enterprise chatbot use cases.

Researchers predict that by 2025, chatbots will accomplish more than 90% of the B2C interactions. Also, chatbots can cut operational costs by more than $8 billion per year in the next three years.

We specialize in developing industry-specific AI-powered chatbots. Drop us a word at hello@mantralabsglobal.com to learn more.


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Enterprises investing in Workplace Mobility Can Survive Pandemics

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Nearly one-third of the global population is under coronavirus lockdown. Large-scale quarantines and travel restrictions are posing challenges for businesses to continue their operations. While workforce protection remains the top priority for enterprises, prolonged isolation is an eye-opener to adopt workplace mobility.

As the world continues to fight the pandemic, flatten the curve and try to maintain normalcy by working from home — teams everywhere are trying to stay productive so that daily operations can continue to some degree. But this is not an easy task. By working remotely, there are a lot of challenges especially in communication and connectivity, not to mention challenges with remaining productive throughout the day. 

There was a time when mobility at work was considered a perk. Today, almost everyone, at some point, agrees that flexibility and liberty to work from home is essential. The 2020 Enterprise Mobility Trends Report anticipates that 42% (18.7 billion) of the global workforce will embrace mobility by 2020.

The need for workplace mobility

Workplace mobility empowers people to work from anywhere, at any time and from any device. It directly impacts employee productivity as well as the speed to execute business processes. How?

Dan Ariely, in his book Predictably Irrational, categorizes human behaviour in lines with the market and social norms. Market norms apply a monetary value to every transaction — salaries or payments against skill/talent. Whereas, social norms rely on the exchange of gifts, kindness, favour, etc. and is far away from any monetary transaction. 

While stringent work policies tend to inculcate market norms (skills are calculated against salaries), flexibility instils social norms (empathy and concern). People are willing to do more on their free-will.

In this 24/7 work environment social norms have a great advantage: they tend to make employees passionate, hardworking, flexible, and concerned. In a market where employees’ loyalty to their employers is often wilting, social norms are one of the best ways to make workers loyal, as well as motivated.

– suggests Ariely

How apps and AI-driven mobility solutions for employees can keep businesses operationally afloat?

By 2025, the number of unique mobile subscribers is projected to reach 5.9 billion. Market researchers also anticipate that there’ll be nearly 25 billion IoT devices, most of which will comprise business-related connected devices. However, it’s not just handy devices that are enabling mobility at work. Technologies are also empowering businesses to readily adopt mobility. 

For instance, Google has introduced a deck of enterprise mobility solutions. It provides cloud support to collaboration apps and management tools. Apart from G Suite, Google has invested in android and chrome platforms to support workplace mobility. 

Workplace mobility apps and features

Many organizations require time logs to ensure overtime and bonuses. Apps like SecurTime provide a cloud-based time-attendance workforce management solution with real-time tracking. It seamlessly integrates with payroll/HRMS and biometric systems without any dependency on hardware.

When people work remotely, creating a virtual collaborative environment can concern businesses. While email is the channel for all formal communication, it’s usual to lose track of conversations in emails and messengers. To organize work and priorities at the team level, Slack and Trello are popular apps.

Organizations with in-house software development teams often face hassles while planning, tracking, resolving bugs & issues and releasing products. Jira — an agile project management tool helps organizations to track every phase of product development and team progress irrespective of their physical location.

AI-driven enterprise mobility solutions

Mobile devices and cloud platforms are making it easier for teams to collaborate and deliver. Moreover, employees save substantial time on travelling, which gives them time to indulge in activities that foster creativity. 

Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40% of new enterprise applications will include AI technologies. So far, the adoption of AI was seen in consumer-facing operations to enhance customer experiences. Now, organizations are also focusing on enhancing employee experiences. For example, leading organizations are using NLP-powered chatbots for handling employee-queries regarding leave, work from home intimation, business-travel, etc. 

[Related: AI in recruitment and discovering talent]

Technology can equip employees with information at hand. AI solutions like Zelros provide instant information to Insurance sales advisors regarding products, clients, etc. 

AI-powered applications are becoming more human-centred and they can execute commands without touching/pressing a button. For example, with gesture recognition technology and voice user interface, simple tasks like sharing a file, reading a report, etc. can be done while driving, spending time with kids, evening walks, etc. removing dependencies that delay work.

[Related: How does AI recognize hand gestures]

The use of AI is evolving to automatically prioritize problems and send notifications to the concerned departments. SVM (Support Vector Machine) and CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) are machine learning algorithms for building classification models.

The bottom line

While one can prevent wars, natural calamities and pandemics are unavoidable. In the current context, the heat of the Corona outbreak is severely impacting industries including aviation, e-commerce, education, tourism, entertainment, hospitality, electronics, consumer and luxury goods. Businesses are thriving to remain operationally afloat. 

Embracing mobility at work today can prepare organizations for tomorrow’s pandemic resilience. 

Mantra Labs is helping enterprises invest in building their pandemic resilience by planning and scaling their mobility infrastructures, and enable greater use of mobility as a service. Talk to us today to know how we can help you, or reach out to us at hello@mantralabsglobal.com.


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