The 15 Best Bots for People Who Work in Sales

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If you sell, bots are your new best friends.

Why? Because time is your most precious resource. The more time you spend on manual tasks, like researching prospects or creating personal sales reports, the less time you have for selling activities, like prospecting or following up with buyers.

Bots can handle these administrative chores for you. It’s like having an army of personal assistants living inside your favorite chat platforms, ready to help you out at any time.

Here are the best 15 bots for sales professionals.

Best Bots for People Who Work in Sales

  1. Chorus
  2. Attentive
  3. Invoiced
  4. Leadsync
  5. Donewell
  6. TechCrunch
  7. Growthbot
  8. Hipmunk
  9. To-do bot
  10. Google Calendar
  11. Uber
  12. Lyft
  13. Poncho
  14. Mosaic
  15. M

1) Chorus.ai

  • Purpose: Sales insights
  • Platform: Slack

Chorus.ai records, transcribes, and summarizes your sales calls, so you can instantly see key moments, action items, and KPIs like your talk-to-listen ratio and question count.

The Slack bot makes this tool even more useful. Once you’ve connected Chorus.ai to Slack, you can share specific clips from your calls with your team. If you want the bot to automatically share specific moments — like any time you discuss pricing, an opportunity is at risk, or there’s upsell potential — you can set that as well.

The daily digest keeps you up-to-date with your team’s important calls, your own call log, and highlights.

2) Attentive

  • Purpose: Lead intelligence
  • Platform: Slack

You need to know when your prospect’s situation has changed right away — not next week, next month, or next quarter. After all, the deal often goes to the first salesperson to reach out.

Attentive is one of my favorite solutions for getting real-time updates on leads. With this bot, you can follow companies or people and get notifications in the app for trigger events. They’ve received funding, launched a new product, or made a key hire? You’ll have a meeting in the books before your competition even knows what happened.

3) Invoiced

  • Purpose: Payment
  • Platform: Slack

I don’t know about your sales team, but at HubSpot, it’s always a celebration when the customer sends the signed contract. Most reps try to avoid counting a deal as “won” before this moment — they’ve been burned too many times.

With the Invoiced bot for Slack, payment updates will go automatically to your Slack team’s Invoiced channel. And if you’d like, you can also have automatic updates for new customers, invoices viewed, and more.

4) Leadsync.me

  • Purpose: Lead updates
  • Platform: Slack

Do you use Facebook Lead ads? Connect the Leadsync bot to your Facebook ads account, pick which channel you’d like to receive the updates in, then watch your leads roll in. You can call or email them without skipping a beat.

5) Donewell

  • Purpose: Sales insights
  • Platform: Slack

Donewell is an easy-to-use tool that layers over your CRM to help you set sales goals, choose the right metrics, and measure progress.

The bot lets you create customized reports, goals, and challenges within Slack using your CRM data. You can also schedule notifications for any channel or user; for example, you could request a weekly “meetings booked” report for a rep who’s struggling to hit her meetings quota or a monthly “new business” report for your entire team.

6) TechCrunch

  • Purpose: News
  • Platforms: Facebook Messenger

TechCrunch’s Messenger bot helps you stay informed on your industry, improving your conversations with prospects and ensuring you never miss an important development.

Subscribe to different topics, authors, or sections of the site. Once a day, the bot will send you an update with all the stories you’re interested in. You can also ask questions, such as, “What is Google Pixel 2?”

7) Growthbot

  • Purpose: Productivity and entertainment
  • Platforms: Facebook Messenger, Slack, Twitter direct messages

Growthbot, a bot created by HubSpot cofounder Dharmesh Shah, is like a sidekick for marketers and salespeople. It connects to HubSpot, Google Analytics, and other databases to give you instant answers.

You can ask questions like, “What are top articles on [topic]?”, “Company overview for [website]”, and “What software does [website] use?”

Even better for salespeople, you can look up emails for specific prospects and find potential customers by searching “Show me [type of company] in [location].”

8) Hipmunk

  • Purpose: Travel
  • Platforms: Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, Email, Google Calendar

Whether you’re traveling to client meetings, conferences, or simply trying to get a break from the go-go-go of sales, Hipmunk’s travel bot will be a big help.

Describe the type of flight you’re looking for — including non-stop, which airlines you prefer, how cost-sensitive you are, and where you’d like to arrive and depart from — and Hipmunk will find you the best options.

It’ll even help you plan a trip, from location and travel dates to category (think “foodie,” “adventure,” etc.)

9) To-do bot

  • Purpose: Task management
  • Platforms: Slack, HipChat, Cisco Spark, Skype

If you have a hard time staying on top of your tasks — or you spend valuable minutes every day creating, editing, or updating your to-do list — this bot will be a lifesaver.

Once you’ve connected it to your chat platform of choice, you can create new tasks, edit existing ones, set task deadlines and reminders, mark items as complete, and assign tasks to someone else (like your BDR, sales manager, fellow salesperson, or AE). And that’s all without leaving your chat tool. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

10) Google Calendar

  • Purpose: Productivity
  • Platform: Slack

Simply looking for a bot that’ll help you stay on top of your schedule? This Google Calendar bot for Slack does the trick.

It posts reminders before an event, summaries of the day’s and week’s events, and notifications when an event has been updated. Your entire team will benefit.

11) Uber

  • Purpose: Transportation
  • Platforms: Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Slack

Sales professionals who use Uber once per week or more should take full advantage of this bot. It does everything the Uber app on your phone does, but with greater efficiency and speed.

Request a ride, get status updates, and see your ride receipts (shown in a private message). When you’re running late for a work meeting, share your trip with coworkers via Messenger so they’ll have a real-time estimate of your arrival.

12) Lyft

  • Purpose: Transportation
  • Platforms: Slack

Lyft users can also experience the productivity benefits of hailing their ride from an app. With Lyft’s Slack bot, simply type “/Lyft [pickup address] to [drop off address]” to request a ride.

In addition, get updates on your driver’s ETA, use “/gohome” or “/gotowork” to go to your default addresses, and request different types of rides, like a Line or Plus.

13) Poncho

  • Purpose: Weather
  • Platform: Facebook Messenger, Slack, Kik, Viber

Poncho’s bot sends you weather updates every morning and evening, so you’re always prepared and wearing the right outfit. You’ll also receive alerts for severe weather and rain.

If you’re a runner, just let Poncho know — the bot can even help you find the optimal time to go for a jog.

And when you need a quick pick-me-up, just type “jokes.”

14) Mosaic

  • Purpose: Productivity
  • Platform: Facebook Messenger, Slack, Amazon Echo, SMS

Mosaic is like a personal assistant making your day a little more seamless. Send your requests via Facebook Messenger or Slack, and the bot will use AI to process your commands and follow through.

You can tell Mosaic you want to know your schedule for the day, and it will check your Google Calendar and let you know what you have planned. Or you can write “good morning” to turn on your Phillips Hue or Lifx lights, increase the temperature of your home using your Nest thermostat, and get the day’s weather forecast and traffic conditions.

Right now, Mosaic is most useful if you have multiple smart devices. But the creators are continually rolling out new features — so in the future, it’ll be handy for the average person.

15) M

  • Purpose: Productivity
  • Platform: Facebook Messenger

M is Facebook’s AI assistant available in both English and Spanish. If you use Messenger, you already have access to M — the bot’s suggestions show up when you’re having a conversation and it finds an opportunity to help.

The list of suggestions is constantly growing. As of now, M can suggest:

  • Initiating a voice or video call
  • Requesting or sending a payment
  • Getting a ride
  • Making a plan
  • Creating a poll
  • Choosing a “quick response”
  • Sending URLs, videos, pages, stickers, GIFs, and movies
  • Sharing your location
  • Setting reminders

As a salesperson, the first two are probably the most useful. Talk to your prospects on Facebook Messenger. When they express interest in a call, use M’s video call suggestion to speak right then, while the iron is hot.

Once you’ve closed the deal, M’s payment suggestion makes getting paid quick and hassle-free.

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