Top 10 Powerful Platforms for Chatbot Development

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Top 10 Powerful Platforms for Chatbot Development

If you want to keep up with the times, you need to invest in chatbot development. To help you get started, here's a list of ten chatbot platforms that are equipped with both basic and advanced resources.

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Customer experience (CX) is unarguably one of the key business differentiators, and chatbot integration is one of the various means that pave the way to achieve and maintain it with perfection. So, if you want to keep up with the times, you need to invest in chatbot development. Wondering how to get started with it? Here is a list of the top ten chatbot platforms that are equipped with basic and advanced resources to build a chatbot.

Non-Coding Chatbot Platforms

1. Chatfuel

  • Target platforms: Telegram and Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Chatfuel: 46,000+
  • Top examples: Adidas, MTV, British Airways, Volkswagen
  • Price: Free with basic features; Chatfuel Pro ($30/month) with advanced features is also available

The Chatfuel builder platform is offered by a company based in San Francisco. The platform was released in 2015 and provides easy-to-use resources with a drag-and-drop feature. The simplicity makes it the ideal platform for beginners or any business that wants a chatbot to perform basic roles. Chatfuel chatbots work on pre-defined coded rules and serve clients accordingly.

2. Botsify

  • Target platforms: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram
  • Estimated number of chatbots Using Botsify: 40,000 plus
  • Top examples: Apple, Shazam, Grin, Travelex, RemoteInterview, Unicef NZ
  • Price: Free, Basic ($10/month), Premium ($30/month), and Business ($50/month)

Botsify is another popular chatbot platform and is offered by a company based in Santa Clara, CA. Using its custom templates for travel, restaurant booking, etc., along with drag-and-drop functionalities, anyone can create bots effortlessly without writing a single line of code. Even the free version comes with 20 templates. The number increases as you upgrade. Botsify provides human takeover ability for a smooth transition from a bot to a human, and users can make use of emojis in their conversations.

3. Flow Xo

  • Target platform: WhatsApp Web, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram, Twilio SMS
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Flow Xo: Not available
  • Top examples: Not available
  • Price: Free, Standard ($19/month), further upgradable to handle more interactions

This chatbot platform is offered by Flow Xo, a technology company based in England. It offers templates and tools that you need to create a talking bot. You can run and test the functionalities of your bot with built-in test console. There is a provision for you to connect with your customers over voice and chat whenever required in between the conversation.


  • Target platform: Alexa, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Skype, Slack, Telegram, Twilio
  • Estimated number of chatbots Using KITT.AI: Not available
  • Top examples: UPS
  • Price: Free

This chatbot platform is owned by China's search giant Baidu and is based in Washington. It's equipped with hot word detection (no internet required), semantic parsing, natural language understanding, a conversational engine (multi-turn support), and a neural network-powered machine learning model. It offers a repository of features and tools that can be used with a drag-and-drop interface. KITT.AI supports an array of use cases including home automation and commerce and can be integrated with web and mobile apps with ease. It provides a complete set of tools that can be utilized to build standalone chatbot for businesses.

Coding Chatbot Platforms

5. IBM Watson

  • Target platform: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram
  • Estimated number of chatbots using IBM Watson: Not available
  • Top examples: Staples, H&R Block, Autodesk
  • Price: Lite (USD 0), Standard ($0.0025 (USD) per API call), Premium (price not disclosed)

IBM Watson is the preferred chatbot development platform when it comes to building an AI chatbot that can handle a complex conversation with ease. According to Chatbots Journal, IBM Watson is the bot-building platform for 61% of businesses. It can process around four terabytes of data and is hosted on a cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers, each of which uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight-core processor.

Chatbot developers can leverage a wide range of technology frameworks like Node SDK (Software Development Kit), Java SDK, Python SDK, iOS SDK, Salesforce SDK, and Unity SDK to make IBM Watson with different platforms. An IBM Watson chatbot can serve different verticals including customer engagement, education, financial services, health, IoT, media, HR, and workplaces.

6. Microsoft Bot Framework

  • Target platform: Website, App, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Microsoft Bot Framework: Not available
  • Top Examples: UPS
  • Price: Standard channels (Free), Premium ($0.50 per 1,000 messages)

Offered by Microsoft, Azure Bot Service provides a scalable, integrated connectivity and development service to help developers create intelligent bots that can engage users across multiple platforms. The development tools are provisioned with the Microsoft Bot Builder SDK, which .NET and Node.js developers can access and use to create an engaging talking bot. The SDK also includes an emulator for debugging your bots, as well as a large set of sample bots you can use as building blocks. The cloud-based service is globally accessible across 141 countries, and bots can communicate in multiple languages including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

7. Wit.ai

  • Target platform: Website, App, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Wit.ai: Not available
  • Top examples: UPS
  • Price: Standard channels (Free), Premium ($0.50 per 1,000 messages)

Wit.ai is a Palo Alto, CA-based technology company. This NLP-powered chatbot builder offers resources to create engaging, scalable chatbots to serve different purposes. Wit.ai learns human language through every interaction and leverages the community to evolve and improve further. Chatbots with Wit.ai support 50+ languages and developers have the flexibility to use any of the available SDKs like Android, iOS, Cordova, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, .NET, Unity, Xamarin, C++, Python, Ruby, PHP, Epson Moverio, Botkin, and Java.

8. Semantic Machines

  • Target platform: Website, App, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Semantic Machines: Not available
  • Top Examples: UPS
  • Price: Not available

Semantic Machines is an AI development company with offices in Berkeley, CA, and Boston, MA. It offers a language-independent technology platform that goes beyond understanding commands and actually understands conversations. Its conversational engine can deal with text and speech and can absorb knowledge from users to enhance its capabilities. Semantic Machines supports a wide range of use cases ranging from business productivity, customer acquisition and customer service for travel, e-commerce, concierge, search, automotive, and beyond.

9. Reply.ai

  • Target platform: Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using Reply.ai: Not Available
  • Top examples: Samsung, Coca-Cola, KIA, Hilton, Ad Council
  • Price: Not available

Reply.ai is a visual bot builder powered by NLP engines and is specifically targets the insurance sector. The company operates from NYC and Spain. Wit.ai can help with advanced use cases to help insurance companies optimize their sales, marketing, and customer service operations and reduce costs. It has extended its services to enterprises as well as a cross-industry enterprise solution.

10. ManyChat

  • Target platform: Facebook Messenger
  • Estimated number of chatbots using ManyChat: 150,000
  • Top examples: Not available
  • Price: Free and paid ($15/month with advanced features)

ManyChat is packed with important tools that make chatbot development easier and faster. With an easy-to-use API, anyone can integrate or embed it on their website. It has an effective subscriber tool that makes it easier for the chatbot owner to find more users and push the brand's reach. With a basic ManyChat chatbot platform, it's easy to welcome new users, schedule posts, market content, set up keyword auto-responses (text, pictures, menus), automatically broadcast your RSS feed, and much more.

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