Building a Fashionable Solution
Using IBM Watson Assistant, we created a chatbot that delivers a unique cognitive shopping experience by serving as both a shopping advisor that recommends products and as a store advisor.
Powered by a conversational recommendation engine, the advisor analyzes structured and unstructured data and incorporates speech to-text and text-to-speech capabilities, along with visual recognition. This allows the chatbot to perform similarity search where a user can ask, “Do you have anything like this?” and upload a photo of the item being sought.
Users can also ask the chatbot for product recommendations such as, “Show me some trendy jeans” or “Recommend a summer dress.” If the user is logged in, the chatbot’s recommendations engine references a “customer DNA” to tailor recommendations based on the user’s shopping history and current trends. Trend recommendations are based on the AI platform crawling social media sites to identify trending products and styles. Users can then click on recommend items and add the items to their shopping cart.
When in a physical store, the chatbot is also able to answer questions about the store itself, such as: “Where is XYZ brand located?” or “What restaurants are in the food court?”