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1Life launches first of its kind Chat Bot for Facebook

September 14, 2017 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories

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1Life launches first of its kind Chat Bot for Facebook.

1Life, a direct life insurer, announced the launch of its 1Life Chat Bot, named Emily – a first of its kind for the long-term insurance industry. Emily will offer consumers instant life insurance quotes using popular social media platform – Facebook – through an engaging and conversational user journey.

The launch of Emily is another innovation to come out of 1Life. The life insurer’s firsts include: the launch of HIV Saliva testing as part of its underwriting process, the first to truly directly offer clients the ability to buy cover telephonically and online as well as the first to enable clients to service and manage their policies through USSD.

“As a business, there’s no denying that advancements of digitalisation and more specifically, social media platforms, has greatly affected the way in which our business operations are required to run. When you look at how a platform such as Facebook has grown exponentially in South Africa, with a reported 14 million users, it was only fitting that we created a solution in this space – synonymous with our multichannel approach – and enabling consumers to engage with us directly through a hassle – free engaging conversation. Emily, has enabled us to do just that,” said Laurence Hillman, MD for 1Life.

Hillman adds that, “The name Emily means to strive, excel or rival, which aligns strongly with our quest to be the best life insurance company in South Africa. Emily is another extension of our commitment to responding to our customers’ needs and creating an experience for our customers that exceeds their expectations.”

Whether accessing the service using a PC or a mobile phone, users can engage with Emily by using Facebook Messenger to source a basic life insurance quote in real time – formulated through the information the consumer provides by way of a series of conversational questions. The service was designed in such a way that it replicates a real-life conversation, ensuring users get to experience 1Life’s usual customer service tone and approach – which is very much personal, warm and conversational.

“Customer centricity has always been key for us as a brand as it forms the very foundation of our operations. Therefore, where consumers go, we follow. Operating in the type of industry we do, it is critical for businesses to be aware of, and embrace, ongoing consumer trends, including those of the millennial generation – who have a strong inclination towards technological convenience. They have transformed the way in which businesses operate, and Emily will help us not only bring innovation to the fore within the industry but very importantly, meet different needs by providing options to engage in a way that consumers are most comfortable with.”

Emily can be accessed through Facebook Messenger, by searching for the 1Life Bot.

“In a time of increasing digital technology penetration in the life insurance sector, we are extremely proud to be able to further revolutionise the industry for the better, with the introduction of Emily,” concluded Hillman.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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