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Meta launches new AI tools for WhatsApp business users

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  • Meta introduces AI tools to enhance customer service and ad targeting on WhatsApp Business.
  • Meta Verified badge offers enhanced account support and multi-device usage for businesses.
  • New one-tap calling feature aims to improve direct communication for complex customer inquiries.

Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has recently unveiled a suite of new AI tools designed to enhance the capabilities of WhatsApp Business. Announced at the annual Conversations conference in Sao Paulo, these updates are set to revolutionize how businesses interact with their customers on the popular messaging platform.

AI Tools to Enhance Customer Service

One of the standout features is the introduction of an AI assistant tailored for WhatsApp Business. This AI tool is designed to handle common customer inquiries, providing quick and efficient responses. According to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, "Any business should be able to quickly stand up an agent that can talk to your customers, provide support, and facilitate commerce." This AI assistant will initially roll out in key markets such as India, Singapore, and Brazil, where WhatsApp is extensively used for business communications.

The AI tools are not just limited to customer service. They also extend to ad creation on Facebook and Instagram, helping businesses remind customers of abandoned carts or offer purchase discounts. This integration aims to boost sales and improve customer engagement by targeting the right audience with AI-driven ad recommendations.

Meta Verified for Enhanced Trust

Meta is also rolling out the Meta Verified badge for WhatsApp Business users in Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Colombia. This badge signifies that a business has registered with Meta, providing enhanced account support, including impersonation protection. Businesses with the Meta Verified badge can use WhatsApp across multiple devices, allowing multiple employees to manage customer interactions seamlessly. This feature is expected to significantly improve the efficiency and reliability of business communications on WhatsApp.

One-Tap Calling for Larger Businesses

Recognizing the need for direct communication, Meta has introduced a one-tap calling feature for larger businesses. This feature is particularly useful for complex customer inquiries, such as travel arrangements or banking services. Currently in the testing phase, this feature will be expanded to more businesses in the coming months, offering a quick and effective way to resolve customer issues.

Optimized Ad Targeting

In a significant shift, WhatsApp is now leveraging AI to optimize ad targeting. Previously, businesses could only send messages to all users who had opted in. With the new AI tools, businesses can target messages to users most likely to engage, based on their behavior on Facebook and Instagram. Guilherme Horn, WhatsApp's head of strategic markets, emphasized the importance of this feature, stating, "This is very important for business because they are paying for those messages."

Expanding Payment Capabilities

Meta is also enhancing WhatsApp's payment capabilities by integrating Brazil's PIX payment system. This addition is expected to streamline transactions and further embed WhatsApp into the daily business operations in Brazil. Similar payment features have already been introduced in India, showcasing Meta's commitment to expanding WhatsApp's commerce functionalities.

The Future of WhatsApp Business

With over 50 million companies using WhatsApp Business, these new tools are set to significantly impact how businesses operate. Christian Orlandi, CEO at XCALLY, highlighted the platform's value, stating, "WhatsApp has revolutionized instant communication, enabling people to exchange messages, photos, videos, and more – this has opened up new opportunities for companies seeking to improve the customer experience and drive loyalty."

Meta's latest updates to WhatsApp Business are poised to enhance customer service, streamline business operations, and optimize ad targeting. As WhatsApp continues to grow, these tools will be essential for businesses looking to improve customer engagement and drive sales.

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