Build a Chatbot with Microsoft Teams and Dialogflow
You can easily create chat bot for Microsoft Teams and Dialogflow to offer great customer service to your website visitors. Answer chats right from Microsoft Teams or let your chatbot take over and use a virtual agent to provide your website customer support.
We've integrated our Live Chat for Microsoft Teams app with Dialogflow in order to leverage natural language processing and machine learning to power your website chat.
Our implementation allows you to create dynamic chatbots for your website that you can train to answer just about any questions your visitors may have. Best of all, it requires no coding, and no expensive upgrades in our solution.
Here's a step by step guide to creating your first chatbot with Social Intents, Slack, and Dialogflow.
- A Microsoft Teams Account: https://teams.microsoft.com
- A Dialogflow Account: https://dialogflow.com
- A Live Chat for Microsoft Teams App: https://www.socialintents.com/teams-live-chat.jsp
High Level Steps
In this tutorial we're going to walk through the steps of adding chatbot functionality to your live chat app that you can deploy on your website today. Here are the steps:
- Add our Live Chat app to your Microsoft Teams account
- Create a Dialogflow Agent
- Add your Dialogflow integration to your Social Intents account.
- Test out your new Live Chat app with chatbot capabilities!
1. Add our Live Chat app to your Microsoft Teams Account
First, add our Live Chat app to your Microsoft Teams account. Simply head over to our Live Chat for Microsoft Teams page and click Add to Teams.
Or you can add Live Chat right from your Teams account. This article covers the details.
2. Create your Dialogflow Agent
In this tutorial we'll create a test Agent that you'll integrate with Social Intents.
Now, head over to https://www.dialogflow.com and select the Dialogflow ES link to create your Agent.
Now open the Dialogflow ES console by clicking the 'Go to the Dialogflow ES Console' button:
Create an Agent in Dialogflow
If you haven't already created an Agent, select the Create Agent button as in the screen below.
Your new agent will have 2 default Intents. These will be enough to get started and respond with generic welcome messages. As you get more familiar with Dialogflow, you can create multiple Intents and Contexts to answer questions, gather answer data, and respond with Cards, Images, and Buttons.
Set up Dialogflow Authentication for API access
Next, set up your authentication details and generate a Dialogflow Service Account Key that you'll use to integrate with your chat widget in Social Intents.
If you click on the Settings Gear icon next to your agent name, you'll see the screen below. Click on the link to your Project ID highlighted below.
Then click on 'Go to project settings':
Select 'Create Service Account':
Now, name your service account and select 'Create':
Under Step 2, assign a role of Dialogflow --> Dialogflow API Client to your service account:
Click 'Continue', then click 'Done'
At this point, you should see an item similar to the following under your Service Accounts liar. Notice you haven't created any keys yet:
The final step here is to create your JSON Key. Click on your new service account, then select ADD KEY to generate your Private Key JSON file that will be used for our integration:
Choose JSON as your Key type and click Create. This will download your private key to your computer.
Whew, all set! You'll now upload this private key to your chat widget Chatbot page to enable our Social Intents integration with Dialogflow.
3. Add your Dialogflow Key to Social Intents
Now that you have create a Live Chat app and your new Dialogflow agent and key file, connect your Social Intents account to Dialogflow by logging into Social Intents, selecting My Apps from the left navigation bar, then Edit Settings on your Live Chat widget.
From the chat settings page, select the Chat Bots tab at the top of the page.
Select the Chatbot name that visitors will see when your chatbot responds, select the language you've used in creating your Agent in Dialogflow, and choose your Chatbot type.
Lastly, upload the .JSON Key file that you downloaded in the previous step by Choosing the File and clicking the 'Upload Dialogflow Private Key' button. This tells our app how to connect to the Dialogflow agent for answering your visitor questions in your chatbot.
4. That's it! You're ready to deploy your new Microsoft Teams chatbot
You're now all configured and ready to test your chatbot. Simply login to our website, select your Live Chat app and choose Preview. If you've already added the code snippet to your website, you can chat right there