How much does it cost to build a chatbot app?

Standard price for a chatbot app: $10,000

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What is a chatbot app?

A chatbot application is a web or mobile application that enables users to interact with an artificially intelligent character through text or voice. Chatbot apps enable conversations between users and bots (short for robots) to fulfill specific tasks like scheduling meetings, responding to customer service requests, or storing information about preferences.

Chatbots are similar to other task apps, such as personal assistant apps. Often, chatbots are used to interact with or perform tasks on behalf of a user. There is a wide variety of chatbot apps available today, including Facebook Messenger, Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Slack.

Here are some recent chatbot app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A web app utilizing a chatbot that does the following: scours for leads. Notifies the user when it finds leads.

What is the typical cost to build a chatbot app?

A chatbot app usually costs $10,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $10,000. A chatbot app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent chatbot app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $10,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a chatbot app?

A chatbot app usually takes 133 hours to build. However, a chatbot app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 133 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent chatbot apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 133

How to successfully grow your chatbot application

The best chatbot growth strategy is to provide the most value to a specific type of user. For example, a chatbot that helps users find nearby restaurants might target foodies in one area and first-time visitors in another. Chatbots that offer a high level of value to their users are more likely to form emotional connections, which results in long-term retention.

Risks and challenges of building a chatbot application

A chatbot application can face legal and logistical challenges related to the user experience. It is advised that all developers creating chatbots ensure that their app’s user experience is clear, concise, and consistent. Before launch, you will want to confirm that your chatbot can complete tasks for users in a way that encourages repeat use without causing high frustration levels. You should also consider how your chatbot performs under adverse network conditions (such as latency).

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