Create your first conversational flow!
This tutorial shows how to create a simple but effective SMS agent on the studio.
Here's a quick breakdown of Studio. Once you open the production canvas you will be greeted with the ToolBar and the Canvas:-
On the left side of your canvas you will be able to see the ToolBar which contains everything you need to access, build and run your agent.
In the center of the canvas, you will notice a node labeled START.
This is the starting point of the conversational flow. This node has to be attached to the rest of the conversational flow.
To start building, simply drag and drop the nodes from the ToolBar to the middle of the studio.
For your first agent, once you've figured out an easy use case, start by adding a greeting statement to introduce your virtual agent and what it can do.
To do this you need to add a Send Message node.
At this stage, you’ll want to collect the intention of your user. To do this you need to add the Collect Input node.
There are different entity types for example “sys.names” - to capture human names, “sys.phone numbers'' - to capture the phone number with country code and “sys.any” - which captures any kind of input from words, digits to serial numbers.
You can choose a pre-loaded system Entity or create your own. In this case we used “sys.any” which can collect any type of input.
You can then create prompts for the user with a question to answer here.
To now give your user an adequate answer, you need to match their input to the correct place within the flow and knowledge base that you have created.
After Collect Input, there are various follow-up options. You can either use the Classification or the Conditions node to classify the user input depending on your use case.
The node that we are going to choose for this flow is called Classification. In this case we want to be able to differentiate between our desired user intent.
By using the Classification node to categorize the different ways your user can imply the same intent, the agent building process becomes more efficient.
To be able to use this node we will first have to create the different Intents our users might want to access..
Under each specific Intent, we need to provide training phrases, i.e different ways a user can ask for the same topic. We recommend you add at least 10 unique phrases in the training set.
We can then add the Classification node to classify between the created Intents.
The rest of the flow depends on the Use Case you are trying to create.
Make sure to connect all the nodes in order, end your conversation with the End Conversation node and have a plan for fallbacks.
When we refer to fallbacks we mean cases where there are:-
- No Inputs - No input from the users end
- Missed Inputs - Perhaps your user said something that the agent wasn't able to catch?
- Invalid Entries - Cases where the wrong kind of input was provided by the user, eg. the user provides a name instead of a phone number.
For each of these, we recommend completing the happy path (i.e ideal flow) of the agent first and then deciding the best course of action for the unfavourable entries or lack thereof.
Once you finish building your agent, be sure to test the flow using the inbuilt tester!
You can pre-fill Parameters you want to the agent to work with (by clicking on the settings icon) and also choose the mode of testing.
Make sure you publish your agent in order to be able to use it outside the testing environment as well!
This was an example of a bare bones agent. There's lots more you can accomplish with Studio!
If you need more information on the features available, the Studio Documentation dives deep into how to build a stellar agent. You can access it by clicking on the information symbol in any open node drawer.
Here's a video on how we built a quick agent for this channel:-