WhatsApp Chatbot for E-commerce with 11 Use-Cases

By Niharika Ayyagari / In Sales, WhatsApp / September 24, 2019 / 8 Min read

20 years since its inception, the e-commerce industry is still growing, driven by radical technological advances and evolving user behavior. But where do WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce fit here?

The Opportunity

World over, e-commerce is on the rise.

Amazon recently pushed a $1 trillion valuation, Flipkart was acquired by Walmart for $16 billion, and global e-commerce sales are expected to hit $4.5 trillion by 2021.

Asia’s e-commerce market, in particular, dwarfs the rest of the world.

Asia’s e-commerce market is worth $831.7 billion, to North America’s $552.6 billion.

The projected growth of the e-commerce industry in the United States over the next five years is 45%. Impressive; but in the same time period and industry, China’s growth is expected to witness a meteoric 70% increase.

By the year 2023, retail e-commerce in the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) is projected to be larger than North America, Europe, AME and South America, put together.

But with this rocketship-like growth; comes Everest-like hurdles.

The Problem

As an industry, E-commerce is the exact opposite of Real Estate. The tickets are small and the customers are plentiful.

Optimization is the name of the e-commerce game.  Websites optimize for several customer-oriented metrics; CAC, CLV, AOV, CSAT revenue by traffic source and shopping cart abandonment rates.

The metric that’s most optimized for?  Conversion Rate.

And for good reason. If you’re an e-commerce company with a 3% conversion rate and you manage to eek out an increase of 1%, you’ve just increased your top-line sales by 25%.

The average conversion rate for the e-commerce industry (mobile + desktop) is a measly 2.93%.

And poor conversion rates are only the start of the problem. The e-commerce industry is home to a variety of customer support demons.

From an endless swathe of monotonous FAQs that bog down support lines, to make-or-break customer challenges that drive them to a competitor, e-commerce faces the perfect storm of scale and serious.

Traditional channels of customer support like forms, emails and call centers simply don’t match up to today’s challenges.

The Solution

E-Commerce companies need a tool that can –

  1. Automate support queries and reduce ticket volumes.
  2. Generate, qualify and convert leads.
  3. Engage on channels of customer preference.
  4. Boost agent efficiency/productivity
  5. Improve CSAT and NPS

While old-timey support can provide two, maybe three of the above-mentioned requirements, you’ll need a WhatsApp Chatbot for E-Commerce to catch them all.

WhatsApp is the world’s largest messaging platform. With over 2 billion monthly active users, it is, unequivocally, the most prolific communication interface in human history.

Using WhatsApp, users talk to their friends and family in seconds. With WhatsApp’s Business APIs, your company can do the same.

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We’ll go through several E-commerce WhatsApp Chatbot use-cases, charting a customers journey through the sales funnel.

  1. Lead Generation
  2. FAQs
  3. Placing an Order
  4. Shipments
  5. Refunds and Returns
  6. Repeat Orders
  7. Feedback Collection
  8. Retarget Abandoned Carts
  9. Referrals
  10. High-Level Queries
  11. Update Customer’s Details

WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce

Automate Lead Generation

Lead Generation is the first, and possibly most important part of a sales funnel. A larger top-of-the-funnel gives your sales team more resources to work with and more people to sell to.

Using a WhatsApp Chatbot, you can get customers to give you their details by adding a click-to-chat link on your marketing or advertising offerings.

Lead generation through WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce

Generating Leads.

Once a customer sends you a message, you automatically get their name and phone number. You can use a WhatsApp Chatbot to ask for more details like email ID or location.

Once a customer texts you, you can continue that session for 24 hours. (A session is defined as 24 hours after the customers’ last message).

If you’d like to continue a conversation with a customer after twenty hours, you’ll have to get them to opt-in to future communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to websites, companies aim to remove any and all hurdles in the sales process.

Once a lead is generated, companies want customers to have a smooth journey all the way to the bank. But customers have questions. And they ask them frequently.

These FAQs range from questions about the product and the company to its size chart, refund policy and kinds of the payments the company accepts.

If answers to these questions are not readily available, a customer is likely to drop off.

Generating FAQ's through WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce

FAQ generation.

WhatsApp Chatbots allow you to answer all of your customers’ purchase decision queries. Instead of having to scroll through a 40 page FAQ document or wait 24 hours for an email, empower customers with an engaging, immediate solution.

Automating FAQs increases your conversion rate and lowers your support ticket volumes.

Place an Order

When it comes down to it, the act of placing an order is what drives revenue.

An E-Commerce WhatsApp Chatbot allows you to create a single-channel experience from prospect to repeat customer.

Placing an order through WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce.

Placing an order.

WhatsApp Business APIs also allow businesses to enable deep integrations. Assign variables and push data to your CRM and OMS to allow customers to place an order from the comfort of their phones.

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Setting up an effective e-commerce shipping strategy is the most impactful step you can take to grow your business online.

The second most impactful step is informing customers about where their shipments are.

Checking the order status of the order placed through WhatsApp.

Checking the order status.

Often, updates sent on email and SMS often go unseen.

Reduce support ticket volumes and improve CSAT/NPS by keeping your customers updated about the status of their package.

Customers can also reply back to you, reschedule or change delivery addresses through WhatsApp Chatbots for E-commerce.

Scheduling a Refund/ Replacement

Companies like Zappos and Amazon have made easy refunds a cornerstone of their offerings.

Refunds are often the trickiest bit of an e-commerce customer flow. A bad refund experience often ruins a company-customer relationship. Inversely, great refund experiences cement customer loyalty and improve retention rates.

Asking for a refund for a product that is being returned

Scheduling a refund.

WhatsApp Chatbots allow users to file for refunds in a quick and easy process. Identify the reason for refund, schedule pick up times and assure customers of immediate action.

In a matter of a few texts, a replacement/refund is initiated.

Repeat Customer Purchase

It costs a business 7x more on average to acquire a new customer than it does to get a repeat sale from a previous customer.

Once you’ve generated a customer, ensured they’ve had a smooth purchase and post-purchase experience, it’s time to see if they want more.

Placing an order via WhatsApp Chatbot

Use a WhatsApp Chatbot to allow customers to quickly recreate carts and repurchase products.

Once they’ve texted you, you can even send them offers, discounts, and new product offerings.

Collect CSAT and NPS from Customers

CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score) and NPS (Net Promoter Score) are the pillars upon which customer loyalty metrics are built.

However, collecting this data poses a significant challenge. Customers rarely respond to traditional means of outreach like Email or SMS.

collecting feedback regularly through whatsapp chatbots for e-commerce

Collection of Feedback

Use WhatsApp to increase customer engagement, read and reply rates for feedback communication. Create one-touch interactions on a platform of your customers choice to maximize feedback collection.

Retarget Abandoned Carts

Over 75% of all carts on Cyber Monday stood abandoned.

For all the optimization you do at every step of the sales funnel, companies still lose a lot of customers at the last step. These are customers who’ve shown intent and the ability to buy, but simply back out at the last moment.

Re-engagement of the customer through whatsapp chatbot for e-commerce

Re-engaging the customer.

Use a WhatsApp Chatbot for E-Commerce to reengage these customers and encourage them to complete their transaction. Minor investments in reengagement deliver far higher returns than large investments in new customer acquisition.


The end goal of all marketing is word-of-mouth referrals.

Companies want their customers to recommend their products and services to their friends and family. And this is backed by science; People are 4 times more likely to buy when referred by a friend.

Use a WhatsApp Chatbot to encourage customers to collect app reviews or send referral codes.

You’ve delivered excellent customer support and provided smooth purchase journeys. Take advantage of this and allow customers to spread the word with ease.

Payments are the crux of all sales hurdles. There is no more sure-fire way to lose a customer than to deduct when you shouldn’t have or not provide a refund when you should’ve.

In price-sensitive markets like India, a bad payment experience is a death knell.

Handling payment issues using whatsapp chatbots for e-commerce

Once you’ve automated your low-level, repetitive queries, you can transfer your high-level chats to a human. Using a WhatsApp Chatbot, customers can be automatically handed-off to respective agents.

Update Customer’s Details

Much like businesses, customers change. They move houses, change cards and buy new devices.

Don’t let these changes deter you from years of serving satisfied customers.

Updating account details through whatsapp chatbots for e-commerce

Updating personal details.

Use Verloop’s Deep Integration to change records as they’re submitted to you on your WhatsApp Chatbot for E-commerce.

This is How it Will Benefit the Company and the Customers –

    1. They help increase revenue by generating highly qualified leads.
    2. Chatbots reduce support costs by automating low-level queries.
    3. E-Commerce Chatbots are easier to use than traditional alternatives, for agents and customers alike.
    4. They’re a quicker means of communication.
    5. Chats create a human connection, unlike emails and SMS.
    6. E-commerce Chatbots help improve CSAT and overall customer experience.

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Niharika Ayyagari

Content and Marketing, Verloop.io

Prefers texts over calls, unless the call is about AI, food, dogs, or travel.