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Salesforce Unveils AI-Powered WhatsApp Integration

Salesforce Unveils AI-Powered WhatsApp Integration

Salesforce today announced the general availability of Unified Conversations for WhatsApp, a new integration that updates customer engagement by merging marketing and service interactions into personalized WhatsApp chats. To emphasize relevance to the Latin American market, Salesforce made this announcement in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This innovative solution promises to enable brands to connect with customers through their preferred messaging platform, especially in Latin America. “With more than two billion people using WhatsApp today, Salesforce’s new Unified Conversations for WhatsApp enables brands to connect with their customers where they are and have a single, connected, and trusted experience,” said Steve Hammond, EVP and GM, Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

The Rise of WhatsApp as a Customer Communication Channel

WhatsApp has emerged as a dominant force in global communication, with over 2 billion users worldwide. WhatsApp boasts particularly high adoption rates in India, Brazil, Indonesia, and other major global markets. As customers increasingly prefer messaging for their interactions with businesses, brands are recognizing the need to meet customers where they are. In fact, a recent study found that 75% of customers favor messaging apps for engaging with companies.

However, many organizations still grapple with disjointed marketing and service experiences that frustrate customers and hinder loyalty. Salesforce’s Unified Conversations for WhatsApp tackles this challenge head-on by integrating data across the customer lifecycle to fuel smarter, more seamless interactions.

How Unified Conversations for WhatsApp Works

Jay Wilder, VP of Product Marketing for Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud, explains that the new integration enables brands to engage with consumers in a more personalized way. It all works using the ingestion and aggregation capabilities of Data Cloud. “We’re making it so that consumers can be correctly identified and engaged with in a personalized way using the centralized data in Data Cloud,” Wilder says. “The customer journey is not always a linear path. It’s something that we need to be able to engage digitally but also bring in the right human expertise at any given moment.”

The WhatsApp integration allows marketers to segment audiences and deliver targeted WhatsApp campaigns, while seamlessly transitioning to AI-powered chatbots or live agents for service inquiries.

Wilder emphasizes the importance of having a unified data foundation to power these connected experiences. “The ability to have Marketing Cloud, Service Cloud, and Data Cloud working on your behalf, together with partnerships – that’s what ultimately makes this concept scalable. It’s something we’ve all envisioned for years, and now you can just start to turn it on.

The Future of AI-Driven Customer Engagement

Early adopters of Salesforce’s Unified Conversations for WhatsApp are already seeing results. Agibank, a Brazilian financial services company, has leveraged the integration to drive higher campaign engagement and faster case resolution by engaging customers in their preferred channel.

“Our customers rely on WhatsApp as a primary way to engage with us. By unifying our data in Salesforce to deliver experiences in WhatsApp, we’ve been able to improve our user experience to personalize loan proposals, resolve concerns, and support customers. Salesforce’s earlier marketing integration with WhatsApp helped us triple digital sales and we are eager to do more,” said Matheus Girardi, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Agibank.

Looking ahead, Salesforce sees even more proactive and predictive customer interactions powered by Einstein. From real-time offers triggered by a customer’s location to proactive issue resolution based on behavioral cues, the possibilities for AI-driven engagement are vast.

Productizing AI for Marketing and Service

Salesforce is also focusing on productizing AI capabilities for key marketing and service use cases, making it easier for businesses to get started with generative AI. “Everybody knows we need to start experimenting with generative AI, but there’s a bit of a ‘blank canvas’ issue. Customers don’t really know where to get started,” Wilder explains. “What we’ve been doing at Salesforce is productizing these key use cases that exist within flows of work that happen every day.”

Salesforce Omnichannel Expands

Salesforce’s Unified Conversations for WhatsApp represents a stride forward in AI-powered customer engagement. By unifying marketing and service interactions and leveraging Einstein’s advanced NLU capabilities, Salesforce is setting a new standard for personalized, contextual conversations at scale.

As more brands embrace conversational AI to connect with customers on their preferred messaging platforms, the challenge will be to deliver seamless, empathetic experiences that balance automation with authentic human connection. With its end-to-end integration and robust AI foundation, Salesforce is well-positioned to lead this charge and redefine the future of customer engagement, one WhatsApp chat at a time.