Live Demo: http://chatform.ai
The easiest way to get started is to simply deploy this code to Heroku with the following button:
Once you fill out the button, you only have one enviroment variable to specify: CHATFORM_BASE_URL. This variable should be set to the web address for your new app. For example, if you are calling your app "foo-form", then CHATFORM_BASE_URL should be set to https://foo-form.herokuapp.com
I'm the co-founder of Smooch.io and spend a lot of my time thinking about how messaging is going to re-shape the way we interact with technology. A few months ago, we transformed our product's on-boarding: from a set of static web forms to a completely conversational flow. This simple change drove 12% more people to complete the new on-boarding. As a result, some of us at Smooch began to wonder how engaging a traditional web form could become if it were made conversational and delivered over the user's favourite messaging app.
Fast forward to early 2017, back from Christmas vacation and with an urge to code. Lucie and I decided to join forces and build chatform to demonstrate how easily one could build a conversational form builder using the Smooch APIs. We built this project really quickly, there are probably lots of bugs, but we just had to get it out to the world and really hope you enjoy it.
We want to inspire more people to think about how messaging interactions can change the way their users interact with their software. Chatform is one example of this, but what if Typeform, Google Forms or Wufoo went conversational? Will we begin to see more and more people conversing with their forms and surveys, instead of mechanically filling them out?
Chatform uses smooch.io to send and receive messages through one API to a wide variety of supported messaging channels. You can publish surveys built with chatform across any of the messaging channels that Smooch supports.
Yes you can! But...
We only had 48 hours to complete this project and as such, we couldn't build in support for all of the rich messaging features that Smooch.io supports. If there's something you'd like to see, why not submit a pull request? The Smooch API Reference contains everything you need to add support for more messaging features to Chatform. Best of all, if you implement any of those features, they'll become available across all channels that Smooch supports.
If something is unclear, confusing, or needs to be refactored, please let me know. Pull requests are always welcome, but due to the opinionated nature of this project, I cannot accept every pull request. Please open an issue before submitting a pull request.
The MIT License (MIT)
Chatform logic and implementation: Copyright (c) 2017 Mike Gozzo
Chatform design and UI: Copyright (c) 2017 Lucie Le Touze
Chatform logo: Copyright (c) 2017 Kevin Gauthier
Boilerplate express app (Hackathon Starter): Copyright (c) 2014-2016 Sahat Yalkabov
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