Since its launch in 2009, WhatsApp has emerged as the go-to messaging app for 2 billion consumers across 160+ countries. Fast, easy-to-use, reliable and secure – WhatsApp has become the choice of messaging globally.
As a business, you would also have heard of how WhatsApp for Business has become the talk of the town. It is one of the most trending and highly effective communication platforms, being rapidly adopted by businesses.
This article looks at what makes WhatsApp for Business such a hit, and why you should be using it (if not already).
App vs API
Since its acquisition by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp has released two new products – WhatsApp Business App (Jan 2018) and WhatsApp Business API (Aug 2018). Often used interchangeably (note the letter difference, App vs API), WhatsApp Business App and WhatsApp Business API differ in the capabilities they offer.
WhatsApp Business App is built keeping a small business owner in mind. The app provides businesses a presence on the WhatsApp platform, thus allowing them to communicate with customers more efficiently. Already used by over 50 million users worldwide, WhatsApp Business App is here to stay. Free to use, the app can only be used on one device by one user and is limited in automation.
WhatsApp Business API, on the other hand is targeted at medium and large businesses. The WhatsApp Business API is designed for companies that receive a large volume of messages, which the Business App cannot handle. Also, the WhatsApp Business API provides advantages for enterprise businesses – including automation and integrations with an enterprise software stack (like CRM, AI and Analytics). Due to the expansive capabilities that come with the API, it is a paid-for product. To ensure a high-quality experience for businesses and users alike, integration of this API with your business requires you to partner with one of Facebook’s global business solution providers.
Why is WhatsApp for Business such a hit?
WhatsApp for Business has been a hit with both businesses and its customers. Below points cover the main aspects why businesses vouch for the platform’s tremendous success.
WhatsApp for Business was launched in early 2018, and its success was warranted, given its huge userbase. But careful implementation of the platform made the early adopters of the WhatsApp platform super-successful and be better at engaging customers better, especially during the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Facebook marketing went mainstream in the early 2010s, and its benefits to businesses is for all to see. If your business is not already on WhatsApp, rest assured your business needs to be there. Properly implemented, WhatsApp for Business helps your business tremendously by building a unique customer experience – one which will bring you much closer to building that perfect customer experience – the Holy Grail of businesses globally.
Finesse is a leading system integration company operating across Middle East & India, providing digital transformation solutions including for AI & Chatbots, BI & Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud, CRM & CEM, RPA, Managed Services, among others.
About the Authors :
Isha Farha Quraishy – Currently serves as the Customer Success Manager at Finesse, Dubai. Isha is a Strategic Technology and Business professional with 13 yrs. of exponential working experience with companies delivering next-generation technology solutions. Well known within the industry for driving business results through planning and executing business-oriented programs that help companies to achieve a higher level of customer satisfaction. Isha is a Robotics, Blockchain, and AI enthusiastic with professional certification from VMware, EMC, and ITIL. Being a technology savvy person, Isha is also a Project Management expert trained by PMP.
Priyanka – Pre-Sales & Technical Consultant at Finesse Global. An Oracle Certified Professional
Experienced in Database Management and Designing, Business Analysis, End to End Management of Projects, Process Re-Engineering and Transition Management for over 10+ years.