Keyword Commands in Bot Builder

Sprout’s Bot Builder includes the ability to add Keyword Commands to broaden the coverage of your chatbots. Keyword Commands enable chatbots to respond to certain unique words and phrases.

Creating a Keyword Command

To add a Keyword Command, begin by clicking Key_icon.png on the right-hand toolbar.

Click Add a Keyword Command.


Enter a Title.

Add the words or phrases that your chatbot will respond to. You can add multiple keywords or phrases by separating them with commas or by using the tab button.

Remember, what you enter has to exactly match what your users will type. For example, if you think that users might type ‘drink’ or ‘drinks’ you should enter both words here.


Select a custom message to enter your chatbot’s response.

Note: The next iteration of Keyword Commands will include the ability to choose an existing bot message from the Conversation Map as a response.


After typing the Message Copy, you can optionally add a Call-to-Action button.

Click Save in the Edit Message modal. Click Save one more time in the Add Keyword Command modal to save your work.

Keyword Commands FAQs

Will the Keyword Command initiate if a message from the end-user doesn't match exactly?
No. This feature works by exact matching only. For example, “speak to an agent right now” will not work for the Keyword Command “speak to an agent”.

What are some best practices for creating Keyword Commands?
Add multiple variations of the same keyword; account for common spelling errors; reference your Bots Report to see the top unique phrases that users are submitting

Will Keyword Commands appear anywhere else on the Conversation Map?
No, only under the Key icon in the expandable right-hand toolbar of the Conversation Map.

How can I test a Keyword Command? Can I test in the Live Previewer?
The only way to test Keyword Commands is when the bot is live; you will not be able to test in the previewer.

How many keywords can be assigned to a message?

Are Keyword Commands case sensitive?

Is there AI built in?
No, this feature is rules-based.

Will this be accounted for in the Bots Report?
Yes, in the Sent & Received messages count; not in the frequently received user inputs.

Can you auto-complete these messages?

Can you auto-tag these messages?
No. This is only applied to received messages on Quick Replies.

Can I set up Keyword Commands for emojis, punctuation and numbers?


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