Recently someone sent in this question:
I'm tempted by your dialogflow tool kit, but the price is holding me back slightly. Will it stay at this price or go up in the future?
I think this is a good time to explain exactly WHAT the Toolkit bundle is, as well as my goals/vision around it.
Here are some things to consider:
- Are you going to be investing in Dialogflow for at least a little while?
- Do you already find my material useful?
- Do you wish you could hire a consultant who can give you suggestions at various different stages of your bot's development?
- Would you be interested in learning about all the tooling you can create to improve your Dialogflow chatbot development workflow?
The Toolkit can help you with all of these.
How I decide the price
Its not as if I wake up every week and decide it is time to raise the price again. 🙂
If you take a look at the list of courses in the Toolkit, you will see there is a price marked which says "Original price", like below:
The price I set for the Toolkit usually closely tracks this Original price and will be about half of the total price of the courses. Every so often, as I add more paid courses, this original price will go up and I will raise the Toolkit's price. Obviously there is some limit to how far I can go with this approach, but I think the Toolkit is going to become a much more valuable resource over the next few months. To see why, you should read the rest of the article.
Are you going to be investing in Dialogflow for at least a little while?
Let us say you hire a developer at $20/hour to work on your bot. Now, obviously there are exceptions, but you are not likely to find the best developers at that rate. Let us say you get really lucky and you do find someone who is very good.
Now, if you pay them for just 50 hours - which you should certainly expect any reasonable project (including chatbot development) to take, then that's already $1000.
Now suppose you purchased the Toolkit, and this made your developer a lot more productive, and they could finish the job in only 30 hours - the Toolkit bundle has already paid for itself hasn't it?
And if you need to continue the project, you keep reaping the rewards of the additional productivity pretty much forever!
Do you already find my material useful?
I realize I suggest a somewhat opinionated approach to chatbot development. (But all of it is based on my experience working with different clients). And I know some people don't like my approach. I am not sure I can persuade them. Sometimes you just rub some people the wrong way.
However, if you have been following my material and you have already found it to be useful, then you will find the information in the Dialogflow Toolkit even more useful. As I have mentioned before, you can learn everything in my paid courses for free if you are willing to spend the time synthesizing all the material I have on my website and YouTube channel and free courses. The paid courses do all that synthesis for you and give you the condensed version.
Do you wish you could hire a consultant who can give you suggestions at various different stages of your bot's development?
The Toolkit can do this job for you, except that it is a sort of "virtual consultant" 🙂
But how does it actually help?
For one, you will probably find answers to common questions right away.
Second, you will find some concepts repeating quite a lot in my material. You will be able to build better chatbots (e.g. using context lifespan of 1) as well as analyze your bots in a better way (e.g. using the CTFS framework) by following these ideas.
Third, you will also be exposed to some additional material (e.g. the notion of Candidate Intent Ambiguity in my DF Conversation Design course) which will help you think quite deeply on how you are constructing your chatbot conversations - which is usually a very good thing.
Would you be interested in learning about all the tooling you can create to improve your Dialogflow chatbot development workflow?
This is probably the biggest reason to invest in the Dialogflow Toolkit at the moment even though the price is already on the higher side. I am currently working on a whole host of tools which will help non-programmers speed up their Dialogflow bot development workflow.
And all of this will go into the Dialogflow Toolkit as either training or as tools once they are ready.
Toolkit + Strategy service
If you actually read all the way to the end of this article, then you should definitely consider my Toolkit + Strategy service.